League of United Latin American Citizens
New Mexico State Office
Paul “Pablo” A. Martinez
NM State Director
November 10, 2009
For Immediate Release:
Shirley Reyes, NM State Director
Jessica I. Martinez, National Youth President
(505) 306-5534 or
Paul “Pablo“ A. Martinez, NM LULAC State Director
Ralph Arellanes, District I Director
A Coalition of Hispanic leaders and civil rights organization to gather in Taos, NM, to protest local Hotel owner for discriminatory and egregious labor policies against Hispanics
Taos, NM– The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in conjunction with several other civil rights organizations will be holding a press conference on Saturday, November 14, 2009, at 1:30 pm, on public property in front of the Whitten Inn, formerly known as the Paragon Inn, located at 615 Paseo del Sur, Taos, NM. This press conference is in support of the former Hispanic employees that were wrongfully discharged for protecting their civil rights. Owner Larry Whitten terminated employees after they refused to change their names to an Anglicized version and questioned owners’ policies. This incident has gained national and international media attention in recent weeks.
Several Hispanic, civil rights and labor organizations will be protesting in Taos, NM. The organizations include: ACLU, Black Berets of NM, Brown Berets of NM, Hispano Roundtable of NM, LCLAA, MEChA, NAACP and Somos un Pueblo.
Accordingly to Pablo Martinez, NM LULAC State Director, “Hispanic leaders are outraged by Mr. Whitten’s despicable labor policies and practices. To assume that the average American will not patronize an establishment because one cannot understand someone’s name is totally ludicrous. It essentially insults everyone’s intelligence to assume that by Anglicizing ones’ name a business will receive improved results in sales and/or patronage. That notion is totally preposterous”. LULAC demands that Mr. Whitten change his labor practices and policies not only pertaining to his hotel in New Mexico, but across the country. We also think that a public apology to the employees and community is in order. Once he can demonstrated a credible and earnest effort to reconcile his behavior, a willingness to improve race relations, then perhaps, we would be interested in conducting conflict dispute resolutions as deemed appropriate.
** The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization in the United States. Formed in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1929, LULAC strives to this day to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health, and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide.
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