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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Presente.org Responds to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Jan. 20, 2015

Statement from Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org:

“President Obama’s State of the Union addressed key issues impacting low-income and Latino families, such as providing free community college to all students, cutting taxes and making sure women receive equal pay for equal work.

However, we cannot forget about our broken immigration system, continuing deportations, and putting an end to abusive policing across the country.

President Obama took a major leap forward towards stopping deportations, but upward of 7 million people were left out and are still at risk. Republicans must stop their war on Latino and immigrant families. We will continue to fight to ensure that all deportations and separation of our families end once and for all.

When it comes to reforming abusive police practices impacting communities of color from New York, to Missouri, to California, we need more than just rhetoric. We need real leadership from the President and Congress to protect Latino youth and all youth of color who fall prey to abusive police practices too often resulting in murder of our youth and the destruction of our communities. This must stop once and for all. The police need to be held responsible for their crimes. We demand the the lives of youth of color are bestowed with the highest value.”