Milwaukee, April 1: COMMUNITY FORUM WITH THE PARENTS FROM AYOTZINAPA

Foro Comunitario con Madres y Padres de Ayotzinapa / Community Forum with the Ayotzinapa Parents

Wednesday, April 1, 7pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church (613 S. 4th St. in Milwaukee)

On September 26, 2014 a group of teaching students was attacked by the police and other people in the city of Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico, leaving 6 dead, 25 or more wounded, and 43 disappeared. The Mexican federal government has said that the mayor of Iguala and his wife ordered the police to repress the students and that they in turn turned them over to a gang called Guerreros Unidos (United Warriors) which killed them and burned their bodies alive. The problem is that Mexico has a long history documented by Mexican and foreign human rights organizations, other governments, and international organizations of using torture to extract confessions which are then used to construct narratives to protect criminals, the police, military officers, government officials, and politicians. Consequently, many people have no faith in the government’s account and have demanded that the investigations continue.

The principal demand of the Ayotzinapa solidarity movement has been, “They were taken alive, and alive we want them back.” The other major demand has been for the continued investigation into the killings and kidnappings to continue. At the same time, the solidarity movement which involves many organizations has raised variety of other demands from the call for the resignation of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to a halt to U.S. military support to Mexico. There has also been a call by Archbishop Raúl Vera for a “constituent congress” for the “refoundation of Mexico.” The movement has become very large and broad and no single organization speaks for it.

Now 16 of the parents and colleagues of the students are touring the United States to tell their story and lift up their demands, and next week 3 of them will be visiting Milwaukee. Join us the evening of April 1st at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church (613 S. 4th St. in Milwaukee) for a community forum at 7pm. There will be a mass at 6pm. The event will be in Spanish but we will have translation.

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