A Community Forum
“Walking together with the victims of the War on Drugs”
Cleveland Welcomes the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity: A bi-national initiative
North Presbyterian Church
4001 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103
September 5, 2012
7:30 PM – 9 PM
The bi-national Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity is traveling from California to Washington D.C.http://www.globalexchange.org/
The Caravan will be in Cleveland on September 5, 2012.
You are invited to welcome the 110-person caravan, and to join the community forum on the “Drug War” violence in the U.S. and in Central America.
The War on Drugs has produced painful consequences in both Mexico and the United States, leaving a trail
of death, pain and corruption in its path. Growing violence in Mexico – over 70,000 deaths. 10,000
disappearances since 2006 – and the mass incarceration of non-violent criminals in the US – with only 5%
of the world’s population, the US has 25% of the world’s imprisoned population – are testament to the
ways in which the War on Drugs is eating away at the social fabric of both the US and Mexico.
United States’ regional security policy has led to a chain reaction resulting in widespread violence, human
rights violations and serious deterioration of the rule of law. The relationship between the Mexican and
U.S. governments has fueled this war strategy, and has had devastating consequences on the most
vulnerable people – migrants, indigenous populations, youth, women and other marginalized groups. We
see the vicious cycle of drug consumption, weapons’ purchase and a financial system deeply involved in
money laundering stemming from these polices. And we lament that our own governments have revictimized and criminalized those who seek justice and dignity.
Sponsored by the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, North Church, Denison Avenue United Church of Christ, and the Congregation of St. Joseph’s
To volunteer please contact don@immigrantsupportnetwork.