FORT HOOD, Texas – The League of United Latin American Citizens is the nation’s oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization, and they rallied support nationwide Thursday for the “I Am Vanessa Guillén Act.”
One of the locations was Fort Hood, where a vigil and rally took place at the Vanessa Guillén Memorial Mural Site – located in front of the Vanessa Guillén Gate. Speakers included LULAC National President Domingo Garcia, City of Killeen Mayor José Segarra and Fort Hood Independent Review Committee Member Queta Rodriguez.
Cities nationwide came out Thursday night to rally for the “I am Vanessa Guillen Act, as the act was filed in congress Thursday morning. Emotions were high at the Vanessa Guillen memorial mural in Fort Hood.
“We’re asking everybody to make sure that becomes the law as well that every woman and every man serve our country that they feel like there are being harassed or threatened or abused that they can have that complaint heard,” says LULAC National President Domingo Garcia.
Vanessa Guillen’s name and story has been shared worldwide in hopes of creating change in the U.S military.
“The hashtag, I am Vanessa were are Vanessa became a national outcry about how to deal with the issue of sexual abuse and harassment of women in the army and in our military services,” says Garcia.
As April 22nd marks the one year anniversary of Specialist Vanessa Guillen being murdered in Fort Hood, city of Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra shared his condolences to the Guillen family.
“One year later as a community we still remember Vanessa Guillen even though there are no words that I can say today that will take away the pain of losing such a loved one at such an early age,” says Mayor Jose Segarra.
Mayor Segarra says Vanessa Guillen has brought unity to the community and she will always be in their thoughts and hearts.
“Vanessa she made a tremendous impact on our soldiers she made a tremendous impact to our community and she had a tremendous impact on our nation,” says Mayor Segarra.
LULAC says they will continue to fight for justice for Vanessa Guillen.
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Other Cities Being Linked:
Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas: www.facebook.com/events/292437819101267
Houston, Texas: www.facebook.com/events/185345286763933
Austin, Texas: www.facebook.com/events/278669240407211
Los Angeles, California: www.facebook.com/events/272614377903413
San Marcos, Texas: www.facebook.com/events/156807406371857
Chicago, Illinois: www.facebook.com/events/250523080104538
Source: League of United Latin American Citizens