It’s not a rallying cry now, but a description of the grandmother and community police force leader who is back in Seattle after nearly 30 months in jail in Mexico.
Since her return Nestora Salgado has had moments of celebration, but the woman known as “La Comandante” is under no illusion that her fight is over.
“I need to go back because my people need me,” she said in Spanish, at an interview at her Renton home. “I know that community policing is necessary for the people, the organizing of the people. And if I can do it I’m going to do it, even I have to pay the highest cost.”
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Our video of Nestora’s homecoming in Seattle
Please enjoy our welcome home video for Nestora Salgado! And don’t forget that the fight is ongoing: there are many political prisoners still in Mexico who desperately need our support!
The Takeaway: “American Jailed in Mexico for Taking on the Drug Cartels”
Nestora Salgado is a mother of three who left her hometown of Olinala, Mexico as a teenager 20 years ago for a new life in the United States. She became an American citizen and worked three jobs to provide for her family. But after a car accident in 2002 nearly killed her, she quit working and moved back to her hometown just as drug cartel rivalries became more violent.
The cartels fought for territory around Olinala, subjecting residents to kidnappings, extortion, and murder. Outraged, Nestora became the leader of a community police force that took on the cartels by arresting murderers and drug dealers. She operated under legally recognized community policing rules that were enacted to protect indigenous populations after a massacre of peasants by state security forces in 1995.
Two years ago she was arrested by Mexican authorities.
U.S. solidarity actions for Nestora
On June 1, 2015 supporters held demonstrations at Mexican consulates in cities across the United States in an effort to raise awareness of Nestora Salgado’s imprisonment. Photos and details about the events in San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco, New York City, and Chicago follow.
“Autoridades de Naciones Unidas condenan el tratamiento de Nestora Salgado”
Vea aquí la versión completa.
(From University of Seattle School of Law)
“U.N. human rights authorities condemn treatment of Nestora Salgado”
The Seattle University School of Law reported on March 16 that “[s]even United Nations human rights experts have appealed to the Government of Mexico to protect Nestora Salgado-García, the Renton woman who has been imprisoned in Mexico and is represented by the law school’s International Human Rights Clinic.”
To read the full story, click HERE.
Miriam Padilla – MLK day 2015 speech for Free Nestora Committee
Miriam Xiomara Padilla speaking on behalf of the Libertad para Nestora/Freedom for Nestora Committee at the Martin Luther King Day Rally at Seattle’s Federal Courthouse on January 19th following a march from Garfield High School. This annual Seattle celebration is attended by thousands of people of all ages.
Seattle KIRO TV – Nestora Salgado may soon be released from jail
On January 9, Seattle’s KIRO TV brought more exciting news for those seeking justice for Nestora – suggestions that the jailed Renton activist may soon be released. Embeds are disabled, so click the link below to view the full video:
Nestora’s daughter Grisel speaks at the Mexican Consulate in Seattle on 11/20
Photos from August 21 Protests
Coordinated protests were held on August 21 in International cities.