Vigil for the Murders of Mexican Students

Please join us in honoring the innocent students who lives were lost to the drug war by attending or hosting a candlelight vigil on Thursday, February 11th at 5:30 pm PST/8:30 EST or anytime that day.

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For information on the events in Mexico please visit http://www.espolea.org.

On Sunday morning, January 31st, we learned of an another horror in Mexico’s drug war.

Fourteen young people were murdered among 25 shot at a party celebrating their high school soccer team victory and one student’s birthday.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-fg-mexico-shooting1-2010feb01,0,3479327.story

In any other time and any other place, this would be unbelievable. In any other time and any other place, the world would be riveted to “on the scene” accounts of this outrage.

In other times and other places — school shootings in the U.S., Scotland, Germany — when students are shot, there are demands for policy change to protect them, to address underlying issues, and the related commerce.

But these days, for the students of Mexico, there remains a stunning silence. It is as though the world accepts as normal the bloodshed of the innocent high school students because the bloodshed of the failing war on drugs is normal. This is not normal!

SSDP says this is too much blood.

For too long the world has tolerated a failed policy to control drugs. It has tolerated deaths from tainted drugs, death from overdoses, from indifferent medical care, from HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, from police brutality, from gang wars and drive-by shootings.

On Valentine’s Day 1929, America was shocked by an earlier prohibition-related gang war massacre in Chicago. Within five years, prohibition had been repealed.

SSDP is holding a silent vigil on Thursday, Feb 11th, 2010 at 5:30 pm PST/8:30 EST as part of a global vigil with the message that this bloodshed must end.

The bloodshed will end when prohibition is repealed.

Please join Students for Sensible Drug Policy in standing with our brothers and sisters in Mexico. Vigils will be occurring in Hermosillo and in Mexico City. A large group will be gathering at the University of Texas in El Paso. Vigils are expected in Halifax, Lagos, London, San Francisco, Washington, DC and more. Please check back for updates of locations.

If you would like to hold your own vigil, please feel out the form on this page.

For instructions on how to hold a vigil, please review this excellent guide put together by our colleagues at Amnesty International: http://www.amnestyusa.org/get-activist-toolkit/plan-events-and-activities/how-to-hold-a-vigil/page.do?id=1101328

If you have questions about this, feel free to email Eric Sterling at [email protected]

– From Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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