The 200,000-strong March for Peace protest that began in Mexico City on May 8, 2011 is now headed for the U.S. The march is led by Javier Sicilia, whose son was the victim of the gang-related violence that continues to ravage the country. The movement has denounced not only the violence perpetrated by drug gangs, but also the government’s “war on drugs,” sponsored by the George W. Bush and Obama administrations. The Movement for Peace will begin its four-week tour of the U.S. on August 12th, working its way through 27 cities from San Diego, California, to Washington, D.C. Sicilia states that the goal of his “Peace Caravan” is to “promote dialogue with American civil society and its government regarding the following themes: the need to stop gun-trafficking; the need to debate alternatives to drug prohibition; the need for better tools to combat money-laundering; and the need to promote bilateral cooperation in human rights and human security…”
Sicilia’s involvement in peace efforts is on the rise, as illustrated by his July 23rd letter to Mexican President Felipe Calderón. In the letter, Sicilia denounced Calderon’s effective veto of the General Victims’ Law, which sought to compensate victims of the drug war.