Sunday, January 23, 2011

Do you know about Brisenia Flores? Nine year old shot dead by Minutemen in Arizona.

There’s another infamous shooting of a nine-year-old girl that is making headlines this week in Tucson. This time, we wonder if the rest of the media will bother to cover it.

The little girl’s name was Brisenia Flores. She lived near the border with her parents and sister outside the town of Arivaca, Arizona. On May 30 of 2009, a woman named Shawna Forde, who led an offshoot unit of Minutemen who ran armed border patrols for patriotic “fun”. Forde’s gang had decided to go “operational,” which meant they concocted a scheme to raid drug smugglers and take their money and drugs and use it to finance a border race war and “start a revolution against the government”. They targeted the Flores home, which had neither money nor drugs, based on dubious information. They convinced Flores to let them in by claiming to be law-enforcement officers seeking fugitives, then shot him point-blank in the head when he questioned them and wounded his wife, Gina Gonzalez. And then, while she pleaded for her life, they shot Brisenia in cold blood in the head. (Her sister, fortunately, was sleeping over at a friend’s.)  (via CrooksandLiars)
[image is a portrait photograph of Brisenia Flores with a closed-mouth smile]
There are and were plenty of people who remember and invoke the name, life, and spirit of Brisenia in their work and will continue to do so whether or not even the progressive white blogosphere pays attention (or not)
 Spreading the word, because this is the first I'd heard of this story, and that's not ok.