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Via Contingente Seattle:
Given the rising violence generated by the “War on Drugs” and the deep social rupture that exists in Mexico, the Group Contingente Seattle invites you to join the national and international event “CITIZEN’S CARAVAN FOR PEACE WITH JUSTICE AND DIGNITY “convened by the poet Javier Sicilia on June 10, 2011, ending in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua with the signing of a pact, in which different civil organizations will intervene.The social pact covers six specific requirements, which are summarized as follows:
1. We demand truth and justice. Clarification and resolution of killings, disappearances, kidnappings, etc.
2. We demand an end to the war on drugs strategy. Instead we take a public safety and respect for human rights approach.
3. We demand a true fight against corruption and impunity.
4. We demand targeting the economic roots and profiteering of organized crime.
5. We demand an emergency care for youth and effective actions for the recovery of the social fabric.
6. We demand participatory and more representative democracy, and democratization in the media.
(The full text in Spanish can be read on the following link: http://redporlapazyjusticia.org/?p=1094)
In support of the caravan in Mexico, a peaceful demonstration will be held on June 10 at 4:00 pm at Victor Steinbrueck Park (next to Pike Place Market), with the intention of informing Mexicans about the actions that are being taken in Mexico and other countries in the search for peace in our country, and how we can help from abroad. Besides this, we will invite you to share opinions and views on these issues and will make several symbolic acts that demonstrate our unity and solidarity with the Mexican people.
Because we believe in peaceful collective action, that all Mexicans are the voice, not just the prosperous few; because we trust that through the sum of our transnational proposals and especially through unified efforts individual Mexicans take, we believe that transformation is possible, and the end to this raging violence achievable.
We look forward to your presence.