Mexican poet, Javier Sicilia, shakes hands with a supporter after a press conference on August 13, 2012. Since the murder of his 24 year-old son, Juan Francisco Sicilia Ortega, last year, Sicilia has become the leader of a movement calling for the end of the U.S. sponsored Drug War. For the next month, he is leading a "Caravan for Peace" across the U.S. to Washington D.C. to raise awareness about the human costs of the violence and crime affecting the U.S. and Mexico.
On Tuesday, a "Caravan for Peace" that's travelling across the U.S., drawing attention to drug violence in Mexico, visited a Los Angeles City Council meeting. They had been invited by Councilman Jose Huizar, who pointed out that L.A.'s Mexican population is second only to Mexico City's.
Clearly emotional, Huizar, who was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, said he and other immigrants are scared to visit their hometowns because of cartels.
"Zacatecas, Mexico used to be one of the safest cities in all of Mexico," Huizar said. "There's hardworking, humble people who live there, day in and day out, making a living. But today, many people live in fear. And something must be done. I want to thank the caravan for standing up. It's not easy."
Huizar plans on introducing a resolution recognizing the caravan for its work.
For more on the Caravan for Peace, see our story on their L.A. event.