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Caravan For Peace Arrives In Phoenix; Calls For End To Drug War

Posted on  August 21, 2012 by  Site Admin

  Participants Denounce the Incarceration of Immigrants and the Incarceration of People Who Use Drugs During symbolic visit to "Tent City" jail, poet Javier Sicilia and other Mexican victims of War On Drugs to condemn inhumane practices of Joe Arpaio, longtime drug war enforcer and anti-immigrant sheriff On third stop of cross-country journey, Caravan expresses its solidarity with those incarcerated and demands an end to drug war that has resulted in more than 60,000 killed and 10,000 disappeared in Mexico On Thursday, the "Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity" will visit Maricopa County's notorious "Tent City" jail to denounce the criminalization and inhumane treatment of immigrants and people who use drugs. Led by Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, the Caravan will condemn the dehumanizing practices of Joe Arpaio, the infamous anti-immigrant sheriff and former DEA agent, who has made enforcing the failed prohibition of drugs a centerpiece of his career. Sicilia emerged as a leader of Mexico's Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) after his son, Juan Francisco, was killed in senseless prohibition-related violence last year. Since then, the MPJD has undertaken similar caravans across Mexico to collect stories of the destruction caused by the war against drugs and organized crime.  Through these caravans, victims have expressed in their own voices the drug war's devastating consequences. Sicilia, together with other victims of the Drug War from both Mexico and the United States, are in Phoenix on the third stop of their cross-country journey to bring an end to...

Mexican Victims Of Drug Violence: End The War On Drugs

Posted on  August 21, 2012 by  News Admin

 Despite fear, Mexican victims of Drug War on Caravan for Peace to visit El Paso-Juarez border to deliver clear message: End the War On Drugs Families, including exiled residents of Juarez -- epicenter of Drug War violence -- and relatives of the more than 60,000 killed in the Drug War, go to DEA to demand alternatives to costly, catastrophic failure of drug prohibition, military aid, and the open gun market Members of the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity will gather on Tuesday in front of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) division office in El Paso to demand accountability from the principal United States government agency charged with prosecuting the drug war in both Mexico and the U.S., and to seek a dialogue about the costs of this war -- and how to bring it to an end. Families carrying large and small pictures of loved ones lost in Mexico's Drug War will join Mexican exiles and U.S. families and communities hurt by the Drug War in actions and community events designed to call attention to the human and economic toll of this war on both sides of the border. One such family is that of Olga Reyes. Olga's family, the Reyes-Salazar family, are known human right activists from Juarez. Six members of her family have been killed and more than 20 of her surviving family members are currently in exile because of the harassment and death threats they have received both from organized crime and the Mexican military. "Our Caravan...

Caravan For Peace Arrives In Phoenix; Calls For End To Drug War

Posted on  August 20, 2012 by  News Admin

  Participants Denounce the Incarceration of Immigrants and the Incarceration of People Who Use Drugs During symbolic visit to "Tent City" jail, poet Javier Sicilia and other Mexican victims of War On Drugs to condemn inhumane practices of Joe Arpaio, longtime drug war enforcer and anti-immigrant sheriff On third stop of cross-country journey, Caravan expresses its solidarity with those incarcerated and demands an end to drug war that has resulted in more than 60,000 killed and 10,000 disappeared in Mexico On Thursday, the "Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity" will visit Maricopa County's notorious "Tent City" jail to denounce the criminalization and inhumane treatment of immigrants and people who use drugs. Led by Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, the Caravan will condemn the dehumanizing practices of Joe Arpaio, the infamous anti-immigrant sheriff and former DEA agent, who has made enforcing the failed prohibition of drugs a centerpiece of his career. Sicilia emerged as a leader of Mexico's Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) after his son, Juan Francisco, was killed in senseless prohibition-related violence last year. Since then, the MPJD has undertaken similar caravans across Mexico to collect stories of the destruction caused by the war against drugs and organized crime.  Through these caravans, victims have expressed in their own voices the drug war's devastating consequences. Sicilia, together with other victims of the Drug War from both Mexico and the United States, are in Phoenix on the third stop of their cross-country journey to bring an end to...