The State and the School Teacher

[writ. 10/2/12] © ’12 Mumia Abu-Jamal

In the United States, teachers are criticized, called bad names, and occasionally, they have their pensions threatened.

That’s bad enough, but in Mexico, an elementary school teacher who also was a community organizer in the indigenous community of El Bosque in Chiapas, was framed in the killing of 8 cops, and faces 60 years in prison.

His name is Alberto Patishtán, affectionately known as ‘el profe’ (the prof – or teacher), and despite this legal tragedy, he is a widely known, widely respected and deeply loved teacher, religious person, and a gifted prison organizer.

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Alberto Patishtán is back in Chiapas! The struggle continues!

Thursday, July 26, 2012, San Cristóbal de Las Casas

It’s half a victory, but a victory for us all

Alberto Patishtán, emblematic political prisoner of Mexico and comrade, founding member of the “Voz del Amate” (Voice of Amate) organization and part of the Other Campaign, was returned just a few hours ago to the prison known as CERSS No. 5 in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. He was taken out of there in the early morning hours of October 20, 2011, in the middle of a hunger strike that he was waging along with his comrades, “los Solidarios de la Voz del Amate” (Solidarity Prisoners, Voice of Amate).

The vile government is finally abiding by the ruling issued on July 13 by the judge in the court at Tuxtla Gutiérrez, granting a protective order sought by the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Center for Human Rights on the basis that Albert’s transfer to the maximum security prison at Guasave, Sinaloa was unacceptable.

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Acting to free Alberto Patishtán and Francisco Sántiz

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Freedom for Chiapas political prisoners, Francisco Sántiz López  and Alberto Patishtán Gómez is what spurs the week of actions “Bringing Down Prison Walls” carried out in various parts of the world from May 15-22. Called by the Movement for Justice in the Barrio in New York, this solidarity campaign is supported by family members of the two prisoners and the Zapatista Good Government Council of Oventic,  Chiapas. See video subtitled in English:

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