Confronting Forced Migration & Violence in the Americas
Webinar series: April 4-5, 2020

In collaboration with School of Americas Watch, Alliance for Global Justice, Veterans for Peace, and others, we will be facilitating a weekend of educational and skills-building webinars specifically geared for friends and allies seeking tools and increased capacity to challenge border imperialism, the root causes of migration, the weapons trade, and to support migrants forced to flee their homelands. All webinars will be interpreted simultaneously between English and Spanish. Full descriptions here.

Sat., April 4: 9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific Time / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
Voices from Abya Yala (the Americas): Realities and Resistance
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Sat., April 4: 10:30 am – 11:30 am Pacific Time / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ET
Countering Anti-Migrant Narratives and Media Work
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Sat., April 4: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Impact of COVID-19 Crisis on Migrants at US-Mexico Border
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Sunday, April 5, 2020: 9:00 am – 10:00 am PT / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
Researching U.S. Militarization of  Borderlands and Mesoamérica
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Sunday, April 5, 2020: 10:30 am – 11:30 am PT / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ET
Policy advocacy on U.S. militarism and guns in Mexico and Central America
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Webinar on Gun Violence in Mexico & Central America: Challenges and Paths to Solutions

April 21, 2020

Please register for Gun Violence in Mexico and Central America: Challenges and Paths to Solutions. The global burden of gun violence accounts for over 250,000 deaths worldwide, and half of these deaths occur in just six countries – all in the Americas.

This packed webinar will include brief presentations on the impacts of gun violence in Mexico, the mechanisms of the legal and illegal gun trade in the region, and policy remedies for this public health crisis.

This crisis requires multiple paths toward policy and program solutions, needing many disciplines and sectors of civil society to be aligned towards making our respective nations healthy and safe. This multi-sectoral webinar is intended to bring together public health, humanitarian, arms control, policy, and other leaders to focus on the challenges and paths toward solutions.

Pre-register here. 

Webinar: US Guns to Mexico Drive Violence & Migration and How We Stop It

February 7, 2019 – view webinar recording here

Across the United States, communities are concerned about the devastating impacts of gun violence. But how do U.S. guns affect families in Mexico and Central America, and what can we do about it?  On February 4, the Trump administration notified Congress of final new regulations to make it easier to export assault weapons to Mexico and other countries embroiled in violence. We are working with some Democrats to introduce legislation and letters to control gun exports and stem the flow of military-grade weaponry to Mexico and Central America.
Hosted by Global Exchange on Zoom and Facebook Live, our expert panelists were:
  • Eugenio Weigend is a senior policy analyst at the Center for American Progress and author of numerous articles on U.S. gun trafficking to Mexico.
  •  Jessica Molina is a human rights defender from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas whose husband was disappeared by Mexican Navy troops in March 2018. Jessica has become a leading spokesperson for dozens of family members of disappeared people in Nuevo Laredo.
  • Yanira Arias is the National Campaigns Manager for Alianza Americas, where she has coordinated actions in response to the detention and stigmatization of thousands of Central American children and their families. A Temporary Protected Status holder from El Salvador, she brings expertise on health disparities and community participation.
  • John Lindsay-Poland coordinates the Stop US Arms to Mexico project of Global Exchange, and also has written extensively about the U.S. gun trade and its impacts in Mexico.
  • Moderated by Janice Gallagher, assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, Newark. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Mexico and Colombia and wrote “Tipping the Scales of Justice: The Role of Citizen Action in Strengthening the Rule of Law.” A true public intellectual, Janice also recently led an international elections observation mission in Tamaulipas, Mexico’s most dangerous border state.

Previous events:

Stop U.S. Arms to Mexico Training Day
Thursday, November 15, 2018, Nogales, Arizona

Build your skills, meet other amazing activists from Mexico and the United States, and get involved in actions to stop the deadly gun trade from the United States to Mexico. Workshops will be led by Mexican and U.S. human rights defenders, migrant leaders, researchers, and advocates and build our capacity to work with media, advocate for policy change, conduct research, engage in effective cross-border activism, and more. We will have the opportunity to apply some of those skills right away during the Border Encuentro, which immediately follows the training day, November 16-18, organized by School of Americas Watch. More information, including slides and videos of presentations, here. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 3:00 – 4:30pm Eastern Time

“The Legal and Illegal Gun Trade to Mexico,” a Facebook Live presentation by the Mexican Commission for the Defense of Human Rights and Stop US Arms to Mexico/Global Exchange. Watch the presentation here.

Thursday May 10, 2018, 7pm

“Where the Guns Go: Engaging the Intersections of Gun Violence across Greater Mexico,” at MOSAIC on the San Jose State University campus

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 7pm

“Demilitarizing Policing – California and Mexico”, hosted by Peace Action of San Mateo County, Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue in San Mateo

Thur. April 19, 2018 7:00 pm

Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos. Free. Details here.

Tues. February 27, 2018, 1:00 pm

UCLA, 10383 Bunch Hall, Los Angeles. Details here.

Wed. February 28, 2018, 6:00 pm

AFSC San Diego, 3850 Westgate Pl., San Diego. Details here.

Tues. September 26 – Tues. December 5, 2017

Bay Area Series: Mapping Borders and Connections: Mexico and the United States

A five-session program  in the Fall of 2017 mapped the borders that separate us in Mexico and the United States, our connections across those borders, the destruction wrought by guns and the drug war, and our actions responding to these realities.  ‘Mapping Borders and Connections’ worked with participants from the US and Mexico in the Bay Area to map routes of migration, of arms, of drugs, and of action. More information.

1. Tues. September 26, 2017: Routes of disappearance and search
2. Tues. October 10: Routes of Migrants
3. Sat. October 28: Routes of Arms
4. Tues. November 14: Routes of Drugs
5. Tues. December 5: Routes of Action

National tour: hear Mexican human rights defenders speak out on migrants and families of disappeared in Mexico.

“Disappearances in Mexico: The Case of Ayotzinapa”
Mexican journalist Anabel Hernández presents her book What Really Happened in Iguala

Tuesday May 2, 2017, 7 pm

Global Exchange 901 Mission St. (at 5th), San Francisco (map) Also presenting the AFSC documentary: “Where the Guns Go.”

Wednesday May 3, 2017, 12 pm

UC Berkeley, Spanish and Portuguese Library/ 5125 Dwinelle (map) Also presenting: “Where the Guns Go.”

Wednesday May 3, 2017, 7 pm

Eastside Arts Alliance 2277 International Blvd., Oakland (map)

Sponsored by: American Friends Service Committee, UC Berkeley Spanish Department, 67 Sueños, Global Exchange, Escuelita Comunitaria, School of the Americas Watch, Oakland Catholic Worker.

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