Upcoming Events and Worldwide Direct Action in Support of Oaxaca on November 20th

“On November 20, blockades will be set up to show the Mexican government we mean business. We are calling upon YOU to join in these blockades. That could mean blockading the consulates’ websites, jamming their phone lines with calls about the conflict in Oaxaca, occupying the offices of the consuls, or shutting down the roads around the consulates in whatever way you see fit.” – EZLN

Poster for N20 promo: 11×17 black and white pdf

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Oaxaca is calling for US to get Organized

Global Solidarity with Oaxaca

photo: (November 6th, 2006 Solidaridad con Oaxaca y Atenco desde Perú


San Francisco: The Day After the Next Attack, Converge on the Mexican Consulate (Folsom and First)

DC on Nov. 16th: 5:30pm March to Defend Oaxaca! (1911 Pennsylvania Ave)

Olympia on Nov. 16th: 5:30pm Film Screening: Granito de Arena (TESC Lecture Hall 1)

Tucson on Nov. 16th: 7pm Words of Brad Will, Liberate Oaxaca! (740 N. Main St.)

Santa Cruz on Nov. 17th: 7pm Musicians, Bilingual Presentation and Film Screenings (515 Broadway)

Philadelphia on Nov. 17th: 9pm Screening of El Enemigo Común and Discussion (4134 Lancaster Ave.)

Los Angeles on Nov. 19th: 9:30am Gran Marcha en Solidaridad con el Pueblo de Oaxaca (1321 S. Mariposa)

San Diego on Nov. 19th: 2pm Marcha en Solidaridad con Oaxaca (1549 India St.)

Fredericksburg, VA on Nov. 19th: 7pm Feast and Resist: benefit dinner for a Free Oaxaca (1000 Charles St.)

Santa Rosa on Nov. 19th: 7pm Que es la APPO?: An introduction to the Oaxacan Situation (546 Pacific Ave)

Boston on Nov. 20th: 9am Call to Action in Solidarity with the Peoples of Latin America (Boston Common)

Syracuse on Nov. 20th: 4:30pm Oaxaca Solidarity Action

Philadelphia on Nov. 20th: 4pm Protest at the Mexican Consulate (5th and Market)


Worldwide Direct Action in Support of Oaxaca on November 20

On October 27, paramilitaries in Oaxaca, Mexico murdered Indymedia journalist Brad Will. He is one of dozens who have lost their lives at the hands of pro-government forces while participating in the largely nonviolent resistance to government oppression in that region. Mexican president Vicente Fox used Brad’s death as a pretext to send 4,000 federal police into the city of Oaxaca; these forces are systematically brutalizing the population.

The people of Oaxaca have not backed down – through days of courageous fighting, they have managed to protect their radio station at the university, repelling machine gun wielding armored police with only sticks, stones, and hope. On November 5, tens of thousands marched through the streets of Oaxaca, calling for the federal police to leave.

The only reason that hundreds more have not yet been killed in Oaxaca is that the Mexican government fears the response that would engender in Mexico and across the world. Those who have organized solidarity demonstrations at Mexican consulates can congratulate themselves on helping, however slightly, to deter the Mexican government from ordering a bloodbath.

That bloodbath will still take place, however, unless we continue to escalate the pressure upon President Fox’s government to withdraw federal forces from Oaxaca. The EZLN has announced that it will help coordinate a nationwide shut-down on November 20. This must be matched with international actions to show that the world has not taken its eyes off Oaxaca, that on the contrary, the mobilization in support of those who struggle there is only gathering momentum.

On November 20, blockades will be set up to show the Mexican government we mean business. We are calling upon YOU to join in these blockades. That could mean blockading the consulates’ websites, jamming their phone lines with calls about the conflict in Oaxaca, occupying the offices of the consuls, or shutting down the roads around the consulates in whatever way you see fit.

If we do not show Vicente Fox that paramilitaries and federal forces cannot brutalize Oaxaca with impunity, the blood of an entire murdered resistance movement will be on our hands. Now is the time to act in solidarity with those who struggle in Oaxaca, in solidarity with the Zapatistas who have called on us to support them, and in solidarity with all who struggle against government and capitalism across the world.

Actions are already being planned in cities around the US. Please plan actions in yours.


Oaxaca solidarity:


  1. Upcoming Oaxaca Solidarity Activities

    In accordance with the Nov. 20th international call for solidarity with the people of Oaxaca, there will be several solidarity activities in Minneapolis, including a demonstration at Lake and Bloomington at 4pm on the 20th.
    Sat, 11/18, 10am
    A coffeehour discussion on the uprising, and local solidarity. $4, Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave. S., Mpls.

    Sun, 11/19, all day
    Educational leafletting about the uprising, and Monday’s events. This is something you can do alone, or in 2s or 3s. You can pick up leaflets, and pick a place to distribute them, during the coffeehour or between 12 and 5 at the Jack Pine Community Center, 2815 E. Lake St.

