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Public Hearings on the Human Rights Crisis in Mexico, a Petition to the US Senate

California students in Solidarity with the teacher students who disappeared in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, México.

California students in Solidarity with the teacher students who disappeared in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, México. Photo: Virginia Jiménez.

(Letter delivered to Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinsten on January 5, 2015)

Los Angeles, CA. January 5th 2015

The Honorable Sen. Diane Feinstein,

As residents of California we are extremely concerned about the wave of violence that has engulfed Mexico as well as the ongoing human rights violations suffered by Mexicans including some of our own family members who have been victims of the so-called war on drugs.

In the two short years of the Enrique Peña Nieto administration, according to official statistics, more than 40,000 Mexicans have been assassinated, and close to 10,000 have been disappeared, including 43 young student teachers from the normal school in Ayotzinapa at the hands of municipal police, and according to recent press accounts, with the participation of the Mexican military. After three months and over seventy people arrested, the government has not been able to provide a credible account of what happened to these young students who ranged in age from 19 to 21 years. Their disappearance has produced popular indignation and sparked an unparalleled wave of protests in Mexico.

According to Comité Cerezo, a Mexican civic organization, more than 600 human rights defenders have been arbitrarily arrested during the two years of the Peña Nieto administration. This is only a small sample of the intolerable conditions that the Mexican people have experienced under this administration.

On January 5th and 6th 2015, Enrique Peña Nieto will visit Washington and will be hosted at the White House by President Barak Obama where it is expected that both countries will announce strengthened bilateral relations on matters ranging from security, immigration and commerce. We considered it very troubling that our government continues to use our taxes to subsidize a government that violates basic human rights and is not held accountable to its own population.

Honorable Senator Feinstein, as our representatives, in the state with the highest number of Mexicans who live outside of their country, we ask that you closely monitor developments in Mexico, fully implement the Leahy amendment that prohibits funds to military forces that violate the human rights of its population as is the case with the government of Enrique Pena Nieto.

This is our first message with your office concerning this troubling matter. We would like to open permanent lines of communication with you in order to inform you about what is occurring in Mexico and its impact on families in California. We hope you would consider holding public hearings in the Senate about the serious human rights crisis occurring in Mexico.

Sincerely,

Belén  Ascensión

Juana Nicolás

Juan Rodríguez

Rubén Tapia

Contact: Rubén Tapia (310) 713-0106 / enfoquelatino1@gmail.com

 * On behalf of the Latin American Coalition for Ayotzinapa in Los Angeles and Coordinadora Independencia.

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Protests Across the US During Mexican President Peña Nieto’s Visit

Destroying Mexico

Destroying Mexico

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto will be hosted by US President Barack Obama on January 5 and January 6, 2015, when both leaders are holding official meetings.

Peña Nieto will also be the main target of loud and creative demonstrations condemning the role of both Mexican and US governments in the killing and disappearance of student teachers in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero.

The protests will take place in many cities across the country, including Washington D. C. and Los Angeles.

In LA, members of the Latin American Coalition in Solidarity With Ayotzinapa and the Independence Collective will visit the offices of US Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer to deliver a letter requesting them to support the Leahy Amendment, a law that prohibits the US Department of State and the Department of Defense from providing assistance to governments that violate human rights with impunity. This action will take place on Monday.

On Tuesday, dozens of demonstrators will gather in front of the Mexican Consulate where a group of activists will perform a parody, which compares Peña Nieto with old Porfirio Díaz (a dictator in Mexico before the Mexican Revolution).

This protest is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. at the Mexican Consulate located at the corner of 6th Street and Park View, near McArthur Park.

Press Contact: Rubén Tapia (310) 713 01 06

Media coordinators: Bertha Rodríguez and Rubén Tapia.

In L.A. protestors will gather at 5:00 p.m at the Mexican Consulate.

In L.A. protestors will gather at 5:00 p.m at the Mexican Consulate.

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Protestas por Ayotzinapa llegan al Gobierno de EU en 43 Ciudades

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English Press Release follows the Spanish press advisory

Protestas por Desaparición de Estudiantes de Ayotzinapa Llegan al Gobierno de EU en 43 Ciudades

PARA DIFUSION INMEDIATA

LOS ANGELES, CA A 2 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2014

Media contacts:

Los Angeles:

Rubén Tapia: (310) 713 01 06

Eli Alejandro: (213) 909 2084

US National:

Roberto Lovato:

213.820.8424 | robvato@gmail.com

Mónica Novoa: | monica.l.novoa@gmail.com

Organizaciones de derechos humanos y activistas en Estados Unidos realizan este miércoles 3 de diciembre vigilias y movilizaciones de protesta exigiendo al Presidente Obama y miembros del Congreso de Estados Unidos cancelar el “Plan México” destinado a financiar la llamada guerra contra las drogas en México.

