Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity Heads to Chicago September 2 thru 4

CHICAGO—(ENEWSPF)—August 31, 2012.  On August 12, a broad bi-national coalition of more than 100 U.S. civil society organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC), Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), Global Exchange and the Drug Policy Alliance joined the Mexican Movement for Peace with Justice & Dignity (MPJD) to embark on the “Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity” across the United States.

The Caravan is being led by renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who emerged as a leader of the MPJD after his son Juan Francisco was killed in senseless prohibition-related violence last year, together with family members of Mexican victims of the drug war. They will unite with victims and supporters from the United States for a month-long voyage across the continental United States.

The Caravan for Peace seeks to end the failed drug war that has left more than 60,000 dead in Mexico in the last five years, and resulted in more than 500,000 Americans behind bars for drug offenses.

The Caravan for Peace arrives in Chicago on September 2.  The scheduled events are below.

Sunday September 2

6:00- 8:00 Mass @ St Pius (6:30 PM) followed by the Kermes
1919 S Ashland. Chicago IL 60608
Host: St Pius

Monday Sept 3
11 am – 12pm
Javier Sicilia salutes Movimiento Migrante @ 11:30 18th & Union Ave

1 pm – 4 pm
Almuerzo y Dialogo Comunitario
Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W 19th Street
Chicago IL 60608
Host: NALACC & Museum of Mexican Art and Network for Revolutionary Change

5pm – 7pm
Marching for Peace-Start @ 4005 W. 26 Street (Little Village’s Arch)
Towards New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church
Host:  Lady of Guadelupe Angelican Catholic Mission and Familias Unidas

7pm – 8pm
Vigilia @ Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church Reverend Coleman
4301 West Washington Blvd
Host:  Chicago Clergy Coalition

Tuesday Sept 4
10 – 11 AM       Press Conference @ Chicago City Council, 121 N. LaSalle Street

11:30 – 1PM    Stories from Peace Caravan @ Lutheran School of Theology, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago
Host: Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and McCormick Theological Seminary (closed event)

2:00 – 3:00 Stories for peace Caravan @ Roosevelt University 30 S. Michigan Ave. Congress Lounge
Host Roosevelt University

3:00 – 5:00 PM  Presentation at Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N Saint Louis Avenue Chicago, IL 60625,  Host: NEIU

6:00-8:00PM Presentation at Albany Park Autonomous Center 3460 W Lawrence Ave Chicago, IL 60625   Host: MSN and Comunidad Guatemalteca

For additional information about the Caravan for Peace, visit:


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