Sep 5, 2012
Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity marches to end failed war on drugs
New York Daily News
Their task is titanic, but so is their determination to end the war on drugs.
The Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity, a group originally composed of 110 Mexican fathers and mothers, wives and husbands, sons and daughters — 49 of whom lost loved ones to the violence of the drug war — arrives in our city tomorrow.
One of those mothers is Margarita López, whose daughter, Yahaira Guadalupe Baena López, 19, was taken from her home in Oaxaca by an armed group on April 13, 2011. She joined the caravan at its inception.
“My daughter was innocent but the authorities never took an interest in her disappearance, so I joined the caravan,” said López. “I don’t want any more mothers to suffer the way I am suffering.”
The group’s journey began August 12 in San Diego and when it ends on Sept. 12, it will have traveled over 5,000 miles and 25 cities including Los Angeles, Santa Fe, El Paso, Houston, Montgomery, New Orleans, Chicago, New York and, finally, Washington, D.C.
“Our goal is to become citizen-diplomats — to reach out to the people of the U.S.,” said Javier Sicilia, a distinguished Mexican poet, and the man who conceived the caravan idea. Read more.