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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Statement from Presente.org on Letter by Group of 14 U.S. Senators on Missing Mexican Students

Senator Menendez responds to calls to speak on the disappeared 43 Mexican students

Nov. 26, 2014

After thousands of Presente.org members spoke out and signed a petition calling on Senator Bob Menendez to weigh in on the 43 students who went missing on September 26 from the State of Guerrero, Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org issued the following statement:

“We commend Senator Menendez for listening to thousands of Presente.org members who called on him to weigh in on the humanitarian crisis in Mexico. The letter by Sen. Menendez and the other 13 Senators who joined in writing to Secretary of State John Kerry requires an immediate response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the 43 missing students in central Mexico. The students and their families are the latest victims of the decades long failed 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 over $3 billion. We cannot in good conscience remain silent as a nation particularly when Mexico’s ongoing crisis is fueled by U.S. realities — a U.S. backed war on drugs that has only made matters worse and an unstoppable demand for drugs. Secretary of State John Kerry must carefully weigh his response, avoiding the counterproductive policies currently in place and instead focus on helping to address the humanitarian crisis that has sparked massive dissent in Mexico.”

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