Friday, May 22, 2009

Cristo Rey Festival in Lansing to Feature Info About Efrén for Next 3 Days

Friday, May 22 through Sunday, May 24 the Cristo Rey Community Center will be hosting their annual festival. The festival offers Mexican and Latino music, dancing, vendors, food and more. The event will take place at Cristo Rey Church, 201 W. Miller Road, Lansing, Michigan. The hours of the event are: Friday 5pm - 11pm, Saturday Noon - 11 pm, and Sunday Noon - 6pm.

The Peace Education Center (PEC), which has been a strong supporter of Efrén and our efforts to free him, will be having an informational table each day of the festival. This is the third year the PEC will be at the festival. PEC's table will be staffed during the festival hours. The two main focused of the PEC info table are:

(1) Get people to sign postcards addressed to Governor Granholm expressing support for the granting of Efrén's commutation request, collect the postcards for mailing, and provide additional information about Efrén's case. They will also share the recent article, "New Latino youth justice report shines spotlight on the case of Efrén Paredes Jr.", which was published on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, on the blog Latina Lista by author Marisa Treviño.

(2) Counter-recruiting to convince young Latinos to consider career options other than military service. The PEC will also be selling by donation bumper stickers and buttons with peace theme.

We are very grateful for the continued strong support that PEC has consistently provided to Efrén since they have joined our campaign for his freedom. They are a wonderful group of people who are doing positive work in the community. They are an inspiration to others demonstrating that persistent action for a cause can manifest in real change.

This weekend as you are visiting friends and family please ask them to send a message to the Governor to express support for Efrén's release. They can learn to do this by visiting We wish you all a wonderful and safe weekend.

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