Civilian Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity: Mexico

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“In Vancouver, like us, another Mexicans are doing thing to rise awareness about the current Mexico situation. It is invitation to walk together. Please distribute widely / Favor de distribuir (en español abajo)”

Raul Gatica

We invite you all to a hike in solidarity with Mexico’s Civilian Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity on Sunday, June 12th, starting at 12:30 at the bottom of Grouse Mountain. In order to make it more available for all levels we will be hiking the easier route rather than the steep Grouse Grind. Check the starting point at http://www.trekbc.ca/Members/Hikes/Location/North%20Shore/BCMC/index.php We will be meeting at the trail’s entrance and if you can’t find us, call Josema (604 710 0288) or Ruth (778 869 0601). We will be there rain or shine. The mountain is accessible by public transport (bus 236 leaves from Longsdale Quay every 20 minutes or so; Grouse mountain being its terminal).

 

On June 4, the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity started a long march from Cuernavaca to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (ending June 12) in demand for a national pact that puts an end to the escalade of violence that has led to the assassination of some  40,000 people since the government of Felipe Calderon started its present strategy to combat drug cartels. The Caravan demands an integral approach to the problem of drug trafficking that includes the following six points: 1) truth and justice, 2) a transformation from the current  war strategy to an approach based on civilian security, 3) a fight against corruption and impunity and 4) against the economic  roots and the crime’s profits, 5) urgent programs for youth and effective  actions to recover  the social fabric, 6) concrete actions to have a more participative democracy in Mexico  and to democratize the Mexican media.

 

If you want to print one of the images that are being used in this Caravan, here you have some examples:

http://redporlapazyjusticia.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/PROPUESTAPARAPACTONACIONAL.jpg

http://redporlapazyjusticia.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/10junmarchanacionalporlapaz.blogspot.jpg

http://redporlapazyjusticia.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/nomassangre2-291×300.jpg

http://redporlapazyjusticia.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/tumblr_lj7arotCd01qiwrqso1_500.jpg

If any Vancouver group is organizing other actions in solidarity with the Caravan, please write us to rpumas@hotmail.com & josemazam@gmail.com as we would like to participate.

 

More info on the Civilian Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity and the wide civilian movement organized around it:http://redporlapazyjusticia.org/ (in Spanish but some documents are available in English, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese)  

On the failure of the “war on drugs” see the June 2011 report of The Global Commission on Drug Policy: http://www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/Report (in English & Spanish)