Monday, May 5, 2008

Cinco de Mayo and the Women of Juarez, Mexico

Cinco de Mayo!

One of my favorite holidays for food -- especially since I consider chips and salsa and chips and guacamole a food group.

Set me on a beach in Mexico with a Corona and some chips and salsa and call it a day. My heaven on earth.

Cinco de Mayo, the celebration of Mexico's victory over the French in 1862. OK, so it was a short lived victory, but a victory none the less.

Cinco de I would love to be on that beach in Mexico celebrating right now, but I'm not sure I could...celebrate that is.

My mind keeps thinking about the 400 + women and girls of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico that have been brutally raped and murdered since 1993.

My mind keeps thinking of the fear the women and girls of Juarez live in on a daily basis.

Justice has not come for the victims or the families of the victims yet.

How does one celebrate victory when fear, terror, heartache, and lack of justice dominates everyday life?

How can these families of Juarez, Mexico truly celebrate victory when the women and girls live in fear and the families of the 400 women and girls murdered continue to seek justice?

What is justice for the rape and murder of a young girl or anyone for that matter?

Having studied business law, I can wrap my mind around the ins and outs of "justice" in the white collar crime field, but defining "justice" for the brutal torture, rape and murder of another person is something I am challenged in imagining any human being able to define. I think we can come as close as we can within our legal systems that are not broken, defective, and corrupt that is.

But what about finding a sense of justice in just reporting the news that these women and girls existed and that their lives were brutally taken?


That their torturers and killers have not been imprisoned?

How is it that the torture, rape and murder of 400 young girls and women in Juarez, Mexico failed to make the evening news or the majority of the world's newspapers?

These young girls and women did not fail in their lives, the progression of corporate news failed these 400 young girls and women.

On this Cinco de Mayo, this day of celebration of victory, I share with you two special works of art acknowledging the women and girls of Juarez, Mexico.

Thank God for artists!

First, Bordertown.

Gregory Nava's 2006 movie starring Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, and Martin Sheen among others tells the story of Lauren (Lopez), an American reporter from Chicago who heads to Mexico to investigate a number of murders near American-owned factories on the border of Juarez and El Paso. Her discovery is shocking.

Shocking in what she discovers about the murders and shocking in the discovery of who decides what part of her story will be printed.

Bordertown is available for rent on DVD. Watch the powerful clip posted with Jennifer Lopez and Martin Sheen and then take action by visiting Artists for Amnesty to learn more on the women of Juarez.

Second, jewelery designer Colleen Berg.

Partnering with Amnesty International, Ms. Berg designed a meaningful silver pendant on a stainless steel ball chain honoring the young girls and women of Juarez. Donating 20% of the proceeds from each necklace to Amnesty International's programs that help stop violence against women, this special piece of jewelery is the perfect Cinco de Mayo gift or upcoming Mother's Day gift. On the back of each necklace is engraved, "Hope, Esperanza, Juarez, 1993-"

Take action by visiting Artists for Amnesty to learn more about Ms. Berg's necklace and the women of Juarez.

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