AUSTIN, Texas—The International Caravan for Justice in Juarez and Chihuahua will stop in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, Oct. 28, as part of an effort to raise consciousness about the unsolved murders of almost 400 women in the two border cities over the past decade.
At two University of Texas at Austin events, mothers of victims and leaders from the Mexico Solidarity Network and other collaborating organizations will speak about the failure of police and government officials to adequately investigate the growing number of deaths as well as the social, economic and political conditions faced by women in the region.
Caravan representatives will speak from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the LBJ School Student Lounge at a brown bag lunch hosted by LBJ School student groups Policy, Opportunity, Women, Education, and Resources and the Public Affairs Alliance for Communities of Color.
That evening, a solidarity march will begin at the Martin Luther King Jr. statue on the East Mall at 5 p.m. and will culminate with a candlelight vigil on the Main Mall at 7:30 p.m.
Additional events will take place off campus starting at 8:30 p.m. at the Rhizome Collective at 300 Allen St.
The caravan, which consists of six branches, is crossing the United States along four routes and crossing Mexico along two routes, coming together in Ciudad Juarez on Oct. 30. On Nov. 1, the Day of the Dead, the caravan will travel to Chihuahua for meetings with newly elected state authorities.