August 23, 2012 — How do we keep fighting in the face of adversity? Where do we get the strength to demand justice when impunity reigns? How do we make it clear that the social fabric has not been reconstructed and that no reconciliation is possible while true justice still does not exist? How do we expose the depravity of a government that tries to buy loyalties with money without hurting those who accept this option out of necessity? How do we stir and mobilize the spirit of people like Lorenzo Sampablo Cervantes, who, whether inside or outside the APPO, waged a struggle for real social transformation?
There’s no easy answer to any of these questions without deep, honest reflection; yet the family and friends of former architect Lorenzo Sampablo Cervantes insist on following the path of historical memory and struggle, organizing and participating in activities like those held on August 22, 2012. These weren’t an empty homage, but a reaffirmation of the struggle for true social transformation, the struggle for which his life was taken, and, at the same time, an exposé of the complicity of Gabino Cue and his ill-named ‘government of change’ with the assassins of the peoples of Oaxaca.