McALLEN, RGV – Clergy and community leaders from across the Rio Grande Valley will meet on Monday and Tuesday with representatives and family members of the 43 students that went missing in Guerrero, Mexico last September.

Caravana 43 has been coordinated by a national coalition with the intention of creating a platform for the families of the 43 forcefully disappeared Ayotzinapa students. In total, three caravans will visit at least 45 cities in the United States.

In addition to bringing awareness to violence in Mexico, those participating in the caravan want the United States government to “stop the aid in the form of arms, ammunition and military hardware to Mexico” because, they say, “most of this aid is in large part responsible for the thousands of deaths and massive human rights violations in its neighboring country.”

The Valley events are being scheduled by the RGV Caravana 43 Host Committee. Here is the official schedule:

Monday, March 16:

11:30 AM:  A panel discussion and question and answer session with family members of the disappeared students at the Rainbow Room in the South Texas College Library in McAllen.
6 PM: Open House meeting at La Unión del Pueblo Entero in San Juan.
7:30 PM: Non-denominational vigil at the San Juan Shrine. Family members will be present at this vigil and more than likely will be speaking alongside various faith leaders.
Tuesday, March 17:
12 noon: A ‘March for Justice’ from Archer Park in McAllen to the Mexican Consulate office in McAllen.
1:30 PM: News conference outside the Mexican Consulate office in McAllen.

Caravana 43 comprises three national speaking tours in the United States, covering the Atlantic, Central and Pacific regions. Family members will speak in cities across the country to audiences in churches, universities, community organizations, and labor unions about the movement to find the disappeared, to punish the material and intellectual culprits and for justice for Ayotzinapa and all of the disappeared.  The families have continued to demand that their children be returned to them “alive as they were when they were taken.”