Remembering May Molina


May Ortiz Molina, a Chicago justice activist with the Comité Exigimos Justicia and founder of Families of the Wrongfully Convicted, died in custody after Chicago police raided her home and held her in lockup. May suffered from diabetes and was confined to a wheelchair. Her lawyer and family members tried to get May her medication while she was in custody, but they were prevented by police.

Activists are demanding an investigation into May’s death.

We in the Campaign will never forget May’s devotion to the fight for justice. Even though her health was failing and she was in a wheelchair, May never let that stop her from attending pickets, rallies and meetings--often, she would be holding a picture of her son, who is wrongfully incarcerated in Illinois. Her perseverance and her determination lives on in all of us who were proud to have known her.

May’s family is in desperate need of funds to pay for funeral expenses. Make the checks payable to Marisol Allende and send c/o April Ortiz to: P.O. Box 412004, Chicago, IL 60654.