This page has information about events connected to the CARAVANA43 of Ayotzinapa families and students who will tour the US in the coming weeks They will travel in three routes as well as making multiple visits to Washington, DC.
The Caravan Starts on March 15 and will continue until the end of April. The first visit to Washington, DC is on March 20th
The route is complicated and the information on this site (like the tour itself) is a work in progress. Please use the information below (links, emails, phone numbers) to connect to people and events in your community.
Live TV coverage of some of the events will be available on: Rompeviento.TV
The information below is divided as follows:
1. Washington, DC Info about multiple visits.
2. Pacific Coast Route starting (details of 3/19 kick-off events in LA)
3. Contact information for Pacific Route
4. General contact info.
5. Bios of (some) caravaneros.
Contact: Arturo J. Viscarra
School of the America’s Watch
Wednesday March 25th 6:00 pm: Casa de Maryland will be hosting an open panel discussion with the Latino community in Maryland and the DMV. 8151 15th Avenue. Hyattsville, Maryland. 20783. Panelist include:
• Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, a lawyer at the highly respected Tlachinollan Human Rights Center, that promotes and defends the rights of the indigenous and poor people Guerrero, Mexico. Vidulfo has worked closely with the families of the 43 disappeared students and is highly informed about their case.
• Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval Sandoval, a member of the faculty of the Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa Guerrero. His son, a student at the college, survived the police attack that resulted in the death of 6 people, the wounding of 25, and the forced disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students.
• Maria Luisa Rosal, Field Organizer, SOA Watch will moderate the discussion.
Thursday March 26th at 5:00pm: Members of the #Ayotzi43DC will hosting a vigil in front of the Mexican embassy to mark 6 months since the 43 Ayotzinapa students went missing. The vigil will be followed by a march to the US Department of State building. 1911 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Washington, DC.
Monday April 6th: The “Atlantic Caravan” of parents and family members of the Caravana 43 arrives in Washington DC. Lobbying of congressional offices to take place.
Wednesday April 7th from 7 to 9 pm: A joint event will be held in conjunction with family members affected by police brutality in the US alongside parents of the Ayotzinapa 43. More information to be released as soon as the time and place are determined.
April 16 – 20: The “Central Caravan” of parents and family members of the Caravana 43 arrives in Washington DC. Events and locations to be determined.
Pacific Coast route Caravanistas:
•Blanca Luz Nava Vélez, madre de Jorge Alvarez Nava
•Estanislao Mendoza Chocolate, padre de Miguel Ángel Mendoza Zacarías
•Ángel Neri De La Cruz Ayala, estudiante
•Josimar De la Cruz Ayala, estudiante
Caravana 43 Pacific Route Schedule:
Mar 15 – 17 El Paso (Group 1)
Mar 18 El Paso, viaje a Las Cruces
Mar 19 Las Cruces (Group 1) / Llegada a Los Angeles (Group 2)
Mar 20 Llegada a Los Angeles (Group 1) / Los Angeles (Group 2)
Mar 21, 22 Los Angeles
Mar 23 – 25 San Diego
Mar 26, 27 Viaje a Oxnard
Mar 28, 29 Fresno
Mar 30, 31 Santa Cruz
Apr 1 Viaje a San Jose / San Jose
Apr 2,3 Berkeley
Apr 4- 6 San Francisco
Apr 7 Santa Rosa
Apr 8 – 10 Sacramento
Apr 11 Viaje a Portland via Salem/Woodburn
Apr 12 – 14 Portland
Apr 15 Olympia
Apr 16 – 18 Seattle
Apr 19 – 21 Yakima
Apr 22 – 24 Las Vegas
Apr 25 – 27 Denver
Los Angeles 19-22 March
Eventos en CalStateNorthridge:
4:00-6:00 PRESENTACION PUBLICA (Coordinación con MECHA)
7:00-8:00 Conferencia de Prensa ampliada (incluye programa con Luengas y medios independientes)
Coordinan: Coalición Latinoamericana por AyotzinapaLos Angeles
10:00-12:00 CalState LA
2:00-5:00 PM: Sindicatos de Maestros, Manhattan Beach (Grupo A) (Coordina Rosemary Lee, Alianza Trinacional por la Defensa de la Educació)
2:00-5:00 PM: Inglewood High School (Grupo B)
5:30-8:00 PM: Reunión de la Caravana con organizadores
10-12 Placita Olvera: Evento Cultural-Primavera Ayotzinapa y Conferencia de Prensa
1-3 pm: Reunión con la comunidad Centroamericana (CARECEN-Coordina Alex Sánchez de Homies Unidos)
5-7:30 UTLA Coalición Latinoamericana porAyotzinapa
9:00-11:00 Sindicatos CFT Manhatan Beach (Grupo A)
9:00-11:00 Riverside (Grupo B)
12:30-4:00 Marcha Placita Olvera-Federal Building-City Hall-Consulado General de Méxco
2PM-4PM Memorial Glade Demostración/ Rally