En Los Angeles, los manifestantes partirán de la Placita Olvera a las 4:00 pm hacia el Edificio Federal de Estados Unidos localizado en el 300 N. Los Angeles, Street, en el centro angelino.

En California son 12 ciudades que están participando en la movilización convocada por la Coalición Latinoamericana y la Coordinadora Independencia; ambas agrupaciones están integradas por organizaciones de migrantes indígenas, salvadoreños, guatemaltecos, mexicanos, profesores, artistas independientes y ciudadanos estadounidenses preocupados por la paz y los derechos humanos.

Es la primera vez que se realiza una acción simultánea y coordinada en Estados Unidos en relación a lo que sucede en México a raíz de la desaparición de estudiantes normalistas.

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#SOS MEXICO

For Immediate Release: December 2, 2014

#USTIRED2: 43 U.S. CITIES TO HOLD VIGILS, PROTESTS DEMANDING OBAMA,

CONGRESS END “PLAN MEXICO” DRUG WAR FUNDING

In the wake of the Human Rights Crisis Exposed by Disappearance of the 43 Students in Iguala, Mexico, Latino and other Communities Participating in Dec. 3 National Mobilization for Peace in Mexico Will Begin Process of Holding Elected Officials Accountable on Mexico Aid

ALL OVER THE U.S… On Wednesday December 3, over 43 U.S. cities will participate in an unprecedented national mobilization to demand an end to the deadly “Plan Mexico,” a billion-dollar program to aid Mexico’s corrupt and notoriously violent security forces, ostensibly in their fight against the so-called War on Drugs.

In the wake of the massive human rights crisis in Mexico that was exposed by the recent disappearance of the 43 students in the state of Guerrero, thousands of people from across the United States will march in front of federal buildings in their respective cities and other locations (at various times: for a full list of participating cities, locations, and times go to http://www.USTired2.com/cities ) to call on the Obama Administration and Congress to stop US funneling billions of tax dollars of military aid, training and coordination to Mexico’s military and police forces, which are widely known to be perpetrating massive human rights violations, including the September kidnapping of the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. In order to put a human face on the tragedy of U.S.

policy in Mexico, each of the 43 cities will raise up images and tell the story of one of the 43 students disappeared students of Ayotzinapa. Ayotzinapa students, who survived the killing and disappearances that took place in September, sent a video message inviting the people of the United States to join #USTired2’s December 3 actions.

Ayotzinapa

This day of action is being organized by the all-volunteer campaign #USTired2, a broad and diverse network of communities connected to Mexico. #USTired2 emerged as the English-language counterpart to the #YaMeCansé* campaign that has swept the country as Mexicans declare that they are tired of the state violence, human rights abuses and widespread impunity — all aided by U.S. tax dollars.

*The #YaMeCansé hashtag originated from a response given by Mexico’s Attorney General, Jesus Murillo Karam, at a press conference about the 43 students during which he ended the Q&A portion by saying “Ya Me Cansé” (“I’ve had enough”) in an attempt to evade questions from journalists. Karam’s response instantly sparked outrage among protesters and students across the country, and thus the hashtag was born.

“The fact that our country is funding police and other human rights-abusing security forces through “Plan Mexico” makes the disappearance of the 43 students and the rest of the state violence in Mexico our issue

here in the United States,” said Roberto Lovato, one of the founders of #USTired2. “The time has come to end ‘Plan Mexico’ because for many of us, Mexico is not a “foreign policy” issue. Mexico is family, especially for the more than 35 million people of Mexican descent living in the U.S. And for the sake of these families, we have decided to hold vigils for the dead and disappeared, vigils that will mark the beginning of the end of the failed Mexico “drug war” policies of our government.”

In Mexico, over 100,000 people have been murdered and more than 25,000 have gone missing over the last decade, many thousands of whom were killed by the same security forces our US tax dollars are paying for. The majority of this violence is perpetrated by Mexican security forces, which are widely known to collaborate with the narco-traffickers. The cornerstone of “Plan Mexico” is the multi-billion

dollar Plan Merida, a security aid program implemented in 2007, which President Obama has promised to continue “indefinitely.” As many of us did when we proved the President wrong on his denials of executive authority on immigration, so will the powerful peace movement behind #USTired2.

Continuing Plan Merida is illegal under US law. The Leahy Law prohibits the State Department or Defense Department from providing military assistance to “any unit of the security forces of a foreign country if the Secretary of State has credible information that such unit has committed a gross violation of human rights.”

Under Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, the government’s human rights abuses are the worst the region has seen in decades, according to human rights organizations. “I don’t know of a single case of this magnitude in real time in all of Latin America in the last 30 years,” said Jose Miguel Vivanco, the

Americas Director of Human Rights Watch. “Impunity is the only explanation,” he added.

For a full list of participating cities, go to http://ustired2.com/cities/

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