USF Hosts Mexican Poet, Artist, and Activist Javier Sicilia Promoting Awareness, Discussion about Mexico’s National Emergency

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This event is free and open to the public. Sicilia’s talk will cover Mexico’s crisis, the role the United States plays, the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) he leads, and plans for a peaceful protest caravan from San Diego to Washington, D.C. later this year.

“We are honored to have such an inspiring guest share his experiences, and we hope by helping to spotlight the injustices being committed, we can aid Mexico in finding a solution to the violence and injustices”, said Gerardo Marin, senior vice provost.

The University of San Francisco(USF) is proud to host influential Mexican poet turned activist, Javier Sicilia, for a special discussion on the violent drug war raging just across our national border. Sicilia’s talk will cover Mexico’s crisis, the role the United States plays, the movement he leads, and plans for a peaceful protest caravan later this year. Taking place in USF’s McLaren Conference Center, room 252, on Wed., April 4 from 5:30-7 p.m., this event is free and open to the public. The discussion will be held in Spanish with English interpretation to be provided.

“The drug and gang-related violence is a sobering problem that hovers threateningly just across our borders,” says Gerardo Marin, senior vice provost at the University of San Francisco. “We are honored to have such an inspiring guest share his experiences, and we hope by helping to spotlight the injustices being committed, we can aid Mexico in finding a solution to the violence and injustices.”

Sicilia has long been vocal about the problems being caused by gang violence, illegal drugs and weapons sales, and organized crime in Mexico. After the death of his son from cartel violence in March 2011, Sicilia has been working tirelessly to put an end to the tragedy and destruction wreaking havoc on his beloved country. His efforts have not gone unnoticed and he was profiled in Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” issue in 2011.

Javier Sicilia is the founder of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) in Mexico, an activist group made up of family and friends who have been directly affected by the violence in Mexico. In August 2012, the group is planning a peace caravan traveling to Washington, DC to request a halt to the sale of illegal arms to Mexico via the Merida Initiative, a security agreement between the US, Mexico, and the countries of Central America, to combat the threats of drug trafficking and related organized crime.

For more information on this thought-provoking event, please contact Linda Wong at (415) 422-6919 or wongl@usfca.edu

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