The Latino Student Union came together to commemorate the honor of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa, Mexico. Last September, 43 students went missing in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. The disappearance was reported on every media outlet, attracting attention around the world. LSU club leaders transformed our cafeteria into a memorial for all 43 students. A picture and bio of each student was placed on each of the 43 chairs. Information about the incident was placed around the room along with student art. The artwork was drawn by different LSU members depicting the violence and the lives lost. The vigil was held during lunch and after school. Students silently walked through the gallery and read the information on each chair. Club leaders stood by to answer questions and guided students through the vigil. “This event is important because we need to create awareness of all the violence people face, we all deserve to stand up for each other. Every silent mouth is waiting to be heard,” said LSU Historian, Lidia Ramos.
“The case of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa is a symbol of the thousands of daily disappearances and murders that occur in Mexico. Seven months after their disappearance, the families of the students still demand to know what happened to their children. They have led massive protests to pressure the Mexican government to bring those responsible to justice. The vigil that Latino Student Union held last month was a demonstration of solidarity with the families of the 43. Students of the club hoped to “educate the Hawthorne community of the injustice and use their artwork as a tool for social change,” said club advisor and math teacher, Daisy Lomeli.
Students stood at each station and read the different piece of information about the missing students. “This is so crazy, I think these people should get justice for their family,” said junior Keon Jackson, who admits he attended to earn extra credit but stayed longer than needed because of his new-found interest in the subject. LSU had a successful demonstration and continue to contribute to the student body’s education of social change.