New York Mexican Caravan for Peace Arrives in New York City

CaravanforPeaceOn Thursday, the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity arrived in New York City, one of the tour's last stops in the United States. The caravan is a group of Mexican peace activists, led by poet Javier Sicilia, who have been travelling across the United States throughout the summer to call for an end to the U.S.-funded drug war.

The majority of the caravaners have lost family members to the raging drug war in Mexico, including Sicilia, whose son was killed last year.

The caravan began in San Diego and will spend two days in New York City before heading to Washington D.C. It has travelled through more than two dozen cities, speaking with the notorious anti-immigrant sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona, the striking janitors in Houston, and African American victims of the drug war in Chicago. With the goal of forcing U.S. politicans to end the failed drug war--both in the United States and abroad--the caravan is connecting diverse and disparate struggles and explaining how they all relate to the drug war.

"There is a connection between what's happening in Mexico and criminalization of the African American communities here as a result of the drug war," Sicilia said in Spanish during his Chicago leg of the trip.

On Friday in New York City, the caravan will hold a press conference at City Hall at 11, participate in an action against HSBC to protest the bank laundering drug money at noon, and then march to Zuccotti Park at 1 pm where it will connect the struggles of immigrant workers who have fled the drug war in Mexico and now face harsh working conditions in the United States.

For more information, visit the caravan's website.

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