The caravaneros, 110 victims of violence and human rights defenders from Mexico, arrived to DC after a journey across the United States. In each of the more than 25 communities they visited along the way, they called for justice and cooperation to halt the horrific violence affecting their families and country.
We were proud to join with YOU and so many partners and allies in hosting Mexico’s Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity here in our nation’s capitol last month. Highlights of their 3-day stop in Washington, D.C. included a TV-camera crowded press conference on the steps of a Capitol Hill church and a ‘lobby day’ where teams of victims and advocates deployed all over Capitol Hill to tell their stories to individual members and congressional aides. The historic visit ended with a moving vigil and march through Columbia Heights to a final event in Malcolm X Park, a dramatic poetry reading by the Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, whose reaction to his son’s murder sparked the movement, and a stirring speech by the legendary farmworker union leader, Dolores Huerta.
While many of you were able to join us for these events, we know that others could not. We understand sometimes it feels as though there aren’t enough hours in the day. Hosting these survivors changed our lives and will continue to inspire our work. We wanted to make sure you got a glimpse into their stay in D.C.
Watch this short, narrated video to learn more about the caravaneros' stay in Washington, D.C.!