Please join us at a fundraiser for the family of Jorge Steven López Mercado, a victim of a vicious hate crime in Puerto Rico. Jorge Steven was brutally murdered, decapitated and dismembered, because he was gay.
A Benefit to Support the Family of Jorge Steven López Mercado
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Street: 236 East 3rd Street, NY, NY
Suggested Donation: $10
All money donated at this event will go directly to the family, to cover the cost of Jorge Steven’s funeral as well as legal expenses needed to bring Jorge Steven’s murderer to justice. Donations should be made payable to ALMA (Association of Latino Men in Action), a nonprofit organization.
After learning of Jorge Steven’s murder this past November, Melissa immediately spoke out against this hate crime, sending this letter with Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Council Member Rosie Mendez, calling on Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño to denounce and prosecute this violent act as a hate crime. She also spoke at a vigil in remembrance of Jorge Steven and other hate crime victims.
We hope you will join us at this important event!