Free Alex Sanchez!

Alex Sanchez, founder and executive director of Homies Unidos, was arrested on June 24 on federal racketeering charges as part of a wider indictment against members of the MS-13 street gang. Sanchez, alleged of involvement in a 2006 conspiracy to murder a Mara Salvatrucha member in El Salvador, had once been involved in gang activities in his youth, but the 37 year old Salvadoran native left the life more than ten years ago to form the community-based Homies Unidos, whose mission is ?end violence and promote peace in our communities through gang intervention.?
Homies Unidos released this statement: ?The Homies Unidos Board stands united in full support, behind our executive director, Alex Sanchez and his family. For the past 11 years, Alex has been committed to helping bring about change in his community. He is an exemplary leader, respected colleague and dedicated husband and father. Just as we are confident in Alex?s innocence, we are confident that Los Angeles and the nation will remember that an indictment is an allegation only.?
Alex was denied bail on June 30, despite strong community support, including hundreds of support letters submitted to the court and demonstrations at the courthouse the day of his bail hearing demanding his release. For more information about support for Alex, visit
For more information about Homies Unidos:
1625 W Olympic Blvd # 706
Los Angeles, CA 90015-3811
Taken from: ?Why Was Alex Sanchez Arrested??, published June 26, 2009.