La Lucha : The Story of Lucha Castro and Human Rights in Mexico
The Mexican border state of Chihuahua and its city Juarez have become internationally notorious for violence, as drug cartel battles and official corruption have colluded to produce more murders annually than in war-torn Afghanistan. Ninety-seven percent of the killings in Juarez remain unsolved, contributing to a culture of impunity for perpetrators. In the midst of this climate of fear, a small group of human rights activists, exemplified by the Chihuahua lawyer and organizer Lucha Castro, continue to point fingers at the killers and their official enablers. This is the story this book tells, rendering in graphic detail the lives of families ripped apart by disappearances and murders - especially gender-based violence - and the remarkably brave advocacy, protests, and investigations of ordinary citizens who turned their grief into resistance.
- Paperback | 112 pages
- 156 x 235 x 13mm | 363g
- 31 Mar 2015
- Verso Books
- London, United Kingdom
"This book provides unique, first-person insight into the struggle for justice in what remains one of the world's most dangerous places for human rights defenders."--Mary Robinson, former UN Commissioner for Human Rights "La Lucha" provides vital information, and confirms Robert F. Kennedy's inspiring words: 'One heart with courage is a majority.'" --Martin Sheen "A picture of violence that's become commonplace--and everyday bravery in the face of violence." --Francisco Goldman, author of "The Interior Circuit" "No matter what you're accomplishing in your life, you'll realize it's not enough when you read La Lucha ... Sack's documentary-style drawings capture vistas of villages emptied of fearful residents and details of grief and determination on the faces of activists." Village Voice
About Jon Sack
Jon Sack is an American artist based in London. He is the author of the comic books Iraqi Oil for Beginners and Prisoners of Love: A Story of the Freedom Flotilla. Adam Shapiro is the Head of Campaigns for the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, based in Dublin and known as Front Line Defenders. It helps protect human rights defenders at risk so they can continue their work as key agents of social change. Adam Shapiro is also a Palestinian rights activist and documentary filmmaker. He lives in Massachusetts.