Re: [Justiceforbrad] Report back on meeting w/Congressional Rep. Velazquez's staff a week or so ago
- On 3/9/08, Robert Jereski <mutualaid@...> wrote:
Thanks to all who participated! We need more meetings like this across
the country! And please send us your report backs so we can let others
know what ACTION activist friends of brad are taking to stop Plan
Mexico and demand justice for Brad Will and many others murdered in
Atenco, Oaxaca, and Chiapas by Mexican security forces.
On Thursday February 28th, 2008, Friends of Brad Will met with a top
staffer of New York's 12th congressional district's Rep. Nydia
Velázquez. Velázquez is also a democrat, Hispanic and Brad Will lived
in her District.
Information was provided to Congresswoman Velazquez's staffer about the
events surrounding the murder of U.S. citizen and journalist Brad Will
killed while covering the teachers strike and subsequent uprising of
people of Oaxaca, Mexico; the status and ineffectiveness of the Mexican
government's investigation into the murder of our brother. We urged
that the Congresswoman publicly speak out against Bush's Plan Mexico
(known officially as the "Merida Initiative"), which would use the
American taxpayers' funds for future violent repression of the people
Velazquez's office expressed a keen interest in the information we
conveyed, taking many notes. We also mentioned - which they found
important - that Brad Will's murder had recently received national
press coverage making the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
Velazquez's office committed to reviewing the case and the
investigation of Will's murder. The staffer declared that she would
chart a course of action with the Congresswoman in the immediate
future, on the contents of a letter from the Congresswoman to President
Calderon, Secretary of State Rice and others to underscore the
importance of the issue to her. She also said she would touch base with
the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on strategies to oppose Plan Mexico.
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