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|Community event Sept. 25 @ Barrios Unidos for Alex Sanchez!|
|Written by Shadi Rahimi|
|Thursday, 17 September 2009 08:45|
Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos will host a movie and music fundraising event in support of Alex Sanchez. In addition, guest speakers from Homies Unidos and Barrios Unidos will address issues on current gang suppression activities and how the war on gangs is a war on marginalized youth of color. Hip-hop artists BRWN BFLO, Para La Gente, Machetero, Poetic S., Reporte Ilegal will also perform and Barrios will screen their featured documentary movie, "Hijos de la Guerra." The event will be broadcast live on KPFA "La Onda Bajita."
If you can't make it, please make your donation today to help Alex win his release. Alex sits today in a federal prison due to weak evidence and the stigmatization of El Salvadorian youth. It is critical for everyone in the activist community to take a stand against this great injustice. Please go to Homies Unidos page on Groundspring and make your donation today. Or, donate to the Brown Berets who are raising proceeds to go to Alex's family who are facing economic hardships due to Alex's incarceration.
About HIJOS DE LA GUERRA (movie synopsis)
Hijos de la Guerra tells the story of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), an international Hispanic street gang founded by Salvadoran civil war refugees, which the U.S government singles out as the fastest-growing and most violent gang in the country. The film explores the individual motivations behind gang membership and the ensuing explosion of fratricidal violence, as well as the complex role of social and government policy in attempting to contain and yet unintentionally encouraging the spread of the gang. At its inception, the newly formed gang channeled the widespread trauma that a genocidal civil war had wrought on an entire generation of orphaned and militarized kids into fanatical violence. This formed the basis for MS-13's explosive growth.