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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

Latino Group to Deliver Message to Senator Bob Menendez — We Need a Hard Look at U.S. Taxpayer Military Aid to Mexico

Presente.org to Deliver Thousands of Petition Signatures, Kicking Off National Day of Action Against U.S. Support of Mexican Violence

Dec. 3, 2014

Washington, DC - Presente.org, the largest online organizing group in the country, along with School of the Americas Watch and other allies will deliver thousands of petitions signatures to Senator Bob Menendez’s office in Washington D.C. The petition delivery comes on the heels of a letter that Senator Menendez and 13 other U.S. Senators sent just last week to Secretary of State John Kerry, regarding the disappearance of 43 students.

The online petition can be found at the following link: http://act.presente.org/sign/menendezmexico/

The petition delivery will kick off a day of action in D.C. that coincides with a national mobilization including Los Angeles, New York, Miami, San Antonio, Chicago, and other cities across the country demanding a review of U.S. taxpayer-funded military aid to Mexico. Activists are calling for a hearing to shine a light on the U.S. government's role in funding Mexican police and military that are colluding with narco-gangs to kill its own citizens.

“It is mind boggling to see that Americans are clueless of the direct impacts U.S. policies are having just south of the border. Some of the most atrocious human rights abuses are happening in Mexico and there are direct linkages to policies emanating from our government here in the U.S.,” said Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org. “During the search for the 43 students, officials have found multiple mass graves, reminding Mexicans, and the world, of the more than one hundred thousand people killed in Mexico since 2006. Worse, it’s clear that the hyper-violence in Mexico’s police and military is in part being funded by the U.S.; to the tune of more than $3 billion dollars since 2006.”

WHAT: Petition delivery at Senator Bob Menendez’s office.
WHO: Presente.org, School of the Americas Watch, allies, and supporters.
WHEN: Wednesday, December 3, 4:00 p.m. EST.
WHERE: Will meet at entrance to the Hart Senate Building on Constitution Ave.
NE, between 1st and 2nd NE and then go up to Senator
Menendez’s office.
VISUALS: Posters of disappeared students, activists delivering petitions to
Senator’s office.

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Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latino organizing group with more than 300,000 members, all working to amplify the political voice of Latino communities.