Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bi-national demonstration for peace in the "War on Drugs" drew 100's in El Paso/Juarez


Two nations literally chanted one common cry for peace with justice as citizens from El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua converged on the border fence that separated their nations at a demonstration for peace Saturday afternoon.

The unfunded, low-budget grassroots effort, organized by ordinary citizens who call themselves “Peace and Justice without Borders” (Paz y Justicia sin Fronteras), was publicized simply by word of mouth and social media. But hundreds gathered nevertheless on both sides of the border.

Together the groups, separated by a chain link fence, proclaimed “el pueblo unido hamas sera vencido/the people united will never be defeated” as they denounced the violence that curses Mexico. That violence is exponentially bloodier in Juarez who counts a murder toll of over 7,500 since 2007.
Holding sign of solidarity toward Mexican group..."United, never defeated."
The historical bi-national rally denounced the injustice that lies behind the unprecedented violence. Violence is but one result of increased border militarization, affecting both nations. In Ciudad Juárez, however, the effects are particularly dramatic: tragic loss of human life, massive population displacement, and violation of human rights. The U.S. citizens noted the unmet need for immigration reform and for granting political asylum to residents fleeing border violence, and the futility of the “war on drugs” which fuels organized crime.

The rally called upon both the U.S. and Mexican governments to take responsibility in alleviating the unparalleled wave of violence. It was one more in a series of grassroots rallies and demonstrations for peace seen in Juarez as violence escalates.


adriana.elisa said...

This was such a great event and I'm glad to see these photos!

Border Explorer said...

I'm really glad I could be there. I'm starting to see lots of photos on Facebook now. They are all beautiful, because the day/weather was just perfect. Thanks for your comment!

mmLindsey said...

Great post, B.E. Wish that we could have been there. We left Juárez yesterday after a month of beautiful connection and progress. We'll be back your way at the end of Feb!

We are so grateful for you, your work and your voice. I'll be directing people from our blog to your post.


Border Explorer said...

Thanks, Matt! You would have love it, I believe. I literally had tears rolling down my cheeks at times. What an wonderful experience of bonding between sister cities it was! Hope you'll contact us when you get back. Maybe this year we can meet up in Juarez and see where you guys hang out.

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Vicente Duque said...

A Pima County jury convicted Shawna Forde today of two counts of first-degree murder in the May 30, 2009 deaths of Arivaca residents Raul Junior Flores and his 9-year-old daughter, Brisenia

Shawna Forde was founder and executive director of Minuteman American Defense ( MAD ) - There was never in History a better acronym for an organization.

Arizona Daily Star
Border killing garnered national attention
Forde convicted in killing of Arivaca man, daughter
By Kim Smith
February 14, 2011

Some excerpts :

The jury also convicted Forde of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of Flores' wife, Gina Gonzalez, as well as related aggravated assault and robbery counts.

Gonzlez started crying as soon as the first guilty verdict, the killing of her daughter, was read just before noon in a packed courtroom at Pima County Superior Court.

The jury deliberated for seven hours over two days. Jurors will now be asked if the death penalty ought to be considered.

On the first day of the trial, which has gained national attention, Gonzalez testified her husband woke her to say the police were at the door. The woman at the door identified herself and the man with her as law enforcement officers looking for fugitives, Gonzalez said.

When her husband questioned the veracity of their story, Gonzalez said the gunman opened fire, shooting her husband and Gonzalez. As Gonzalez played dead on the floor, the gunman fired two bullets into their youngest daughter's head, despite the little girl's pleas.