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No More Blood in Mexico +10 – online event
September 22 2021, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
You’re invited to join us on Wednesday, September 22nd for No More Blood in Mexico +10, a compelling conversation with six inspiring defenders from the frontlines of struggles to create a Mexico of rights and justice for all.
Ten years ago, amid lack of public awareness in Canada about skyrocketing violence and human rights violations in Mexico, Canadian universities and Amnesty International Canada came together to organize a series of events with four human rights defenders from the frontlines. The tour was evocatively called No More Blood in Mexico. It aimed to shine a spotlight on shocking realities in Mexico and press Canadian authorities to put the protection of human rights at the heart of their engagement with Mexico.
Ten years later, our Mexican human rights partners continue their vital work amid intensified violence and an unabated crisis, fuelled by domestic realities and pressures from neighbouring countries. The need for awareness, solidarity and support for movements for change has never been more important. This is the goal of No More Blood in Mexico +10 as we once again assess the view from the ground and what is needed to end the crisis.
What has changed? What have movements for justice accomplished? How can we support these efforts? Join us to be inspired!
Joining us from Mexico are: Norma Don Juan (Council of Women Leaders of the National Coordination of Indigenous Women), Grace Mahogany Fernández Morán (BUSCAME: Buscando Desaparecidos México), Vidulfo Rosales Sierra (Tlachinollan Human Rights Centre), Julia Quiñonez (Comité Fronteriza de Obreras), Mariano Machain (SERAPAZ) and Alberto Xicotencatl Carrasco (Casa del Migrante, Saltillo).
Simultaneous interpretation will be available in English, French and Spanish.
About our speakers:
Norma Don Juan is a Nahua Indigenous woman and member of the Council of Women Leaders of the National Coordination of Indigenous Women (CONAMI-Mexico). She was part of the Collegiate Coordination team and the Collegiate Council of the Continental Liaison of Indigenous Women of the Americas. In 2019, she served as President of the Board of Directors of the First Women’s Parliament in Mexico City.
Grace Mahogany Fernández Morán is a member of BUSCAME: Buscando Desaparecidos Mexico, a collective of families who search for the disappeared in Coahuila and Tamaulipas. She is a long-time activist in the national Movement for our Disappeared in Mexico and sits on the Citizen’s Council of the National Search System. Ms. Fernández Morán’s brother Dan Jeremeel Fernández was forcibly disappeared in Coahuila state in 2008.
Vidulfo Rosales Sierra is a lawyer with the Tlachinollan Human Rights Centre in Guerrero State. The Centre’s work with Indigenous communities to defend their rights has been recognized with the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Prize and the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Mr Rosales Sierra has provided legal support for several emblematic cases involving abuses by state agents, including the enforced disappearance of 43 students of a rural teacher´s college in Ayotzinapa.
Julia Quiñonez is the coordinator of the Border Committee of Women Workers, the Comité Fronterizo de Obreras in Coahuila, Mexico. The Committee, known as the CFO, is an organization of rank-and-file women, led by workers from maquiladora assembly factories. The organization was born out of the needs of young women who work in the factories and are subject to a range of abuses. The CFO fights for a greater level of participation, particularly for women, inside their unions and at the leadership level.
Mariano Machain is a human rights defender with SERAPAZ, a peace-building organization which supports grassroots networks of victims of human rights violations who campaign to defend their rights. From local groups of relatives of the disappeared to Indigenous communities who care about their lands, SERAPAZ supports them in their efforts to set up and run their own organizations and carry out their advocacy campaigns. Many of these grassroots human rights defenders are at serious risk for the work they do.
Alberto Xicotencatl Carrasco is the Director of the Casa del Migrante refuge for migrants in Saltillo and the recipient of a prestigious Letelier Moffitt Human Rights Award in 2011. The thousands of migrants who travel through Mexico are routinely victims of extortion, ill treatment, abduction, rape, and murder at the hands of criminal gangs, often operating with the collusion or acquiescence of public officials. Those who advocate for the migrants also face threats and attacks.
This event is co-sponsored by the Americas Policy Group, Amnesty International Canada, Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS), Carleton University, CDHAL, Inter Pares, Mennonite Central Committee Latin America & Caribbean, Mining Watch Canada, PSAC Social Justice Fund, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, Wilfrid Laurier University & University of New Brunswick.