HUMAN RIGHTS DAY PROTESTS AT MEXICAN CONSULATES
WILL SUPPORT JAILED INDIGENOUS LEADER NESTORA SALGADO
Solidarity protests to be held in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco,
New York City and Portland, Oregon
Los Angles, California, December 10, 2013. Advocates of indigenous and women’s rights will hold a protest on Human Rights Day, December 10, from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, at the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles, 2401 West 6th Street, to protest the jailing of Nestora Salgado, a naturalized U.S. citizen and leader of her indigenous community in Olinalá, Guerrero. Over the last four years, Salgado, a grandmother, has made numerous trips from her residence in Renton, Washington to deliver clothing and supplies to the desperately poor residents of her hometown. In the process, she became the leader of an indigenous police force which defended her community from criminals and unscrupulous public officials.
Under the Mexican Constitution and a Guerrero state law, indigenous groups have the right to form such community organizations. In performing her duties as the leader of the Olinalá community police, she angered local officials who have charged her with kidnapping and transported her hundreds of miles from her home to a high security federal prison, El Rincon, in Tepic, Neyarit. There she has been denied much needed medical attention and time with her lawyer and family. Since her arrest, the federal government has maintained over 1,000 federal troops as well as state police in Olinalá to prevent residents from exercising their right to protest Salgado’s detention.
Human rights advocates will gather at Tuesday, December 10 at 4:00 pm in front of the Mexican consulate to demand that the outlandish charges against Ms. Salgado be dropped and that she be freed immediately so she can receive the medical attention she needs. They also call for an end to the military occupation of Salgado’s hometown and adherence to the laws supporting the rights of the indigenous residents of Guerrero.
Among the groups and individuals joining together to “Free Nestora” are: Freedom Socialist Party; National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles; United Front for Justice and Dignity; Frente de Resistencia por Mexico; Radical Women; Free Marissa Now; Puerto Rican Alliance; Thandisizwe Chimurenga, Community Journalist, author of No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant; Leslie Gersicoff, Executive Director, Jewish Labor Committee, Western Region; Hugo Castro, International Coordinator, Ángeles sin Fronteras; and Coalición Humanitaria Internacional Pro Migrante.
If you would like to interview a member of the Salgado family or for more information about this event, please call Muffy Sunde at 213-479-0960 or email email@example.com.