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      Seattle Welcomes the 26th Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba

      By Tamara Hansen

      On Friday June 26, 2015 Vancouver activists gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery to once again demand justice for the 43 missing Mexican students from Ayotzinapa. June 2015 marks 9 months since their disappearance on September 26, 2014. Organized by the Vancouver Solidarity with Ayotzinapa Collective, the program included greetings from Thomas Davies of Fire This Time, Victor Pardo of URNG-MAIZ (Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca) and Alison Bodine of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba. A powerful letter was read from the Honourable Students Executive Committee "Ricardo Flores Magon" of the Rural Teachers School "Raúl Isidro Burgos" in Ayotzinapa.

      The letter was read in Spanish by Manelik and in English by Alison Bodine, part of the letter explained, "The 560 students who are still standing firm and strong in our combative Rural Teachers School "Raúl Isidro Burgos" of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. We want to tell you, thank you very much. Because even though small, our light will be a form of embracing all those who are missing today and those who suffer from their absence. May this light show that we are not alone in the pain and rage that dresses the floor of the Mexico from below."

      Organizers chanted, explained the case to people walking by and drew chalk art to illustrate that "We are all Aytozinapa! Somos todos Aytozinapa!

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