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March for Peace-March 12 to March 27, 2006

March for Peace
March 12 to March 27, 2006
Tijuana, Mexico to San Francisco, CA
Contacts: For Information please contact: Fernando Suárez del Solar at
760-233-0630 or at l 858-774-0172 and via e-mail at
Objective: A 241 mile march that aims at ensuring that the Latino
of opposition to the War is heard loud and clear across the Americas.

WHAT/ WHEN: Fernando Suarez del Solar, Pablo Paredes, Camilo Mejia and
Aidan Delgado will lead a coalition of the willing across this 241 mile
quest for peace starting in Tijuana, Mexico, going through Marine Corps
Depot Camp Pendleton to the Cesar Chavez burial site in La Paz, CA,
culminating in The Mission district of San Francisco with a memorial
ceremony and blood drive.

The March will begin on 12 March 2006. The coalition of the willing
will arrive at La Paz, CA on 22 March 2006 and culminate in San
Francisco from 26 March 2006 to 27 March 2006.

WHY: Latinos represent nearly 15% of the US population and 11% of the
US military, with many serving in combat or hazardous duty occupations.
In addition, an estimated 20% of the fallen service members in the
early months of the invasion were Latino. With the continued growth of
the Latino population and its vital importance to the future of this
country, it is time the Latino community become an active and vocal
of the 60%+ of US citizens that oppose this War. It is also time to
show the Latino community that they have a voice and a right to fight
for peace and stability. Fernando Suarez Del Solar is committed to
self-sacrifice. At 50 years of age he cares more about ending this war
than even his own health. We make this call not only to the Latino
population but to all those who agree with our message “No more
bloodshed in Iraq”.

About the Route and Structure
Why 241 miles?

Last Year was the 75th anniversary of Gandhi’s Salt March one of the
most impactful non-violent acts of protest and civil disobedience in
pursuit of social justice in history. Gandhi marched 241 miles to free
India from British imperialism. This legacy has been vibrant in all
Latino Social Justice movements. Cesar Chavez was a disciple of
We wish to rekindle this tradition and one year after the 75th , we
wish to put Gandhi’s spirit into practice rather than wait for the next
milestone to honor his memory.

About the march leaders:
Fernando Suarez Del Solar

Is the father of one of the first Latinos to die in Iraq. He was lied
about his son’s death, found the truth in Iraq with the help of a well
know recent victim of the war, (co-anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight)
Bob Woodruff. His son Jesus stepped on an illegal US cluster bomb.
Since then Fernando is a tireless advocate for peace.
Pablo Paredes

Navy war resister who refused boarding an Iraq bound ship on Dec. 6th
2004. He was court martialed, sentenced and now speaks out for Peace.
Camilo Mejia

Served one tour in Iraq and then became a National Guard war resister.
He was jailed for nine months for his opposition to the war and is now
prominent anti-war speaker and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War
Aidan Delgado

Is a Conscientious Objector of the Iraq war. He served at Abu Gharib
and now tours the country with slide shows of the prison abuses.

Jesus Suarez Del Solar

Fernando’s son Jesus was born in Tijuana, Mexico in November of 1982.
He was educated at PS 44 and in 1995 came to the United States, with
dreams of joining the Marines. He realized his dream in 2001 well
before 911. Jesus deployed to Iraq from MCD Camp Pendleton in February
of 2003, with dreams of liberating the children of Iraq. Seven days
into the invasion of Iraq, on the 27th of March 2003, Jesus stepped on
an illegal US cluster bomb. Jesus died shortly after.
About the march route:

The march from Tijuana across the US-Mexico Border is a symbolic
of Peace without borders. Jesus Suarez del Solar was born and
in this beautiful city, our march will also be born in Tijuana and we
also wish that our gesture serves to educate around border issues and

Escondido is the city in which Jesus was recruited and today is buried.
We wish to trace Jesus’ steps and then continue his fight for the
children of Iraq and America in the name of peace rather than war.

Marine Corps Depot Camp Pendleton is the place where Jesus and many of
our youth are trained for war. Jesus deployed from Pendleton to Iraq.
We wish to rewrite history with our march and deploy our soldiers from
MCD Camp Pendleton to La Paz.
La Paz

La Paz translates to The Peace, and is the burial site of Cesar Chavez.
We wish to evoke his legacy and lead our coalition to peace.
San Francisco

San Francisco’s Mission district is predominantly Latino. We will hold
a service in the mission to commemorate Jesus. We will also stage a
blood drive. The blood donated will be equally distributed to cope
Iraqi as well as coalition needs.

The March will arrive in all the following cities Tijuana, San Diego,
Escondido, Camp Pendleton, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, San Fernando,
Palmdale, Rosamond, Keene (La Paz), Fresno, San Jose, and San

OUR REQUESTS: We need help in many areas.

Funding: We are going to fly in Camilo Mejia and Aiden Delgado; this
will consist of 4 roundtrip tickets as they have an engagement in the
middle of our march in Mobile Alabama. We have estimated the travel
fees at $1800. We will drive a caravan along with our march. Gas and
meals will be a considerable expense; we want to reserve $1000 for
The service will come with a fee as well. The blood drive will
of volunteers but will still incur some costs. For these and other
unimaginable expenses we seek economic support of groups who support
march. We have estimated our costs at $5000.00

Personnel: We need volunteers to help with the march. We seek EMS
qualified folks to ride in the trailer/caravan and provide first aid
where necessary. We seek local organizing at all levels to complement
our march. Drivers. We have some volunteers already but no one to
the whole way.

Media: We seek every means of spreading the word available local and
national, English speaking and Latino aimed, student and civilian,
church and secular etc.
We will provide press releases and materials to ensure that
communication about the event is focused, unified and clear.

Logistics: Local contacts for permits or liaisons with local police.
Points of contacts for already existing events in localities we may
cross, so as to be complimentary and not seen as competition.

Donations: Donations can be made at or by contacting the
organizers directly. In the event we have a surplus our proceeds will
be equally divided between the Guerrero Azteca Scholarship Program and
the Common Ground Relief Collective to benefit Hurricane Katrina

Contacts: For Information please contact: Fernando Suárez del Solar at
760-233-0630 or at l 858-774-0172 and via e-mail at

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