NEWS BLACKOUT OF JAVIER SICILIA AND CARAVAN FOR PEACE BY WTTW AND CHICAGO TONIGHT
CARAVAN FOR PEACE BLACKOUT
With kids being shot and killed wholesale in Chicago as a consequence of drug prohibition, it is confounding and disconcerting that your assignment desk and editors failed to collect and broadcast tape of the activities of Javier Sicilia and the Caravan for Peace that called for an end to the killer drug war.
The Peace Caravan scheduled and held three days of activities in Chicago –-
including two press conferences, a march against the drug war (Chicago's first) through Little Village and Lawndale communities, a vigil, a mass, two university events, among others, and featured two bus loads of victims and survivors of Mexico's war on drugs who traveled 8,000 miles across the U.S. to 25 cities to condemn the drug war and call for its end, the former deputy police chief of L.A. and 20 year-head of its narcotics bureau, the interim chairman of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), famed poet Javier Sicilia (one of protesters leading Time magazine to name "The Protester" as its Man of the Year), a 30-foot banner calling for an end to the killing by ending the drug war, a LEAP-mobile (police squad with LEAP logo and signs calling for the legalization of drugs to stop the violence and save the children –-
but Ch. 11 WTTW and Chicago Tonight, both repeatedly alerted to the Caravan schedule – imposed a Caravan/Sicilia blackout, preventing Chicagoans from learning the depth and strength of movement to end the drug war and legalize, control and regulate drugs to stop the violence. No WTTW picture, no story, no interviews, no tape, no program... News blackout. Why? Why? Why?