Remembering the 23 Victims and Their Families in El Paso, Texas
HIP Joins Call to Center Safety and Healing Against Violent Acts of Domestic Terrorism
Oakland, CA — Today Hispanics in Philanthropy issued the following statement remembering the 23 victims who lost their lives and the 26 survivors at the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso, Texas, as a result of a Latinx-targeted hate crime by a domestic terrorist in 2019.
“On this second anniversary, we stand with the survivors and the families of loved ones who were killed in the deadliest attack of Latinxs in U.S. modern history. That day was not an isolated event, we have seen how fear and hate towards people of color and immigrant communities has perpetuated and normalized misinformation within c-suites, halls of government, and in our own backyards. It was an alarming signal to strengthen our commitment to racial equity across our borders.
“Since then we have seen how El Pasoans collective healing through action has motivated Latinxs to ensure we are all safe no matter our ethnicity, race, status, gender, or zip code. At HIP, we have committed to expanding our racial equity work to support an ecosystem of movement, policy, and advocacy that is rooted in shared histories, narratives, leadership, and healing practices to continue to build power in our communities to effect long-term change.”
Since the shooting, HIP has been a partner and co-sponsor of several events including a healing conversation on the impact of the language of hate. HIP also joins the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda’s call to combat misinformation and hate to keep our communities informed and safe.”