NALACC and other “Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity” allies to hold meeting and vigil in San Antonio to call for end to drug war that has killed 70,000 in Mexico
The National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities (NALACC) is joining other civil society groups aboard the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity for a meeting and vigil today Friday Aug. 24, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. A number of diverse voices will speak about peace, poverty, drugs, prison, immigration and workers’ rights. The Caravan is a broad binational coalition traveling 6,000 miles across the United States raising awareness on the human costs of the war on drugs and the social disasters caused by violence in Mexico and in the United States. The Caravan will culminate on Sept. 12, 2012 on International Day of Action in Washington, D.C.
NALACC, along with other 100 U.S. civil society organizations, has formed an alliance with Mexico’s Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD), co-led by Mexican poet and activist Javier Sicilia, on the Caravan as a sign of solidarity with Mexicans as well as a way to share its own “Somos” / “We Are” initiative, which mirrors the same goal: to humanize the debate of policies that directly affect the immigrant communities in the United States.
Friday Aug. 24, 2012
St. Leonard Parish Hall, 8510 S. Zarzamora St. San Antonio, TX 78224
- 4:00 PM: Welcoming of Caravan for Peace
- 5:00 PM: Press conference, exhibits and conversation
- 6:00 PM: Potluck supper
- 7:00-9:00 PM: Testimonials and vigil
The war on drugs has left more than 60,000 people dead in Mexico in the last five years, and has resulted in over 50,000 Americans behind bars for drug offenses. Blacks and Latinos are vastly overrepresented among those arrested and incarcerated for drug offenses in the United States. The Caravan opens the possibility to initiate a transnational debate among the stakeholders searching for a new program of “human security”, whose main criterion should be the well-being of the people, including the decriminalization of migration.
The National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) is a network of community-based, Latino and Caribbean immigrant-led organizations, that seeks to raise the quality of life for immigrant communities in the United States, as well as communities in migrant-sending countries in Latin America.
Contact: Víctor Pérez – (956) 266-0796 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Web page: www.nalacc.org