FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2017
Contact: Gebe Martinez, firstname.lastname@example.org
MFV: Charlottesville Reminds Latino Community To Lead, Unite and Fight for Our American Values
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, VA, inspired by white supremacists that began on Friday evening and continued today, Mi Familia Vota Executive Director Ben Monterroso issued the following statement:
“Carrying torches and shouting chants against immigrants and non-whites on Friday night, the white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville this weekend turned their words into violence on Saturday when one person was killed and almost two dozen others injured.
“This has to stop now, before more of these incidents occur. Unfortunately, the president’s harmful, nativist rhetoric has encouraged this type of behavior. We see it on social media and now on the streets of an American city.
“It is telling that the president, in his brief statement on Saturday, did not condemn the white supremacists. How many more lives have to be taken before he speaks out strongly against hate and the actions that he has unleashed?
“Mi Familia Vota calls on the president, all members of Congress and other local officials to condemn the hateful rhetoric and behavior.
“Meanwhile, the Latino community will continue to lead, unite and fight for the values of all Americans, including immigrants. And we will vote in defense of those values.”