The inhabitants of this small town in southern Mexico have been denouncing the environmental effects of one of Oaxaca's largest mining projects for years.
“We’re tired of the parties and politicians. We believed in them, but we realized in time that we were voting for our own destruction."
In southern Mexico, a multi-ethnic network of towns has halted the construction of a mega-dam. Now they are organizing to manage their own natural resources and revitalize their culture as native water protectors.
We are initiating the rebuilding of a broad and diverse movement and an intense global campaign called "The Isthmus Is Ours."
On May 6, 2009, 3,500 Federal and State Police descended upon the Valley of Ocotlán, Oaxaca, and occupied the territory of the municipality of San José del Progreso, handing over the gold and silver to the Canadian mining company Fortuna Silver Mines.