Vermonters urge Leahy: Enforce the Leahy law

News Release — Migrant Justice / Justicia Migrante
Dec. 2, 2014

Brendan O’Neill:802-658-6770

Robin Lloyd 802-355-3256


Migrant Justice, Toward Freedom, the Women’s Intl League for Peace and Freedom and the Peace and Justice Center invite the Burlington community to a rally and speakout outside Patirck Leahy’s office Weds., Dec 3, at 11:30am at 199 Main St, Burlington. Mexican farmworkers, many of whom are fleeing violence and economic hardship at home, will share words of support and love for their missing brothers and sisters and call for end to the impunity of the Mexican government.

Senator Leahy is the sponsor of the Leahy Law, a powerful yet often-overlooked tool to help prevent the U.S. government from directly arming human rights violators in the ranks of foreign security forces and to help the U.S. avoid complicity in the commission of human rights violations.

We urge Sen Leahy to raise his voice about the terrible events in Mexico and call for 1. serious investigation, 2. more stringent oversight, and 3. most of all a rethinking of the drug war “strategy” that is, in effect, empowering the most vicious and corrupt elements in society as well as within the armed forces.

We invite Senator Leahy or one of his staff to participate with us in a discussion on the Drug War with author Dawn Paley whose book Drug War Capitalism has just been published. She will be speaking in Burlington on Weds., December 17, at 6 pm (5:30 Reception) at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Sponsored by

More Background:
On September 26th and 27th in Iguala, Guerrero, 43 students of the rural teachers school “Raul Isidro Burgos” in the nearby town of Ayotzinapa, were kidnapped by local police officers with the aid of hooded men from the drug cartel “Guerreros Unidos”. Another six people, including three more students of Ayotzinapa, were killed. The response of the local, state, and federal authorities has not just been mediocre and inept, but also seemingly complicit. The State’s actions show the level of corruption, incompetence, and disdain of Mexican authorities towards the many thousands of people who have been killed and disappeared. Social protests have erupted throughout Mexico, with massive demonstrations that have sparked a light for hope and justice.

Here in the United States we have historically poured fuel to the fire by funding a violent and never ending drug war in Latin America. We feel our brothers and sisters pain and share your anger.


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