Caravan For Peace, Life and Justice
Organized by: Mackenzie McDonald Wilkins
Caravan Complete! Thanks for the Support!
April 19, 2016
From March 28-April 19, 2016 the Caravan for Peace, Life, and Justice will travel through Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States to encourage resistence and develop alternatives to the War on Drugs. The caravan will end in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs where people from around the world will converge to "promote bold new approaches to ending the drug war, approaches that will prioritize human rights, public health, and harm reduction."
Each caravan participant is expected to raise $2100 so this is my personal fundraiser, but all of the money will go directly to the Caravan for housing, food, logistics, media, outreach, and more!
Check out the Caravan video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoGd19jBFQM&feature=youtu.be
Here is a little more info from the Caravan Website: "The victims of drug war, including families who have lost loved ones to violence, addictions, and incarceration will be at the forefront of this Caravan. Other key participants include experts on drug policy, journalists, clergy and faith leaders, Latino and African American leaders, students, and others seeking to put an end to the pointless brutality engendered by today’s prohibition regime."
"The Caravan will hold rallies, vigils, academic forums, and press events at strategically selected stops along the route. Local groups and activists, including community organizers, students, policymakers, and drug war victims will organize and participate in the local events that will exemplify the impact of the drug war across the Americas."
I will provide as many updates as possible and will publish at least one article about the caravan.
Please consider donating to this historic cross-border effort!
Learn more about the Caravan here: http://www.globalexchange.org/programs/caravan-peace-life-and-justice
Follow updates here: peacelifejustice.org/
Follow us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/caravana2016/
The War on Drugs: A War on People and the Planet
In 1971 President Nixon declared a "War on Drugs." The stated aim was to reduce the use of drugs through fear, violence, and incarceration. In the United States, drugs were criminalized, police forces militarized, and the prison industry flourished, but drug use, to this day, remains steady. Many drugs in the U.S. come from Central and South America where the United States’ War on Drugs is most deadly.
For decades the U.S. has trained and armed police, military, and paramilitary forces throughout Latin America, supposedly to combat the northward movement of drugs. Militarization hasn’t slowed the flourishing drug trade, but it has made it more violent, with endless conflict—and collusion—between police forces and cartels. But, as Dawn Paley details in her book, Drug War Capitalism, this military buildup and the War on Drugs in general serves another purpose—to secure political power and protect transnational capital.
The War on Drugs provides cover for corporate land grabs (for mining, drilling, logging, dams, and agriculture), incarceration and assassinations of journalists and activists (like indigenous activist Berta Caceres who was recently killed in Honduras for defending Lenca land from a dam company), and other human rights and environmental atrocities. The privatization and deregulation of fossil fuel extraction, deforestation, and industrial agriculture in Latin America has caused irreparable damage to mountains, rivers, forests, and indigenous communities. Millions have been forced from their homes and hundreds of thousands are dead and disappeared.
Your donation to the Caravan will help end the War on Drugs and build a movement for Peace, Life, and Justice.
Further Reading on the War on Drugs:
War on Drugs History in the U.S.: http://tinyurl.com/q8juwhc
Book on US Drug War: The New Jim Crow, Michele Alexander
Interview with Dawn Paley: http://tinyurl.com/zw3nt8
Interview with Noam Chomsky: https://chomsky.info/199804__-2/
Assasination of Berta Caceres: http://tinyurl.com/jhurwlr
New Report on the murder of activists in Honduras: http://tinyurl.com/jqje5j7
International Solidarity Groups in the U.S.:
El Salvador: http://cispes.org/
Alliance For Global Justice: http://afgj.org/