Over the past month, the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity has traveled 6,000 miles across the United States calling for the U.S to do its part to stop violence in Mexico. From LA to Chicago, Houston to Cleveland, caravaneros have reached 25 cities calling for an end to the failed drug war that has left over 60,000 dead and 10,000 disappeared in Mexico over the last five years.
On Monday, September 10th, the Caravan will arrive to Washington, D.C., the final stop of the Caravan. Poet and movement leader Javier Sicilia and victims who have lost loved ones to violence in Mexico will be here to make their voices heard in our nation’s capital – and we ask you to JOIN US and add your voice in calling for an end to the failed policies, an end to bloodshed.
On Wednesday, September 12th, LAWG and partners are organizing a Vigil/Procession for Peace to commemorate the 60,000 people who have died in Mexico’s misguided “war on drugs.” We will gather at 5:30 p.m. at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Church—1525 Newton St. NW Washington, D.C. At 6:30pm, we’ll march down 16th Street to Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park for a candlelight vigil.
If you live in or near D.C. we hope you can join us for this and other Caravan events. Don’t live in DC, but know someone who does? Do your part by spreading the word.
Here’s the full list of events. Please join us – and spread the word!
Monday, September 10th
7 pm Rally at Freedom Plaza to Welcome the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity to Washington, D.C.
(Freedom Plaza: Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets, NW)
Tuesday, September 11th
8:30-10am The Peace Movement in Mexico: Efforts to Bring Justice to the Victims of Violence in the Country
Sponsored by the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
6:00-7:30pm U.S. Guns and Violence in Mexico: A Bi-national Call for Solutions
Sponsored by LAWG, the Washington Office on Latin America, and the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University
1957 E Street Northwest
Lindner Family Commons
To RSVP, please click here.
Wednesday, September 12th
5:30- 9pm Vigil and Procession for Peace
5:30- Welcome at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church (1525 Newton St. NW)
6:30-Procession begins from St. Stephen’s down 16th St. towards Meridian Hill Park/Malcolm X Park
7:30-9-Music & Caravan Closing (16th St. & Euclid St.)
We still need help setting and cleaning up for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, not to mention marshals to help direct people for the Rally on Monday and Vigil on Wednesday night. Email Ruth Robles at email@example.com if you’d like to help!
Can’t make it to anything, but wish you could? We’ve got you covered. We understand life gets in the way sometimes so stay tuned for pictures from the Caravan’s stop in DC. Click here to check out the Caravan’s photo stream!