By: The School of Authentic Journalism
This Wednesday March 28th 2012the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) will commemorate 12 months of protests and actions in Cuernavaca, Morelos. This event will seek to remember, with "pain, rage, and love", the dead, disappeared, and victims of the federal government's war against drug trafficking. Victims of the war will make offerings, and participate in indigenous and ecumenical ceremonies, performance art, poetry readings, and testimonials beginning at 11AM and continuing well into the night.
The day will culminate at 8:30PM with a candlelight march to commemorate the victims of the "war on drug trafficking". The activities of the day have been organized to show that, one year after, the victims of the war still await justice, an effective strategy to achieve peace, and real change to the political system of the country.
The MPJD began with a letter from the poet Javier Sicilia, when he lost his 24-year-old son, Jaunelo, as a result of the violence of the war. With the cry of "Estamos hasta la madre!" ("We're fed up!"), thousands of Mexican citizens overcame their fear and poured into the streets in protest of the war. One year ago, the movement that was born in Morelos inspired thousands of Mexicans to denounce the effects of the war and to bring to life the stories of the victims.
The controversial and counterproductive "war on drugs" is an initiative by the Mexican President in response to the inability of state governments to control the violence brought about by the organized groups of drug traffickers that control their regions. Today, the MPJD is a national initiative made up of Mexican citizens that among other accomplishments organized a great march to Mexico City and two national caravans. The Movement also forced the federal government to begin a conversation about the more than 60,000 deaths, 20,000 disappearances, and 100,000 displaced people that have occurred since 2006 as a result of the “war on drug traffickers".