We are looking forward to the Spring Days of Action, that are taking place in Washington, DC in the end of April! Click here to register now, so we know that we can count you in. In the lead-up to SOA Watch's DC mobilization, parents of the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa are coming to the US:
From now until April 28, 2015, parents of the 43 disappeared students are traveling in three caravans throughout the US, covering over 40 cities from the US/Mexico border along the Pacific, central and Atlantic region states. The Caravana43 is calling for justice and accountability, and will shed light on the connection between US foreign policy, and the violence in Mexico. The US government is funding and training the repressive Mexican military and police, and enforcing oppressive economic policies. The results are disastrous. The Caravana43 will build bonds between the people of Mexico and the United States on the issue of systemic violence by the police against its people.
Caravana43 Pacific Region: El Paso, TX - Las Cruces, NM - San Diego, CA - Santa Ana, CA - Los Angeles, CA - Oxnard, CA - Fresno, CA - San Francisco, CA - Berkeley, CA - Sacramento, CA - Santa Rosa, CA - Portland, OR - Olympia, WA - Seattle, WA - Yakima, WA - Las Vegas, NV - Denver, CO
Caravana43 Central Region: San Antonio, TX - Austin, TX - Dallas, TX - Kansas City, KS - St. Louis, MO - St. Paul, MN - Milwaukee, WI - Chicago, IL - Grand Rapids, MI - Lansing, MI - Detroit, MI - Columbus, OH
Caravana43 Atlantic Region: McAllen, TX - Houston, TX - New Orleans, LA - Birmingham, AL - Atlanta, GA - Durham, NC - Blacksburg, VA - Richmond, VA - Baltimore, MD - Washington, DC - Philadelphia, PA - New York, NY - Hartford, CT - Boston, MA
For more information about the Caravana43, please contact the regional coordinators:
DC Coordinator: Arturo J. Viscarra,
, (202) 234-3440
For more information, contact (310) 713-0106
Thursday, March 19th
California State Univ. Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St. Northridge, CA 91330
2:30 - 4:00 pm - Presentation in Sequoia Hall, Room 104
4:30 - 8:00 pm - Press Conference at California State Univ. Northridge
Friday, March 20th
in Inglewood, CA
Event only open to parents and students of Animo Leadership High School
California State Univ., Los Angeles
5151 University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032
4:30 - 8:00 pm - Presentation in King Hall, Room C4073
La Feria Restaurant
10903 South Inglewood, Inglewood, CA, 90304
3:30 - 5pm
Placita Olvera (Alameda y César Chávez Boulevard)
CARECEN (Centro de Recursos Centro Americanos)
2845 West 7th Street, Los Ángeles, CA 90005
1 - 3:oo pm - Evento con la Comunidad Centroamericana
Union of Teachers of Los Ángeles
3303 Wilshire , 10th Floor Los Ángeles, CA 90010
5:00 -7:30 pm - Community Event
More Events to be posted in Los Angeles.
District of Columbia
Friday, March 20th @ 9:00 am: Members of #Ayotzi43DC and other civil society groups will be protesting the Mexican government during their hearing at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. 1889 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20006.
Monday, March 23rd @ 5:30-7:30 pm: Caravana 43 event with DC legal community - The lead attorney for the families of the Ayotzinapa 43, Vidulfo Rosales, and their Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval, a professor at and parent of a student currently attending the Ayotzinapa Rural School, will speak with members of the Legal Community in DC. The event will be held at University of District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, Room 528, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Wednesday, March 25th @ 6:00- 8:00 pm: Casa de Maryland will be hosting an open panel discussion with the Latino community in Maryland and the DMV. 8151 15th Avenue. Hyattsville, Maryland. 20783. Panelist include:
• Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, a lawyer at the highly respected Tlachinollan Human Rights Center, that promotes and defends the rights of the indigenous and poor people Guerrero, Mexico. Vidulfo has worked closely with the families of the 43 disappeared students and is highly informed about their case.
• Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval Sandoval, a member of the faculty of the Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa Guerrero. His son, a student at the college, survived the police attack that resulted in the death of 6 people, the wounding of 25, and the forced disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students.
• Maria Luisa Rosal, Field Organizer, SOA Watch will moderate the discussion.
Thursday, March 26th at 5:00pm: March route change! Members of the #Ayotzi43DC will be hosting a vigil in front of the US Department of State at 5pm building to mark 6 months since the 43 Ayotzinapa students went missing. The vigil will be followed by a march to the Mexican Embassy.
Tuesday, April 7th from 6:30pm to 9 pm: Howard University, Blackburn Center (East Ballroom) 2397 6th St. NW. Join us as family members directly affected by police violence in the U.S., including a representative of Mothers Against Police Brutality, share the stage with family members of the disappeared Ayotzinapa 43 to discuss the issues of state violence and the domestic/international structural conditions that allow it to flourish. Click here for additional event details: "From Ferguson to Ayotzinapa: A Conversation Between Communities on State Violence"
Rio Grande Valley
March 31- April 2
March 31-April 3
5525 Illinois Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20011