Brothers and Sisters,
Please sign the petition in support of our friend, Miguel Cruz, who has recently become the target of harassment in Oaxaca. You can sign the petition here:
Please note the letter is in Spanish so that it can easily be read by those it is being sent to. You can read the letter in English and French below.
Continue reading Alert: Sign petition in support of Miguel Cruz Moreno, CIPO-RFM member
Santa Lucia del Camino, Oaxaca, Mexico, March 16th, 2011
Sisters and brothers of the world,
We are again approaching your hearts and ask you to help us seek justice for our indigenous communities. Seven months have passed since our Zapotec brother Pablo López Alavez was kidnapped by hooded and armed men in the presence of his family (August 15, 2010). A day later, Pablo was imprisoned in the jail of Villa de Etla, under criminal file 102/2007, in which the crime of homicide is fabricated against him.
Continue reading Support for our brother Pablo Lopez Alavez
We sincerely regret to inform you that Enrique Gonzalez Ruiz, our guest speaker for tomorrow’s (March 17) event at the Liu Institute, did not receive his visa. Unfortunately, we have to cancel that event.
However, the round-table discussion will still proceed on Friday March 18th 5-7pm at the SFU Harbour Centre. This event is titled Democracy at Gunpoint: Violence and Politics in Contemporary Latin America and will feature William French (UBC), Maxwell Cameron (UBC), and Micol Seigel (IU, Bloomington). We also hope for dialogue and participation by attendees.
Please check out the video-trailer for the events which presents various voices from Mexico expressing their concerns over the current situation there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4YqwUrPdcz0
If you have any questions, please let us know. And please distribute this information to your networks.
We’ve been here for more than a month now, but we’ve gotten so busy that we didn’t take the time to write an article about the end of our trip.
The last section between Puebla and Oaxaca was awesome, with very nice scenery of arid hills and mountains, giant cactae, and little towns with colorful churches. It was also very hard, with steep and long up-hills, terrible heat and the burning sun on us most of the time. So after two months and a week on the road, we finally made it to our final destination: the CIPO house, in Santa Lucia del Camino, a suburb of Oaxaca. We were SO glad to get here!
We were hoping we would have a few days to rest after arriving, but the following day we started working hard, accompanying CIPO members in the long and fastidious process of getting our friend Pablo out of jail. Appointments with the lawyer, endless waiting in government offices, meetings with other organizations that support CIPO, organizing a press conference, painting a banner, writing handouts… we’ve spent most of our time working on Pablo’s case. That’s the issue of having political prisoners right? To distract the organizations from their original objectives and struggle, making them spend energy and resources in legal processes that are, from the get-go, one-sided. And the new government of Oaxaca, lead by Gabino Cue Monteagudo, has not showed much interest in supporting us, in spite of his beautiful speeches about change and justice. It looks like he’s taking the same path than former governments: political represion and criminalization of social struggles. But well, within CIPO-RFM and CIPO-VAN we didn’t expect much, we know that a new leader doesn’t necessarily mean new politics. Continue reading It’s probably time to make it official: the CIPO caraVAN arrived in Oaxaca!!