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Positive Contributions of Hispanics, Latinos, Mexican Americans, and Chicanos

By: Irma Muniz

“With chains and shackles it was impossible to lie down and rest or sleep. I would have to always try to sleep in a sitting position and I would be screaming the entire time until I had no more air or voice to scream as aloud as I could. With all of that and the fact I never knew if I was going to survive or not, I never ever lost the spirit of praying, asking God to please give me strength, faith, courage, and love because I did not want to hate even though the situation would call for me to hate. Instead I never had one word to say. I was in total silence knowing that God was with me and that I was going to survive and they were not going to break my spirit or my soul. God knew the man that I was and He knew the man that I am going to be for the future of His world on earth and one day in heaven.” 

Dear Friends:

This article is dedicated to the spirit of Ramsey Muñiz a natural born leader who has spoken against discrimination, oppression, and prejudice against Hispanics, Latinos, Mexican Americans, and Chicanos. He has been unjustly confined for 20 years in the prisons of the America. Having experienced the worst conditions, God has kept him alive for his faith, courage, and hope for freedom, justice, and love for humanity. 

During the Republican primary in Florida, various presidential candidates have attacked the issue of Hispanics and Latinos speaking Spanish, stating that they should only speak English. This is history repeating itself. 

Thirty to forty years ago, the issue was constantly used against us throughout the entire American Southwest. Some held signs that read “If you speak Spanish, go back to Mexico or Cuba.”  Recently, national news from CNN showed a local city council that banned a female Hispanic candidate from the ballot because her English speaking skills were inadequate. 

We have returned to the past and the time has come for us as Hispanics, Latinos, Mexican Americans, and Chicanos to let the human race know that we are no longer a minority race. We are in the majority within the entire Southwest of the United States and we will protect our democratic constitutional rights under the United States Constitution.  

We are the majority population in California. Within a short period of time we will also be the majority population in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, and Oregon, having the political power that we have sought for the last 100 years. 

Past leaders who fought for our human rights predicted that one day we would no longer be the minority but the majority.  It is written in our ancient and previous history that it would be only a matter of time before our history, cultural values, native languages, and spirituality would all be returned once again. 

The time has come for us to reunite and assert the positive contributions that our people have made as United States citizens, having become students, lawyers, judges, and advocates of constitutional and human rights. We value these rights, given from the time of our birth. Among them is freedom, and freedom is a gift from God. 

The past has never passed. It remains in the present for we carry it in our hearts.  

Brad Heath wrote, “A court-appointed investigator has found evidence of “significant, widespread, and at times intentional misconduct” by government lawyers who brought corruption charges against former Alaska senator Ted Stevens, but did not recommend that they face criminal charges. The investigation’s conclusions were outlined Monday in an order by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who had ordered the inquiry.” Inquiry Finds Misconduct by Prosecutors in Ted Stevens Case,” USA Today, November, 2011. 

We will seek the assistance of district judges, asking that an appointed investigator find the exculpatory evidence that was withheld by the prosecution. Dick DeGuerin, Ramsey’s attorney, had requested Brady material, but key evidence was not produced until the jury was about to deliberate. By then it was too late. 

National Committee to Free Ramsey Muñiz

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