Salma Hayek, Eva Longoria, and Jennifer Lopez are among more than 150 stars who have added their names to an empowering letter showing support for the Latinx community.
The open letter, titled Querida Familia Latina, hit back against U.S. President Donald Trump and his controversial immigration policies, and was published on Friday (16Aug19) in The New York Times, La Opinion, El Nuevo Herald and El Diario, and shared on social media.
America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama, Zoe Saldana, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gina Rodriguez, Ricky Martin, and Diego Luna joined more than 200 people from the entertainment industry, business leaders and activists who wanted to offer their help to threatened communities in America.
“If you are feeling terrified, heartbroken and defeated by the barrage of attacks on our community, you are not alone,” it begins. “We have been smeared by political rhetoric and murdered in violent hate crimes. We have been separated from our families and have watched our children caged. We have been targeted with mass shootings and mass ICE raids meant to terrify us, squash our hope, and break our spirits.”
It continued: “But, we will not be broken. We will not be silenced. We will continue to denounce any hateful and inhumane treatment of our community. We will demand dignity and justice.”
“Though real pain and fear are sweeping through our communities, we remain powerful… Our humanity must be respected,” it adds.
The letter urged Latinx communities to come together and make their voices heard so change can happen.
“We call on you to speak out loudly against hate, to contribute your resources to organizations that support our community, and to hold our leaders accountable,” the note concluded.