On 21 and 22 May, representatives of more than 300 civil organizations carried out the first Citizens’ Meeting, whose objective is to elaborate public-policy proposals that are to reach President Felipe Calderón as well as the four presidential candidates. The participating organizations made these proposals in work-tables discussing questions such as citizens’ security, justice and human rights, political reform and citizens’ participation, quality education and the strengthening of civil-society organizations, inclusion and social cohesion, transparency and accountability, sustainable economic development and dignified work.
On 22 March, the agreements made at the meeting were presented for 45 minutes to the four presidential candidates, given them a chance to respond in the following order: Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Enrique Peña Nieto, Josefina Vázquez Mota, and Gabriel Quadri. The final document expressed among other things concern for the crisis of violence, inequality, exclusion, and lack of opportunity, impunity, corruption, the crisis of governance and representation, as well as the exclusion of the citizenry as regards the decision-making policies that affect the country.
For more information (in Spanish):
La Jornada: Es la hora de los ciudadanos, advierte Sicilia (La Jornada, 22 de mayo de 2012)
Candidatos prometen contar con sociedad civil en búsqueda de la paz en México (Terra.com. 22 de mayo de 2012)
Va Peña Nieto a Cumbre Ciudadana; cancelación fue una “táctica disuasiva” (Milenio, 22 de mayo de 2012)
Lograr renacimiento de México, pide AMLO(El Universal, 23 de Mayo)
Deploran activistas que candidatos no aborden temas sobre derechos humanos(La Jornada, 23 de mayo)
Ciudadanos demandan compromisos (El Universal, 23 de mayo)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Mexico: Presidential campaigns begin (19 April 2012)