LatinoJustice mourns the passing of Activist Lawyer and Civil Rights Icon, Ramón Jiménez

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2016

Contact: John Garcia, Director of Communications, 212-739-7513, 917-673-9095 or jgarcia@latinojustice.org

LatinoJustice PRLDEF mourns the passing of civil rights lawyer Ramón Jiménez, who fought countless battles in the name of protecting the rights of low wage families, students, the homeless and many others in need. He fought for civil rights for the past 5 decades.

Jiménez is credited by many for saving Hostos Community College when the school was scheduled to close. Jiménez, a Harvard-trained lawyer whose office was above a tattoo shop in the Bronx and who taught at the school, organized students to drag their desks and chairs to the streets to protect the closing.

“At LatinoJustice PRLDEF we are fully aware of the significance of the compliment 'abogado del pueblo' the people's lawyer to describe Latinas and Latinos who have dedicated their careers to helping the underserved amongst us. Ramón Jiménez epitomized that calling, a true beacon of light for many of us. This Harvard-trained attorney has represented low-income families, workers and countless other needy people and causes for many years. His guidance in helping the community stop failed police policies like stop and frisk and his support for students and faculty who protested against the closing of Hostos Community College stand as inspiration for any young attorney who is thinking of a civil rights career.” said Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF.

Jiménez, who was born in Brooklyn, was raised there and in East Elmhurst Queens, and then moved with his family to the Bronx where he still resided. He earned his law degree from Harvard School of Law in 1974. As a professor at Hostos Community College in the Bronx in 1976, Ramon led students, faculty members and others in a demonstration and occupation of the college in protest of plans to shut the school or merge it with another college. The occupation lasted 20 days, ending with the arrest of 40 of the protestors including Ramon. The protest was successful and Hostos was saved.

In the ’80s, Ramon served as an administrative law judge for the State Workers Compensation Board but soon resigned over the politics and heavy caseload. He criticized the Board’s Chair over what he called “fast-food justice.”

Ramon was the Freedom Party candidate for NYS Attorney General in 2010. In 2016, the Green Party of New York State nominated Ramon as their candidate for NYS Attorney General as part of the slate with Gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins, Lt. Governor candidate Brian Jones, and Comptroller candidate Theresa Portelli.

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