What is the Summit
The destinies of the U.S. and Mexico, as well as our movements for social and environmental justice, are inextricably intertwined.
Ending regional violence and success in handling cross-border challenges — like migration, human rights, inequality (fair and sustainable economic development), and dangerous gun traffic – requires the participation and engagement of civil society movements on both sides of the border.
We are living in a pivotal and urgent moment in both Mexico and the United States. From rising gun violence, political exclusion and disenfranchisement, worsening repression of migrants, and expanding environmental and climate driven crises, the need for action, reform and political activism is now.
People of color across the borders share a history of oppression and resistance that bring us closer than what we think.
Both Mexico and the U.S. will have critical national elections in 2024. The time to build united, inclusive political power is now.
The Peace Summit seeks to cultivate and catalyze a cross-border movement to denounce injustice and drive community-led solutions to the growing inequality, violence and human and migrant rights crises that impact the region.
More than 50 organizations from Mexico and the United States, under the leadership of Global Exchange, are organizing a unique and timely initiative, the Peace Summit, to expand political access and build political power for those currently left out and left behind (youth, migrants, indigenous communities and more) and to make their demands for human rights, justice, democracy, and peace in the region heard.
The Peace Summit program will facilitate 5 local preparatory dialogues in 2022 and a binational conference in Mexico in February 2023 and utilize innovative digital organizing tools to engage and nourish the active majorities on both sides of the border we need to demand and affect change.
February 23th-24th, 2023.
Participant organizations and collectives
The Peace Summit is an initiative led by Global Exchange in collaboration with the following partners: