October 30th, 2007 – HIMC Radio Posse writes: For the November 2nd Edition of the Houston Indymedia Radio Show, Jill Freidberg spoke with Houston Indymedia Programmers about the documentary film Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad, which indymedia will be screening on November 3rd at Rice Media Center. The film looks at the uprising that took place in Oaxaca Mexico in 2006, and the central role that radio played in promoting the struggles of social movements, as they occupied 14 corporate stations for community use.
September 9th, 2007 – sumacer writes: On Friday 14th September, an Indymedia activist from Oaxaca, Mexico came to the Sumac Centre to speak of the ongoing struggle in Oaxaca against the unpopular and corrupt governor and the repression that followed an annual teachers strike. Since the strike, the resistance in Oaxaca has turned into the largest popular rebellion in over a decade. The hundreds of illegal detentions, disappearances and injuries, and at least eighteen documented deaths mark an unignorable part of modern Mexican and world history. Around 40 people attended the talk which lasted about 2 hours and consisted of short films with talk in between. Please see the report and listen to the audio.
July 27th, 2007 – from Democracy Now!: Tensions remain high in Oaxaca, Mexico more than a year after the state’s bloody crackdown on striking school teachers led to a popular uprising against Governor Ulises Ruiz. This week the Oaxacan state began staging its official celebration of Guelaguetza, the most important indigenous folk festival in Oaxaca. Since last year this festival has become a flashpoint of the struggle between popular movements and the state. Last month the teacher’s union and APPO, the popular assembly of the people’s of Oaxaca, voted to reclaim the event from corporate and state control. They planned to hold a free celebration early last week as an alternative to the official Coca-Cola sponsored event aimed at tourists.
June 14, 2007 – danielsan writes: On the first anniversary of the attack on the Teacher’s Camp in Oaxaca, I published for the first time an audio documentary with the voices of those struggling for social change in Oaxaca, Chiapas, and throughout Mexico. In these times there are many people trying to make change, some through politics, some with direct action, and some with guerilla war.
Here you’ll find the voices of Oaxacan Teachers and freedom fighters, Zapatistas from Chiapas, the politician Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and more discussing the long difficult journey to real change in Mexico or in any place in the world in this 58 minute documentary.
2006 year in review report on Oaxaca from FSRN
December 29th, 2006 – FSRN writes: 2006 was also a tumultuous year in Mexico. The year kicked off with a nationwide listening tour launched by the Chiapas-based Zapatista rebel army. The so-called Other Campaign paused in Mexico City after police launched a vicious crackdown against activists and farmers in the nearby town of San Salvador Atenco. Soon after, the presidential elections captured much of the national spotlight as opposition candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador challenged the outcome that handed the presidency to right-wing technocrat, Felipe Calderon. Calderon assumed the presidency on December 1st amidst the strongest crisis of legitimacy ever faced by any Mexican president. … But perhaps the ongoing political crisis in the southern state of Oaxaca could provide the most insight into what Mexico as a nation could face in the coming years.