(This page is currently being updated)   The Merida Initiative has provided some $1.6 billion dollars so far to U.S. defense contractors, private security firms and others to support the Mexican military and police forces in fighting the war on drugs. Find out how U.S. taxpayers’ money is used to increase violence, impunity, corruption, and human rights violations in Mexico, while failing to decrease the power and brutality of drug cartels.

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 Americas Program Articles:

A Primer on Plan Mexico
http://americas.irc-online.org/am/5204

Mexico’s False Dilemma: Human Rights or Security

www.law.northwestern.edu/journals/jihr/v10/n3/1/index.html

Hemispheric Conference against Militarization Says No to Merida Initiative, U.S. Military Bases
http://americas.irc-online.org/am/5605

Plan Mexico and the Billion-Dollar Drug Deal
http://americas.irc-online.org/am/4611
Also in Spanish here.

Plan Mexico
http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/4684

NAFTA’s Dangerous Security Agenda
http://americas.irc-online.org/am/5813

Americas Policy Program Mexico Blog:
www.americasmexico.blogspot.com

Other articles:

English:

Spanish:

Documents

Plan Mexico 2008 Spending Plan-public.pdf

AFL-CIO Letter:
http://americas.irc-online.org/pdf/MeridaInitiative_AFL-CIO_letter.pdf

Leaked document #1: http://americas.irc-online.org/pdf/MeridaInitiative_FY08-09_descriptions_1-2.pdf

Leaked document #2: http://americas.irc-online.org/pdf/MeridaInitiative_FY08-09_descriptions_3.pdf

CRS Report for Congress, “Proposed U.S. Anticrime and Counterdrug Assistance for Mexico and Central America”
http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/103694.pdf

Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate May 21, 2008
http://www.govtrack.us/data/us/110/bills.cbo/h6028.pdf

Merida Breakdown for staff FY2009 450 mill.pdf

DOS Report on Brad Will.pdf

Media

Laura Carlsen appeared on the Merida Initiative panel discussion at the Americas Social Forum in Guatemala. Listen to all the panelists to learn more at http://www.narconews.com/Issue54/articulo3218.html.

Listen to an informative talk by Laura Carlsen here:
http://www.radio4all.net/pub/files/knash@igc.org/123-1-20080302-planmexicontl.mp3

Radio interview with Harry Bubbins:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/03/28/18489141.php

Blip TV panel (approximately 17 minutes)
http://blip.tv/file/717142/

USW press release on Plan Mexico here.

Public Service Announcement on Plan Mexico: (3.5 minutes)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfImBQGg6RM

 

Action

Defeat Plan Mexico Sign On
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/gx/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=978

“Defeat Plan Mexico” is now a group on Facebook.

Friends of Brad Will Plan Mexico site
http://www.friendsofbradwill.org/category/plan-mexico/

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