Since poet and writer Javier Sicilia’s 24-year-old son was killed by Mexican drug cartels last year, he has worked to end the violence that has already claimed tens of thousands of victims since 2006. He is leading a Caravan for Peace from San Diego to Washington, DC to raise awareness about the victims of the drug war affecting Mexico and the U.S. We speak to Pepe Rivera, one of the organizers of the caravan.
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José -Pepe- Rivera is a coordinator of the Documentation Commission of the Movement for Peace with Justice & Dignity, where he documents victims of the war on drugs and prohibition. He is also a coordinator for the Communications Commission for Caravan for Peace. He is a documentary photographer and consultant, and he has worked for the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Mexican United Nations Association.
The Head Start program is usually aimed at preschoolers. But this summer, the program took three college students who have spent their lives as migrant farmworkers to Washington D.C. for an internship program that aims to open up their career horizons. We speak with the students before they head back to the fields and to school.
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Sammy Benavidez is a student at St. Edwards University at Austin, Texas, majoring in Social work and minoring in Psychology. In the past, he participated in the Tri-Valley Head-Start program in Grafton, North Dakota, and in TMC Head Start Program in Mercedes, Texas. He hopes to get a Masters in Social Work and also pursue a PhD.
Evangelina Alvarez is from Royal City, Washington. She is currently enrolled at Washington State University, majoring in Business Management and Operations with a minor in Spanish. She hopes to one day own her own business.
Ivon Garcia was born in Puebla, Mexico. She came to the U.S. at age three with her parents who were migrant workers. She graduated from Bridgeport High School and she is currently a Junior at Washington State University, majoring in Human Development and minoring in Women Studies and Spanish.
Cleofas “Cleo” Rodriguez, Jr. is currently the Executive Director of the National Migrant Seasonal Head Start Association in Washington, DC. His parents were migrant farmworkers in Texas and other states. He has been a strong advocate for the emotional development of young children and their families, particularly those of migrant backgrounds.