Caravan for Peace aims to start drug policy conversation
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Drug-related violence in Mexico prompted a group to rally for peace and justice here in Austin.
The Caravan for Peace’s stop at the State Capitol Saturday is just one of 27 they are making across the country on their journey from San Diego, Calif. to Washington D.C.
Families who lost loved ones due to America’s so-called War on Drugs joined with activist groups to share their stories and put pressure on lawmakers in Mexico and America to take a new look at drug laws.
"We're not here to say what the solution is,” Craig Adair with the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition said. “We're here to have a conversation and say, 'This policy is not working. Our current drug war is a failure, and unless we do our part to help stop the violence, the blood will continue to flow.'"
Renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia is leading the caravan. He lost his son last year because of drug-related violence.
The group says his death is among 60,000 in the past six-and-a-half years related to Mexico's drug war.