Tag: Mexico

21
Dec

Survey on Insecurity and Drug Policy in Mexico

In late November 2011, the results from the 9th survey on Mexican Citizens Perceptions of Insecurity was released.   This survey is conducted by Mitofsky Consulting, a U.S. based firm, and highlighted a series of questions regarding how to combat organized crime and the so-called war on drugs. When asked whether they believed Mexican President Felipe Calderon would win the war against organized crime,

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19
Dec

The Story of Self, Us and Now

Yesterday in the weekly SSDP/UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) chapter meeting, each group member shared their story of “why” they are involved in drug policy in 2 minutes. The stories that emerged were powerful. Our UNAM students arrived to SSDP and drug policy in very different ways.  One student spoke about his fathers’ alcoholism and attending ALANON (family and friends of

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18
Jun

A Picture from Mexico City

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.

16
Jun

U.S.-Mexico Railroads Face Heavy, Illogical Fines

Over the past three years, the U.S. War on Drugs has brought $400 million in fines to rail shippers on the U.S.-Mexican border. Now, The Associated Press reports, the largest U.S. railroad company Union Pacific is refusing to pay for something it cannot control. Following accusations of negligence from the Justice Department, Union Pacific vice president Bob Grimaila says the railroad cannot

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14
Jun

Real Drug Policy Debate

A recent report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy opens with the straightforward claim: “The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world.” In The Wall Street Journal, former Secretary of State and honorary commission chair George P. Shultz decries our approach to America’s drug problem by arguing that criminalizing the entire

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11
May

The Case of Mexico

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

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4
May

Somethin's Happenin' Here

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the center of the drug war exists in Washington, D.C. With all the bloviating, all the Congressional handwringing, all the dissimulating by the White House’s Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowske and all the hardheadedness of the DEA head Michelle Leonhart, the power of prohibition does seem to lie within the DC Beltway. But what is

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16
Mar

Mexico: First National Congress held

Mexico City, Mexico — On the eve of SSDP’s annual training conference in Washington, DC, students at Mexico City’s National School of Anthropology (ENAH) are preparing to hold their first national congress, from 11 – 14 April. Called “The History and Practice of Drugs: An Anthropological Vision,” the students at the ENAH hope to dispel myths and inform various university

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8
Mar

Anti-Drug War Graffiti in Mexico City

“Calderonismo” — In reference to Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa These stencilled graffiti appeared on a corner I pass to go to work, Cuauhtemoc and Morelos in the Delegacion Coyoacan. It’s a well-traveled corner, in between a vibrant market and a main thoroughfare. A school sits a couple of blocks away. Coyoacan is one of the oldest, most established, and

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14
Feb

Guns and the Mexican Drug War

Trying to figure out where the drug trafficking organizations in Mexico obtain their arms is a major task. It is widely accepted that notwithstanding some of the strictest gun purchasing laws in the Western Hemisphere, the country is awash with firepower. Making their presence felt are guns, grenades, and other materiel, many of which have helped to kill about 36,000

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24
Dec

Students in Northern Mexico Protest Drug War Violence

This holiday season ABC News reports that students at the Autonomous University of the City of Juarez (UACJ) (in its Spanish acronym) have formed a group to resist the drug war. The students are targeting corruption in the police and military, highlighting human rights abuses as part of their campaign. One videoed episode of state violence drew the students ire: the late October police shooting of

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10
Dec

Children Caught Up in Mexican Violence

Children in a 2010 Juarez family development agency, from Reuters. Unpredictable violence in Mexico continues to jeopardize a peaceful childhood. The fighting between security forces and drug trafficking organizations continues to claim the lives of children and their parents, with the former often labelled “collateral damage.” But as reported last summer Mexican education and public safety officials stated their intention to roll out

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21
Nov

What does the International Liaison Do?

My job makes me feel privileged. I’m the first International Liaison for Students for Sensible Drug Policy. My job enables me to travel outside the US, working with students and youth in other countries to set up SSDP chapters. It’s a great task which requires patience and perspicacity to find out what issues and ideas represent the interests of students

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3
Sep

The Drug War Gets Worse

Drug cartel members burst into a Juarez drug rehabilation clinic yesterday, lining up patients and executing 17 of them. On the same day, newly appointed ( 2 weeks ago ) deputy police chief Jose Manuel Revueltas, was killed in President Calderon’s home state of Michoacan in western Mexico by heavily armed men in two vehicles just a few blocks from police headquarters. How many Saint Valentine’s

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13
Aug

Once You Pop, You Just Can't Stop… Those Damn Drug Cartels!

Need more proof that the drug war isn’t working? Watch the above video of 20 Mexican drug cartel members dressed as police freeing 53 inmates from a Mexico jail. The cartel members arrived in 10 vehicles and a helicopter. Yes, they have fucking helicopters. And submarines. How many of the drug dealers and users that we put behind bars in the

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13
Jan

Your Revolution is Over!

Somehow, El Paso Mayor John Cook’s recent comments stereotyping those who support the resolution he vetoed last week, remind me of the Big Lebowski scene where Mr. Lebowski and The Dude argue about jobs, why he is “the Dude”, and the 60’s hippie revolution; filled with pot smoking – free loving, bums. “I can tell you that all the potheads have sent

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12
Jan

Legalization in El Paso

By now you are probably aware of the recent resolution, written and passed by the El Paso city council, that included an amendment encouraging that ending drug prohibition be discussed. The resolution was aimed at addressing and drawing attention to the rising violence occurring in the city of Juárez, Mexico which borders El Paso, Texas. After passing unanimously, the resolution was quickly

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