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We have struggled for many years to free Ramiro " Ramsey " Muñiz from imprisonment for a 1994 conviction and excessive sentence of life without parole for a non-violent drug offense. As Ramsey pointed out in an interview, he has never ever carried a weapon in his entire life. He and his family and friends have endured pain and suffering as a result of his many years of incarceration. He has turned 70 years of age on 13 December, 2012, and suffers from a number of health problems. We refuse to let him die in prison.
I first met Ramsey in 1972, when he was La Raza Unida Party's Governor of Texas. He was a community activist during the Civil Rights and Chicano Movements. He did much to raise "political consciousness" in Texas and the Southwest. He enabled many to gain a political voice and seek public office at local, state, and national levels. Many of today's Latino politicians got their start in La Raza Unida during the party's heyday from 1970 to 1978. Others - the " Legacy Children," including Julian and Joaquin Castro of San Antonio -- were too young to be active in politics but attended La Raza Unida meetings with their parents. All of these owe a debt to Ramsey Muñiz.