Seattle city council is joining in the debate of whether to join the growing chorus of calls for the immediate release of Nestora Salgado, a former Renton resident, who is now in a Mexican prison.
Salgado was arrested in August, 2013 in her home state of Guerrero, where she led a legal community police force to fend off organized crime.
A resolution brought forward by council member Kshama Sawant would urge authorities in Mexico and the United States to “increase its efforts to secure her release.”
The United Nation’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in Geneva, Switzerland has ruled that Nestora’s arrest and detention are illegal! International pressure for her release is escalating. (See article below.)
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Tell U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to call on the Mexican government to release U.S. citizen and political prisoner Nestora Salgado before her birthday on Feb. 28!
- Leave a voicemail message on the State Department Public Information Comment Line: (202) 647-6575; option 8; or
- Email Secretary of State John Kerry:https://register.state.gov/contactus/contactusform
The U.S. Campaign to Free Nestora is collaborating with Jornada por Nestora to mobilize supporters nationwide. Tweet, call and email repeatedly demanding that Nestora not spend a third birthday behind bars.
Fueled by a recent United Nations human rights panel decision, supporters of Nestora Salgado, the Renton woman jailed in Mexico after organizing a community police force, are pressing members of Congress and other U.S. officials to take action on Salgado’s case.
Last week, Salgado’s lawyers at Seattle University’s Human Rights Clinic learned that the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention ruled that her imprisonment is illegal.
While the ruling isn’t binding, according to a story in the Associated Press, hersupporters said in a press conference on Monday night that they hoped it would build support for Salgado from United States officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, to pressure Mexico to release the naturalized U.S. citizen.
Fue detenida por el Ejército y posteriormente incomunicada sin haber sido presentada en ningún momento ante un juez que determinara la legalidad de su detención, destaca el informe
A United Nations panel has ruled that Mexico’s 2013 arrest and continuing detention of a community police leader was illegal, raising hopes among her supporters she could be freed.
Nestora Salgado is a Seattle-area resident who returned to her native Mexico and led a vigilante-style – but legal – community police force, which mounted patrols to protect residents from cartel operatives.
A dual US-Mexico citizen, Salgado was arrested in August 2013 after people detained by her group alleged they had been kidnapped. A federal judge cleared her of those charges, but a related state case has kept her imprisoned.
Nestora Salgado, excoordinadora de la Policía Comunitaria en Olinalá, estado de Guerrero, México, dijo enAristegui que hoy en día está detenida porque no aceptó dinero del gobierno.
Salgado está recluida en el Centro Femenil de Readaptación Social de Tepepan, en donde habló con Aristegui. Fue detenida el 21 de agosto de 2013 por la Marina y el Ejército y acusada de secuestro. Además enfrenta cargos por un homicidio.
The U.S. Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado has launched a Holiday Collection to provide much needed material support to Nestora Salgado and eight Guerrero community police, including Arturo Campos and Gonzalo Molina— all jailed for defending indigenous communities in Guerrero, Mexico.
The good news in 2015 was the transfer of Nestora and the community police last May from high security prisons to jails with less repressive conditions and access to their families, attorneys and the press as a result Nestora’s hunger strike. This brought attention to Nestora’s case and boosted the growing international campaign calling for the freedom of all political prisoners in Mexico.
The bad news is that Nestora and the community police leaders remain imprisoned under onerous conditions.
Nestora’s family has to pay for her personal care items, telephone calls, medicine, nutritious food and cleaning supplies for her prison hospital room. Recently she had a tumor removed from her face and was forced to pay for the pathology report.
The indigenous community police officers all have wives and children who live in conditions of dire poverty.
How you can help
Join the U.S. Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado in supporting this Holiday Collection effort.
We are asking you to help in two ways:
- Contribute money for the purchase of telephone cards so Nestora can continue to give phone interviews and publicize her plight beyond the prison walls of the Centro Feminil de Readaptación Social in Tepepan, a suburb of Mexico City.
Make a donation to the Freedom for Nestora Fund here online by pushing this button or following this link to freenestora.org.
Or make out a check to RW/Nestora Fund and mail it to Freedom for Nestora Fund, 5018 Rainier Ave. So, Seattle, WA 98118.
Send money to buy yarn. The community police need yarn to make handicraft items they can sell to produce income for the wives and children who struggle to make ends meet.
To direct your gift to this end, earmark your check for “yarn donation” and send it to the address above.
Nestora, Arturo, Gonzalo and the other community police have bravely defended their people and persevered under very difficult conditions. They stand on the front lines in the fight for indigenous and social rights. They deserve our support.
Today Karma Chavez talks with Grisel Rodriguez, daughter of Nestora Salgado, the indigenous Mexican woman imprisoned for fighting state violence.
Nestora Salgado is a naturalized U.S. born in Guerrero, Mexico. The indigenous activist moved to the United States in 1991, and returned two decades to help lead a rebellion against drug traffickers and corrupt local authorities.
Salgado has been detained by the Mexico government in a high-security prison for over two years now, after standing up to state violence and corruption in her hometown of Guerrero. She is currently being threatened with solitary confinement.
Grisel Rodriquez works with the Free Nestora Campaign, which was started by Salgado’s family in 2013. The Free Nestora Committee works in collaboration with the Comité Nestora Libre in Mexico, and demands freedom in several states in Mexico as well as Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Argentina and Europe.
Desde la cárcel de Tepepan, en donde permanece recluida, Nestora Salgado García llama a los familiares de todos los presos políticos del país, así como a todos los ciudadanos conscientes a emprender una acción “decidida y contundente, dentro de la ley”, para lograr la libertad de los luchadores sociales criminalizados.
El 27 de octubre, día en que el pueblo del que es originaria (Olinalá, Guerrero) despertó y se levantó podría ser la fecha para realizar dicha acción en la ciudad de México y en otros lugares, señala en una carta. “Se trata –precisa– de organizar una jornada de luchas enérgicas que hagan resonar la voz de los que estamos injustamente apresados”.