Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
"One of these traps is the 'War on Drugs,' which has generated certain forms of life contrary to democracy. The nearly 70 thousand dead, over 20 thousand disappeared people, more than 250 thousand who have been displaced and the hundreds of thousands of orphans and widows that have resulted from this last five years of war in Mexico evince this. This is also made apparent not only by the two million prisoners kept in the US because of the crime of possessing a few grams of a drug, but also by the legal and illegal commerce of firearms that come from the US and indiscriminately arm both the army and criminal organizations, by the money laundering that, through Mexican and American banks generates between 19 and 39 billion dollars of profit and destroys the social tissue, and by the increasing vulnerability of the immigrants and their criminalization because of the fact of being poor, Latin or African-American. This war has created a crisis and threatens the best of what the United States has given the world: democracy."
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Register to join the Caravan for Peace
Javier Sicilia and Mexico’s Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity will lead a caravan across the United States this summer, calling for an end to the drug war. The caravan will begin in San Diego this August and will visit two dozen U.S. cities on its way to Washington, DC.
Read Javier Sicilia's invitation urging you and U.S. organizations to take part in this historic caravan.
The Caravan -- led by victims of Mexico’s drug war who have transformed their losses into moral, courageous, and compassionate action -- will be joined by drug war victims north of the border who also seek peace and an end to the absurd and tragic consequences of drug prohibition.
Javier Sicilia, the poet whose son and a group of friends were smothered to death last year, has played a crucial role in building the movement for peace. He has engaged the media and state institutions while leading major caravans to both the north and south of Mexico—visiting and bringing light in Mexico’s most damaged cities and regions.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Looking For Lenny, a new documentary by Elan Gale that is making the festival circuit this summer, takes as its subject the comedian Lenny Bruce, who died 46 years ago today. The film’s title could be the name of the history of everything for the last 50 years, or 2,000 years. “I thought from there I could get a thread to the secrets of the culture,” wrote Keith Richards in his recent memoir, of listening to Lenny Bruce LPs as a teen. “He was my entreé into American satire.”