ENGLISH SUBTITLES available by clicking on the ‘cc’ button in the bottom right-hand corner of the vimeo video.
!Vivos se los llevaron, vivos los queremos!
“They took them alive, we want them back alive” (the chant in Spanish above) is the cry of the families, friends, and supporters of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa, who were attacked and disappeared by police in the state of Guerrero, Mexico on September 26, 2014.
The Ayotzinapa to Ottawa Caravan, April 12-May 2, is bringing to Canada Hilda Legideño Vargas, a single mother and crafts seller whose son was disappeared in the September 26th attack; Jorge Luis Clemente Balbuena, a member of the student committee of the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college; and Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, a lawyer from the human-rights center Tlachinollan who is the legal representative of the families of the 43 disappeared students. The nation-wide tour includes meeting law-makers and civil society groups in British Columbia, Quebec, and Ontario to press Canadian parliamentarians and policy makers to acknowledge the human rights crisis in Mexico.
Read the Ayotzinapa to Ottawa Caravan Mission Statement for more.
Organizers: CIPO-Vancouver and Co-Development Canada (CODEV) in British Columbia, the Committee for Human Rights in Latin America (CDHAL) in Quebec; Fuerza-Puwerza, Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network (LACSN), and Common Frontiers in Ontario, and Amnesty International Canada.
Sponsors and Supporters: BC Teachers Federation (BCTF), United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (UFCW), United Steelworkers Canada (USW), Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE National and CUPE BC), Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Social Justice Fund, Simon Fraser University Graduate Students Society (GSS), SFU Education Graduate Students Association, Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG), UBC First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program, UBC Global Fund, UBC Department of Sociology, UBC Program of Latin American Studies, SFU Institute for the Humanities, SFU Department of History, SFU School of Criminology, Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, York University (CERLAC), Ontario Public Interest Research Group – Guelph (OPIRG), The peak, Growing community health, Colectivo Alternativa latinoamericana, Pay more get less campaign, Centrale syndicale du Québec (CSQ), Conseil central du Montréal métropolitain de la CSN, Laboratoire interdisciplinaire d’études latino-américaines, Faculté des sciences humaines, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Institut d’études internationales de Montréal (IEIM), L’Entraide missionnaire, Coalition québécoise sur les impacts socio-environnementaux des transnationales en Amérique latine (QUISETAL), Chaire Nycole Turmel sur les espaces publics et les innovations politiques de l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Mexicain.e.s uni.e.s pour la régularisation, Réseau québécois d’intégration continentale (RQIC), Fédération des travailleuses et travailleurs du Québec (FTQ), Centre international de solidarité ouvrière (CISO), Laboratoire d’études latino-américaines, Réseau d’études latino-américaines de Montréal, Comité UQAM Amérique latine, Solidarité Laurentides Amérique centrale, Comité de solidarité québécoise à Ayotzinapa and many more organizations and individuals of the community!
Collect signatures and help get this issue raised in Parliament!
Download and print our Parliament Petition here: (English version, or French version). Use it to collect signatures and then get in touch so we can arrange how to collect them or explain how you can submit them directly. This is one of the most important steps you can take, so please help out!
Sign the Mexico petition and add your name to the call for justice for the families of the 43 missing students!
The case of Ayotzinapa is, unfortunately, one of many injustices in Mexico. Sign the Canada petition and tell the Canadian government that Mexico is not a “safe country”!
Volunteer with the Ayotzinapa to Ottawa Caravan during its visit to Canada, or help host the delegation when they are in your community!
Make a donation to the caravan. All proceeds (if any) will be for the families in Ayotzinapa.
The Ayotzinapa to Ottawa Caravan is going on right now!
Click here to visit the our Facebook Page for all the details, and please help spread the word!Below is a calendar that also shows the scheduled activities of the caravan, and you can also download our Full Schedule of Events.
If you have any questions or ideas about the caravan, please send us an email.
If you would like to make a contribution to the efforts of the parents of the missing 43 students, please make a wire transfer to the bank account they have designated to receive support. The details are below:
Account No.: 0199166343
SWIFT Code: BCMRMXMMPYM
Avenida General Guerrero No. 6
Tixtla de Guerrero
Postal Code 39170
If you have any questions, please contact us.
Materials for Media
- Download our Ayotzinapa to Ottawa Caravan press kit (includes all documents below) here.
- The From Ayotzinapa to Ottawa Caravan Mission Statement is the main document that drives the campaign. Download it here.
- Download the caravan delegates’ biographies here.
- Download the Full Schedule of Events here.
- Read the press release issued by Tlachinollan announcing the caravan (SPANISH) here.
- Download a photo of Hilda Leguideño Vargas and Jorge Luis Clemente Balbuena (credit: Luz Rosas) here.
- Download high-resolution photographs of activities (marches, press conferences, etc.) in Mexico here.
- Watch our backgrounder video (in Spanish with English subtitles) here. If you’d like to download a copy for use as B-roll, please send us an email.