“Mexico's Disastrous Drug War and the U.S. Role” with Laura Carlsen- 7pm, 8/30 at the Centro Autónomo

Join Laura Carlsen, Director of the Americas Program, as she discusses the Drug War in Mexico that has left 50,000 dead and non-violent alternatives to the drug war in both the U.S. and Mexico.

Mexico's war on drugs, launched by Felipe Calderon in December of 2006, led to unprecedented violence in the country. With more than 50,000 homicides to date and tens of thousands disappeared, displaced and orphaned, many regions of the nation are descending into chaos as drug cartels grow more violent and disruptive and security forces participate in abuses against the population.

The U.S. government played a key role in implementing and extending the disastrous drug war since the first Merida Initiative, designed by George W. Bush in 2007. The Obama Administration ignored all reports of the negative effects of the strategy and turned a blind eye to a broad-based Mexican citizens' movement to end the drug war. The latest budget, despite cutbacks in areas vital to our communities, continues to fund the same interdiction and enforcement drug war in Mexico. This model promotes the militarization of Mexico and the spread of violence and corruption.
Laura Carlsen is Director of the Center for International Policy’s Americas Policy Program and has lived in Mexico City for 25 years. She published numerous articles and chapters on social, economic and political aspects of Mexico, co-edited Confronting Globalization: Economic integration and popular resistance in Mexico, and co-authored El Café en Mexico, centroamerica y el caribe. Before working with the Americas Program, Carlsen worked with Equipo Pueblo, as correspondent for Latin Trade magazine, editor of Business Mexico and freelance writer. She has been a consultant with the International Organization for Migrations and the Nobel Women’s Initiative.

At the Albany Park Autonomous Center (3460 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60625) at 7pm on Tuesday, August 30. Presentation in Spanish with translation into English. Call 773 583 7728 or email msn [at] mexicosolidarity [dot] org for more information.