Video of the Free Nestora Salgado protest on August 21 in New York City. Freedom Socialist Party presidential candidate Stephen Durham speaking about Committee for Revolutionary International Regroupment (CRIR). This video is en English and Spanish.
Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) sent a letter, cosigned by Democratic Members of the Washington State delegation, urging Secretary Kerry to take action in Nestora Salgado’s case.
This also marks the first time that state Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell have taken action on the issue, as well as others who signed the letter, Representatives Suzan DelBene, Jim McDermott, Rick Larsen, Denny Heck, Derek Kilmer, and Juan Vargas.
Among other things, the letter said “We urge you to employ the resources of the State Department to continue efforts to secure Ms. Salgado’s release. The authorities in the State of Guerrero have not demonstrated a concern for her well-being, nor have they carried out the due process of law afforded to Ms. Salgado.”
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View the full Letter
August 21, 2014 will be the one year anniversary of Nestora’s arrest and imprisonment. For 12 months, she has been denied the right to see her lawyers. Orders to free her by a federal judge have been ignored. Kept in isolation without medical attention, she represents hundreds of people in self defense groups who have been jailed for defending their communities against powerful, politically connected criminal cartels.
In June, the Mexican government expanded its occupation and repression in Michoacán, arresting Dr. José Mireles and nearly 100 of his followers. They were on their way to regain public control of Lázaro Cárdenas port, the largest seaport in Mexico, from a drug cartel known as the Knights Templar. This criminal syndicate used the port to export goods and resources stolen from the people of the region. Today Nestora Salgado and Dr. José Mireles are powerful symbols of popular resistance against Mexican government corruption and unbridled crime. As U.S. military aid to Mexico increases, the violence continues.
August 21 will be a day of International protest calling for the release of Nestora, Dr. Mireles, and all political prisoners. Join a location near you in international solidarity!
Free Nestora Salgado!
Free Dr. José Mireles!
Free all political prisoners!
Stop the government repression of self-defense forces and indigenous leaders!
End U.S. military aid to Mexico!
Thursday, August 21, 4 PM
Federal Building Plaza, 915 Second Ave, Seattle (Downtown, between Madison & Marion)
Thursday, August 21, 12 PM
Mexican Consulate, 1305 SW 12th Avenue, Portland (Corner of SW 12th Ave and SW Morrison St)
Thursday, August 21, 7:30 AM
Mexican Consulate, 532 Folsom Street (between 1st and 2nd), San Francisco
Thursday, August 21, 4 PM
Federal Building, Downtown LA (300 N. Los Angeles St)
New York City
Thursday, August 21, 1 PM
Mexican Consulate, 27 E 39th St, Manhattan (between Madison Ave and Park Ave)
Saturday, August 23, 1 PM
The old GPO, corner of Bourke Street and Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
03 9388-0062; firstname.lastname@example.org
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Representative in Congress, Adam Smith, from Washington’s 9th District has written a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry regarding U.S. citizen Nestora Salgado’s harsh treatment in Mexican prison, and urging attention from the U.S. embassy to monitor the case and ensure Nestora is afforded due process.
You can read the letter here.
Seattle, WA–Nestora Salgado-García of Renton, who has been illegally detained by Mexican authorities since August 2013, won an important victory in her struggle for freedom when a Mexican federal judge dismissed significant criminal charges against her.
“This decision represents a breakthrough for Nestora,” said Professor Thomas Antkowiak, Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Seattle University School of Law, which has led international litigation on her behalf. “The judge recognizes that she is not guilty of any crime, because she was acting legally as an authorized leader of her indigenous community.”
State kidnapping charges are still pending against Salgado. However, “this important federal precedent may well lead to the dismissal of the state charges and her release,” states Alejandra Gonza, co-counsel. Accordingly to the federal ruling, law enforcement actions by community police leaders such as Salgado could not be considered illegal.
Salgado was arrested for her courageous community work in the small indigenous village of Olinalá in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. Guerrero law and the Mexican Constitution guarantee the rights of indigenous communities to form their own justice and security institutions. Salgado was a leader of a community-policing group that legally forms part of state law enforcement, and had the express approval of Guerrero’s Governor.
Corrupt authorities abruptly changed position, however, when the group arrested a local official for committing a crime. Salgado was immediately seized by military forces and flown nearly 1,000 kilometers away to the maximum-security prison of El Rincon, in Nayarit. She was denied visits from her elected attorney and family members. Among many other deplorable detention conditions, she has been refused clean water and medical treatment. Supporters hope she will be transferred to a safer facility closer to her family in Mexico.
A naturalized U.S. citizen, Salgado moved to the United States in 1991 at the age of 20. More recently, she divided her time between Olinalá and the Seattle area, where she lives with her husband, José Luis Avila, her daughters, and grandchildren.
Her daughter, Grisel Rodriguez of Renton, expressed hope after many months of despair over and advocacy for her mother. “This shows she is innocent and must be released. She cannot survive much longer in that terrible prison.”
A broad coalition of national and international supporters has demanded Salgado’s release. The Freedom for Nestora Committee – led by Fred Hyde, a retired Administrative Law Judge, and Su Docekal – has obtained the endorsement of many thousands of individuals and organizations. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and several U.S and Mexican political leaders are closely monitoring the case.
Contact: Katherine Hedland-Hansen
Seattle University School of Law
By Enrique Mendez and Roberto Garduño
Mexico, DF. Representatives of the Commission on Human Rights called for the revision of the file that was opened against Nestora Salgado Garcia, coordinator of community policing Olinalá, Guerrero, who was arrested in August 2013 for military, marine, state police and municipal, and who has reported violations of their rights and be forced to sign documents to incriminate.
Lawmakers matches of the Democratic Revolution Party of Labour and Citizens’ Movement raised to consider all exculpatory evidence in favor of Salgado Garcia, respect human rights and ensure you provide all legal guarantees as imputed.
Members noted that the self-defense movement emerged Olinalá October 27, 2012 with the objective of stopping crime in Guerrero to the failure of the authorities, and that the arrest occurred Nestora Salgado allegedly in retaliation for days before police Community detained criminal suspects linked to city authorities.
Read more at La Jornada >>
A great Seattle event honoring International Women’s Day and Nestora.
When: Friday, March 14, 7:00 pm
Where: New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S., Seattle, WA 98118
Cost: $2 donation, $7 for snacks
International Women’s Day: Sisters Stand Up to Political Repression and Mass Incarceration Public celebration will honor grassroots movements mobilizing to free political prisoners and end wrongful convictions. Radical Women will highlight cases being fought by Marissa Alexander, Rasmea Odeh, Nestora Salgado, and Lynne Stewart.
On January 7th, Seattle City Council member and Chairman of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee Larry Gossett signed a Resolution Endorsing the Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado.
Click here to view the resolution.