Letter in Support of the People of Oaxaca

A new sign-on support letter has been drafted. Signatories include Tariq Ali, Noam Chomsky, Eve Ensler, Danny Glover, Eduardo Galeano, Michael Moore, Arundhati Roy, Alice Walker, Howard Zinn, and many others.

An excerpt:

We are extremely alarmed to see that rather than cracking down on the violent paramilitaries who have been launching regular attacks on the people of Oaxaca, President Vicente Fox is using these murders as a pretext for escalating violence against the popular grassroots organization of the people of Oaxaca.

Please add your name to the list of signatories.

As fellow media makers and artists, we are writing to honor the memory of independent journalist, filmmaker, and respected activist Brad Will, who was brutally murdered while filming the grassroots popular movement in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Along with Brad, six other people were killed this past week by officials of the illegitimate government of Ulises Ruiz and the federal forces that are now occupying Oaxaca. Among them were: Emilio Alonso Fabián (professor), José Alberto López Bernal (nurse), Fidel Sánchez García (construction worker) and Esteban Zurita López.

We are extremely alarmed to see that rather than cracking down on the violent paramilitaries who have been launching regular attacks on the people of Oaxaca, President Vicente Fox is using these murders as a pretext for escalating violence against the popular grassroots organization of the people of Oaxaca.

In solidarity with the people of Oaxaca, we add our voices to these demands:

  1. Ulises Ruiz out of Oaxaca!
  2. Immediate withdrawal of the occupying federal forces from Oaxaca!
  3. Immediate and unconditional freedom for all detainees!
  4. Justice for all murdered compañeros and punishment of guilty parties on all levels!

We make these demands in support of the Oaxacan people’s efforts to establish a popular government that recognizes local traditions and values.

JUSTICE, FREEDOM, AND DEMOCRACY FOR THE PEOPLE OF OAXACA!
Michael Albert
Tariq Ali
Anthony Arnove
Stanley Aronowitz
Daniel Berger
John Berger
Noam Chomsky
Mike Davis
Roisin Davis
Bernadine Dohrn
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Eve Ensler
Gustavo Esteva
Eduardo Galeano
Danny Glover
David Graeber
Michael Hardt
Sonali Kolhatkar
Naomi Klein
Anna Lappe
Anthony Lappe
Camilo Mejía
Alessandra Moctezuma
Michael Moore
Mira Nair
Antonio Negri
Oscar Olivera
Francis Fox Piven
John Pilger
Katha Pollitt
Arundhati Roy
Jeremy Scahill
Danny Schechter
Wallace Shawn
Starhawk
Gloria Steinem
Jonathan Tasini
Alice Walker
Howard Zinn

source: friendsofbradwill.org/supportletter

2 Comments

  1. CARTA EN APOYO AL PUEBLO DE OAXACA

    Como compañeros trabajadores de la comunicación y artistas, honramos la memoria del periodista independiente, documentalista y respetado activista Brad Will, quien fue brutalmente asesinado mientras filmaba el movimiento popular en Oaxaca, México.

    Estamos extremadamente alarmados de ver que en vez de tomar severas medidas contra los violentos paramilitares que han lanzado constantes ataques contra el pueblo de Oaxaca, el presidente Vicente Fox usa los asesinatos como un pretexto para escalar la violencia contra la organización de base del pueblo de Oaxaca.

    Junto con Brad, en esta última semana murieron al menos otras seis personas, a manos de agentes del ilegítimo gobierno de Ulises Ruiz y las fuerzas federales que ahora ocupan Oaxaca, entre ellas: Emilio Alonso Fabián (profesor), José Alberto López Bernal (enfermero), Fidel Sánchez García (albañil) y Esteban Zurita López.

    En solidaridad con el pueblo de Oaxaca, añadimos nuestras voces a estas demandas:

    1. ¡Ulises Ruiz fuera de Oaxaca!
    2. ¡Retiro inmediato de las fuerzas federales de ocupación en Oaxaca!
    3. ¡Inmediato e incondicional libertad a todos los detenidos!
    4. ¡Justicia para todos los compañeros asesinados y castigo para todas las partes culpables a todos niveles!

    ¡JUSTICIA, LIBERTAD Y DEMOCRACIA PARA EL PUEBLO DE OAXACA!

    Firman:

    Tariq Ali
    Anthony Arnove
    Stanley Aronowitz
    Daniel Berger
    John Berger
    Noam Chomsky
    Mike Davis
    Roisin Davis
    Bernadine Dohrn
    Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
    Eve Ensler
    Gustavo Esteva
    Eduardo Galeano
    Danny Glover
    David Graeber
    Michael Hardt
    Naomi Klein
    Camilo Mejía
    Alessandra Moctezuma
    Michael Moore
    Mira Nair
    Antonio Negri
    Oscar Olivera
    Francis Fox Piven
    John Pilger
    Arundhati Roy
    Jeremy Scahill
    Wallace Shawn
    Starhawk
    Gloria Steinem
    Alice Walker
    Howard Zinn

  2. Call for Oaxaca Support & Solidarity
    unitedforpeace.org/article.php?id=3427

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