Email Update 9/6/12: The Caravan for Peace arrives in New York!


Dear Friends,

Today, members of the Mexican Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, led by journalist Javier Sicilia, arrived in New York City. The Caravan for Peace has spent the past month traveling across the United States in protest of failed drug war policies.

During its visit, the Caravan and its local partners will condemn racially disparate drug law enforcement and the role of major financial institutions in laundering drug money. The Caravan will highlight the pain and suffering caused by the drug war on both sides of the border — which, in New York, includes 50,000 marijuana possession arrests every year. The Caravan will also highlight the tens of thousands of people that die every year from preventable drug overdose, which is now the number one cause of accidental death both in New York and the United States.

If you are in the New York area, join the Caravan in protest of the failed drug war!

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, Sept 6
· 7 PM: Vigil & March for Victims of the War on Drugs, Riverside Church — The vigil will start at Riverside Church (490 Riverside Drive, Manhattan), where victims from both the Mexican and American drug war will share their stories, followed by a march to St. Cecelia Church.

Friday, September 7
· 10:45 AM: Press Conference, Steps of City Hall, 260 Broadway, New York, NY
· Noon: Demonstration at HSBC Bank (265 Broadway) immediately following press conference. After the HSBC action, the caravan will march to Zuccotti Park.
· 6:30 PM: Film Screening & Discussion: “The House I Live In,” The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

New From the Blogs:
Keane Bhatt: A Tale of Two Asylums: Assange, Palacio, and Media Hypocrisy
Nandita Sharma: In the Name of Anti-Trafficking: Racism, Detention, and Deportation
Nazih Richani: Hope in the Colombian Peace Talks
Emily Achtenberg: Bolivia: TIPNIS Consulta on Hold, Communities Reject Militarization

Stay tuned for upcoming interviews, event announcements, and previews.

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