It’s been nearly five years since Patchogue resident and Ecuadorean immigrant Marcelo Lucero was stabbed and killed during a racially-charged attack by seven local teens.
Despite nearly half a decade, the incident still rings fresh in the minds of many, especially the Latino population of Suffolk County. While there have been some signs that the tide may be turning towards more open-mindedness, there is still a long way to go for Long Island, the third-most racially segregated suburban region in America.
Long Island Wins has spent the last six years working towards promoting commonsense immigration policy that works for everyone, including residents of Long Island and across the nation. Our Welcoming Long Island initiative, a local affiliate of the national Welcoming America collaborative, has made significant inroads as far as building bridges between the native- and foreign-born populations of Long Island.
Most recently, Welcoming Long Island has begun working with the faculty and students of Patchogue-Medford High School, the school that the group of teens who murdered Lucero attended. The initiative is ongoing and will extend into 2014, culminating in a school-wide project. The school has long been a source of racial tension, and while we have made significant progress, there is still much more that needs to be done.
Deputized, a documentary that explores the incident from multiple perspectives, including those of Lucero’s family and of convicted killer Jeffrey Conroy, will be shown during a special fundraising event at 12 Noon on April 7, at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $10 for students, and all of the proceeds will go towards the continuing effort of making Long Island a more open, accepting and welcoming community and to promote commonsense immigration policy that works for everyone.