As leader of a popular anti-violence campaign in Mexico, poet Javier Sicilia will meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderon this week to discuss the nation’s crime-fighting plans.
The Mexican poet, along with fellow activists, are looking for “specific responses about modifying Mexico’s approach to national security,” wrote CNN.
Emilio Alcarez, a human rights advocate, to CNN that the poet will also push for Mexico’s government to give more attention to the victims of violence.
Sicilia and the other activists were scheduled to meet with Calderon and several members of his Cabinet on Thursday at the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City.
Gonzalez de Bustamante, an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Arizona, said, “[Sicilia is] more than just an intellectual. He’s a person that’s been directly affected by the wave of violence. ... Artists and poets have a way of being able to relate to the public, as well as get the ear of government officials, because of their way of expressing what is happening.”