Bienvenida de los Padres/Welcoming the Parents
6PM-8PM 110 Boalt Hall
Discusión/ Discussion with Jim Cavallaro
Commisioner Inter-American Commission of Human Rights/Berkeley Law School
“Ayotzinapa: Mexico at the Crossroads”
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
Vigilia/ Vigil at Campanile
For more information about the Caravana43, please contact the regional coordinators:
Central Coordinator Julio Cesar Guerrero, email@example.com, (517) 304 -2743
Pacific Region Coordinator Enrique Davalos, firstname.lastname@example.org, (619) 885-6081
Atlantic Region Coordinator Martha Ojeda, email@example.com, (210) 420-0724
REGIONAL CONTACTS Pacific Route
Caravana 43 LA Gaspar Rivera-Salgado firstname.lastname@example.org 310-462-6553
Caravana 43 LA Rodrigo Argueta email@example.com 323 854 2060
Caravana 43 LA Mario Avila firstname.lastname@example.org 562-328-6243
Caravana 43 LA Alicia Arango email@example.com 951-396-8402
Caravana 43 LA Diana Guillen firstname.lastname@example.org 213 8224366
Caravana 43 LA Riverside Maribel Nuñez email@example.com 562-569-4051
Caravana 43 SD Marco Amaral firstname.lastname@example.org
Caravana 43 SD Ricardo Favela email@example.com 760 468 4519
Caravana 43 SD Rosa Barajas firstname.lastname@example.org
Caravana 43 Oxnard LudiDivi email@example.com 805-407-601
Caravana 43 Fresno Leoncio Vasquez Santos firstname.lastname@example.org 559-367-1017
Caravana 43 Santa Cruz Ariana email@example.com 619-721-189
Caravana 43 Santa Cruz Martha firstname.lastname@example.org 951- 547-9923
Caravana 43 Santa Cruz Alvaro email@example.com 818-399-3563
Caravana 43 Santa Cruz Yadira Diaz Ramirez firstname.lastname@example.org 831 316-8420
Caravana 43 San Jose Gustavo Flores email@example.com 408-509-0166
Caravana 43 SF Chelis Lopez firstname.lastname@example.org 415-6060167
Caravana 43 SF David Bacon email@example.com
Caravana 43 SF Michelle Ruiz firstname.lastname@example.org
Caravana 43 SF Olga Miranda email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Caravana 43 Berkeley Christopher K Lopez email@example.com,
Caravana 43 Berkeley ISMAEL CHAMU firstname.lastname@example.org
Caravana 43 Berkeley Ivonne del Valle email@example.com (510)8981272
Caravana 43 Berkeley KARLA E GARCIA firstname.lastname@example.org
Caravana 43 Santa Rosa Antonio H Ramirez email@example.com 707 319 6317
Caravana 43 Sacramento Gabriel Torres firstname.lastname@example.org 916 453-9543
Caravana 43 Sacramento Al Rojas email@example.com 916 712-4251
Caravana 43 Sacramento Páramo Hernández firstname.lastname@example.org 916 825-0402
Caravana 43 Sacramento Luis Magana LMagana@afsc.org 209 405-1213
Caravana 43 Portland Francisco Lopez email@example.com
Caravana 43 Portland somos Solidarios firstname.lastname@example.org
Juan Carlos López Baca: 503-268-7066, Marco Zafra: 971-340-8233, Melecia Torres Carrillo: 503-449-5668
Caravana 43 Olympia WA RebecaWylie DeEcheverria email@example.com 360 972 8380
Caravana 43 Olympia WA Mick Arieta firstname.lastname@example.org 631-219-4253
Caravana 43 Seattle Chris Rodriguez email@example.com
Caravana 43 Seattle Cielo Abigail firstname.lastname@example.org
Caravana 43 Seattle Juan Jose Bocanegra email@example.com 206-650-2106
Caravana 43 Seattle Mexicanos Unidos en WA firstname.lastname@example.org
Caravana 43 Seattle Ricardo Ortega email@example.com 206 354-0671
Caravana 43 Yakima Roberto Alvizo firstname.lastname@example.org 509-557-2677
Caravana 43 Las Vegas Jorge Martin email@example.com
Caravana 43 Denver Nelson Rodriguez firstname.lastname@example.org
Caravana 43 Tucson Ana Maria Vasquez email@example.com
Foto periodista New York Emily Pederson firstname.lastname@example.org 401-742-7602
Guia, conductor Caravana Felix Garcia email@example.com 619-207-7758
Guia, conductor Caravana Cesar Ortigoza firstname.lastname@example.org 760-685-6659
Caravana43 Atlantic Region: McAllen, TX – Houston, TX – New Orleans, LA – Birmingham, AL – Atlanta, GA – Durham, NC – Blacksburg, VA – Richmond, VA – Baltimore, MD – Washington, DC – Philadelphia, PA – New York, NY – Hartford, CT – Boston, MA
Caravanistas •María de Jesús Tlatempa Bello
•Clemente Rodríguez Moreno
•Guadalupe Hilda Lara Torres
•Felipe De la Cruz Sandoval
Caravana43 Central Region: San Antonio, TX – Austin, TX – Dallas, TX – Kansas City, KS – St. Louis, MO – St. Paul, MN – Milwaukee, WI – Chicago, IL – Grand Rapids, MI – Lansing, MI – Detroit, MI – Columbus, OH
Omar Vázquez Arellano
Anayeli Guerrero de la Cruz
Vidulfo Rosales Sierra
Blanca Luz Nava Velez, mother of Jorge Álvarez Nava, (disappeared on 26 and 27 September)
She is a farm worker mother of two children.
