November 15th, 2006 – Xochitl writes: Hold on for the ride. If you didn’t get the first day report, please let me know and I’ll send it on to you. And I am sorry that these messages are so long, it is just that the days are full and there is so much going on here. I want to help all of you understand at least my experience of the revolutionary movement here in Oaxaca. Of course, remember that I am just a US person here to show solidarity. The real work, and the real revolution, is with the Oaxacan and Mexican people.
November 13th, 2006– Dear friends and family,
I came to Oaxaca, where there is a people’s movement demanding political, social and economic reform. For more general information about the situation here, see Narco News and Indymedia. Here is my first day’s report:
The day began quietly enough. I went down to the zocalo (central town square), walking between lines of federal police who are now camped there, in place of the teachers who were there for 5 months. I sat at a cafe along the border of the central square, and had mole tamales and coffee and a delicious plate of fruit while small children selling gum and older folks selling various crafts passed by asking did I want any of their wares. When I said no, some would ask no, really, do you want any?