A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico back in September. Happily, none of the members of the SSDP chapter in Mexico, known as Estudiantes por una Política Sensata de Drogas (EPSD) México, were physically harmed by the earthquake. However, the building which housed the EPSD office was among those that collapsed, leaving our family down there without a base of
After the SSDP UNAM chapter read that the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) wanted to host a big international forum to discuss drug policy in Mexico, we knew we needed to be part of it—and act fast! Andrés wrote a letter to the organizers telling them that we wanted to participate at the forum, and it didn’t matter how.
On January 11, 2012, the Mexican Attorney Generals Office (AGO) released the latest casualty figures in the government’s war against organized criminal groups. The AGO confirmed that there have been 47, 515 drug related killings since December 2006—when President Calderon gave the military full rein to combat drug trafficking and organized crime. To put this in perspective, in Afghanistan, there
By Monday, SSDP will have lots of photos and video from the candlelight vigils our chapters organized across the country this evening, but I wanted to share with you all this inspirational picture from tonight’s vigil in Mexico City.
17 June 2011 Where: Kiosco de Coyoacan, Coyoacan Centro When: 19:00 distribution of candles; 20:00 lighting of candles Please click on the image to view the invitation. firstname.lastname@example.org
You know the context in Mexico by now. If not, you can read about a protest SSDP-University of Oregon organized to coincide with Cinco de Mayo. This group used 36 people in a fall-down protest to signal, 1,000 for each person, the number of fatalities in the Mexican-US drug war since 2006. And follow this sequence of events: Felipe Calderon comes
The last few months have seen bodies heaped upon bodies in Mexico. In some cases, the heaping is quite literal: drug graves have been opened up in the northern Gulf state of Tamaulipas, the largest contained almost two hundred people. Authorities sent cadavers to Mexico City for identification by forensic specialists. Though killed by drug gangs, investigators in Tamaulipas suggest
It’s a private museum housed in the Secretary of Defense in Mexico City. It’s a museum filled with objects and information about the drug war but collected by the military. Its keepers say that it’s a museum with a message, and an explicit training purpose for public officials about the lives, lifestyles, deaths, and activities of the drug trafficking organizations, especially so