The New Root Force! A Revised Strategy

Root Force writes:

Dear friends and supporters of Root Force,

After a long process of discussion, reflection and consultation, we have decided to shift the focus of the Root Force campaign. As part of this change, we are creating a broader place within Root Force for autonomous anti-infrastructure organizing in the US, while maintaining the emphasis on Latin American solidarity. We are excited about this new direction, and hope you will read on to find out more about the changes and how you can get involved.

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Corn at the Crossroads: Free Trade, Migration, and Modified Genes in the Cradle of Maize

Corn is the foundation of the Mexican diet, the staple crop of the countryside, and the symbol of Mesoamerican identity.

[ Detail of a mural in Oaxaca’s Government Palace ]

January 1, 2008 – from Free Speech Radio News: The North American Free Trade Agreement comes into full effect today with the cancellation of all remaining tariffs and so-called “trade barriers” protecting Mexican agricultural products. The trade deal, which began to come into force on the first of January, 1994, has been largely blamed for the ongoing crisis in the Mexican countryside, the growing disparity between rich and poor, and the unprecedented rate of migration of Mexicans towards the United States. Join us today as we take a look at the intersection of culture, food, migration and trade.

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NAFTA and Biotech: Twin Horsemen of the Ag Apocalypse

The Last Days of Mexican Corn

November 21, 2007 – John Ross writes from Mexico City: The single, spindly seven foot-tall cornstalk spiring up from the planter box outside a prominent downtown hotel here was filling out with new “elotes” (sweet corn) to the admiration of passer-bys, some of whom even paused to pat the swelling ears with affection. Down the centuries most of the population of this megalopolis migrated here from the countryside at one time or another over the course of the past 500 years and inside every “Chilango” (Mexico City resident) lurks an inner campesino.

But the solitary stalk, sewn by an urban coalition of farmers and ecologists under the banner of “No Hay Pais Sin Maiz” (“There Is No Country Without Corn”) in planter boxes outside the downtown hotels, museums, government palaces and other historical monuments can just as easily be seen as a signifier for the fragile state of survival of Mexican corn.

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Corporate Criminals in Oaxaca – Updated

A list of US, Canadian, Australian, and European (UK and Spanish) corporations profiting from death and repression in Oaxaca. Please forward, repost, verify, research and improve this “who’s who of fuck heads” involved in biopiracy, Plan Puebla Panama, Oaxaca’s major energy sector and more.

December 3rd, 2006 – On November 21st, 2006, evil published an article on NYC IMC calling attention to companies that play a major role in propping up Oaxaca’s bloody regime.

On December 3rd, 2006, Citizen zero reposted the list of corporations, along with more information on the exploitive process which values natural resources more than the lives of campesin@s, to let folks send it out to indymedia sites in europe, australia, canada and throughout the u.s. as they see fit. Citizen zero also notes that the list can be improved, specifically the contact information, details of operations and mexican government contacts for corporations listed at the bottom.

Mount actions drawing attention to the connection between death and torture in Oaxaca and corporations in the U.S. (Utah, AZ, NY, CA, TX, ID, TN, IL, NC, etc…)

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Portrait of the Last Barricade

November 24th, 2006 – Barucha Calamity Peller writes: Cinco Señores barricade, positioned in front of the university to protect the radio within it and the autonomy of the university, is the last major barricade in Oaxaca City. Some of the most rebellious elements within the APPO have been the students and the barricade defenders at the University Benito Juarez. The barricade is known as the “Barricade of Victory” for the defeat of thousands of federal preventive police by merely a few hundred people who defended the university radio during an attempted eviction on Nov. 2nd.

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