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ACLU Honors Pasco Activists with Civil Libertarian Award

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SEATTLE, WA -- The ACLU of Washington today announced Consejo Latino and Tri-Cities Community Solutions as one of the 2015 honorees for outstanding contributions to civil liberties in Washington state. They were nominated as two organizations that have mobilized community response to the police killing of a Mexican man in Pasco

Receiving the Civil Libertarian Award for recent contributions to the cause of civil liberties and justice are two organizations that have been driving forces in respond to the fatal police shooting of a Mexican man who was throwing rocks in Pasco last February: Consejo Latino and Tri-Cities Community Solutions.

Consejo Latino was founded in 2014 to champion economic development for Hispanic-owned businesses, promote cross-cultural understanding, and advocate politically on issues of concern in multi-cultural Pasco. The group has worked to bridge the cultural and language gap between the Pasco police and the largely Hispanic community they serve.

In the wake of the killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Consejo took a leading role in organizing the community response, coordinating peaceful street protests with other groups and reaching out to state and federal officials as well as the media to keep the spotlight on the local police force and investigation. They’ve pushed for a credible, independent investigation into the shooting, and aim to establish a commission to pursue meaningful reforms to the way the police deal with mental health, language barriers and culture. Consejo leadership has met with Washington’s senators and representatives of the Dept. of Justice, and has spoken before a U.S. Commission on Civil Rights forum on police use of force.

Tri-Cities Community Solutions (TCCS) grew out of Occupy Tri-Cities, adopting a new name as they organized in response to the Zambrano-Montes shooting. They advocate for accountability with regard to civil rights violations; focus on implementing reforms to resolve the root causes of violence; and work to build a community safety net so people have access to the necessities of life. TCCS organized multiple peaceful protests and marches to protest the shooting, including a 14-mile march across the Tri-Cities; requested 911 recordings and video of the shooting, which were subsequently released; and regularly has spoken out against the injustices of the criminal justice system in Eastern Washington.