Social Movements

The L.A.-Ayotzinapa Connection

Escrito por  |  15 / January / 2015

With the Mexican Consulate as a backdrop, at least two hundred people in Los Angeles organized skits, marched and chanted in protest of Enrique Peña Nieto’s meeting with President Obama in Washington on Jan. 6. Meanwhile, hundreds of protestors gathered on Lafayette Square in Washington DC, while some met with members of Congress to ask them to cut US security aid to Mexico.

Popular Political Trial in Iguala

Escrito por  |  9 / January / 2015

At around five in the afternoon on Dec.15 in the city of Iguala, Guerrero, a Peoples’ Political Trial was held to sentenced to try the city council members of Iguala and and other city officials of the government of former mayor, José Luis Abarca. The trial arose from the Sept. 26-27 attacks on five busloads of students from the nearby Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College, carried out by local police and allegedly ordered by the mayor.

Obama Should Not Prop Up Mexico’s Corrupt President

Escrito por  |  5 / January / 2015

President Obama has nothing to gain, and much to lose, by propping up Mexico’s corrupt President, Peña Nieto. Peña Nieto will be in Washington on Tuesday, seeking to bolster his support in the United States as it rapidly unravels in his own country.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jody Williams Talks About Women’s Role in Peace

Escrito por  |  9 / December / 2014
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Sustainable peace is not simply the absence of conflict or war. It’s based on a different concept entirely of security–instead of national security, it’s based on a conception of security that has at its center the well being of the people. If the basic needs of the majority of the population of the county are not met, there is no security.

Students March for Ayotzinapa and for Their Future

Escrito por  |  1 / December / 2014

Thousands of students marched from Tlatelolco Square, site of the notorious student massacre of 1968, to the Zocalo in Mexico City Nov. 20 in solidarity with the 43 disappeared students of the Rural Teachers’ College in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. The student march, which included both public and private universities and high schools, followed national strikes organized in 79 universities throughout the country.

Ayotzinapa Protests: Report from Ciudad Juarez

Escrito por  |  29 / November / 2014

On a day when the world protested state violence against the Mexican students of the Ayotzinapa rural teachers college, Ciudad Juarez was no exception.

REDD, Neo-Colonialism in the Land of the Pataxo Warriors

Escrito por  |  26 / November / 2014

It’s 5 o’clock in the morning, southern cone time, on Oct. 13, 2014. The Pataxo indigenous people of the far southern region of the state of Bahía, in the northeast of Brazil, form three barricades across the BR101 Highway in the region of Monte Pascoal, in the city of Itamaraju, one of the main roads connecting the northern and southern parts of the country.