Olga Reyes – Nonviolent Struggle Against the Drug War in Mexico – Feb 4th
We are thrilled to be hosting Olga Reyes in Portland on Saturday, February 4th, 5pm at 1131 SE Oak St. PCASC is co-sponsoring this event with Voz, AFSC, the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Oregon Peace Institute.
Free – donations welcome
Olga Reyes Salazar comes from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, in Mexico. Her sister, Josefina Reyes, was a prominent activist for human rights and demilitarization in Juarez until she was murdered January 3, 2010, after one of her sons had been jailed and another murdered. In February 2011, Olga’s sister, brother, and sister-in-law were abducted, and subsequently found killed. Olga’s mother Sara issued a remarkable appeal to the kidnappers of her children in February, just before the family house was burned down.
Since the killing of her two siblings and sister-in-law in February, Olgahas participated in the two “caravans of consolation” led by poet Javier Sicilia, that traveled from central Mexico to the U.S. border in June and to Chiapas and the Guatemala border in September.
Olga brings a powerful testimony of the human costs of the drug war, militarism and gun trafficking, and of the growing movement to forge a different path in Mexico and the United States.