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Ted Lewis
Ted Lewis started the Mexico program at Global Exchange in 1995.

Earlier he founded a school that sent students to Central America and Southern Africa in the late 1980s.

In 1990 he organized a month long civil observation mission to Nicaragua’s landmark post revolutionary elections.

Then after three years of teaching in public schools in California and New York, Ted organized another international election observation mission, this time for the 1994 Presidential elections in Mexico.
This collaboration led Global Exchange invited Ted to build a program of exchange and solidarity with Mexico’s civil and human rights movements.

In recent years Ted has focused supporting Mexican organizations working to end the murders, corruption and impunity resulting from misguided drug policy designed in the United States. During 2011 and 2012 Ted took a leading role in organizing the Caravan for Peace that brought dozens of Mexican drug war victims to tell their stories and appeal for change in 27 cities across the United States.

Ted Lewis has been published and cited widely in newspapers, magazines, television and radio locally and nationally in the U.S as well as in Mexico, Colombia and elsewhere: New York Times, NBC Nightly News, CNN, CNN en Español, Univision, Telemundo, TV Azteca, Televisa, Rompevientos TV, Fox News, Daily Show, Democracy Now! , NPR (Morning Edition/All Things Considered), San Diego Union Tribune, SF Chronicle, LA Jornada, La Reforma, El Proceso, Semana (Colombia), Los Angeles Times, AP, AFP, Christian Science Monitor, Dallas Morning News, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Los Angeles Daily News, Washington Examiner, Common Dreams, Huffington Post, and many others.

Entries by Ted Lewis

Ending the Drug War Tragedy: From Honduras to NYC

(4) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 8:25 AM

Last June, I traveled to Honduras to confer with civil society leaders about organizing a five-nation, "end the drug war" caravan -- all the way from Central America to New York City.

The "caravan" aims to stir debate in places profoundly damaged by the drug war and to bring...

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Chapo's (Second) Escape Highlights Drug War Farce

(14) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 9:20 AM

Chapo Guzman's escape from Mexico's maximum-security Altiplano prison last weekend further undermines the already wounded credibility of Mexico's president, Enrique Peña Nieto, and his security apparatus. But more than that, it underlines the futility of the war on drugs and its reliance on taking out "kingpins" while never...

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Ayotzinapa Families Bring Their Struggle to the U.S.

(5) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 2:32 PM

Mexico: Justice still missing after six-months

This week a dozen mothers, fathers, classmates, and teachers of the 43 disappeared students from the Ayotzinapa teacher's college are launching a major tour to bring their story and demands for justice to 45 cities across the United States.

March 26th will mark...

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Business as Usual With Mexico No Longer Possible as Human Rights Disaster Deepens

(8) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 12:17 PM

When Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto last met with President Obama he was riding a wave of legislative success and media adulation, but terrifying events in 2014 have changed all that.


The two presidents are meeting again this week after alarming revelations...

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Mexico's Military in the Eye of Ayotzinapa Storm

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 3:34 PM

Troubling Questions on Role of Military in Ayotzinapa Case as National Crisis Builds:

When Iguala, Guerrero municipal police and masked men in unmarked black uniforms opened fire on unarmed students from the Ayotzinapa teachers college last September, killing six people and kidnapping 43 students, they lit the fuse of a...

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Mexican Government -- Tell Us the Truth -- Where are the Ayotzinapa 43?

(4) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 11:28 PM

Ayotzinapa: Murdered students and the Police-Army-Criminal links of the new PRI.

On October 2, 1968, Mexico's President, Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, ordered the Mexican Army to open fire on student organizers gathered in Mexico City's Tlatelolco Plaza. The coldly calculated murder of hundreds of students was...

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Ferguson, the Murder of Michael Brown, and the St. Louis Cardinals

(2) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 9:49 AM

This week, St. Louis, MO has again been roiled by protest after the controversial shooting of yet another young black man, this time by an off duty police officer. Protesters who gathered outside Busch stadium where the St. Louis Cardinals were battling their way to the National League Championship Series...

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Two Crucial Issues for the Three Amigos Summit

(3) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 3:42 PM

When President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto meet at a summit in Mexico next week, the three North American leaders should tackle a number of critically important and interrelated issues facing their peoples, including reconsidering economic policies that contribute to dangerously skewed...

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Bad Assumptions Guide US Policy on Day of Obama Visit to Mexico

(19) Comments | Posted April 16, 2009 | 11:21 AM

Barack Obama travels to Mexico this week to discuss the politically charged topics of drug policy, border security and immigration with President Felipe Calderón. We hope he has been briefed on some of the erroneous assumptions that have guided recent U.S. policy toward Mexico. Correcting these errors is essential because...

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