Watch Banner Fly By in Protest of Drug War During Mexico President's Commencement Speech

During Mexican President Felipe Calderon's commencement speech at Stanford, a banner flew by decrying the loss of life in the Mexican (and American) War on Drugs. Watch the video below.

This is a great example of creative activism, and it highlights the tragic difference between many of this spring's commencement speakers' inspiring words to graduates and their actions in the real world.

 

Here is a report on the protests from the San Jose Mercury News,in an article mostly focused on the perspective of the newly-minted graduates:

During Calderon's speech, a small plane flew overhead pulling a banner protesting the president's use of the military in his war against the drug cartels, which has cost some 40,000 lives so far. The banner read, "No + Blood -- 40,000 dead. How many more?"

Outside the stadium, a handful of protesters, a few of whom traveled from Mexico City, criticized Calderon for spending resources on fighting cartels instead of on education and other social programs.

"People join drug cartels because they are poor," said one protester who refused to give her name and instead identified herself as Margarita Zavala, the name of the president's wife. She carried a sign that said, "Calderon stay here. Mexico is better off without you."

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at June 13, 2011, 6:17am

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