In March 2016, a gunman killed three people in Milwaukee, WI, telling them before the killing, “You guys got to go.” Initial reports indicate that the shooter deliberately targeted the families because they were immigrants. Our member organization, the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), put out a press release shortly after the murders, condemning the killing and asking the nation to take better care of its immigrant families.
Since the press release (bel0w), the Milwaukee police have begun meeting with the Hmong community to discuss crime and safety — something that has never happened before. There is also a petition you can sign that asks the judge to prosecute the murders as a hate crime. We stand with SEARAC in mourning this tragic loss of life and stand with our members and allies working to eliminate xenophobic violence and rhetoric. This press release originally appeared on the SEARAC website.
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