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Hey Congress: Stop Gun Violence in Mexico!


“We embrace the pain of the mothers and fathers in the United States who have lost children to gun violence, because my own son was disappeared in Michoacán with a firearm,”
said Araceli Rodríguez, mother the_time_for_gun_control_is_nowof Luis Ángel León Rodríguez in a statement from Mexico’s Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD).  Just like parents who lost children in the horrific Newtown shooting, victims across Mexico who have lost their sons and daughters to gun violence are calling for action to prevent future tragedies.

What can you do? Join us and call your members of Congress on Monday, February 4th!

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What Do You Think Of Our Resolutions?

With a New Year comes resolutions and it’s no different here at the Latin America Working Group office.  U.S. policy towards our Latin American neighbors is, as usual, in need of a few New Year's resolutions. Will you join us in making these goals a reality? Check out the short video below to get an idea of exactly what we’ve got up our sleeve for 2013. 

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Advocate for Food Justice in 2013 at EAD!

What does food justice mean to you? Have you ever wondered why, if the world produces enough food for everyone, there are close to 1 billion people left hungry?  In Latin America alone, small farmers are undermined by mining and large-scale monoculture farming, not to mention harmful regional trading policies. When these small farmers and indigenous and Afro-Latino communities try to organize against these trends, they are met with violence and injustice. If you would like to help these communities in their quest for justice please consider registering for this year’s Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. on April 5th-8th where we will explore what it means to have food justice for the entire world. 

Register for Ecumenical Advocacy Days today to fight for justice on behalf of communities across Latin America! 

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U.S. Ambassador McKinley: Protect Colombian Human Rights Defenders

It's go time! As we kick off 2013 and begin to work on our new year’s resolutions, we need YOUR help in pressuring the U.S. Embassy in Colombia to speak up for human rights defenders in Colombia. Afro-Colombian and indigenous leaders, labor activists and human rights defenders’ calls for protection have fallen on deaf ears and this needs to change!

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Thank You and Update on Ending Gun Violence


Today, President Obama unveiled an expansive plan to tackle gun violence.  For so many of us focused on ending the bloodshed that has devastated communities on both sides of the border, this is encouraging news.

We wanted to THANK YOU for adding YOUR voice to the groundswell calling for an end to gun violence.  Earlier this week, the petition that many of you signed urging President Obama to better enforce and tighten lax U.S. gun laws that traffickers exploit to get guns and smuggle them into Mexico was delivered to Vice President Biden’s task force on gun violence .  As you may recall, this is the same petition initiated by groups from Mexico’s Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity in partnership with LAWG and dozens of faith-based, human rights and anti-gun violence groups from both sides of the border. 

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Today We Celebrate Our Rights

Article 30 from the UN Declaration of Human rights states “No one can take away your rights.” Today, we will be celebrating International Human Rights Day and the 64th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Do you know what the 30 articles of Human Rights are? Just in case you need a refresher, watch the video below directed by Ani Boghossian, in honor of International Human Rights Day.

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Our Right to Justice is at Risk: Sign by Friday!


What happens when every other recourse you have to seek justice in your own country fails you?
If you are in the Americas, you turn to the Inter-American System of Human Rights (IAS). The IAS is the last iachrnewhope for justice for millions of people in the Americas. But, now what has come to be the last resort for millions of victims in their quest for justice is under threat by a number of governments that are seeking to weaken the IAS. The human rights activists, victims of violence and victims’ advocates with whom we work in Latin America every day need us to declare our support for the IAS.  Otherwise, what other independent institution will be able to demand accountability in countries where justice fails?

Lend your voice by declaring your support for the Inter-American System of Human Rights!

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