#FreeNestora & #StopPlanMexico Print

Help Us Follow Up On Last Week's Actions And Congressional Visits

Demand release of U.S. citizen and political prisoner, Nestora Salgado, and an end to the US government's deadly "Plan Mexico"

Pressure mounted outside the White House and in Congress last week to end U.S. funding of the disastrous Drug War in Mexico. While the Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, met with President Obama, hundreds gathered outside the White House to demand justice for the over 25,000 forcefully disappeared and 100,000 killed due to the collusion of police, military, and cartels since the U.S. and Mexico escalated the militarization of the country in 2006. Mexican/Chican@ activists, and allies including Arturo, SOA Watch's Advocacy Coordinator and #USTired2 DC coordinator, are featured in the AJ+ video at left "The Fight for Mexican Human Rights Goes to Congress". Help us amplify the voices of milliones of Mexicans who have had enough after after the 43 forced disappearances in Ayotzinapa by calling and/or tweeting your Members of Congress.

Senators told us-

“Ask constituents to tweet and call us”

For three days, SOA Watch helped set up meetings between human rights advocates and congressional offices, where we demanded an end to Plan Mexico - the $3 billion funding project that trains and arms Mexican troops and other "Drug War" aid and training that is wasting taxpayer money on cartel-infiltrated Mexican security forces..

#StopPlanMexico Many directly affected community members traveled from afar to participate in the protest and meetings, including Jose Luis Avila, whose wife, Nestora Salgado, is a political prisoner in Mexico due to her organizing with indigenous community police forces in Guerrero state. The lobby visits were very successful, as many congressional offices were unaware that U.S. military spending in Mexico results in serious human rights abuses and agreed the status quo is intolerable.

#FreeNestora We will continue to demand the release of political prisoner, indigenous leader and dual U.S.-Mexican citizen, Nestora Salgado; whose release was ordered by a Mexican federal judge but has been unlawfully imprisoned under solitary confinement(!!!) for 16 months in a maximum security prison in El Rincon, Nayarit. Nestora has been targeted for denouncing public officials who collude with known drug-trafficers and mining companies to force indigenous communities off of their land.

Tweet now. Call now (number and call script below).

Type in your zipcode here to get the number and twitter handle of your representative: http://bit.ly/14rgjfr *

Sample Tweets: #FreeNestora #StopPlan Mexico #USTired2

.[@InsertYourSenator] Not just a "few bad apples". End US military & police aid to Mexico #FreeNestora #StopPlanMexico

.[@InsertYourSenator] Do more 4 Nestora Salgado- US Citizen, indigenous leader & political prisoner in #Mexico #USTired2 #FreeNestora

.[@InsertYourSenator]Haga más para Nestora Salgado- US Citizen, lider indigena y presa política en #Mexico #USTired2 #FreeNestoraYa

Call - (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senator's office. We have even provided a script for grassroots lobbyists (that means you) below:

My name is __________ and I'm a resident of _____________. I am calling to ask that all U.S. military and police aid to Mexico in the name of the failed "Drug War" be cut off immediately, and that U.S. officials do more to guarantee the freedom of Nestora Salgado, U.S. Citizen and political prisoner in Mexico.

I support the families of the 43 students in Ayotzinapa and the 100s of thousands more across Mexico who have been forcibly disappeared or killed in connection to the US-backed militarization under Plan Mexico and other "security" programs. The police who disappeared the students were not just a “few bad apples”.Violence against Mexican communities has increased dramatically since Plan Mexico began in an escalation of the fruitless "Drug War". Mexican human rights organizations and the family members of the Ayotzinapa 43 are asking for a suspension of U.S. military and police aid to the Mexican government. I echo that call in solidarity with them.

I am also calling to request that you push for the immediate release of U.S. citizen and Mexican political prisoner, Nestora Salgado. Nestora must be freed. After denouncing crimes involving government officials, police, and organized crime, Nestora was seized without an arrest warrant by Mexican Marines & soldiers in August of 2013. She is being targeted as a result of her leadership role in legal, community police forces that actually protect indigenous communities against organized crime and Mexican security forces. She has now been held in solitary confinement in a maximum security prison for 16 months even though a Mexican federal judge has ordered her release. Please do more to make sure she is released to her husband and children. Thank you for your time."

Click here if interested in delegation to Mexico! Please contact SOA Watch for more information and to reach individuals directly impacted by the War on Drugs. Remember, we are the ones we have been waiting for. Communities in Mexico, across the US and the world are counting on us to prevent US- spending on future human rights violations. Call today and tell your representative what our communities deserve.

* Zipcode site is provided by the National Priorities Project, https://www.nationalpriorities.org/


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