From Our Gun Control Desk
Please come and support this important gathering at the Discover Portsmouth Center, on Sunday May 21st, from 4:00 – 6:00
Mexico is awash in gun-related homicide, and most of the guns come from the United States.
In fact, Sig Sauer, a German corporation with a manufacturing facility in Newington, NH, is the major supplier of firearms to the Mexican government.
This public event, featuring speakers and a short film, will highlight the impact of guns and violence on the lives of ordinary Mexicans. It will also explain the responsibility of foreign companies and the U.S. government for the crisis.
Please sign up here.
Dr. Carlos Pérez Ricart is a professor of political science at the Free University of Berlin. He has written extensively on arms exports to Mexico, especially from German gun companies, and on the history of U.S. drug enforcement in Mexico. He also co-founded Euroarmasmx.org, a group that monitors and documents the arms trade between Mexico and European countries, and Mexico Via Berlin, which researches Mexico-German relations. He is the editor of After Ayotzinapa: State, Organized Crime and Civil Society in Mexico.
Maria Herrera Magdaleno, from Pajacuarán, Michoacán in Mexico, is the mother of eight children, including four sons who were forcibly disappeared by police agents in two different events, in 2008 and 2010. She and her remaining family members have searched for her sons and appealed to every government agency, without results. She began to participate in the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity in 2011, including participation in caravans of victims and for human rights in Mexico and the United States.
John Lindsay-Poland is American Friends Service Committee Wage Peace Coordinator in San Francisco, and has written extensively on the U.S. legal and illegal weapons trade to Mexico, U.S. policy in Latin America, and human rights violations in the drug war. He is co-director of the 2017 documentary Where the Guns Go: U.S. Policy and Human Rights in Mexico, and editor of a report by the same title.
This event is co-sponsored by Amnesty International USA, Seacoast Peace Response, Seacoast Resistance, New Castle Promise, Occupy Seacoast, and NH Peace Action.
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