    4:00-6:00pm Demonstration at the intersection of Lake St. and Bloomington. Bring signs.
    6:00-8:00pm Gathering to discuss the uprising and organize locally. There will be dinner, and film from Oaxaca.
    – the 6pm gathering on the 20th is at the Waite House, at 2529 13th Ave S in mpls.

    source: http://twincities.indymedia.org/newswire/display/28811/index.php

  2. Chicago:
    Various sectarian leftist groups (including, but not limited to: ISO, Spartacist League, and RCP) will, once again, attempt to co-opt this solidarity action with their totally irrelevant banners and signs, as well as selling lots of boring, ugly, and badly-written newspapers. They will spend a significant part of the day arguing amongst themselves and trying to manipulate and control everyone else, like they do at every fucking event they go to…. [sigh…. i hate this town].

    source: infoshop.org/inews/article.php?story=20061114083116348

  3. Philly
    Nov 19: 5pm 8th and snyder
    folks will be showing fresh video from mexico city from the beginnning of the strike this year with solid background on the appo.

    Nov 20: protest at the mexican consulate…


    source: phillyimc.org/en/2006/11/33923.shtml

  4. Providence, RI: Protest Monday, November 20: Defend the Oaxaca Commune!

    US, Mexico, Hands off Oaxaca!
    Troops and police out of Oaxaca!
    For a general strike until Ulises Ruiz falls!
    For a government of the APPO and the workers’ organizations!

    Monday, Nov. 20,
    Kennedy Plaza

    EE.UU., México: ¡Manos fuera de Oaxaca!
    ¡Ejercito y policía fuera de Oaxaca!
    ¡Huelga general hasta que caiga Ulises Ruiz!
    ¡Por un gobierno de la APPO y las demás organizaciones obreras!

    lunes, 20 nov.
    3 PM
    Plaza Kennedy

    source and more information:

  5. Portland: Oaxaca Resiste
    An evening of film, music, and a personal account of Oaxacan resistance Monday Nov, 20th from 6 to 9 pm at Liberty Hall (311 N Ivy)

    Guadelupe Perez will speak about his experiences as a member of the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO) during its struggle to
    force the governor of Oaxaca to resign.

    This is an amazing opportunity to learn more about the what is going on in Oaxaca directly from the persepective of a Oaxacan leader. What a great way to celebrate Mexican Independence Day and the international day of solidarity with Oaxaca. Don’t miss it!

    Call 503-367-0155 for more details.


  6. The Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO), comprised of hundreds of social organizations, including the Teachers Union 22, has been occupying the city of Oaxaca for months, The Teachers Union and
    APPO have held the city demanding the resignation of Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, who has kidnapped, disappeared, tortured, and killed many
    Oaxacans during his disputed term in office. On October 29, five individuals participating in or observing the resistance in Oaxaca, including Brad Will, a US Indymedia journalist, were murdered by government affiliated paramilitaries. Mexican president Vincente Fox has since used the death of an N. American journalist to justify bringing in thousands of federal military troops to overtake the city. In the meantime, APPO has been formalizing and instigating a directly-democratic, autonomous system of self-governance. The Mexican federal forces may have invaded but the APPO still controls the heart of the city and the spirit of the people is still strong.
    Coinciding with the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation has called for a general strike throughout Mexico, and for international displays of solidarity on November 20th. In response to this call, several events have been planned in Greensboro for the day of Monday, Nov. 20th.

    So, join us as you are able…

    Ongoing throughout the day ::
    *Visit us at our Learn-In. Join us as we visit Oaxaca via the web! Read relevant literature! Learn more about what’s happening! Listen! Discuss! :: Corner of W. Market & Eugene St.

    4:00 – 4:30 ::
    *Press Conference to highlight the events in Oaxaca, MX and to show our full support of the demands presented by the APPO :: Corner of W. Market & Eugene St.

    4:30 – 5:30 ::
    *Join up with the weekly peace vigil & help us find Gov. Ruiz and the US Gov’t guilty in our mock trial :: Corner of W. Friendly Ave. & Eugene St.

    5:30 – 6:30 ::
    *Candlelight vigil to remember those that have passed away and those that continue to fight for justice in Oaxaca, MX :: Corner of W.Friendly Ave. & Eugene St.

    7:00 ::
    *Film screening of “El Enemigo Común” and discussion of its connection to the current popular uprising and formation of the APPO in Oaxaca :: Green Bean, 341 S. Elm St.

  7. Hey everyone,

    This weekend, tens of thousands of people from across the U.S. and beyond will converge on Ft. Benning, Georgia in a massive rally and vigil calling for the closing of the infamous military base where countless Latin American officers have been trained in methods of torture and repression. The CIW and SFA will be out in force and adding to the clamor of voices calling for the ” School of the Americas” to be shut down now.

