Mexico, a criminal country by Rafael Barajas and Pedro Miguel, December 4, 2014
Without drug money, the Mexican economy would collapse, which is why politics, economics and gangsterism are entwined at the highest levels. That reality, underlying the 43 students’ massacre, has led to a rare display of anger on Mexico’s streets. When a police force arrests 43 students and hands them over to narco-gangsters who kill them as a “lesson”, then the police work for a narco-state that entwines organized crime and political power.

Resistance and Repression in Oaxaca by Luis Hernández Navarro, Opinion Editor at La Jornada (Mexico), November 17, 2006 A severe crisis in the model of control has eroded relationships of domination in many parts of Mexican national territory. People accustomed to obeying have refused to do so. People who think they are destined to rule have been unable to impose their command. Those from below have become disobedient. When those on the top want to impose their opinion from above, in the name of the law, they are ignored from below. Nowhere is the breakdown in control and the effervescence of rebellion as obvious as in the state of Oaxaca.

Oaxaca Fights Back by Laura Carlsen, International Relations Center, November 8, 2006
The Oaxacan protest movement burns slow, but deep. Oaxacan teachers, who mobilized for a pay raise last May, consciously built on years of protest against social inequality in their state.


A Solidarity Delegation Report Back on Social Justice Movements in Oaxaca

By Marc Becker and Gwendolyn Meyer

Indigenous people in Mexico have experienced a long history of repression. In response to this is a unique history of organizing and resistance influenced by the Liberation Theology of the Catholic Church in the ’70s and the traditions within the Indigenous cultures.

In July 2007 photographer Gwendolyn Meyer and historian Marc Becker traveled to Mexico with Marin Interfaith Task Force (MITF) and Rights Action to observe the situation in Oaxaca and Chiapas. This book is a report back on the Social Justice movements in Oaxaca.

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