Up until now, Enrique Peña Nieto hasn’t been able to make a public visit to the city of Oaxaca because too many people have come out against it. But last September 7th, the chief executive took advantage of the inauguration of the Cultural and Convention Center to make a brief surprise visit. His stated goal was to attract big investments from the 900 businessmen attending Mexico’s 24th Foreign Trade Conference. And in order to attract those investments, he planned to show that the rebel city has become a stable place, where all protests are under control and a state of law prevails.
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The reasons why the Mexican government wants to impose the Educational Reform are rooted in objectives guided by international financial organizations.
June 22, 2016
By Renata Bessi and Santiago Navarro F.
Photos: Xiaj Nikte and Niña Salvaje
Videos: SubVersiones, Jarana Films, El Enemigo Común, Desde las Nubes and Avispa Midia
Translated by El Enemigo Común
The reasons why the Mexican government wants to impose the Educational Reform, even if it means killing people, as with the massacre in Nochixtlán by repressive state forces on June 19, are rooted in economic objectives guided by international financial organizations. The reform, proposed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), with the OECD-Mexico Agreement to Improve the Quality of Education in Schools of Mexico, aims to lay the groundwork to shift education from being a State responsibility to instead being resolved in the realm of the financial market.
One of the state’s actions accompanying the Educational Reform is the issuing of bonds to the speculative market. Just over a year after the adoption of the reform, in December 2015, the first educational bonds or National School Infrastructure Certificates (CIEN) were issued by the Mexican Stock Exchange, which investors BBVA Bancomer and Merrill Lynch purchased for 8.581 billion pesos.
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Welcome to the first edition of “Insumisión,” a new column bringing you news and analysis from social movements and struggles in Mexico.
By Scott Campbell
Originally published on It’s Going Down
Welcome to the first edition of “Insumisión,” a new column on It’s Going Down, bringing you news and analysis from social movements and struggles in the territory referred to as Mexico. Let’s get started.
As readers of It’s Going Down might already be aware, in Mexico City last Wednesday, Yorch, a member of Okupa Che, was kidnapped by police in the latest round of repression to face the autonomous, anti-authoritarian space on the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, held since the 1999-2000 student strike. Police planted a backpack full of drugs on Yorch, who is now captive in a federal prison in Sonora. The morning after the arrest, compañerxs blockaded access to UNAM with burning dumpsters, and Molotov cocktails were unleashed on the UNAM Campus Security offices and patrol cars. The clamor to evict Okupa Che has steadily grown since Yorch’s arrest. Okupa Che released a statement, calling for solidarity and for people to be on alert to respond to any eviction attempt. Anarchist political prisoner Fernando Bárcenas (who received acts of solidarity from Tijuana to Bloomington earlier this year) sent an open letter in solidarity with Yorch, which reads in part:
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“For us, air not only represents life, it also carries loved ones who have died. When one dies, their spirit becomes air and returns to the people.”
By Jaime Quintana Guerrero
January 20, 2016
Translated by Scott Campbell
Bi, in the Binnizaá or Zapotec language, means “air”, means “spirit.” “For us, air not only represents life, it also carries loved ones who have died. When one dies, their spirit becomes air and returns to the people.”
The struggles against the wind farms that abound throughout the state also, then, contain this element: “They want to change the path of the wind, of the air, of our spirits, of our loved ones.”
Carlos Martínez Fuentes, a member of Radio Totopo in Juchitán, Oaxaca, is the one who explained the above. Radio Totopo, with its nine years transmitting together with the spirits in the air, also belongs to the Popular Assembly of the Juchitecan People.
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On March 2, community members assembled in Álvaro Obregón to defend the decisions of their general assembly. Around 2:15 PM, gunmen opened fire.
By Scott Campbell
For more than a year, the indigenous Binnizá community of Álvaro Obregón, in the Isthmus of Oaxaca, have defended their lands against the imposition of a wind park by the multinational Spanish firm Mareña Renovables. As part of that struggle, “the community became aware that the parties and political leaders have only used them for political and personal ends.” In August of 2013, the community held an assembly and decided to return to the traditional indigenous usos y costumbres form of governance, where community leaders are selected via general assembly, without the participation of political parties.
With 1,236 people participating, the general assembly to select the community’s leaders was held on December 8, 2013. Yet on February 8, 2014, Saúl Vicente Vázquez, the Municipal President of Juchitán, which includes Álvaro Obregón, announced that new elections, involving political parties, would be held in Álvaro Obregón on March 2, ignoring the popular and expressed will of the people. Ironically, Vicente Vázquez until recently served as an expert on the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
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This documentary shows the conflict generated by the intention to establish the San Dionisio del Mar Wind Park on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.
This documentary shows the conflict generated by the intention to establish the San Dionisio del Mar Wind Park on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, focusing on the realities and opinions of the inhabitants of the region and giving voice to people who don’t appear in the commercial media. The film also shows the logic of the wind parks in a more global vision, briefly explaining what lies behind corporate promises of “green energy” and “clean development”.
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Indigenous peoples on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec defend their land against corporate plunder.
Qui ziuu di’tu (You won’t take one step forward!) was the watchword on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec when the festive, combative Caravan in Defense of the Land and Territory got to the Álvaro Obregón community on the afternoon of February 17 in a show of solidarity with the Binnizá (Zapotec) people.
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