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.
Some things never change. In Haiti, no matter the century or decade in question, one can be certain that: the state and elite are trouncing the rights and needs of the majority, the population is protesting to demand land and justice, and the international community is taking the wrong side.
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.
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.
While Peña Nieto and Obama will discuss plans to fortify the bilateral security agenda, which to this date has caused over 100,000 deaths and 24,000 disappearances in Mexico in the last 8 years, citizens of both countries are demonstrating that a transnational organized effort to push for and achieve justice is not only possible, but well under way.
When the United States broke relations with Cuba in 1961, the U.S. embassy in Havana closed. Many people thought that this phase in U.S.-Cuba relations would not last long, that cutting ties would lead to Fidel Castro’s downfall. But it only proved counterproductive, damaging the United States’ standing in the world and doing nothing to improve the lives of the Cuban people.
Opened last June, the U.S. government’s family detention center for Central American migrants in New Mexico generated major controversy. Located at the Federal Law Enforcement Training facility in the small town of Artesia, the lock-up, euphemistically called a “family residential center” by the Obama administration, drew protests and vigils by supporters of the children and women detained at the site.