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The Latino Policy Forum Pledges Solidarity with the Black Community



The Latino Policy Forum and the undersigned respectfully pledge solidarity and allyship with the Black community at this watershed moment. To our Black brothers and sisters: Your pain is our pain, and your struggle is our struggle.

Black lives matter. The Forum grieves for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and for all the lost lives and destruction caused by structural racism.

At this moment, a valve is being opened. What’s being released is hundreds of years of pain, frustration, and anger resulting from stolen Black lives. It’s pent-up rage that has festered over the course of our nation’s history, a history marred by systemic inequality and the marginalization of Black people.

We must not lose focus on the source of this anger, which in recent days has manifested in both peaceful protesting and violence. Peaceful protest is essential to democracy, and the criminalization of such protesters is yet another form of oppression.

The solutions to structural racism and systemic inequality are complex. We need real solutions aimed at the roots of this illness. It cannot be healed by further militarizing society or with more punishment. We must invest in equitable resources for every individual and community if we are ever to make true progress towards peace and reconciliation, to build a sustainable path to a healed and strengthened world.

The Latino Policy Forum pledges to continue building a foundation of trust alongside our Black brothers and sisters in our collective work towards a compassionate, just, rebuilt society.


Artwork by Veronica Giraldo-Puente



Latino Policy Forum

Michael D. Rodriguez                22nd Ward Alderman

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa                 35th Ward Alderman

Michelle Garcia                         Access Living

Alex Garza                               AGG Consulting

Oscar Chacon                           Alianza Americas

Jason Rosensweig                    American Jewish Committee, Chicago Region

Fernando Grillo                        ASPIRA

Luis Roman                              Association of Latinos/as Motivating Action (ALMA)

Xavier Nogueras                        BOCA Media Group

Bela Mote                                 Carole Robertson Center

Rodolfo De Jesus                     Center for Changing Lives

Javier Garibay                           Central States SER

Madeleine Doubek                   CHANGE Illinois

Paul Callejas                             Chicago Center for Arts & Technology

Edgar Ramirez                           Chicago Commons

Lola Jenkins                              Chicago Family Partnership

Esther Sciammarella                  Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition

Myrna Salazar                           Chicago Latino Theater Alliance

Sonica C. Ruiz                           Chicago Park District

Elida Ortiz                                 Cicero Community Collaborative

Mariana Osoria                         Cicero Community Collaborative, Family Focus

Delia Barajas                             Cicero Community Member

Zoryda Avila Toledo                  Colectivo de Mujeres Transnacionales

Jesús “Chuy” García                  Congressman, Illinois' 4th District

Mario Perez                             El Hogar Del Nino

Rey Gonzalez                            El Valor

Katya Nuques                           Enlace Chicago

Kirstin Chernawsky                    Erie Neighborhood House

Manuel Tamponi                        Family Focus

Michelle Ramirez                       Family Focus

Sonia Zuniga                            Family Focus

Alexandra Sossa                       Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project

Maricela Garcia                         Gads Hill Center

Rosa I. Rubio                            Gads Hill Center

Patricia Mota                             HACE

Marco E. Jacome                      Healthcare Alternative Systems

Mireya Vera                              Holy Cross Hospital

Jaime di Paulo                          Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Ana Gil Garcia                          Illinois Latino Coalition of Education Leaders, Illinois Venezuelan Alliance

Pamela Vergara-Rodriguez, MD Illinois Unidos, Cook County Health CORE Center

Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH      Illinois Unidos, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Aida L. Giachello                       Illinois Unidos, The Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago

Marina Del Rios, MD, MS           Illinois Unidos, The Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago

Cesar Rolon                              Imagen Consultants

Jose M. Muñoz                          La Casa Norte

Maria Valle Coto                       Latino Medical Student Association, UIC

Analía Rodríguez                       Latino Union of Chicago

Luis Gutierrez                            Latinos Progresando

John Gallo                                Legal Aid Chicago

Angelica Rivera                         Lincoln Methodist Church Member

Blanca R. Soto                          Little Village 26th Street Area Chamber of Commerce

Megan McKenna                       Mano a Mano Family Resource Center

Dulce Ortiz                              Mano a Mano Family Resource Center

Geraldine Luna, MD, MPH         Medical Organization for Latino Advancement

Pilar Ortega, MD                       Medical Organization for Latino Advancement

Amy Diaz                                  Multicultural Leadership Academy Alumna

Paloma Z. Arroyo                      Multicultural Leadership Academy Alumna

Luis Narvaez                             Multicultural Leadership Academy Alumnus

Linda Xochitl Tortolero               Mujeres Latinas en Acción

Maria G. Medina                       NCJW North Shore Section

Patricia Aguado                        Northeastern Illinois University

James Rudyk                            Northwest Side Housing Center

Jose R. Sanchez                       Norwegian American Hospital

Michael Tafolla                          Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, Heart of Chicago

Eddy Borrayo                            Rincon Family Services

Ruben D. Feliciano                    Rincon Family Services

Maria D. Ramos Cuaya              Self-Help Federal Credit Union

Raúl García                               Sinai Health System

Reyes Gonzales                         St. Augustine College

Karina Villa                               State Representative, 49th District

Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez         State Representative, 24th District

Celina Villanueva                       State Senator, 11th District

Cristina Castro                          State Senator, 22nd District

Cristina Pacione-Zayas              The Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago

Dalila Torres                              The Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago

Jessie Fuentes                          The Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago

Raul Raymundo                        The Resurrection Project

Eira Corral Sepúlveda                Village Clerk, Village of Hanover Park

Advance Illinois

Angela Sedeño

Cecilia Mendoza

Dr. Maria Gomez

Ernesto Saldivar, Jr.

Evanston Latinos

Jorge Valdivia

Jose L. Alvarez

Latino Think & Do Tank

Luis Roman

Luisiana Menendez, PhD

Maria G. Medina

Omar Diaz

Valerie E. Coffman