Release: One Year After Jorge Gonzalez’s Death, Family Celebrates Jorge’s Life, Demands Action

July 13, 2021

Officers who brutalized Jorge still employed by Sheriff’s Department

For Immediate Release
Dani Marrero Hi, 956-432-3193,

EDINBURG, TX – This Thursday marks one year since the death of Jorge Gonzalez Zuñiga and his family has received no justice. The officers who broke Jorge’s neck during his Easter weekend arrest in April of 2020 have not been charged and, according to recent records, are still employed by Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office.

In response, Jorge’s family and supporters are holding a protest at Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, July 15th, 2021 at 10 am. The protest will celebrate Jorge’s life, draw attention to his work as a farmworker, and demand the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Guerra be accountable to Jorge's family and the Hidalgo County community.

WHAT: Protest: 1-year since Jorge's death

WHO: Katia Gonzalez, sister of Jorge Gonzalez; members of Divest/Invest RGV and La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE)

WHERE: Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, 711 E El Cibolo Rd, Edinburg, TX, 78541

WHEN: Thursday, Jul 15, 2021, 10am CDT

VISUALS: Jorge's farmworker work clothes, produce that Jorge picked, signs displaying photo of Jorge in the fields with text reading “I am Jorge, I am a farmworker, I am essential”


LUPE is a nonprofit organization that helps the community organize for and win a better quality of life. LUPE was founded in 1989 by farmworker and civil rights leaders Cesar E. Chavez and Dolores Huerta. We are a membership-based organization and our strength is found in the participation of our over eight thousand members.