El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Our neighbors to the South have made some great economic and social strides but a social justice leader from Juarez, Mexico suggests promoting change in their country starts with ending corruption. The El Paso Social Justice Group met in Downtown El Paso, Saturday. The President of Plan Estrategico de Ciudad Juarez spoke about the declining homicide rate and rising employment.
The crime is down from 3,000 a year in 2011 to 300 in 2012. The leader claims the first thing Borderland residents need to do to promote change is to end corruption and demand transparency from government leaders and entities.
"That's why the people are poor, that's why the country is poor because there's a lot of waste and a lot of money that goes to the privileged people. And not distributed as a better way of life," Miguel Antonio Fernandez, the President of Plan Estrategico de Ciudad Juarez said.
He added, their focus is changing what they can locally becauase of the limited resources they have.