I miss my son very much He used to sing to me and we were very close,
He used to like music and was always by my side because he was the type that gets sick a lot. I miss my home, my children, my grandson, now he is already a big boy.
Estanislao Mendoza Chocolates the father of Miguel Angel Mendoza Zechariah (disappeared on 26 and 27 September).
“I am a father of a young man that’s missing which I’m looking for along with other parents in our group. I am here because it is necessary to look for my son as all the other students. I don’t think anyone would like to be in this position.”
“its’ not our choice, the Government has taken our children away from us, I know the Government doesn’t like what we’re doing but we will do whatever is necessary.
Before this happened I knew nothing about protesting, I was happy in the fields just working and now during the last few months. I have abandoned my house, my children, hoping to find the one that’s missing. “
“I want to find him to reunite with the rest so things can be as before, although I think that nothing will be the same, because after this, I do not think that the Government will leave us in peace. Other issues will come up and that’s what I fear, that when this is over, the Government will come by and take us one by one…there is the fear of what will happen then? Who can guarantee my safety? Where will I go? Can I go live in another city? I would not leave my people, leave everything behind, my family, That is the fear I have once we’re finished with all this.”
•Angel Neri of the Cruz Ayala
is a surviving witness of the events in Iguala, Guerrero in which 43 students were forcefully disappeared.
He is a second year student pursuing a BA in elementary education in the Raúl Isidro
Burgos, teaching academy of Ayotzinapa; He is Chair of the student disciplinary code committee:
“I am originally from Acapulco, Guerrero, and survivor of the events which took place on 26 and 27 September 2014, I am 19 years old. Before looking into the Ayotzinapa teaching academy I wanted to study in the school of Medicine of the University of Guerrero in Acapulco, but my family has serious economic problems, so I decided to enroll in the Ayotzinapa academy.
“Ayotzinapa is very different from other schools, because they give you a one=week probation period to be sure you’re really serious.”
“Before enrolling my idea was the following, be academic and get me to the Rondalla, since I like to play guitar, but in study and development groups a concern was born in me to know more, so when they opened the call for the activist cause I joined and there with another 11 of my peers. We had political and social training that consisted of forming committees to visit other rural academies and social organizations inside and outside the State.”
“As students in Ayotzinapa, we are called vandals, guerrillas, some people say we are of the worst kind, but it is people who don’t know the conditions in which we live, and the reasons for which we strive, because as long as there is poverty the Ayotzinapa school will have reason to exist even more.”
As a result of the events we have seen the need to interrupt our studies within the teaching academy, this is only a small part of what I have lived within the Rural Raúl Isidro Burgos school in Ayotzinapa. Josimar de la Cruz Ayala has a degree in Sociology of communication and education, from the Autonomous University of Guerrero. I am the oldest of four children, I grew up in an atmosphere of good values, where respect for others is expected as well as the fight for equality. I have always tried to be a good example for my brothers, I have no vices, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink nor use drugs. I am married, father of eight year who is my life. She is a reason for me to be in this struggle. I don’t want the present in which I live to her future. I am currently unemployed, I got fired for being part of this group.
Cruz Bautista Salbadoris (Los Angeles only)
Certified indigenous preschool teacher in the mountain high school, in Tlapa,Guerrero.
He is uncle to Benajamín Bautista Salbador (one of the students disappeared on 26 and 27 September).
“We are Natives from a Nahuatl village and we speak our mother tongue. I worked in the fields speaking Nahuatl. I speak in Nahuatl at home with my mom, as we master two languages, My mother did not understand Spanish, Now understands Spanish, but still finds it difficult to speak it.”
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