|Public forum, Saturday April 4, 2015 - Iglesia San Pio, Chicago|
A huge crowd gathered to hear testimony from parents, relatives, and supoorters of the 43 students who were "disappeared" in Ayotzinapa, Mexico, at the end of September, 2014.
|Maria de Jesus, mother of Jose Eduardo|
They were speaking in Chicago today at as part of the caravan of parents and relatives of the Ayotzinapa 43 who are now touring the US to bring attention to their case, and to the thousands of disappearances that happen each year at the hands of police, military, and other agents of elites in Mexico.
The caravan members made a stark point: Fourteen (14) people every day are "disappeared" in Mexico.
It is striking to me that on the weekend that people in Christian churches everywhere are commemorating the brutal state murder of an activist 2,000 years ago in Palestine -- together with the resistance mounted by his family and friends, their insistence on finding life in the face of death -- these family members of victims of here-and-now state violence are in our midst to demand, "Where have they taken the bodies?" and "Long live the Ayotzinapa 43!"
There are a series of related events Monday -- Chicago people are urged to participate, demonstrate solidarity, and commit to the cause of the oppressed people of Mexico:
Monday April 6 - 9:00 a.m. - Press Conference
Monday April 6 - 10:00 a.m. - March to Mexican Consulate
Monday April 6 - 10:30 a.m. - Protest at Mexican Consulate
More images from April 5:
(See Ayotzinapa43: US People Need an Attitude Adjustment )