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Justice for Vanessa Guillen Rally Sunday, July 12th, 2020 in Longmont




Longmont, CO Residents, Stephanie Alverez and David Montelongo will be leading the Longmont Community’s response to the murder of Armed Force Specialist, Vanessa Guillen.


On Sunday, June 12th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm residents from all over the state of Colorado will join on the West side of 6th and Main St. to honor Vanessa’s life, give voice to her tragic death and empower change in our community.




Stephanie and David have also partnered with the Latino Task Force of Boulder County, Boulder County Collective, and Northglenn Cares About Public Discourse to bring many voices in the Front Range Community together to start healing.


The agenda includes ritual expressions from local area artists, a short march up and down main. Speakers and those in attendance include leaders such as Councilman Aren Rodriguez and Community & Neighborhood Resource Manager Carmen Ramirez. Additional community support comes from El Comité and councilwoman Marcia Martin.


Vanessa was a 20-year-old Mexican American soldier who went missing on April 22, 2020, from fort hood base and was later found deceased on June, 30th 2020. Vanessa was murdered by her Sgt. Aaron David Robinson. Vanessa’s bunker was cleaned out and was considered a deserter. Vanessa would complain to her mother that she was being sexually harassed but was scared to report it because other female soldiers before her have reported him and were dismissed.

Vanessa will never be able to say goodbye to her parents or siblings, she will never be able to
tell them she loves them she will never be able to have that love of embracement ever again.
Vanessa’s tragic death has also shined a light on fort hood and every day more and more soldiers are coming out about how they have reported sexual assault and harassment and how it was dismissed.


It has also brought light to other soldiers’ disappearance and how fort hood has not
made any efforts to find them or investigate their disappearances.


My wife Stephanie Alverez and I David Montelongo could not stay silent any longer we both are Mexican American and have friends and family serving this country and would be devastated if anything ever happened to them. We started a protest for Vanessa and the other soldiers . We strongly believe that Fort Hood needs to answer for having a lack of urgency to find her and not pursuing an investigation as potential disappearance in Vanessa’s case. Also Failure of investigating other soldiers disappearances.

Vanessa Guillen was murdered in a calculated and gruesome manner. Her murder was
premeditated and carried out by her Sgt. and fellow soldier. This vile act was also perpetrated by the whole armed forces. They all murdered her by overlooking her and other soldiers claims, they murdered her by not protecting her.


Fort Hood failed to protect not only Vanessa but all other soldiers that either have come forward with these claims but also those who have disappeared and were violently silenced. Their call for help snubbed and buried in shallow graves.

Fort Hood and the arm forces are and will be held accountable for these atrocious acts. There is no escape from JUSTICE!

We will continue on the path of nonconformity until this kind of acts are eradicated from all
faces of society. NO JUSTICE NO PEACE!


Shavonne Blades grew up on the West Coast but moved to Colorado in High School. She left for California after school and returned to Colorado in 1990. She got her start in media at the age of 21 in Santa Cruz, California as an advertising sales rep. Having no experience and nothing more than a couple of years as an art college attendee she felt the bug to work in media at a young age. She learned that by helping her customers with design and marketing, their campaigns would be far more successful and has made a 30+ year career in design, copywriting, and marketing for her clients. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPy4MMdcfLg. She has always chosen to work in Independent Media and believes deeply in the need for true, authentic Community Journalism. She is proud that YS has never compromised journalism standards in its 20+ history and continues to print YS on paper monthly while also expanding web coverage. She has worked at 3 Alternative Weeklies and founded Yellow Scene Magazine in 2000. You can learn more about Shavonne's adventures in the YS 20th Anniversary issue: https://yellowscene.com/2020/10/08/the-yellow-scenes-red-tornado/

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