From The Monitor Aug 19, 2012
WHEN: 4 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Arise center, 1417 South Tower Road, AlamoHear testimonies of drug war victims and musical performances, followed by a dinner.
ALAMO — A movement looking to end Mexico’s drug war is set to arrive here in an effort to raise awareness to that country’s rising death toll.
On Thursday, Javier Sicilia’s Caravan for Peace is scheduled to make a pit stop in Alamo for a day of events and personal testimonies related to Mexico’s ongoing cartel violence, which has produced more than 60,000 deaths and 10,000 disappearances.
Group organizers claim that drug prohibition has failed.
The war on drugs has produced painful consequences in both Mexico and the United States, leaving a trail of death, pain and corruption in its path, the group’s news release states.
The group’s founder, Javier Sicilia, a renowned poet and author in Mexico, became a national headline March 28, when his son Juan Francisco and six other men were killed by cartel gunmen.
Since then, the poet became one of the leading opponents of Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s drug war blaming him for the rising death toll.