On Thursday, Mayor Maturo received 2,000 tacos.
The send-the-mayor-a-taco campaign, which took off via tweets, cellphone texts and social-media shares, was organized by Reform Immigration for America, a group that advocates comprehensive immigration reform.
A bulk order of 500 tacos was hand-delivered to the mayor’s office by members of Junta for Progressive Action, a Latino nonprofit in New Haven, Conn. Others texted in individual orders.
In a letter accompanying the bulk delivery, Junta for Progressive Action said:
“These are serious allegations against the state of civic affairs in your community – yet when asked what you personally would be doing to address racial discrimination in East Haven, you made a mockery of the crisis by suggesting that eating tacos is enough to help the Latino community in the wake of this tragedy.
Your subsequent apology isn’t enough to make up for allowing institutionalized racism in a police force and city government.”
[Photo: Dixon Jimenez, right, delivers tacos to Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. Credit: Jessica Hill/AP]