ACTION ALERT: Latino-based national group to protest Sheriff Joe Arpaio tonight!

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Action Alert: Protest Sheriff Joe Arpaio at Maricopa County Jail

WHERE:  201 South 4th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona

DATE:  Tonight, June 12, 2012

TIME:  4 pm – 6 pm

WHY:  Another Latino inmate dies in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Prison

Sheriff Joe Arpaio El Diablo – Art by Moises

Background:

We are seeking outside investigation with regard to the death of  Raymond Farinas, a 40-year-old Latino  who was recently booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff Office (MCSO) jail in Phoenix.  According to Raymond’s mother, Carmen Ramirez, said her son called her on June 3 and asked her to post his $1,000 bond, which she immediately paid. Then she said she repeatedly called the jail for information on her son’s release.  Later that evening, two Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies arrived at her Phoenix home notifying her of her son’s death.

This appears to be the second time within the past year the Maricopa County Sheriff Office has not released any information on Latino-related deaths. The MCSO appears to hiding information that is reminiscent of Marty Atencio’s death – a Latino veteran who recently died in Arpaio’s prison.

We  believe the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) should conduct a full investigation with regard to the possible excessive abusive actions by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) under the leadership of Sheriff Joe Arpaio since Carmen Ramirez alleges she saw bruises on her dead son’s body. The mother claims her son was allergic to peanut butter and would never have eaten peanut butter due to allergies.   Why would the MCSO under the supervision of Joe Arpaio feed peanuts to inmates who could suffer from  peanut poisoning?  If not by peanut poisoning, where did Raymond get the bruises and the cut his mother saw on his body?

We are seeking the help of the FBI.  An investigation should be conducted by the FBI in light of the recent findings provided by the feds via the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Sincerely,

Shirl Mora James
Lead Co-President of National Tequila Party Movement
Civil Rights and Immigration Attorney

DeeDee Garcia Blase
Founder, Co-President of National Tequila Party Movement

ALSO:

We are seeking outside investigation with regard to the incident of Ernest M. Atencio, a 44-year-old Gulf War veteran who was recently booked into the jail in Phoenix, when he was allegedly tasered and suffered a heart attack according to his family.  We have been told that an internal investigation is being carried out, however, we believe the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) should conduct a full investigation with regard to the possible excessive abusive actions by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) under the leadership of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

According to recent news media, his family told local TV station Channel 5 that he was a ‘loving and sweet boy’ who suffered from a mental illness and is now fighting for his life.

Commensurate with the Daily Mail Reporter, one U.S. veteran of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan attempts suicide every 80 minutes, according to new study.  The report reveals 1,868 veterans made suicide attempts in 2009 alone. Many veterans face dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, high employment and a loss of military camaraderie after returning from tours.

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, while Latinos make up 9.5 percent of the actively enlisted forces, they are over-represented in the categories that get the most dangerous assignments – infantry, gun crews and seamanship – and make up over 17.5 percent of the front lines.  DOD numbers reveal 35,000 non-citizens currently in the active Armed Forces.

The MCSO should have been trained on how to handle war veterans particularly when there is a history of mental illness and they should be vigilant with regard to the excessive abuse of these veterans.  We are seeking the help of the FBI.  An investigation should be conducted by the FBI in light of the recent findings provided by the feds via the Department of Justice (DOJ).

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Revolutionary Woman. Art by Moises

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