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Dear Supporter,

There are just a few days left to help Global Exchange select this year's Human Rights People's Choice Award Honoree. Voting ends April 19.

I'm excited to share that yesterday, Javier Sicilia was nominated for Global Exchange's “People’s Choice” human rights award. As we detailed last week in “Mexico’s Growing Movement Against Murder,” Sicilia is a journalist and poet whose son and six other young friends were murdered last March 28th for speaking out about drug gangs that operate with impunity in their home state of Morelos, just south of Mexico City.

You can view and vote for Javier Sicilia as well as the dozens of other worthy nominees competing for this year’s prize.

As the nomination of Sicilia states:  “Rather than suffering his son’s death in fear and silence, Sicilia spoke out. He wrote a public letter to Mexico’s politicians and criminals, denouncing their behavior and calling on regular citizens to rise up against violence.”  Tens of thousands of Mexicans have taken up his call, marching in cities large and small across the country.

Even bigger mobilizations are planned during the week leading up to May 8th. We will be sending more information about international support actions as it becomes available.

Thanks for your solidarity and for supporting brave leaders risking all to defend dignity and human rights amidst a bloodbath.


Ted Lewis
Human Rights Director

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