Press release from the office of city Rep. Susie Byrd
For immediate release
El Paso, Texas
For more information, contact Susie Byrd, El Paso City Council Representative, at 915-204-9813 or firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMUNITY LEADERS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA:
DRUG WAR HAS FAILED JUÁREZ.
REFORM DRUG LAWS TO HELP REDUCE VIOLENCE.
What: El Paso and Las Cruces community leaders to gather to present “Declaration in Support of Ciudad Juárez and Its Efforts to Reduce The Violence Related to Drug Trafficking”
When: May 19, 2010 at 1 P.M. (Mountain Standard Time)
Where: Lion’s Plazita (910 S. Santa Fe St., at the base of the Paso del Norte Bridge, El Paso, Texas)
On May 19, 2010, President Barack Obama will host a State Dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderón.
In anticipation of that meeting, community leaders—including local elected officials, civic leaders, faith leaders, business leaders and academics from El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico—will gather to call on President Obama to recognize that the U.S. 40-year War on Drugs has been a dismal social, economic and policy failure.
The Drug War has not achieved its goals of reducing drug consumption and drug access, and narco-related violence along the U.S.-Mexico border is raging at unprecedented levels with no end in sight. The seven point “Declaration in Support of Ciudad Juárez and Its Efforts to Reduce The Violence Related to Drug Trafficking” asks for reform of current drug laws and drug enforcement policies as a way to help curb violence related to drug trafficking in Mexico. We will ask that President Obama and President Calderón take serious steps to reform drug laws and the U.S./Mexico relationship to help bring an end to the violence in Juárez.
One of the organizers of this effort, Professor Oscar J. Martinez states, “This is one of the most critical moments in the history of Ciudad
Juárez and El Paso. At this time of crisis, citizens must make their voices heard. Change is needed like never before. We must begin the process now of ending the violence in our binational region.”
The Declaration will be presented at the media conference with a call to the public to contact President Obama and other federal elected officials to demand immediate and sustained action until such time as the violence in Juárez has been reduced.