The Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity is on the road! Starting on Sunday August 12th, the Caravan lead by Javier Sicilia and Mexico’s Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity is traveling across the United States calling for an end to the drug war.
Who’s behind the Caravan? The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity and Global Exchange are proud to partner with a broad, growing coalition of groups dedicated to changing our national debate on the Drug War.
More than 80 victims of Mexico’s drug war who traveled across the US/Mexico border to take part in the Caravan have been joined by others (including some Global Exchange staff and interns) north of the border to urge the U.S. public to rethink the failed strategies of the war on drugs. Victims of the violence in Mexico are speaking at stops along the way, to share their testimonies of suffering and courage.
Global Exchange’s Zarah Patriana who is in LA with the Caravan described the scene today; “The weather continues to be hot, but the caravan marches on!”
Caravan participants gathered at City Hall for a portion of the day’s ‘s activities. A handful of activists including GX friend John Lindsay-Poland of Fellowship of the Reconciliation got tied up for an action in front of city hall representing the number of people who have disappeared — desaparecidos.
Earlier in the morning the L.A. City Council passed a resolution supporting the Caravana.
There has been a ton of press coverage for the Caravan thus far. Here’s just a sampling:
- CNN: Mexican poet prepares U.S. peace march
- LA Opinión: Hollywood joins the Caravan for Peace headed by Sicilia (Spanish)
- The Nation: Can the Caravan of Peace End the War on Drugs?
- Los Angeles Times: Mexican activist, poet brings Caravan for Peace to U.S.
- AFP: Drug war ‘peace caravan’ woos Hollywood
This Soundcloud audio clip from KPFA 94.1-FM in Berkeley is a great listen! Victims of US/Mexico Drug War Lead Caravan for Peace
Follow the Caravan on…
- Twitter: @CaravanaUSA
- Facebook: Facebook.com/Caravan4Peace
- Caravan for Peace website: caravanforpeace.org
- Global Exchange People-to-People blog: Caravan Road Reports or Subscribe via RSS to receive new posts automatically
Lend Your Support: Donations are still being accepted to help fund this important trip. Will you give?