In conversation with Rubén Martínez, author and professor at Loyola Marymount University
Translation by Betto Arcos

Javier Sicilia, Mexican poet-turned-activist and leader of Mexico’s Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, is turning personal horror into hope for himself and his country. After the death of his son at the hands of drug traffickers last year, Sicilia swapped his pen for protest, pushing to stop the bloodshed. Leading the fight with a radiant intellect and deep faith, this TIME Magazine Protester of the Year speaks on the power of words as an instrument for peace, recognizing that responsibility lies on both sides of the border.

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