On Sunday evening, Melissa participated in an open mic fundraising event for the family of hate crime victim Mario Vera. The event, hosted at Camaradas in El Barrio was entitled “A Night of No Mores” and called for an end to all violence. A number of speakers shared their reflections on the rise in hate crimes against immigrants, Latinos and LGBT New Yorkers, as attendees also performed their poetry, music and dance for the crowd.
In October, Mario Vera was brutally attacked in a vicious hate crime, leaving him with severe brain damage and other injuries. The proceeds from last night’s event will go directly to Mario’s family during their time of need.