FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2012
The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD), led by renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, is taking part in an historic caravan from San Diego, California, to Washington, D.C., in August and September 2012, and it will arrive in Austin on August 25th.
Sicilia, who lost his son in drug-related violence in 2011, will join other families who have lost loved ones to violence in Mexico to advocate for an end to the bloodshed and for new government policies and reforms in both the United States and Mexico that will help to combat violence.
WHAT: At least 60,000 people have died in Mexico’s drug war since 2006, and as many as 10,000 have disappeared. During the 27 stops along the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity route, families of victims from Mexico will share their stories to highlight the human costs of the war on drugs, while Sicilia and others will discuss policy changes that can reduce drug-related violence. In Austin, local singer/songwriter Gina Chavez will perform at noon on the south steps of the State Capitol Building.
WHEN: Saturday, August 25, 12:00PM – 3:00PM
WHERE: Texas State Capitol Building, South Steps. Parking is available at the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage at 1201 San Jacinto Boulevard (between Trinity and San Jacinto Streets at 12th and 13th streets).
ORGANIZERS: The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, MORENA Austin, St. James’ Episcopal Church, Texas NORML, Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera, SOA Watch Austin, Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, Fellowship of Reconciliation, and many volunteers