Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC) urges all individuals and organizations to sign the following letter for justice for the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students in Mexico.
The letter is from LELO, a 50-year old sister organization of working people of color in Seattle.
When ready to sing, email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign on.
Here is the letter:
President of The United States of Mexico Manuel Andres Lopez Obrador
Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard
Secretary of State Mexico Adam Agusto Lopez Hernandez
Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero
Sub-secretary of Human Rights, Population and Migration Alejandro Encinas
Gobernador of Guerrero State Evelyn Salgado
We community members, students, academics and base organizations in The United States join our voices of concern about the little progress in the investigations of the impunity and the violence that prevails in the case of the 43 Students from the “Raúl Isidro Burgos” Normal School in Ayotzinapa. They were kidnapped, at the hands of the government, local police, army and organized crime on September 26 of 2014.
We express and send our solidarity with the demands for justice being expressed and we share the pain of the families, friends and colleagues of the Ayotzinapa students.
We are profoundly indignant at the magnitude of the events but specially by the fact that the Mexican government has not captured and processed all the perpetrators of the disappearance of the 43 students. This atrocity is part of a landscape of violence and impunity carried out through alliances between some elements of the Mexican state and organized crime.
In the recent small advances on the Ayotzinapa case, the delays in the investigation and the negligence with which it is being carried out are our main concerns. It has been obvious that certain authorities are obstructing the investigation of the role of the Mexican Army in this massacre. Also, according to the parents of the 43 students that disappeared, Mr. Alfredo Higera Bernal and Mrs. Sara Irene Herrerias from Attorney General of the Republic office are boycotting the investigation from the time when they started working in this case. We are demanding their resignation.
We have been and we will be in solidarity with the parents and all others affected by the repression around the Ayotzinapa case. We will keep working until we make justice a reality for the 43 students and their families. We call for justice and political accountability.
Our main demands are:
The presentation of the 43 students alive.
The immediate resignation of Mr. Mr. Alfredo Higera Bernal and Mrs. Sara Irene Herrerias from the Attorney General of the Republic office for their irresponsible and negligent investigation of the Ayotzinapa case.
End of retaliation, repression and harassment against the students and family members from the Ayotzinapa case.
All members from the Mexican Army who participated in the events from September 26, 2014 in Iguala, Guerrero be immediately arrested, tried, and punished in accordance with the Mexican and the international laws.
The punishment of those responsible both intellectually and materially for these deeds.
We will continue to pay attention to this case. We will expand communication and information networks among community, family, colleagues and friends in the U.S. and abroad, sharing the latest events of Ayotzinapa case.
They were taken away alive! We want them back alive!