[act-ma] CALL FOR ACTION: PROTEST HARVARD'S HOSTING OF FORMER PRESIDENT OF MEXICO FELIPE CALDERON

Sergio Reyes sreyes1 at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 8 10:03:53 PDT 2013





PROTEST HARVARD'S HOSTING OF FORMER PRESIDENT OF MEXICO
FELIPE CALDERON


	* WHEN: Saturday, October 12 at 10 am
	* WHERE: Harvard Kennedy School on 79 John F. Kennedy St Cambridge, MA 02138
	* WHAT: Reflecting on the relation between Harvard and right wing policy makers in the Americas 

	* WHY: To Raise awareness about the horror of the joint US/Mexico “War on Narco-Trafficking” and of Harvard University’s honoring of a War Criminal
	* CONTACT for further info: Mela Heestand: mela.heestand at gmail.com, 978-394-5923

BACKGROUND: 
During his presidency, Felipe Calderon unleashed his
so-called “War on Narco-Trafficking” by deploying troops to civilian areas and
militarizing the border.  In the
past six years, these policies have resulted in the murder of over 70,000
people and the disappearance of 25,000 more in Mexico.  Meanwhile, Calderon’s government
silenced those who could tell the full extent of the horror that his government
has unleashed—journalists, activists and intellectuals who have been killed,
threatened and forced to seek asylum.  In January 2013, Calderon himself won the prize of asylum from his own mess
when the Harvard Kennedy School of Government awarded him a Global Public
Leaders Fellowship.  Criminal
politicians who drive journalists and their own people to seek asylum do not
deserve asylum at Harvard. 
At this public meeting, we are also planning to read some
contemporary Mexican poetry that is responding to the violence unleashed by
Calderon's government, and we will also prepare handouts for passers-by. 
Professor Juan Manuel Portillo will read his own poetry and that of his friends
and colleagues from Mexico.

We will make the connections between the policies of the U.S. in the region and
the responsibilities of both governments in the violence. Directly linked to
this situation we have the influx of Mexican workers into the U.S. in search of
a livelihood they cannot sustain in their own countries. This is another level
of violence against Mexican people that must be denounced and stopped. Mexican
people should have the right to stay home and earn a decent livelihood. They
should have the right to migrate into the U.S. if they so wish and not be
treated like criminals.

Let's raise our voices to end the silence about Harvard's role in generating,
supporting and protecting criminal politicians in the Americas!
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