Under separate cover we are sending you a copy of SLEEPY LAGOON MYSTERY. It is the story of the 17 Mexican-American boys who were convicted of murder and assault last year. Convicted not because they were guilty of murder - but because they are of Mexican descent.
As much responsible for their conviction as anything else, was the newspaper campaign of hatred and hysteria before and during their trial. You remember the headlines. You remember the mass arrests. Perhaps some one in your family was arrested.
This week, again, the Los Angeles Times has started a slander against the Mexican and Mexican-American people in this community. The articles (July 16 and July 18) pretend to be on juvenile delinquency, but they are vicious attempts to stir up feeling against Mexican-American youth.
Last year the campaign of hatred led to rioting on the streets of this city. We remember that only too well.
We must prevent such a thing from happening again. We who are interested in unity in this community - who know that we must have unity to back up our boys fighting on all the battlefronts - can and must take action:
Here are two things you can do:
You have a chance to take action now - you have a chance to prevent a dangerous situation. Don't waste that chance. Take action. If there is further information you wish - call MUtual 4964.