More than 60,000 thousand people have been killed in drug violence in Mexico in the last few years. 10,000 people have been disappeared and over 160,000 displaced. Global Exchange and Mexico's Movement for Peace with Justice and DIgnity (MPJD) led by Javier Sicilia have made "End the Drug War- No more Violence" campaign a priority in 2012. Starting in August, a high profile caravan will cross the US starting in San Diego/Los Angeles, heading east along the US-Mexico border and then up to Chicago, New York and DC.
Sicilia's son, Juan Francisco was murdered along with six friends on a fateful night in March of 2011. He has since become an inspirational voice for peace, justice and reform- drawing huge crowds throughout Mexico. He comes north this summer with a call for change in the bi-national policies that have inflamed a six-year Drug War, super-empowered organized crime, corrupted Mexico's vulnerable democracy, claimed lives and devastated human rights on both sides of the border.
The Caravan of buses, private vehicles and RV's will begin the month-long United States journey at the Tijuana-San Diego border on August 12, 2012. A series of rallies, vigils, debates and media events will take place in major metropolises and small towns along the route, Austin TX will be one of them. Sicilia speaks eloquently and lends a human dimension to such issues as the security industrial complex, militarization, drug laws, gun laws, immigration and economic justice.
Learn more about the Caravan for Peace at their website. See more IndyMedia coverage at Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity Stop in Austin and Tom Hayden on The Drug War, The Peace Movement, and the Legacy of Port Huron.
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