Lecture: Javier Sicilia

Javier Sicilia is a leading Mexican
poet, essayist, novelist, and journalist
who stopped writing following his
son’s murder, and took to the streets
to campaign against the drug-cartel
fueled violence spreading through the

One of the Featured Protesters in Time Magazine’s Person of the Year Issue,
Sicilia is the founder of the nonviolent, anti-violence group Movement for Peace
with Justice and Dignity (MPJD). Since its inception in March 2011, the group
has campaigned against the spreading criminal and state violence in Mexico.

Sicilia’s visit to Chicago is intended to raise awareness of the MPJD movement
and to raise funds to bring the “peace caravan” to the United States in the
summer of 2012. The caravan was organized in protest against the onslaught of
drug-related violence that has cost Mexico 40,000 dead and at least 9,000 unsolved
“disappearances” since 2006.

Monday, April 16, 2012 at 4:00pm

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