We are saddened to report that last Friday night – February 17, 2017, Juana Sandoval – mother of Youth Justice Coalition Youth Organizers Maritza and Herminia Galvez – was murdered in the parking lot outside her home at Mar Vista Gardens Housing Development.
Maritza and Herminia need our help. Please support the Galvez family to honor and care for their mom. Funds are needed for mortuary, funeral and burial costs.
Across L.A. and throughout the nation, people know and love the Galvez sisters for all they have done to fight for youth and community justice.
For twelve years they have been active leaders in the Youth Justice Coalition – working to pass sentencing laws to end Life Without Parole and other extreme sentences for youth (SB 9, SB 260 and SB 261); to dismantle the school to jail track that both of them personally experienced – including Maritza’s leadership as a youth representative on the national Coordinating Committee of the Dignity in Schools Campaign; ending direct file of youth into adult court – including helping to lead the efforts to pass Proposition 57; and providing court support and community defense to help bring home people from jails, prisons and immigrant detention centers.
Use the link below to read a message from Maritza and contribute what you can. Every penny counts – no matter the size of the donation!
To send your messages to Maritza, Hermina and their family or to find out about the memorial service and other updates, comment below or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for the love and support.