Can the Caravan of Peace End the War on Drugs? at The Nation

A new peace movement to end the US-sponsored drug war begins with buses rolling and feet marching from the Tijuana–San Diego border on August 12 through twenty-five US cities to Washington, DC, in September.

Named the Caravan for Peace, the trek is intended to put human faces and names on the estimated 60,000 dead, 10,000 disappeared and 160,000 displaced people in Mexico since 2006, when the US Drug Enforcement Agency, Pentagon and the CIA supported the escalation of the Mexican armed forces.

The caravan, which has staged mass marches across Mexico since 2011, is led by well-known Catholic poet Javier Sicilia, 56, whose son Juan Francisco, then 24, was killed in crossfire in Cuernavaca in March 2011. After his son’s death, Sicilia, vowing not to write poetry any longer, formed a Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) and penned an anguished grito, or cry, titled “Estamos Hasta La Madre!” The English equivalent might be “Fed Up!,” but the Spanish slang also means that the authorities “insulted our mother protector, they’ve committed a sacrilege,” Sicilia says.

This is something I want to see. It’s about time we had something like this here to wake a few more people up.

Here’s the Caravan route. It won’t be going through my town, but there’s a chance I can get to see it in Chicago on September 3.

If they’re passing near you, you might offer to help get the local media’s attention.

U.S. Peace Caravan Route * Map

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DdC 3 years 41 weeks ago

Caravan Highlights Failed Drug War Mexican Poet's US Caravan for Peace Tours to End the Drug War

By Tom Hayden August 9, 2012
A new peace movement to end the US-sponsored drug war begins with buses rolling and feet marching from the Tijuana–San Diego border on August 12 through twenty-five US cities to Washington, DC, in September.

Mexico/U.S. Caravan Highlights Failed Drug War
By Steve Elliott August 7, 2012
About the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity
Twitter: @CaravanaUSA
Email: caravanapresspass@mo

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DdC 3 years 40 weeks ago

Caravan under way

Nice to see the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity getting some early press. Hopefully that will grow even more (as will the crowds).

At first, when looking at their itinerary, I was about to take bets on how often they’d get pulled over and searched, but they may have enough of an entourage and public presence to get the police to stay off them.

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DdC 3 years 39 weeks ago

Drug War 'Peace Caravan' Woos Hollywood
A "peace caravan" has reached Los Angeles in search of Hollywood support for its crusade to end to the US war on drugs, which organizers blame for the violence tearing up Mexico.

More Than 40 Mexicans Killed in Weekend Drug War Violence
More than 40 people were killed across Mexico at the weekend, including 12 in the famous Pacific resort city of Acapulco.

Stupid Drug War Tricks
A truly bizarre article.

U.S. News and World Report, covering a report from Borderland Beat (translation from Proceso Magazine):

“Bin Laden-like SEAL Team Raid Could Take Down Mexican Drug Kingpin”

The Pentagon may send Navy SEALs into Mexico to take out drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in a raid mirroring the one that took out Osama bin Laden, Proceso magazine reports. [...]

Calderon approved of the idea, but because the Mexican Army and Navy balked, Washington will wait to propose the idea to Mexico’s next president, Enrique Peña Nieto, according to Proceso’s interviews with anonymous Mexican and American military sources.

According to the sources, the proposed raid would be performed by two small teams of specially-trained SEALs, armed helicopters, and three missile-equipped drones. One SEAL team would be dropped on the ground and the other remaining in the air, with the drones providing backup support and surveillance. No Mexican military or police would assist in the raid.

Of course, if such a raid were successful, about all that would do is create a vacuum that would be filled by violence.

And a full-out U.S. military raid in Mexico? Right.

Some may point to the stupidity of letting the SEAL team plans get published in major magazines in both Spanish and English, but with the money that drug trafficking organizations have to play with, you can bet they get this kind of information long before any reporters.

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DdC 3 years 37 weeks ago

Anti-Drug War 'Peace Caravan' to Arrive in New York
Sep 6 2012
A "peace caravan" on a cross-country crusade to end to the US war on drugs that organizers blame for the violence tearing up Mexico was expected to arrive in New York Thursday evening.

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