    If you’re planning on being there, make sure to check out these important workshops on Saturday the 18th:

    Updates on the Fair Food Movement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers: 5pm-6:30pm; Convention Center Rm 202.

    El Enemigo Comun y El Machete: Neoliberalism and Mesoamerican Principles of Unity and Resistance: 8pm-10pm; Convention Center Rm 205.

    For more info on the weekend’s events and the SOA, visit http://www.soaw.org.

    We also wanted to share with you all this inspiring reportback from one SFA member’s experiences during the recent Days of Action:

    “…But it made me realize that the power of a fast food restaurant to make me feel small and insignificant is not something to be underestimated. I think that is a big part of why the SFA is so important. We are not small and insignificant. We are more than consumers. When we find our voices, we can make some serious changes… ”

    Read the entire letter here, and check out ideas for actions you can take in your own community here.


  8. Seattle Oaxaca Committee,

    1) Protest in front of the Mexican Consulate, all this week (rain or
    shine)–Mon-Fri, Nov.13-17, form 12:00pm – 1:00pm.

    2) Support rally for Oaxaca in Olympia
    Date: Sunday, Nov. 19th
    Time: 1pm
    Place: Sylvester Park, Olympia
    This is being organized by MeChA of Evergreen College, and people from
    the Seattle Oaxacan Committee are planning on carpooling. For more
    information on the rally, contact Erika N. Santillan-Marquez,
    Co-coordinator of MEChA of Evergreen at delattackenoiz (at) aol.com For
    more information on carpooling, please write us at
    comiteoaxaquenaseattle (at) yahoo.com.mx

    We will march on Washington’s capitol to demand that the people of Oaxaca are heard. Meeting at 1pm, Sylvester Park (Capitol & Legion).


    November 19th @ 1:00pm
    Sylvester Park in Olympia, Washington

    Speaker: representante of the Comite Oaxaqueña-Seattle

    Musical preformance: Politcal Hip-Hop Group from Seattle


    1. An instant withdraw of federal forces in Oaxaca

    2. Ulises Ruiz to step down as Governor in Oaxaca state

    3. Immediate and unconditional liberation of all political prisoners


    Endorsing groups include: Oaxaquena Comite – Seattle, Olympia chapters of MEChA, CISPES, and SDS; OMJP, Leonard Peltier Support Group, Tacoma IWW, and FnB. I hope you can all stand in solidarity with the People of Oaxaca, because if we don’t who will? Please post wide

    sources include: olyimc.infotage.net/en/2006/11/456.shtml

  9. November 20th in San Jose

    Barrio Defense Committee
    Contact: Quetza, (408) 885-9785

    For Immediate Press Release


    Monday, November 20, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.

    Centro Aztlán Chicomoztoc, 520 So. 2nd St.
    San José, California

    The Barrio Defense Committee invites the community to listen to lawyers explain what your rights are when the police or the migra stop you. They will answer questions from the community on Monday, November 20, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. sharp at the Centro Aztlan Chicomoztoc at 520 So. 2nd Street (cross street is William) in San Jose, California.

    After the questions and answers to the lawyers, the film Grain of Sand will be shown. This is a film about the growing crisis in the southern State of Oaxaca, Mexico. The film showing will be at 7:45 p.m. There will be questions and answers on what is occurring in Oaxaca.

    There will be food and refreshments.

    Join us on November 20th, commemorating the Mexican Revolution of 1910 with knowing our rights as workers and to learn that the Mexican people continue to struggle to live in dignity.


    Comité de Defensa del Barrio
    Contacto: Quetza, (408) 885-9785

    Aviso de Prensa de Inmediata


    Lunes, 20 de Noviembre, 2006 a las 6:00 p.m.

    Centro Aztlán Chicomoztoc, 520 Sur 2da en
    San José, California

    El Comité de Defensa del Barrio invita a la comunidad para escuchar abogados explicar sobre conocer sus derechos si lo para la policía ó la migra. Estarán con nosotros para contestar las preguntas de la comunidad el Lunes, 20 de Noviembre 2006 a las 6:00 de la tarde en punto en el Centro Aztlán Chicomoztoc, Calle 520 Sur 2da en San José, California.

    Despues de las preguntas y respuestas de los abogados, se exhibirá películas contundentes sobre la crisis en el estado de Oaxaca, México. Se exhibirá la película Granito de Arena a las 7:45 p.m. Habrá preguntas y respuestas sobre los acontecimientos.

    Habrá antojitos y refrescos.

    Acompañenos el 20 de Noviembre, conmemorando la revolución mexicana de 1910 con saber cuales son nuestros derechos como trabajadores y aprender que el pueblo mexicano sigue en lucha por vivir dignamente.

    source: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2006/11/01/18325479.php?show_comments=1#18332610

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