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Caravan For Peace Arrives In L.A.; Calls For End To Drug War
By Steve Elliott ~alapoet~ in Culture, News
Monday, August 13, 2012 at 12:07 pm
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Caravan For Peace
The Caravan for Peace with Justice Arrives in Los Angeles today, calling for an end to the Drug War which has killed 60,000 in Mexico and incarcerated millions of Americans

Caravan for Peace with Justice Arrives in Los Angeles Monday Calling for End to Drug War that Has Killed 60,000 in Mexico and Incarcerated Millions of Americans

Hollywood Film Directors and Actors including Kate Del Castilo, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Diego Luna, Alfonso Cuarón, among Celebrities Who Will join the Caravan at Various events in Los Angeles Monday and Tuesday 

Javier Sicilia and other Victims from Mexico and United States to Make 6,000-mile Journey Through 20 Cities to Honor Lives Lost to Drug War, Culminating in International Day of Action in Washington D.C.

A broad bi-national coalition of more than 100 U.S. civil society organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC), Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), Global Exchange and the Drug Policy Alliance, on Sunday joined the Mexican Movement for Peace with Justice & Dignity (MPJD) to embark on the "Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity" across the United States.

The Caravan will be led by renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who emerged as a leader of the MPJD after his son Juan Francisco was killed in senseless prohibition-related violence last year, together with  family members of Mexican victims of the Drug War. They will unite with victims and supporters from the United States for a month-long voyage across the continental United States.

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Caravan For Peace
The Caravan for Peace seeks to end the failed drug war that has left more than 60,000 dead in Mexico in the last five years, and resulted in more than 500,000 Americans behind bars for drug offenses.

Beginning at the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, the Caravan for Peace will travel more than 6,000 miles through more than 20 cities and communities in 10 states--including Los Angeles, Santa Fe, El Paso, Houston, Montgomery, New Orleans, Chicago and New York--before arriving in Washington, D.C., on September 10.

The Caravan will officially conclude on September 12 by calling for an International Day of Action for Peace in Mexico.

"Our purpose is to honor our victims, to make their names and faces visible," Sicilia said. "We will travel across the United States to raise awareness of the unbearable pain and loss caused by the drug war - and of the enormous shared responsibility for protecting families and communities in both our countries."

On Monday, August 13, the Caravan will arrive at Our Lady Queens of Angels, La Placita Olvera to help educate members of the interfaith community, community leaders, elected officials and many more.

For details about the events planned in each city, visit: http://www.caravanforpeace.org.



11:00 am
Welcoming Ceremonies
Los Angeles City Council Member Jose Huizar
La  Iglesia de la Placita, 535 N Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

12 Noon
Press Conference
Casa Pico 430 N Main St., L.A., CA 90012

 

3-7 pm
Caravan Speaks: Presentation by the members of the Caravan
Placita Olvera, 430 N. Main St., L.A., CA 90012

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