March to End Violence Against Latinos

A march looking to bring the "end of violence against Latino residents and a path to justice in East Haven" will be held here on Feb. 25.

Update on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The peaceful march on Feb. 25 is being organized by a newly formed East Haven-based group called "."

According to the organization's president, who spoke to East Haven Patch this morning, the event is being held in hopes of unifying and bringing the community together to create "path for justice and a path for reconciliation" for all the town's residents.

The group currently has some 130 members, and it's leadership was elected Feb. 9.

East Haven Patch will have a full update on the new East Haven organization following announcing the new Interim East Haven Chief of Police.

Update at 9:30 p.m.

Werner Oyanadel contacted East Haven Patch a short time ago to clarify that he has volunteered to help publicize the march "on my free time," and not in his official capacity as the acting executive director of the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission.

Oyanadel added that event organizers include state Rep. Juan Candelaria, the Democratic deputy majority whip from New Haven, and John Lugo from Unidad Latina en Accion

East Haven Patch will continue to provide updates on this story as we talk with Candelaria, Lugo and others about the upcoming march.

Original Story (Monday at 8:30 p.m.)

A peaceful march "for an end of violence against Latino residents and a path to justice in East Haven" will take place here Feb. 25, according to a post on Facebook.

The announcement, shared earlier today on the Facebook wall of East Haven Taxpayers Calling for Mayor Maturo to Resign, was written by Werner Oyanadel.

Oyanadel is the acting executive director of the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, which is an independent and non-partisan public policy agency that advises the governor's office and the General Assembly.

Who Is Organizing?

It is unclear at this time if the march is being organized by the LPRAC, or another unrelated group. Oyanadel did not immediately return a call this evening to his Hartford office from East Haven Patch.

The state commission, however, did call for East Haven Mayor Maturo's resignation after the the mayor made to a WPIX television reporter Mario Diaz following of four East Haven Police officers for against Latino residents and others.

'For Dignity'

According to Oyanadel, the march will begin next Saturday at the on Main Street, starting at 11 a.m. Participants are asked to dress in white clothing and bring an American Flag.

"¡Todos somos la marcha! ¡Por la dignidad y respeto a los derechos humanos! — For dignity and respect for human rights," Oyanadel wrote in Spanish as part of his post.

"Please help us forward this message in solidarity to our friends in ," he added.

East Haven Patch will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

Becki Pastor February 25, 2012 at 09:38 PM
@Don Charles I was at the rally today and I met with many many people there and there were very very few who were not citizens or here on visas and none were "illegal" that in and of itself is a racist assumption that was part of why today's march was so important. Once you begin to realize that the majority of people (including my own children) are either American born citizens of hispanic descent or they came to this country legally that will begin the healing process. And by the way, how would the business owners who were harassed in EH be illegal? Kind of hard to have a business if you are illegally here.
Becki Pastor February 25, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Seriously who are you people?? I was AT THE MARCH and the only things passed out were instructions for a peaceful RESPECTFUL march in town, and AMERICAN FLAGS!!!! So much for your racist and hateful assumptions. Keeping it classy as always on the Patch.
Becki Pastor February 25, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Thank you Mike. The rally was great and peaceful and the overall chants including asking Mayor Maturo to resign. Wish that more EH residents joined us....
Becki Pastor February 25, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Karen, there is no such permit needed and/or available in the town of East Haven, but thank you for doing your homework. The organizers met with the Chief of Police and the Mayors office to organize a peaceful and safe march. The March (which I participated in) was both peaceful and safe. Again, no permit needed and no illegals were involved in the march or the organization of same.
Becki Pastor February 25, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Don't feel bad for my childen. The leaned a lot today about love and peace and unity. They learned the same things about making a difference that my Great Aunts learned when they marched for your and my rights as women to vote. Stlll think protesting and marching is childish?


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