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Caravana 43 Sacramento: Parents of the 43 missing students from Iguala, Mexico visit Sacramento
A caravan of parents and supporters will be coming to Sacramento bringing awareness of and seeking support for the 43 students kidnapped and disappeared by the police of Iguala, Mexico as of September 26, 2014.

What: Parents and supporters of the 43 Ayotzinapa students that went missing in Iguala, Mexico will visit Sacramento April 8-9th. Sacramento 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. Caravana 43 parents will be hosted by members of the Latino Caucus on April 9th before visiting Sacramento City College where they will have a panel discussion. (the current reserved location is the Student Center, but we may change the venue to the Performance Arts Center, if available).

Why: 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. The Mexican Federal Government officially declared the death of the 43 students when the state police turned them in to the “organized crime group”. International investigations have countered the official report and the public outcry continues claiming that the federal army is in complicity with the Government of President Enrique Peña Nieto. The parents of the 43 students go beyond just claiming the direct responsibility of the federal government. The U.S. Government also has a lot to do with the violence against social leaders and students who come out in the public to talk about the systemic problems facing Mexico. The economic support the U.S. sends through the Merida Plan to, supposedly, fight against drugs, the Mexican government uses to suppress social leaders, students and news reporter for opposing all the economic reforms launched by the government to privatize everything, including the most sacred liquid for human being, water.

Who: Sacramento has responded to the national effort by receiving the Caravana 43 and providing them a platform to tell their stories and the horror experience they are going through searching for their children without any support from the Mexican Government. Different community organizations, businesses, students, churches, unions and individuals are joining our effort together to receive the Caravana 43 and providing them all the necessary support.

When: Sacramento City College will host Caravana 43 on April 9th from 3-5 pm. The parents of the missing students want to share their stories and ask that we stand in solidarity with them. They will then head to Stockton for another event after Sacramento City College.
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