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Caravana 43: Parents of the 43 missing students from Iguala, Mexico visit Santa Rosa


Caravana 43: Parents of the 43 missing students from Iguala, Mexico visit Santa Rosa  

A caravan of parents will be coming to Santa Rosa bringing awareness of and gaining support for the 43 students kidnapped and disappeared from Iguala, Mexico as of September 26, 2014. 

Parents and supporters of the 43 Ayotzinapa students kidnapped and disappeared in Iguala, Mexico will visit Fresno March 28-29. Fresno is one of many stops of the Caravana 43 (Caravan 43) tour of the United States traveling throughout the West Coast, South, Midwest, and East Coast. 

  1. That the 43 missing students be brought back alive
  2. Through the established judiciary and criminal system by finding and indicting the responsible people and parties of the crime committed
  3. Accountability from the Mexican government to assume responsibility of the events that led to the disappearance of the 43 students and its lack of expediency to address the crisis of violence.
  4. International review by independent monitoring systems such as the United Nations, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the International Court of Justice in the Hague.
  5. Reconsideration of U.S. assistance to Mexico: As Amnesty International and other human rights organization have demonstrated and as the U.S. State Department itself has reported, the Mexican government and its military and police regularly violate the human rights of its citizens through arbitrary arrest, torture, and even extrajudicial executions. 

Felipe De la Cruz, the vocero (spokesperson) of the parents, has this to say about the Caravana 43, "Due to the lack of results, [answers from the Mexican Government] we see it necessary to inform the Mexican people and the whole world of the hell we live in, the anguish of not knowing where they [the students] are.”

April 07, 2015, Caravana 43 parents and supporters will hold a press conference at Sonoma State University 1801 East Cotati Ave. Rohnert Park CA at 12:00 a.m. in The Student Center Ballroom followed by a free public forum. Later that evening at 7:00 p.m., a second public forum in Labor Center, 1700 Corby Ave. Santa Rosa, CA . Wednesday, April 8 at 9:00 a.m. breakfast in Graton Day Laborers Center, 2981Bowen St. Graton CA

With the arrival of the Caravana 43, it will be 6 months since the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students. Although many have been prosecuted for directly ordering the disappearance like former Mayor of Iguala Jose Luis Abarca and his wife Maria de Los Angeles de Pineda, the students have not been found. Their family and friends continue to seek answers and justice. 


Pablo Rivera

Enedina Avelar 

Patricia Moreno