VIDEO: Speeches at Vigil for Veneranda Martinez in Austin

The above video showcases speeches from the night of Veneranda Martinez’s vigil in Montopolis. A working mother of three, Veneranda was killed by her estranged husband recently after repeatedly having called for police protection to no avail; her funeral was Thursday morning.

During these speeches, the officiating priest and nonprofit representatives made calls for peace and respecting the authority of the police, whereas representatives from revolutionary organizations Popular Women’s Movement and Defend Our Hoodz called for rebellion against the corrupt system that put Veneranda’s family in such dire straits and did not provide her with protection when she needed it.

Special thanks to Alfredo Ledesma for contributing the footage for the video. Click here to donate to the fundraiser for Veneranda’s family.