In an interview with the Americas Program, Marco Antonio Castillo, director of the Guatemala-based Grupo Ceiba, notes that increased violence in Guatemala caused by the presence of drug-trafficking cartels is causing alarm and will lead presidential candidates this year to call for a crackdown. In a country that experienced the military abuses of the eighties, this will be dangerous.
In this fourth article of David Bacon’s series ‘Building a Culture of Cross-Border Solidarity’, the author looks at the growing ties between U.S. and Mexican unions. This article was originally published in the Institute for Transnational Social Change report ‘Building a Culture of Cross-Border Solidarity’.
In this exclusive interview with Americas Program Director Laura Carlsen, poet and anti-drug war leader Javier Sicilia discusses the role of the United States in Mexico’s drug war and the potential for citizen protest to challenge it.
In a darkened plaza at the foot of the Monument to Juárez, Javier Sicilia, civic leaders and scores of victims signed the National Civil Pact for Peace with Justice and Dignity. Hundreds of participants in the caravan and Juarez citizens gathered for the event cheered as pen was finally put to paper.
Audio interview with Chihuahua Autonomous University Professor Roberto Ransom. Ransom was an organizer with the welcoming committee for the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity, which arrived in Chihuahua June 9th.
Gunmen armed with AR-15 and AK-47 assault rifles massacred thirteen people in a Torreón drug rehabilitation center on Wednesday. The massacre occurred less than twenty-four hours before poet Javier Sicilia and his Citizens Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity were scheduled to arrive in Torreón for a rally against the drug war. The rehabilitation center is located just three blocks from the rally site.
In this second part of the Americas Program interview with Javier Sicilia on the road with the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity, we talk about the federal government’s response to the peace movement. Sicilia notes that President Calderon seems to be heading toward a military/police state and responding to the call for peace with violence.