Victims of Mexico’s Narco-Wars Mobilize Los Angeles’ Community in Solidarity with the 43 Disappeared Students

PRESS CONFERENCE

For Immediate Distribution

Contact:          Rubén Tapia, (310) 713-0106

Odilia Romero, (213) 359-0264

November 18, 2014

Los Angeles, CA | Relatives of victims of Mexico’s drug war and political repression will be holding a press conference on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – a day of Global Action calling for an end to all violence in Mexico and the demand to return all 43 students who disappeared over two months ago.

Several immigrant and human rights groups will join Nansi Cisneros, sister of Javier Cisneros, who was deported to Guadalajra, Jalisco, Mexico in late 2013 and has not been seen or heard from since he was detained by men in police uniforms. Also present at the press conference will be Luis Ávila Baez, husband to Nestora Salgado, indigenous leader and Regional Coordinator of Communal Authorities in Olinalá, Guerrero, who is also a naturalized US citizen and a political prisoner in Mexico.

Participants of the press conference are calling for candle light vigils in front of Mexican Consulates around the world in solidarity with the estimated 120,000 victims killed and 20,000 who have vanished without a trace as a result of the Mexican government’s war on the drug cartels. Additionally, organizers are calling on the liberation of all political prisoners; an end to repression against community and union leaders; the stepping down of Enrique Peña Nieto as president of the Republic; and removal and prosecution of elected officials with connections to organized crime.

WHO:  Nansi Cisneros, Luis Baez, Immigrant and human rights groups, including Frente Indigena de Organizaciones Binancionales (FIOB), Unión del Barrio, Red Nacional de Salvadoreños en el Exterior (RENASE), Comité de la Resistencia, Coalición Trinacional en Defensa de la Educación Pública-capítulo LA, Red Mexicana de Líderes y Organizaciones Migrantes (Red Mx), Coalición de Inmigración del Sur de California, Colectivo Guatemalteco, Colectivo Cenizas, Escuela de Las Américas Watch (SOALA), Frente de la Resistencia de Honduras, Artistas Independientes, Enfoque Latino y Nuestra Voz de KPFK.

WHAT: Global Day of Action in Solidarity with Mexico, the 43 Disappeared Students, and Victims of Drug Cartel Violence

WHEN:            Wednesday, November 19, 2014; 12:00 Noon: Obelisk in front of Mexican’s Consulate

VISUALS: Banners, posters, photos of the disappeared students, participants dressed in black, candle light vigil.

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