“America’s Drug Wars: Just Say No”: CIP Americas Program Fall Tour

LauraFlyerThis fall, the CIP Americas Program will be touring cities in the United States to speak about the devastating effects of the U.S.-backed war on drugs in Mexico and Central America. Director Laura Carlsen will be speaking at universities and community centers in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, North Carolina and Washington D.C. about the U.S. role in the the surge of violence and militarization of the region, the impact on women and especially women human rights defenders and the geopolitical economical reasons behind the disastrous security policies being applied.

On the first leg of the tour, we are very pleased and proud to join forces with the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad-Mexico), presenting with Araceli Rodriguez Nava, a spokesperson for the movement whose son was disappeared in 2009.

Please join us in the following places: (for more information and promotional flyers, please write lecarlsen@gmail.com)

Thursday, Oct. 24
Boulder, Colorado
12:00-2:00 “War on Drugs, War on Women”, Women and Gender Studies/Latin American Studies, University of Colorado/Boulder. With Laura Carlsen and Araceli Rodriguez. Open to the public.

Friday, Oct. 25-Saturday, Oct. 26
Denver, Colorado
International Drug Policy Reform Conference, Drug Policy Alliance, Downtown Sheraton. Registration required. Panels: “War on Drugs, War on Migrants”,  “From Victims to Advocates, Parents against the Drug War”.
Monday, Oct. 28
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Tuesday, Oct. 29
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Wednesday, Oct. 30
Albuquerque, NM
12:00-2:00  “War on Women: US-Backed Drug Wars in Mexico and Central America”  LAII Conference Room, Latin American and Iberian Studies, University of New Mexico. With Laura Carlsen and Araceli Rodriguez. Open to the public.
Thursday, Oct. 31
Las Cruces, New Mexico
6:00 public event, “Drug war and Human Insecurity in the Borderland”,  Center for Latin American and Border Studies, Nason House. With Laura Carlsen and Araceli Rodriguez. Public invited.
Friday, Nov. 1
Tucson, Arizona
* 12:00-2:00 “Drug wars, Detentions, Death: National Security and Human Insecurity in the US/Mexico Borderlands”, Center for  Latin American Studies/Binational Migration Institute, Student Union, University of Arizona at Tucson
* 6:00-8:00 Tear Down the Walls Gathering, Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church St., Tucson, Arizona. Open to the public.
Saturday, Nov. 2
8:30-11:15 “Drug War and Drug War Prisoners”, Moderator, Laura Carlsen, with Javier Sicilia (MPJD-Mexico), Tina Reynolds (WORTH-NYC), Joseph Hayden, Kat Rodríguez (Coalición de Derechos Humanos-Arizona), Diego Martinez-(Comité Permanente-Colombia)
4:00 “What’s behind the drug war in Mexico and Central America?” Workshop.
Sunday, Nov. 3
Tear Down the Walls closing plenary. All Souls Procession.
Tuesday, Nov. 5
Phoenix, Arizona
6:00-7:30 “America’s Drug Wars: Just Say No”, Laura Carlsen. Kiva Lecture Hall, Arizona State University.  Sponsored by: New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences; School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies; School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Master of Arts in Social Justice and Human Rights; Ethnic Studies Working Group. Public invited.
Thursday, Nov. 7
University of North Carolina
5:30 – 7:00 public event UNC/Duke. “America’s Drug War in Mexico: Just Say No”, Laura Carlsen. 4003 Global Education Center. Public welcome.Monday, Nov. 11
Palo Alto, California
12:00 Stanford University, “U.S. Drug Wars in Mexico and Central America: Just Say No”. Laura Carlsen Bolivar House.
Tuesday, Nov. 12
4:00-6:00 Stanford University, International Comparative and Area Studies, Career Panel (registration required)
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Washington D.C. area
12:00 Congressional Briefing on the drug war in Mexico and Central America
7:00 George Mason University. “US-backed Drug Wars in Mexico and Central America: Alternatives to Militarization in Weakening Drug Cartels”
Thursday, Nov. 14
12:00 CIP office brown bag lunch talk “Ending Mexico’s Drug War: Binational Organizing for Peace” (to be confirmed)
Please join us in these exciting events and spread the word!