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Eva Longoria, America Ferrera lead Latino ‘letter of solidarity’ with 150 other artists, leaders

Eva Longoria and America Ferrera are leading a group of more that 150 Latino writers and activists in a “letter of solidarity” to Hispanic Americans after mass shootings that authorities say were committed by suspects who expressed white supremacist and anti-immigrant views.

The letter, published Friday in The New York Times and a few Spanish newspapers, urges Hispanic Americans who may feel “terrified, heartbroken and defeated by the barrage of attacks” in recent days to come together and “not be silenced” by racist rhetoric targeting their communities.

{mosads}“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,” reads the letter. “But, we will not be broken. We will not be silenced.”

Longoria added in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday that she and Ferrera quickly found other prominent activists who were willing to sign on to the letter and were eager to speak out while reaching Americans of both parties.

“Once we started talking to other people, we found out others were feeling the same way,” she told the news service. “Instead of us all suffering alone we wanted to unite and tell our community that is going through all of this … we are with you and we will fight for you.”

Other co-signers include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dolores Huerta and Jennifer Lopez.

“We wanted to do something to let people know we aren’t growing to lie down and take it,” Ferrera told the AP. “We are going to stand up and fight.” 

Two recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Gilroy, Calif., are believed to have specifically targeted Hispanic Americans, with the suspect in the El Paso shooting telling police that he was aiming for “Mexicans” in his attack.

Democrats have blamed President Trump’s rhetoric surrounding immigration and communities of color for the attacks, accusing Trump of stoking racial divisions and white supremacist ideologies.

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