Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tejano Democrats Resolution at Texas Democratic Party Convention in Dallas, Texas


Resolution in support of the Humanitarian Release of Ramsey Muñiz

WHEREAS, Ramiro “Ramsey” Muñiz, a great civil rights leader of the Chicano Movimiento, who advocated for freedom and equality for all Mexican Americans and Latinos throughout America; and

Whereas, Ramsey Muñiz   represented the best and the brightest advocates for the poor and underrepresented Latinos in Texas and became a Texas gubernatorial candidate in 1972 and 1974; and

WHEREAS, Through his work as a community volunteer, Ramsey Muñiz brought significant social, educational, political and economic advancements for Mexican Americans, Hispanics, Latinos and other Americans throughout Texas, the Southwest, and nation; and

WHEREAS, Ramsey Muniz’s advocacy increased his vulnerability to prosecution that ultimately resulted in his imprisonment without the possibility of parole. The sentence constitutes cruel and unusual punishment for a such a worthy man, and 

Whereas, Ramsey Muniz has now spent 21 years of his life unjustly  imprisoned, far from his family and friends , where he has suffered greatly and continues to suffer to this day; and

WHEREAS, Ramsey Muñiz, is 72 years of age and poses no threat to his community. On the contrary his release would benefit the Latino Community; and

WHEREAS, the State Tejano Democrats acknowledge Ramsey Muniz’s civil rights works on behalf of Latinos and recognizes that Presidential compassion is merited in this case.

Therefore Be It Resolved, that State Tejano Democrats supports the efforts of the National Committee to Free Ramsey Muñiz and requests that President Barack Obama grant Ramsey Muñiz an immediate Commutation of Sentence - Freedom for Ramsey Muñiz.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that State Tejano Democrats Urge President Obama for a Commutation of Sentence for Ramiro “Ramsey” Muniz by writing letters addressed to Deborah Leff, Pardon Attorney, 145 N. Street N.E. Room SE.508, Washington, D.C. 20530 and petition the Office of the Pardon Attorney for Commutation of Sentence for Ramiro Muniz 40288-115 and ask Ms. Leff to submit his application to President Barack Obama.

Submitted by:    Samuel Cortez, SD 9 Delegate, and State Tejano Democrats
                               Secretary Gracie Cortez, Dallas, August 2015

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