July 14, 2000
San Diego, Ca. Mexican migrant farmworkers found the battered body of another worker this past Sunday, July 2, 2000, in a ravine near the intersection of Black Mountain and Carmel Valley Roads in northern San Diego County and within the city limits of San Diego. San Diego police detective Dave Cohen confirmed that the undocumented workers was beaten about the head and dragged on his face along the roadway. The yet unidentified victim was approximately 25 years old and was wearing working boots and blue jeans.
On Wednesday July 5, in the same area on Black Mountain Road a carload of Neo-Nazi Skinheads attacked four Mexican migrants and shot them with high power pellet guns while the migrants were running for their lives. Two of the migrants had to undergo surgery to removed pellets imbedded in their flesh.
The area where the two incidents occurred two days apart has a long history of Neo-Nazi Skinhead attacks on Mexican migrant workers. It is also an area where the White Aryan Resistance (W.A.R.) has been active over the years. Prior incidents involved beatings but as far we know this is the first that a Mexican migrant worker has met such a gruesome death.
Ray Uzeta, President of the Chicano Federation of San Diego County "strongly condemns the recent actions by a `gang of youth' in North County that were reported to have driven into a migrant camp randomly shooting (pellet guns) at Latino Immigrants and also beating several immigrants, one of which required hospitalization. These cowardly and mindless actions by these alleged young men cannot and will not be tolerated," he said.
David Valladolid, Chair of Chicano Federation stated "In the name of Our Humanity and Social Justice, we call on law enforcement at every level to fully investigate, charge, and prosecute all the perpetrators to the fullest extend of the law. The Latino community is outraged by these brutal and violent acts by these mutant youths."
"The growing intolerance against Immigrants promotes these kinds of barbaric assaults in our community. We stand with all people of good will in denouncing these attacks and we call for greater understanding and sensitivity towards all people in our society. The Chicano Federation will monitor closely the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for these attacks," concluded Uzeta, President of the Chicano Federation of San Diego County.
(Contributing to this story was "La Voz de Aztlan", UCSD)
San Ysidro, California
Saturday, July 29, 2000
A major event has been planned to respond to the growing tensions at the US/Mexico Border and to the indiscriminate human rights abuses of Mexican migrants by armed Anglo vigilantes. The violence and terrorism by white supremacists at the border against defenseless Mexican migrant workers must STOP immediately. A large coalition of organizations have answered the CALL TO ACTION and we are asking that YOU join us in this important effort for PEACE.
We are requesting that you dedicated Saturday July 29, 2000 to participate in the following: