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Caravana 43 Oxnard: Parents of the 43 abducted students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico to participate in forum with relatives of local police brutality victims
When/Where: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Plaza Park, 500 C. St., Oxnard (5:30pm)
Café on A, 438 South A. St., Oxnard (6:00pm)
Who: On Thursday, March 26, 2015, Oxnard will be welcoming the caravan of parents and supporters of the 43 students who were kidnapped and disappeared on September 26, 2014 from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College of Ayotzinapa in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico.
The family members of the 43 will also joined by the relatives of Oxnard’s police killings in 2012. The event will be hosted by the Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective and Oxnard Unidos Por Mexico, who will be hosting the family members and allowing them to recount their pain, trauma, and the difficulties they’ve experienced since the disappearance of their children.
What: Parents and supporters of the 43 Ayotzinapa students from Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico will be visiting Oxnard on March 26, 2015. Oxnard marks one of many visits in a major solidarity tour by the Caravana 43, which is taking the parents to various communities across the United States. Oxnard’s events will begin at Plaza Park on 500 C st. with a traditional Aztec dance ceremony at 5:30pm. This will be followed by a free community forum that will be held a block away at the Café on A / Acuña Gallery and Cultural Center at 6:00 pm, which will discuss the violent policies of the governments of Mexico and the United States, the need for solidarity, and the continued importance of local community organizing,
Why: March 26, 2015 marks exactly 6 months since the disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa. Despite the prosecution of former Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife Maria de Los Angeles de Pineda, the students are still missing (with the exception of one, whose body has been identified). The Federal Government of Mexico under President Enrique Peña Nieto has officially declared that the 43 students died at the hands of drug traffickers, yet international human rights groups and investigators have refuted these claims. Meanwhile, the past 6 months have seen the development of a massive social movement that has echoed the demands for justice by the families and friends of the missing students. The events in Ayotzinapa have called into question the policies and practices of the United States’ failed “War on Drugs,” which has resulted in economic support and the shipment of weapons to the government of Mexico under the Merida Initiative – weapons which are often used against Mexico’s organized social movements that are fighting against government privatizations and attacks on the poor. These weapons are also often passed from corrupt officials, military, and police directly into the hands of Mexico’s notorious narco-traffickers.