This summer’s Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity is coming up quickly. Javier Sicilia, who visited the U.S. a few months ago to lay the groundwork for this monumental event, along with Mexico’s Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity will lead the caravan across the United States this summer, calling for an end to the drug war.
The upcoming Caravan is timely, given the recent elections in Mexico. Watch the Democracy Now! report After Election, Mexico Poised for Return of PRI — And Continuation of Deadly U.S.-Fueled Drug War.
Where is the Caravan Going?
The caravan will begin in San Diego, cross the border from Tijuana to San Diego on August 12, heading east along the US-Mexico border, through the Southeast and then north to Chicago, New York City and arrive in Washington DC in early September.
Here’s the updated Caravan route, complete with map.
Why a Caravan for Peace?
Since 2006 over 60,000 Mexicans have been murdered, more than 10,000 disappeared, and over a 160,000 displaced, all a result of the Drug War- a 41 year old “war” with no victory in sight.
The United States is partly to blame. Ineffective drug laws drive obscene profits into cartel coffers. Lax gun regulations mean U.S. weapons flow freely into Mexico and into cartel hands. And our foreign policy funds further militarization of the conflict, exacerbating the violence.
Meanwhile, the trouble also hits home: over 1,100 Americans are killed each year in drug- related violence, 500,000 are incarcerated for drug-related offenses, and 7 million struggle with drug abuse or dependence.
The Mexican victims are particularly interested in making the links to victims of the drug war in the US — where mass incarceration and deportations disproportionately affect communities of color.
Traveling in buses, cars, vans and RVs, the victims of violence will bring their message of suffering, their hope for peace and help to build the movement that can make the change happen.
TAKE ACTION! HERE’S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN THE CARAVAN:
- Join this cross-country cry for peace, justice and dignity. Since space is limited on the bus and we expect to receive a lot applications, you are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Once the bus is filled, there will also be an opportunity for people to follow the bus in private cars.
- Sign- up registration forms for these opportunities will be available on our website soon. To receive email notification, sign up for our Mexico News email list.
- If you live along the route get involved in a local host committee; start by filling out this form. See the list of those involved in the Caravan here.
- If you can’t go on the road with us you can support Global Exchange to make the Caravan a success. Your generous donation will go a long way towards guaranteeing the success of the Caravan.
We hope you are able to get involved with the Caravan in some capacity!
For a better understanding of its importance, watch these moving testimonies in Mexico City of victims of the War on Drugs in México