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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

MENENDEZ, MEXICO, AND MASS DISAPPEARANCES

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

Police and military in Mexico are turning their guns on its citizens — and they're doing it with U.S. tax dollars  

Biden Children at Border

Urge Senator Bob Menendez to publicly speak out about the deaths and launch a hearing to review U.S. funding to Mexico.

Dear Friend,

Shot execution-style, burned, and thrown into a mass grave — that’s what the Mexican government claims happened to 43 students from Ayotzinapa at the orders of local officials, police, and narco-gangs.1    

Many protestors contradict the federal government's story and are demanding the students be returned alive. Nevertheless, the students and their families are the latest victims of the decades long drug war that’s brought increased violence and tens of thousands of deaths to Mexico while doing nothing to decrease drug use in the United States — all paid for by U.S. tax payers to the tune of $2.4 billion.2,3

For weeks, there have been street protests in Mexico and outrage from the international community, but the U.S. government has been silent. We can make sure that the 43 families receive some peace amidst their grief if we take action now and urge Senator Bob Menendez, chairperson of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold a hearing to review U.S. funding to Mexico.

Will you sign this petition urging Senator Bob Menendez publicly speak out about the deaths & disappearances and launch a hearing to review U.S. funding to Mexico?

Senator Menendez will step down as chairperson at the end of the year but he can leave a powerful legacy behind by launching a funding review and taking an important step toward ending the drug war.  
 
The same drug war that has racially targeted, incarcerated, and sometimes killed members of our community has turned Mexico into a cemetery. During the search for the Ayotzinapa 43, officials found multiple mass graves, reminding Mexicans and the world of the more than sixty thousand people killed in Mexico since 2006.4 In the wake of this tragedy, hundreds of thousands of anti-government protestors have taken to the streets, demanding that the state take responsibility for the failed drug war and demand a resignation of President Enrique Peña Nieto. 

Sen. Bob Menendez has a track record of siding with anti-government protesters. Earlier this year, he sponsored a bill sanctioning Venezuela when protestors demanded the resignation of President Nicolás Maduro. And when anti-government protestors occupied Hong Kong, Senator Menendez wrote a condemning letter to Hong Kong leaders demanding increased electoral freedoms for residents of the semi-autonomous city.

Mexican protestors, the families of the Ayotzinapa 43, and the tens of thousands of killed and disappeared deserve justice and much more support from politicians like Menendez given the amount of death and violence in Mexico. Let’s not sit idly by while our tax dollars are helping to turn Mexico into a cemetery.

Will you sign this petition urging Senator Bob Menendez publicly speak out about the deaths & disappearances and launch a hearing to review U.S. funding to Mexico?

Thanks, and ¡Adelante!

Arturo, Mariana, Refugio, Erick, Luis, Erica, and the rest of the Presente team

P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

Sources:

1. Gang member confessions point to massacre of missing Mexico students Reuters, November 7, 2014

2. Who is behind Mexico's drug-related violence? BBC, February 10, 2014

3. The War On Drugs At A Glance Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, n.d.

4. This crowd-sourced map tracks thousands who have gone missing in Mexico’s drug war The Washington Post, November 6, 2014