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Spanish-speaking Chicagoans use poetry and performance to increase awareness about impact of violence, call for peace for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Contratiempo magazine and Pilsen-based community organization Calles y Sueños have joined efforts with the Ciudad Juarez-based Escritores por Ciudad Juarez, gathering local and foreign poets for the Chicago recital. “Contratiempo has frequently covered the issues of violence in Mexico and violence in Ciudad Juarez. These are matters of concern for our readers,” said Gerardo Cardenas, Contratiempo’s editorial director and one of the poets participating in the event. “Through poetry, through the written word, we invite Chicagoans to join us at Calles y Sueños on September 1st, and call for peace both for Ciudad Juarez and for all of Mexico.” “The issue of organized crime and violence and their impact on Ciudad Juarez is well known across the world.
For Escritores por Ciudad Juarez is critically important that people also know about efforts that are being undertaken to restore social life through culture. Ciudad Juarez is not just about guns and violence: it is about poetry and about hope,” said Ciudad Juarez-based author and journalist Antonio Flores Schroeder, co-founder of Escritores por Juarez and one of the driving forces of the worldwide poetry recital along with Mexican poet Eduardo Estala and Spanish poet and editor Eduardo Stabile.