I was contacted by the Executive Director of NALEO and my friend, Arturo Vargas, about yesterday’s post. He pointed out that the people attending the event DID, in fact, question and express concern about the war. So, this quote,
“I must say that watching and listening to the middle class white women-and not the working and middle class Latinos in the audience-yell in garbled Spanish, “Ya basta con la matanza” (Stop the Killing) as they denounced the war and its supporters inspired a rather odd mix of bother and shame;”
People attending the NALEO event did express what the majority of Latinos feel about the war. My apologies to those who did speak out.
I was also contacted by Antonio Gonzalez, head of the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project (SVREP), who pointed out that SVREP’s policy partner organization, the Willie Velazquez Institute has come out against the war and that he and Southwest have been instrumental in organizing the Latino Congreso, a major yearly gathering of hundreds of Latino organizations, organizations that voted overwhelmingly against the war.
These details should have been included.