At 200 Years We Continue

Sisters and brothers
Friends
To the original people of this country and the world
To the Other Campaign
To the people of Mexico and the world
To the alternative media
To the honest mass media,

We are Nn’ancue Ñomndaa, amuzgos from the Little Coast of Guerrero, an original people that is part of what is now known as Mexico. We want to say our word that 200 years ago our ancestors gave their lives in struggle to liberate themselves from slavery and obtain independence from the Spanish yoke. At 200 years of the beginning of that struggle, in our hearts we have found sentiments; on one side we remember with pain and we honor in resistance and rebellion the memory of our grandfathers and grandmothers that participated massively in the first line of combat during those eleven years of war against the Gachupines, its army and allies. We know that our ancestors fought for freedom, land, equality, justice and now we continue struggling for the same because our collective rights have not been included in the Magna Carta of this country. That is why we are saying that we still do not enjoy the fruit that our ancestors fought for, that’s why we are saying that in this country there isn’t independence that the bad government says we have, that’s why we are saying that the great party the bad government is organizing in name of those who died for freedom is an insult to our grandparents and ourselves.

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Mexico Relaunches La Parota Project with Illegal Expropriation Tactics

[ The Land is Not for Sale! A community in resistance to La Parota dam. ]

by Root Force

Following our last La Parota post on June 29, when Mexican media reported that the project was postponed until 2018, things were looking good for the indigenous and campesino peoples defending the Papagayo River from destruction and their own communities from dislocation. On September 13, 2009, the Mexican government indicated that the project had been canceled, not allocating any funding for it in the proposed 2010 budget. After a seven year struggle, in which more than six resisters had lost their lives, the dam looked dead in the water.

Less than eight months later, however, the government restarted its push to force through the dam. On April 5, Jorge Antonio Mijangos Borja, director of Mexico’s National Water Commission (CONAGUA) announced that “if necessary, the hydroelectric dam La Parota will be built to provide water and electricity to the port of Acapulco.” He also announced plans for five other dams, three on the coast and two in Tierra Caliente.

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Radio Ñomdaa: Indigenous radio celebrates its 5th anniversary

by Jen Lawhorne

A community radio in southern Mexico celebrated five years of being on the air despite all of the harassment it has suffered from local, state and federal authorities. Transmitting in the language of its people, amuzgo, Radio Ñomndaa has become a bastion of organization in the region.

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Radio Ñomndaa celebrates its Fifth Anniversary

The Word of the Water flows in music, solidarity ties and new proposals.

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Last December 20, Radio Ñomndaa, the Word of the Water, celebrated its fifth birthday. It’s the first community radio in the state of Guerrero and the only one in the Ñomndaa language. It has thousands of listeners in the Amuzga communities, and for many of them it’s the first time in their life they’ve been able to listen to music and news in their own language. Ever since it got started, Radio Ñomndaa has been under attack from the federal, state, and especially the local government of a powerful cacique. These attacks include beatings, arrests, and the entry of the AFI militarized police into the radio station. The varied programming is oriented towards strengthening the community to allow it to take part in the construction of a new society.

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Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Guerrero Created in Chilpancingo

The Primary Demand is the Dismissal of the Secretary of Education

Chilpancingo, Guerrero, October 1, 2006: This weekend, at least 30 trade unions and social organizations formed the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Guerrero (APPG in its Spanish initials), whose members announced mobilizations set for this coming Monday.

The director of the Guerrero Education Workers State Coordinating Committee (CETEG), Felix Moreno Peralta, announced that the APPG will demand that Gov. Zeferino Torreblanca Galindo resolve various requests, including the dismissal of the Secretary of Education, Jose Luis Gonzalez de la Vega Otero, as well as the creation of 618 positions for graduates of teacher training colleges.

The APPG also requests the construction and remodeling of education infrastructure, mainly in the indigenous zones of la Montaña. Furthermore, the APPG will take up social and agricultural demands.

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