LULAC Joins Mother’s Plea For Zero Enlistment Of Latinas Into Military
Nation’s Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Says Disappearance of Vanessa Guillen Needs Action Now!
Washington, DC - The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) today demanded immediate steps be taken by the highest levels of the nation’s military, members of Congress and the White House into what the Army now admits is foul play connected to why the 20-year old soldier is gone. The following statement was issued by National President Domingo Garcia:
“It is heartbreaking and we are filled with both anger and anguish over the disappearance of Vanessa on an American military installation. Even more troubling is the total and reckless mishandling of the investigation or the lack of care for her life and well-being. Both seem meaningless to those in command at Ft. Hood. LULAC has always stood by our armed forces and for 93-years our organization has proudly honored our Latino men and women who put on an Army uniform and serve the country they love with honor and distinction. This is what Vanessa Guillen did. Her life exemplifies the very finest and we will not allow this crime to be treated lightly, disrespectfully and with callous indifference!
Today we join with Vanessa’s family and issue a predator alert for families and not to allow your daughters to enlist in the Army, since we see they cannot be protected. We have received multiple complaints of women soldiers who have been sexually harassed and assaulted with no actions being taken by superiors to protect them.
LULAC calls upon Senators John Cornyn, Ted Cruz and President Trump to seize this moment and show our nation through their leadership that our military truly matters, not just missiles and tanks, but the men and women who are the shield for America’s freedoms. Demand that every lead, every tip, every possible path be followed urgently to bring Vanessa home. LULAC will not rest and will not be silent until she does.”
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/