One week ago, on January 18th, Isabel Cabanillas was shot to death as she made her way back home. Hours later, Cabanillas was found by the Mexican authorities on a sidewalk near the Mercado Juarez located in Downtown Juarez.
Cabanillas was an activist, an artist, and a mother of a 6-year-old. She was a member of the feminist collective Hijas de su Maquilera (Daughters of the maquiladora workers), a collective that put together the binational march They Are Murdering Us: Femicidal State in Juarez/El Paso.
Since the shooting, there have been gatherings and protests, not only in Juarez, but in Mexico City as well.
On Saturday, January 25th, in solidarity with Hijas De La Maquiladora’s call to action in Juarez, members of the El Paso community representing Frente Feminista Fronteriza, Mujer Obrera, Bicibrujxs, Frontera Water Protectors, Detained Migrant Solidarity, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Nepantleras and Los Dos gathered to organize a protest and march in front of the Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso.
Before the march started, the groups placed a cross in front of the Consulate General of Mexico. The cross, with Cabanillas’ name, was placed there to serve as a reminder to the Mexican government to find those responsible for Cabanillas’ murder.
The organizations issued a joint statement saying, “our demands include the continuation of the investigation and indictment of Isabel Cabanilla’s case,” these organizations said, “for women facing the threat of narco-violence to be granted asylum in the United States.”
The groups pointed out that they will not offer individual interviews or will not answer any questions regarding the call of action, and they were not going to disclose any more information to the press.
The march ended in front of the “Sister Cities” mural located at Father Rahm Avenue and El Paso Street.
Before the event came to an end, the collective shared some words with the attendees, “…all of our sisters on the other side and here, we love each other- that is how we are going to keep going and defeat these monsters who do not care about us.”
Afterward, the collective, in conjunction with some members from El Paso community, crossed the bridge into Juarez and joined Hijas De Su Maquilera Madre to continue the protest and to keep, as they said, “demanding justice for Isabel.”