Javier Sicilia's "Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity" arrived in Phoenix, Arizona, yesterday and visited Sheriff Joe Arpaio's infamous Tent City in order to denounce the failed War on Drugs which has claimed tens of thousands of innocent lives in Mexico.
As reported by Univision in the video above, Sicilia -- a Mexican poet whose own son was 'brutally killed by drug traffickers' in March 2011 -- and other civic leaders met with 'America's Toughest Sheriff' for an hour, advocating for the humane treatment of immigrants in his custody, and asking for his support of greater collaboration between U.S. law enforcement and their Mexican counterparts to curb the flow of weapons into Mexico.
Sheriff Arpaio is currently embroiled in a civil case stemming from charges filed by "five Hispanics who say they were stopped by deputies because they were Latino," and is also facing a federal lawsuit following allegations of civil rights abuses.
The "Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity" is on a mission to "Bring to the American people's conscience their shared responsibility for the thousands of dead, missing and displaced in the drug war."
BEFORE YOU GO
Watch Sicilia's interview on Democracy Now!