In the 80s FEX made grants to the Puerto Rican Civil Rights Institute in support of their effort to take on difficult legal cases that amplified the corrupt state of democracy in Puerto Rico. The Institute represented the families of two young independence activists who were allegedly assassinated in 1978 (the Cero Maravilla case) by police. While pursuing these legal cases were unpopular in Puerto Rico’s nonpolitical circles, we knew how important legal work and accountability is to political progress and pro-democracy movements. The Institute’s Founder, Charles Hay-Maestre said, “some of our major litigation would have been different if not for the funding we got from progressive sources.” Since then we’ve supported (through grants to the Institute) women opposing workplace sexual harassment, squatter communities in Villa Sin Miedo and victims of police brutality.
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