Monday, November 29, 2010

Walk for a Life Without Violence

Sunday morning the Consulate General of the United States -Guadalajara joined a group of approximately 350 people in a "Caminata por una Vida sin violencia," or for my English speakers, "Walk for a Life Without Violence."

Organized by The Institute of Jalisco Women, the walk was a call to the people and law enforcement officials of Jalisco to promote a culture of peace and an end to gender-based violence. The walk was held as one of many events commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence, which occurred on November 25th.

We began our walk at 10:00AM at La Avenida Chapultepec y Niños Héroes and concluded at Minerva Square, where a stage had been erected in the street. After a brief discussion of the issue at hand, everyone was invited to release their balloons in a symbolic gesture representing the desired freedom from violence. Balloon releases aren't very common in the USA and, while I understand the reasoning behind it, that does not change the fact that it is a beautiful sight to behold.

Alas, this tree had other ideas...

The balloon release was followed by a mini-performance by "JC & Hugo." Although I am unfamiliar with their music, I will say that they were pretty good, despite some technical difficulties at the on-set, in which the stage crew played the wrong musical track...5 times.

JC & Hugo only entertained us for one song, at which point the mics were handed off to the equally taleneted...

"4a 2aRed." Individually, they are Ramon, Werita Rollon, Zalma, and Fer. Alas, my Google search came up empty for both groups. Not sure if they are local talent or up and comers, but as my first exposure to live music here in Mexico, I'd love to hear more from both groups.

A healthy walk for a wonderful cause. A surprise musical performance. A delicious brunch with TJ's coworkers (sorry, no pics, too busy eating). What a wonderful way to start the day.

Wait. START the day? Yes. Tune in next time for Sunday's awesome conclusion.

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