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Introduction

We educate & inform our community about the sociopolitical situation in Latin America.” –Lilla Watson PCASC es una organización democrática dirigida y gestionada por voluntarios que cuenta con solamente dos empleados de medio tiempo. then you are wasting your time… But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine.In English below “Si has venido para ayudarme. Nos reunimos el primer y tercer miércoles de cada mes de 7pm a 9pm en nuestra oficina.time staff people. We meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 7pm to 9pm at our office. and students in the fight for human rights and social justice in the Americas. PCASC has a place for you. 3. Recaudamos fondos para apoyar los diferentes movimientos sociales. entonces trabajemos juntos. y los estudiantes en la lucha por los derechos humanos y la justicia social en las Américas.led and run organization with just two half. PCASC educa y moviliza a la comunidad. Nos oponemos activamente a la intervención imperialista por parte de los Estados Unidos en Latinoamérica. Tenemos tres funciones importantes: 1. volunteer. which is manifested by free trade agreements and the defense industry. 2. then let us work together. “If you have come here to help me. . Desde llenar sobres hasta tomar el papel de líder para organizar una manifestación. 3. donde planeamos y evaluamos nuestro trabajo para construir solidaridad inter-fronteriza en las Américas.” –Lilla Watson PCASC is a democratic. la cual lleva a cabo a través de los tratados de libre comercio y la industria bélica. We have three important functions: 1. los trabajadores. 2. From stuffing envelopes to taking a lead role in organizing an action. estás desperdiciando el tiempo… Pero si has venido porque tu liberación está interconectada con la mía. We actively oppose imperialist intervention by the United States in Latin America. We raise funds to support different social movements. workers. Educamos e informamos a nuestra comunidad acerca de la situación política y social en Centro y Sudamérica. PCASC educates and mobilizes the community. PCASC tiene un puesto para ti.

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. Support the self-determination of communities. medical and mental health needs. Recognition of asylum seekers from countries where Drug War violence has created forced migration. elimination of the black market. Repeal all Free Trade Agreements and renegotiation from a Fair Trade perspective.Halt funding of the Drug War and militarization of Latin America. Reallocate funding to address prevention. and social inequality. Legalization of drugs.

Attention be paid to the dire situation of youth in order to begin reconstructing the social fabric of society. and democratization of the media. An end to the War on Drugs and the use of citizen-run security initiatives. better representative democracy.Truth and justice for the assassinations committed. Participatory democracy. . An end to profit-making from crime. An end to corruption and impunity.

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power. Drop the Drug War .The Drug War is about economics. it is a failure and an injustice. and oppression. And like most wars.

Social Movements: Innovating solutions .

Legalization: A Common Sense Approach to Drug Policy .

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. and imperialism. racism.What to do? The Drug War's is a complex problem with deep roots in propaganda.

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Failure or Fraud: The US Drug War on Latin America .

Critics say that US intentions may follow a broader geopolitical strategy. . one that includes the arrival of US troops into some parts of the region. An increasingly independent and confrontational Latin America is not in Washington’s perceived best interest.Plan Central America On September 17 President Barack Obama named five Central American nations as major hubs for drug transportation from South America. The forces headed to Costa Rica has led many to believe it will be the US staging ground for the drug war in Central America.000 Marines into the country. where results have been murky at best. an area in which Washington has historically wielded tremendous power. There would be nothing stopping the US goovernment from using similar bases in Central America to maintain proneoliberal and pro-US administrations in those nations. First and foremost is Costa Rica. Obama’s announcement confirms this expansion of the US Drug War into Central America. which will allow approximately 7. The United States will be using the same anti-drug policies in Central America as it has used in Colombia and Mexico.

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Arms: Security for Whom? .

Juanelo. only through your silence and my silence. Juanelo THE LAST POEM Javier Sicilia The world is not worthy of words they have been suffocated from the inside as they suffocated you.ULTIMO POEMA Javier Sicilia El mundo ya no es digno de Nos la ahogaron adentro Como te (asfixiaron). . as they tore apart your lungs the pain does not leave me all that remains is a world through the silence of the righteous. Como te desgarraron a ti los Y el dolor no se me aparta s Por el silencio de los justos S lo por tu silencio y por mi la palabra pulmones lo queda un mundo silencio.

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Racist History of US Drug Laws .

Failure The Drug War has failed to meet any of the articulated objectives. It has failed to provide for basic needs. failed to build democracy. failed to engender freedoms. failed to provide safety. This war has failed the people of Mexico. failed to provide opportunities for youth. . Javier Sicilia's poem and open letter told the story of the Human Costs of the drug war in Mexico.

most consider their only options immigration to the U." .Youth: our future lost C "With a poverty rate around 60% for Mexican youth. or employment in a drug cartel.S.

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The Economics of the Drug War But in a country whose government has historically catered to the whims of the wealthy and powerful. what is a new president of to do when the United States' very visible hand holds forth millions of dollars for helping you. with the purchase of shiny new weapons to fight the drug cartels? .

Democracy: Unapologetic Corruption .

Silenced: Reporters fear for their lives .

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it is hard to say much real progress has been made in crippling the brutal cartels or stemming the flow of drugs and guns across the border. Widens Role in Battle Against Mexican Drug Cartels "The Pentagon ." ... Still.S. in recent months it has begun flying unarmed surveillance drones over Mexican soil to track drug kingpins.U.

Violence: No one is safe .

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Empower Communities . Treat the Causes.Fraud The Drug War's true purpose was to destroy peoples’ movements and uphold repressive power structures in the the US and the Western Hemisphere. Stop the Violence.

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An expensive failure .

. DynCorp benefitted most.Five major defense contractors recieved the bulk of drug war contract spending: Raytheon. winning $1. Lockheed Martin.1 billion. Out of all the firms. ARINC and ITT. DynCorp.

Mexico » César Gaviria. former President of Brazil » George Papandreou. banker and civil servant. Spain » John Whitehead. former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Tuberculosis and Malaria. advocate for social causes. Switzerland » Marion Caspers-Merk. Norway . former President of Switzerland and Minister of Home Affairs » Thorvald Stoltenberg.Drug use & trafficking hasn't been curbed » Asma Jahangir. entrepreneur. writer and public intellectual. United States » Kofi Annan. former Secretary General of the United Nations. founder of the Virgin Group. human rights activist. president of the International Crisis Group. US » Richard Branson. former Secretary of State. former President of Colômbia » Ernesto Zedillo. executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS. Prime Minister of Greece » George Shultz. former President of México » Fernando Henrique Cardoso. Peru » Michel Kazatchkine. former European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy. former UN Special Rapporteur on Arbitrary. Germany » Mario Vargas Llosa. United Kingdom » Ruth Dreifuss. » Maria Cattaui. France » Paul Volcker. Canada. former SecretaryGeneral of the International Chamber of Commerce. writer and public intellectual. Ghana » Louise Arbour. United States » Javier Solana. former Chairman of the US Federal Reserve and of the Economic Recovery Board. former State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Health. Petroplus Holdings. Pakistan » Carlos Fuentes. cofounder of The Elders. Member of the Board. chair of the World Trade Center Memorial. Extrajudicial and Summary Executions. former Minister of Foreign Affairs and UN High Commissioner for Refugees.