Parents and Classmates of the Missing 43 Students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico to Come to Washington DC
for immediate release
Washington, D.C- March 19, 2015
Arturo J. Viscarra,
Almost six months after the disappearance of 43 students from the Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa in the State of Guerrero, the Mexican government has provided no credible evidence or explanation as to the events of September 26, 2014, and has sought to once again sweep the crimes under the proverbial rug, leaving the Ayotzinapa 43 cases in impunity. As a result, family members, classmates, and attorneys of the 43 missing students have embarked on a U.S. speaking tour, Caravana 43, to speak about their children’s experience, demand accountability from the governments of Mexico and the U.S., and discuss the overall state of the current humanitarian crisis in Mexico.
As part of the Caravana 43 events, the Washington DC organizing committee #Ayotzi43DC (SOA Watch, Mexicanos Sin Fronteras, USTired2, and Son Cosita Seria) will be hosting a series of activities to continue to express solidarity with the parents and family members of the missing 43 as well as the movements in Mexico, the U.S., and Latin America as they continue in their struggle to seek justice, and an end to the rampant violence being suffered throughout the region due to the “Drug War”.
Friday March 20th at 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 from, 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 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: Members of the #Ayotzi43DC will hosting a vigil in front of the Mexican embassy to mark 6 months since the 43 Ayotzinapa students went missing. The vigil will be followed by a march to the US Department of State building. 1911 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Washington, DC.
Monday April 6th: The “Atlantic Caravan” of parents and family members of the Caravana 43 arrives in Washington DC. Lobbying of congressional offices to take place.
Wednesday April 7th from 7 to 9 pm: A joint event will be held in conjunction with family members affected by police brutality in the US alongside parents of the Ayotzinapa 43. More information to be released as soon as the time and place are determined.
April 16 – 20: The “Central Caravan” of parents and family members of the Caravana 43 arrives in Washington DC. Events and locations to be determined.
On September 26, 2014, dozens of students from the Isidro Burgos Rural Teaching School in Ayotzinapa, also known as Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa, in the state of Guerrero, Mexico were brutally attacked by local police. Six people were killed. 43 students were forcibly disappeared by local police and then allegedly handed over to a drug cartel. The Mexican military was also present and involved in the assault against the Ayotzinapa students. The case of the Ayotzinapa 43 have caused national and international outrage and have become a symbol of the deep corruption among local, state, and national public officials that has contributed to an unprecedented wave of violence across the country resulting in over 100,000 murders and 30,000 disappearances happening in the last 8 years as a result of the drug war in Mexico funded by 2 billion dollars of US taxpayer money as part of Plan Mexico, an initiative created to end the war on drugs and militarize Mexico.
While in Washington DC the parents, family members, lawyers and representatives of the Caravana 43 are being hosted by #Ayotzi43DC, a local coalition made up of local grassroots organizations comprised of Mexican and Latin American citizens.
For further information about the events in the DMV area and the Caravana 43 please contact: Arturo Viscarra
or Sandra Macias
. Phone numbers: 617-820-3008 or 541-760-9084.