Hispanic Groups Take Action

By: Alice Barr
By: Alice Barr

"We have lost a life and this is why we are here," says Julio Salgado of the local group Latinos for Progress.
Members of Saldago's group and the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, gathered at Monday night's city council meeting. Their goal is to draw attention to growing violence on the streets of Rockford, specifically to the shooting death of a 47-year old ice cream vendor, Isidro Duran in southwest Rockford just over a week ago.
"LULAC does consider this a hate crime. This was an overkill. We've mentioned it before to the mayor that this side of the city, the southwest side is a war zone," says Mary Lou Castro, of LULAC.
Now the two groups want to come up with a plan of action to reduce violence on our streets. They have a meeting on Friday with representatives from the police department and the mayor's office. Group members say they want a greater police presence. But Mayor Larry Morrissey says the problem runs deeper than that.
"If they don't have a family present, if they don't have a community setting proper norms, you wind up with children walking around with guns, committing the kind of senseless crimes that we've got in our community. Is that something that just hiring more police officers solves? No, we've got to dig deep in a lot of social issues in our community," says Morrissey.
Another local ice cream vendor and good friend of the murdered Duran fears doing his job now. He hopes real progress will be made soon.
"If we can't be safe it's going to be a problem, I can't go sell ice cream. I can't support myself," says Fernando Rodriguez.
The groups will also speak out at Rockford's city council meeting next Monday. They hope to keep up a dialogue with the city until they reach their goal.

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  • by A Minority becoming a Majority Location: Northern Illinois on May 26, 2009 at 07:06 PM
    Gangs arise from self protection of Hate. Definition of a Hate Crime is very clear in the death of Mr Duran. The approach of 3 afro american youth,killing a hispanic ICE CREAM BENDER in the day of light before a 2 yr olds eyes and killing him by shooting him in the back with more then 1 bullet (6 of them)- Is total HATE at its best.Craig Location of Belvidere will never comprehend HATE as something terrible gone wrong since he seems to see the death of another human Hispanic as rum dum of another day. The sick one is the one that does not comprehend a blighten HATE CRIME right in your own back yard of Rockford. So move on and continue to live in a fake world tht you alone live. Get real,get with it, and realize we are all one-trying to go the same direction. Its not just you alone Craig location in this wonderful world of ours. If you do not comprehend that then you should of been the one to have fallen off of the this world.
  • by rockford taxpayer Location: rockford on Jul 24, 2007 at 10:09 AM
    mabye it`s time to move back to mexico,atleast half the gang members in rockford are hispanic go prosper back home
  • by Craig Location: Belvidere on Jul 24, 2007 at 05:48 AM
    Hispanic groups take action? Really, what took them so long? Hate crime - no! Why is that? When a Black kills a white person, or when a Black kills a Black, or when an Hispanic kills a Black, are these hate crimes. The issue with murders is always a moral values issue. Why is it that SW Rockford (as the Castro says) is a breeding ground for crime? Castro, it seems, believes that the city council can solve moral issues and family issues. When are families (the basic building block of society) going to take responsibility for raising their children with moral values?
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