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241 mile MARCH for PEACE:Latino Voice of Opposition to the War
A 241 mile march that aims at ensuring that the Latino voice of opposition to the War is heard loud and clear across the Americas.
March for Peace
Objective: A 241 mile march that aims at ensuring that the Latino voice of opposition to the War is heard loud and clear across the Americas.
WHAT/ WHEN: Fernando Suarez del Solar, Pablo Paredes, Camilo Mejia and Aidan Delgado will lead a coalition of the willing across this 241 mile quest for peace starting in Tijuana, Mexico, going through Marine Corps Depot Camp Pendleton to the Cesar Chavez burial site in La Paz, CA, culminating in The Mission district of San Francisco with a memorial ceremony and blood drive.
The March will begin on 12 March 2006. The coalition of the willing will arrive at La Paz, CA on 22 March 2006 and culminate in San Francisco from 26 March 2006 to 27 March 2006.
WHY: Latinos represent nearly 15% of the US population and 11% of the US military, with many serving in combat or hazardous duty occupations. In addition, an estimated 20% of the fallen service members in the early months of the invasion were Latino. With the continued growth of the Latino population and its vital importance to the future of this country, it is time the Latino community become an active and vocal part of the 60%+ of US citizens that oppose this War. It is also time to show the Latino community that they have a voice and a right to fight for peace and stability. Fernando Suarez Del Solar is committed to self-sacrifice. At 50 years of age he cares more about ending this war than even his own health. We make this call not only to the Latino population but to all those who agree with our message “No more bloodshed in Iraq”.
About the Route and Structure
The March will arrive in all the following cities Tijuana, San Diego, Escondido, Camp Pendleton, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, San Fernando, Palmdale, Rosamond, Keene (La Paz), Fresno, San Jose, and San Francisco.
OUR REQUESTS: We need help in many areas.
Funding: We are going to fly in Camilo Mejia and Aiden Delgado; this will consist of 4 roundtrip tickets as they have an engagement in the middle of our march in Mobile Alabama. We have estimated the travel fees at $1800. We will drive a caravan along with our march. Gas and meals will be a considerable expense; we want to reserve $1000 for this. The service will come with a fee as well. The blood drive will consist of volunteers but will still incur some costs. For these and other unimaginable expenses we seek economic support of groups who support our march. We have estimated our costs at $5000.00
Personnel: We need volunteers to help with the march. We seek EMS qualified folks to ride in the trailer/caravan and provide first aid where necessary. We seek local organizing at all levels to complement our march. Drivers. We have some volunteers already but no one to drive the whole way.
Media: We seek every means of spreading the word available local and national, English speaking and Latino aimed, student and civilian, church and secular etc.
We will provide press releases and materials to ensure that communication about the event is focused, unified and clear.
Logistics: Local contacts for permits or liaisons with local police. Points of contacts for already existing events in localities we may cross, so as to be complimentary and not seen as competition.
Donations: Donations can be made at or by contacting the organizers directly. In the event we have a surplus our proceeds will be equally divided between the Guerrero Azteca Scholarship Program and the Common Ground Relief Collective to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims.
Contacts: For Information please contact: Fernando Suárez del Solar at 760-233-0630 or at l 858-774-0172 and via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and Pablo Paredes via e-mail at email@example.com .