MALDEF

Spread the Word About Shenandoah, Pennsylvania

Thank you for signing the Luis Ramirez Hate Crimes petition. Your voice, along with others, will be heard by the U.S. Department of Justice and will make a difference.

Can you also help us spread the word by telling 5 of your friends, family, and loved ones today?  Simply enter their names and email addresses in the form below and we'll send it out on your behalf.  Together, with your help, we will bring justice and peace to Luis Ramirez, his family, and to our community.  Thank you again.

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Hi (Your Friend's Name),

I'm writing to you to ask for your help on behalf of the family of Luis Ramirez. On July 14, 2008, Ramirez lost his life after he was knocked unconscious and severely beaten by a group of Shenandoah teenagers who yelled racial epithets throughout the fatal beating. Charging documents and eyewitness accounts indicate that Ramirez was punched and kicked in the body and head causing him to foam at the mouth, to sustain two skull fractures, and ultimately, to die.

You can read about it here.

On Friday, May 1, 2009, a jury found two of the defendants not guilty, despite the mounting evidence of a hate-driven attack, the jury acquitted the defendants of third-degree murder and ethnic intimidation and only convicted them of simple assault.

The jury's conclusion is an outrage. We need you, and so does Luis Ramirez’s family. Will you join me in making sure the DOJ does its job and brings justice to Shenandoah, Pennsylvania?

I really hope you’ll offer your support in the fight for justice for Luis Ramirez and his family.

(Your Name)

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