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A Conversation Between Communities on State Violence
Caravana 43, the caravan of family members of the forcibly disappeared students, the Ayotzinapa 43, stopped in Washington DC.  In March 2015 a dozen parents and family members of the Ayotzinapa 43 embarked on a nation-wide tour along the Pacific, Central and Atlantic region to seek solidarity in their continued search for justice, to bring attention to the plight of millions suffering due to the US drug war in Mexico, and to create an international forum for the members who have lost their children in a government of systemic violence and impunity.

The Washington DC Caravan organizing committee #Ayotzi43DC hosted two public events on Tuesday April 7th as part of the activities planned for the Caravana 43. At 11:00 am the three family members held a press conference in front of the White House at Lafayette Park to discuss their demands of the U.S. government.

The Ayotzinapa family members and U.S. family members directly affected by police violence came together in a one-of-a-kind event on Tuesday from 6:30 to 9 pm, “From Ferguson to Ayotzinapa: A Conversation Between Communities on State Violence”, to discuss their experiences and build a bridge of solidarity for an increased understanding of the international and domestic conditions that allow security forces to violate human rights with impunity. The event was moderated by Eugene Puryear of DCFerguson and Maria Luisa Rosal of School of the Americas Watch (SOA Watch) and #Ayotzi43DC.

Testimonies were given by the following:
•    Anayeli Guerrero de la Cruz, sister to Jhosivani Guerrero de la Cruz, Ayotzinapa student disappeared on September 26-27, 2014.
•    Clemente Rodriguez Moreno, father of Christian Alfonso Rodriguez Telumbre, Ayotzinapa student disappeared on September 26-27, 2014.
•    Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval, father of son who survived the police attack that resulted in the death of 6 people, the wounding of 25, and the forced disappearance of the Ayotzinapa 43 on September 26th 2014. Felipe is also the spokesperson of the parents and family members of the Ayotzinapa 43.
•    Olubunmi Comfort Oludipe, mother of Emmanuel Okutuga, a young Black man killed by Montgomery County Police in Silver Spring, MD after a dispute with mall security guards.

For photos visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/soaw

Part 1

With Sandra Macias Del Villar of the DC Caravana 43 Organizing Committee/ #Ayotzi43DC, and Eugene Puryear of DC Ferguson

Part 2

With María Luisa Rosal of SOA Watch and the DC Caravana 43 Organizing Committee - #Ayotzi43DC, and Comfort Oludipe of Mothers Against Police Brutality, Justice for Emmanuel

Part 3

With Anayeli Guerrero de la Cruz, sister to Jhosivani Guerrero de la Cruz, Ayotzinapa student disappeared on September 26-27, 2014.

Part 4

With Anayeli Guerrero de la Cruz, sister to Jhosivani Guerrero de la Cruz, Ayotzinapa student disappeared on September 26-27, 2014.

Part 5

With Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval, father of son who survived the police attack that resulted in the death of 6 people, the wounding of 25, and the forced disappearance of the Ayotzinapa 43 on September 26th 2014. Felipe is also the spokesperson of the parents and family members of the Ayotzinapa 43.

 

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