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Help Stop Gun Exports to Mexico

Published: Jan. 15, 2021

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As the attention of the country focuses on the white supremacist violence that terrorized the U.S. Capitol, we must acknowledge that white supremacy and U.S. policy inflict terror on communities across the globe every single day. The work to dismantle white supremacy and U.S. empire is urgent and ongoing. Today we share with you an action opportunity to help stop the U.S. export of violence.

SOA’s “Stop U.S. Arms to Mexico” campaign aims to reduce the U.S. guns that are trafficked and exported to Mexico.

Click here to visit the campaign website.


Between 2014 and 2019, the Department of Justice verified that 70,128 firearms produced or sold in the United States were recovered at crime scenes in Mexico. U.S. guns are used to commit horrific crimes. Furthermore, Mexican cartels purchase parts for grenade launchers, rifles, and other military equipment on eBay for shipment to Mexico from the United States.

Representatives Raúl Grijalva (AZ) and Alan Lowenthal (CA) are organizing members of Congress to urge Joe Biden to “take strong executive action to curtail the legal and illegal export of weapons to Mexico.”

Click here to read the Congressional letter that Grijalva and Lowenthal are circulating.


We can change U.S. policy on this issue. Please contact your Representative and ask them to sign onto the Grijalva-Lowenthal letter to build momentum for the incoming administration to address trafficking and exports of U.S. guns to Mexico.

Click here to take action by emailing your representative from the SOA website.


Or call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Representative's office.

Here is sample of what to say:

“I am calling to ask Representative _____ to join Representatives Grijalva and Lowenthal in urging President-Elect Biden to work with Congress to take strong executive action to curtail the legal and illegal export of weapons to Mexico. Data clearly shows that arms legally and illegally exported to Mexico have been directly involved in human rights violations, cartel violence, and the death of innocent civilians. Please contact Marilyn Zepeda in Rep. Grijalva’s office to add your name to the letter they are sending to Joe Biden. The deadline to sign on is January 15th.”
 

from School of the Americas Watch (1/12/2021)