Lecture: Javier Sicilia
April 16, 4pm
(program in Spanish with English interpreter)
Javier Sicilia is a leading Mexican poet, essayist, novelist, and journalist who stopped writing following his son’s murder, and took to the streets to campaign against the drug-cartel fueled violence spreading through the country.
One of the Featured Protesters in Time Magazine’s Person of the Year Issue, Sicilia is the founder of the nonviolent, anti-violence group Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD). Since its inception in March 2011, the group has campaigned against the spreading criminal and state violence in Mexico.
Sicilia’s visit to Chicago is intended to raise awareness of the MPJD movement and to raise funds to bring the “peace caravan” to the United States in the summer of 2012. The caravan was organized in protest against the onslaught of drug-related violence that has cost Mexico 40,000 dead and at least 9,000 unsolved “disappearances” since 2006.