Back when she was juggling three jobs in Renton, Washington (located near Seattle) to support her family, U.S. citizen Nestora Salgado never imagined herself atop a police car, megaphone in hand, combating the cartels in her hometown of Olinalá in Guerrero, Mexico. She also never imagined she’d wind up in prison because of it.
The United Nations working Group on Arbitrary Detention has ruled in February 2016 that Mexico’s 2013 arrest and continuing detention of a community police leader Nestora Salgado is illegal.
Nestora, a naturalized U.S. citizen, is our hero for International Women’s Day(IWD) 2016. After raising a family in the United States, she did not forgot those she left behind in the small town of Olinlala in the State of Guerrero, Mexico. During her visits back home to her indigenous community she witnessed escalating crime, kidnappings, murders and corruption. She was elected Coordinator of the Indigenous Community Police Force. As a result of these efforts, crime dropped 90%. Nestor’s courageous stand attracted the attention of corrupt authorities influenced by drug cartel money. Nestora was seized without warrant by Mexican Soldiers and flown to a maximum security prison hundreds of miles from her town. An international campaign has been calling for her release from prison where she has been held for over 2 years and subsequently has suffered poor health. Please join us to hear Nestora’s full story and stand with the Mexican people as they battle corrupt government officials and drug cartels.
Pati Dávila, whose family in Juárez, México has suffered violence, will also be speaking about her experience in her home city and here in Chicago.
Everyone is Invited
Tuesday March 8th, 2016 at the Evanston Public Library First Floor at 1703 Orrington Ave,. Sponsored by; Justice in Ayotzinapa Chicago Committee; Occupy Evanston; Neighbors for Peace