Latinx activists mourn El Paso victims, blame Trump, at Morristown vigil

Candles at Morristown vigil for El Paso shooting victims, Aug. 7, 2019. Photo: Wind of the Spirit.
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From the Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center

Speaking through tears on Wednesday, Latinx mourners at a Morristown vigil read aloud the names of the 22 victims shot dead last weekend in El Paso and expressed fears for their own safety.

Sign at Morristown vigil for El Paso shooting victims, Aug. 7, 2019. Photo: Wind of the Spirit.

Participants blamed President Trump for rhetoric that may have incited the shooter, who is believed to have posted an anti-immigrant screed using language similar to the President’s.

“Our center has received threatening anti-immigrant phone calls, and our members have even been threatened at home,” said Karol Y. Ruiz, co-president of the Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center, which hosted the vigil at its office.

Mourners with candles at Morristown vigil for El Paso shooting victims, Aug. 7, 2019. Photo: Wind of the Spirit.

The center has installed security cameras for the safety of staff and volunteers, said Ruiz, who is an attorney.

“For us, fighting for immigrant justice is a calling, it is necessary, and we will not let fear stop us,” she said.

Gloria Blanco, administrator for Wind of the Spirit, expressed compassion for the shooter, calling him “another victim of racist, nativist hate.”

Heavy rain moved the event indoors. Pastor Charles Perez of Dover’s First United Methodist Church closed the vigil with a prayer.

Morristown vigil for El Paso shooting victims, Aug. 7, 2019. Photo: Wind of the Spirit.
Morristown vigil for El Paso shooting victims, Aug. 7, 2019. Photo: Wind of the Spirit.
Pastor Charles Perez, second from right, led a prayer at vigil for El Paso shooting victims, Aug. 7, 2019. Photo: Wind of the Spirit.
Heavy rain moved Morristown vigil for El Paso shooting victims indoors, Aug. 7, 2019. Photo: Wind of the Spirit
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6 COMMENTS

  1. It’s just like this…it is LAW that we have to stop at a crosswalk on South Street whenever someone stumbles upon it. I don’t agree with it, I think the motorist going in excess of 25 MPH should have the right-of-way….just like a larger boat in waters….but we are forced to stop because it’s LAW and have to slam on the brakes because someone thinks it’s their right to cross (which is true to the LAW) and then we have to live with the consequences as motorists.
    But what I think, doesn’t matter at all in this case, because it is the LAW and you have to abide….it’s no different….otherwise you are breaking the LAW.

  2. Chris, it’s great to see that there are still a few folks like you who actually get it. There are plenty of others who think it’s okay for foreigners to break laws when they don’t agree with them. Your relatives did it the right way. Sadly, some people today would have more respect for them if they had thumbed their noses at our laws.
    Frankie Childs: I know – I must be a terrible person to dare suggest that people actually follow our laws! The nerve!
    Go Trump!!!

  3. There is a procedure–
    My great-grandparents came over, through Ellis Island from the Ukraine as children. Stamped, numbered and thrown out on the streets of NY—they found their own way without any benefit of social services aside for the documentation they had to provide to the US Govt and their certificate that they were given. Then, remarkably, a Ukraine Dance brought them together as teenagers and they carved out the rest of their lives and our legacy.
    Had it not worked that way, I would not be here, but nobody paid for my existence other than the blood, sweat, tears, love and DOCUMENTS that they provided.
    In 1891 they “closed” the western frontier….basically removing the homesteading act in America. 128 years ago.
    I believe that is what Jeff was trying to say:
    Go Trump!!

  4. The mysterious Jeff, with no last name or address, again gives his view of happenings in our Morristown community.
    How can Jeff understand the circumstances of anyone’s citizenship. By his standard, Trump, a first generation citizen, whose father did not immigrate here under normal circumstances, would be unacceptable. How can Jeff assume that any representative of immigrants, he does not know, are “ignorant” ?
    Jeff is a perfect example of Trump’s ability to ignite the flame of hatred that has put so many lives in jeopardy.

  5. Yeah, everything is Trump’s fault.
    I used to think that people who use “immigrant” when they mean illegal alien were just ignorant. Many are, but many also conflate the terms and use “immigrant” in the hope they eventually we will see illegals and people who should be here in the same light nd that we will just accept them.
    Not gonna happen.
    Go Trump ‘2020!!!

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