@StateDept: Stop Licensing Gun Sales to Mexican Military and Police

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Your signature delivered to stop uncontrolled gun sales to Mexico

Earlier this month, campaign activists delivered the first 6,000 of your signatures on the petition to stop uncontrolled gun sales to Mexico. But much more is needed to get U.S. officials to stop sending the means of so much harm to Mexico. That is why I am writing to ask you to take two quick steps to build the momentum to suspend licenses for U.S. arms sales to Mexico. First, post the online petition to suspend arms sales to Mexico on Facebook, Twitter, or email. https://www.change.org/p/statedept-stop-licensing-gun-sales-to-mexican-military-and-police Second, please donate any amount to the Stop US Arms to Mexico project. We’ll use your donation to bring Mexican victims and activists to the United States, dig deeper in the project’s ground-breaking research, create more educational tools, and organize across U.S. communities. https://org.salsalabs.com/o/703/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=15543 When Mexican human rights defender and mother of a disappeared son Araceli Rodíguez and I met with State Department officials responsible for reviewing applications for gun exports to Mexico, we shared detailed new data of U.S.-produced assault rifles in the hands of forces in Mexican states responsible for some of the worse human rights atrocities and collusion with organized crime. The officials committed to use this data in arguing against export licenses to units implicated in these crimes. We know much more is needed to get U.S. officials to stop sending the means of so much harm to Mexico. Last week, the Mexican Congress gave the Mexican military more power to patrol the streets and make its operations secret, despite opposition from rights groups in Mexico and the United Nations. [1] Our research, workshops, and documentary film “Where the Guns Go” are growing the awareness that is key to challenging, changing and stopping the unchecked flow of guns south from the United States. https://vimeo.com/214922986 Please help us ramp up this campaign by donating what you can. https://org.salsalabs.com/o/703/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=15543 Thank you for acting. In community, John Lindsay-Poland Coordinator, Stop U.S. Arms to Mexico project [2] References: 1. "Mexican senate votes to keep troops in police role despite outcry from rights groups,” The Guardian, December 15, 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/15/mexican-military-police-drugs-crackdown-human-rights 2. "Stop U.S.-Fueled Violence in Mexico," American Friends Service Committee, https://www.afsc.org/resource/stop-us-fueled-violence-mexico

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