DENVER, CO, January 11, 2022—Working people and all supporters of democratic rights should express solidarity with Rogel Aguilera Mederos and demand he be immediately freed from prison. The truck driver was involved in a tragic 28-vehicle pileup caused by a failure of the brakes in the semi he was driving while descending a mountainous section of the I-70 highway in Lakewood, a suburb of Denver. The April 2019 accident resulted in the death of four people. After a jury found Aguilera guilty last October of four counts of vehicular homicide and 23 other criminal offenses, a judge sentenced him to an incredible 110 years behind bars! The news of such cruel and unusual punishment struck a chord with millions around the world who quickly expressed indignation at the draconian sentence.
NORTH MIAMI, Florida, September 29, 2021—About fifty people gathered today outside City Hall here to protest the outrageous mistreatment of Haitians by the U.S. government at the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas near the U.S.-Mexico border. Protesters demanded equal treatment for Haitian asylum seekers, and the immediate disclosure of the whereabouts of the nearly 15,000 refugees who were removed from the border by federal authorities and many of them deported.
Washington’s callous disregard for the lives of thousands of Haitian refugees—whom it is forcibly repatriating into a country torn by daily violence and ravaged by hunger and poverty exacerbated by recent flash floods and earthquakes—calls for worldwide outcry.
September 26, 2021— “Let them in! Let them in!” chanted protesters in Miami, demanding asylum for Haitian refugees, nearly 30,000 of whom recently flocked to the United States by crossing the Rio Grande and seeking shelter under the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas.