In a move of solidarity and support, over 200 celebrities, labor leaders, civil rights leaders, and activists have signed an open letter standing with the Latinx community.
Over 200 Latinx leaders have come together to send a message of love and solidarity to our community during these dark times and to call on all of us to speak out & fight for the humanity of all people. Read the letter, share the love and declare yourself an ally. #QueridaFamilia pic.twitter.com/w6cIDuD0BX— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) August 16, 2019
The letter, titled “Querida Familia Latina,” was written by American Ferrera, Diane Guerrero, Eva Longoria, Alex Martinez Kondracke, Monica Ramirez, and Olga Segura. It was printed in The New York Times, El Diario, El Nuevo Herald, and La Opinion.
Selena Gomez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dascha Polanco, Gina Rodriguez, Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Fumero, Ricky Martin, Sandra Cisneros, Zoe Saldana, Dolores Huerta, Rosario Dawson, and Sara Ramirez are along some of the people who signed the letter.
“If you are feeling terrified, heartbroken and defeated by the barrage of attacks on our community, you are not alone,” the letter beings.
“We have been smeared by political rhetoric and murdered in violent hate crimes. We have been separated from our families and have watched our children caged. We have been targeted with mass shootings and mass ICE raids meant to terrify us, squash our hope, and break our spirit.”
“But, we will not be broken. We will not be silenced. We will continue to denounce any hateful and inhuman treatment of our community. We will demand dignity and justice.”
America Ferrera shared the letter on social media, asking followers to “share it and commit to being an ally.”
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If you are feeling terrified, heartbroken, and defeated by the barrage of attacks on our community, you are not alone...May we turn this time of despair into a time of action. May our love for one another be the guiding light in these dark times. Read our #QueridaFamilia letter of love and solidarity. Share it and commit to being an ally. Link to full interview in bio.
On Twitter, the hashtag #QueridaFamilia has been trending, with folks showing their love and support for the cause, including Presidential hopeful Julian Castro.
Beautiful letter in this morning’s @nytimes from over 150 LatinX celebrities and community leaders.— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) August 16, 2019
As you said: “Though real pain and fear are sweeping through our communities, we remain powerful.” Thank you. pic.twitter.com/8ph92Gm6Y1
My sister is a naturalized citizen from El Salvador. I know firsthand the contributions my Latinx brothers & sisters make to this nation & I acknowledge our government’s complicity in creating the perilous conditions those seeking asylum are fleeing. I am an ally.#QueridaFamilia https://t.co/wkUfs4yKYD
— Carrie Coon (@carriecoon) August 16, 2019
Love will beat down hate. Let’s all stand in solidarity with the Latino community and all groups who have been targeted with hate. @AmericaFerrera @EvaLongoria @Lin_Manuel #QueridaFamilia https://t.co/t3sPt6NLAF
— Trudy Bell Berry (@TrudyBellBerry) August 16, 2019
“This message isn’t about policy or political parties,” Longoria said. “It’s about love and decency, and it’s about bringing humanity back into the conversation” - Eva Longoriahttps://t.co/dqv2tPQRYm#QueridaFamilia pic.twitter.com/NrkTnY7nbl— Eva Longoria Baston (@EvaLongoria) August 16, 2019
— Mariana Atencio (@marianaatencio) August 16, 2019
To live in fear has become common course here in the US.
What kind of world do we live in where hate controls the actions of those who claim to be our leaders.
No one should fear for their life or feel as though their worth is deminished by ignorance.#QueridaFamilia pic.twitter.com/bez4Zlp3UV
— Ali Mixon 🚀 (@TheAliciaMixon) August 16, 2019
The Querida Familia letter comes after an increase in hate crimes against the Latinx community, including the massacre of 20 people in El Paso by a gunman intent on shooting “as many Mexicans as possible.”
Eva Longoria, who received a Master’s degree in Chicano studies in 2013, emphasized how important solidarity is, especially in today’s hostile climate:
“This is a moment in our nations’ history that we have to show up for — not only for our community, but for every community.”