Friday, April 27, 2012
From Jennifer Allen:
National Attention to Border Agents Brutality & the Need to Bring Justice Home
If you missed the "Crossing the Line" program on PBS' Need to Know on Friday, you can still view it on their website. It is a devastating glimpse into the brutality of border agents that led to the death of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, a resident of San Diego and father of five US citizen children. And tragically, as we know too well in Arizona, Anastacio's case was neither an isolated incident nor the result of one bad apple. We know of 7 other similar incidents since 2010 and that there are likely at least another 10 that we have not yet documented.
Fortunately, the PBS show opened up the door to national attention to the issue. And now, the challenge for all of us is to channel this attention into action and concrete change --you will be hearing soon about ways in which we can increase the pressure on the Department of Justice to get Anastasio's and the other lost lives the justice they deserve. We will "bring justice home"!
Thank you for all your hard work to get to this point!
–We exceeded our goal of 25,000 and set a new one of 40,000!
Over 30,000 people have signed on to a petition sponsored by the Southern Border Communities Coalition and presente.org calling for an immediate and vigorous investigation into the brutal and lethal force used by Border Patrol agents that resulted in the death of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas two years ago. The petition is directed at US Attorney General Eric Holder calling for him to stop dawdling with the case of Hernandez Rojas and the many other cases of border residents killed at hands of border agents and launch thorough and vigorous investigations. If you haven’t signed and circulated it, please do!