The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity
- IF (a nonprofit social justice advocate) has closed its doors. it had been raising funds to support the crucial work of Pietro Ameglio, who for decades has promoted active nonviolence in Mexico and across Latin America. An activist, popular educator, university lecturer, and author, Pietro was a co-founder and leader of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) that emerged in 2011 to challenge drug-war violence, increasing militarization, and human rights violations in Mexico. His nonviolence education programs are in constant demand across Mexico, and he has helped organize and lead numerous nonviolent direct action campaigns.
- The following are heart-wrenching stories that IF came across and attempted to help.
“Mexico’s crime wave has left about 25,000 missing, government documents show” Washington Post; Nov. 9, 2012
There is no one in Mexico today who doesn’t know someone, all too often someone close to them, who has been the victim of murder, kidnapping, disappearance, or economic extortion. All social classes have been touched by this monstrous social violence.
Nepomuceno "Nepo" searches for his son and tries to create awareness of the situation on his son's behalf;
here he recites "Nepo's Poem."
Nepomuceno's son shouted: They are coming to get me."
Just as the poem says, but its was too late.
With faces uncovered and guns at the ready, they took him away.
Nepomuceno Moreno speaks to government officials about his missing son.
Nepomuceno Moreno was killed in Hermosillo (Sonora) on November 28, 2011; and Trinidad de la Cruz, another community leader from Ostula, killed by paramilitaries. Nepo was an exemplary father who denounced the murder of his son, whom he searched for indefatigably. There has been no meaningful investigation of these murders, and like thousands of others, they remain in total impunity.
In 2012, a "Caravan for Peace" toured 26 cities in the U.S. led by Javier Sicilia to disseminate information about the the effect of the war on drugs to the citizens of Mexico.
IF Board Member(s) accompanied the Caravan to New Mexico.
A friend of Nepomuceno Moreno courageously continued to display the sign with pictures of those missing that "Nepo" carried.
More videos to come, December 2022