Mexico: January 2008 Archives

A friend of mine sent me this informative and beautiful documentary the other day providing valuable insight into the places that U.S. migrants come from.

Memories of Mexico

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As I see things like this and these, I am increasingly heartsick.  How wrong it is, how immoral that indigenous peoples should be so maligned, so brutalized, so disrespected.  How wrong it is that they should have to fight for their space, for their survival, for their lives.  And as I watch these political candidates (and others) openly trying to turn indigenous immigrants into a collective enemy so that uninformed U.S. voters will act to shut them out, I am reminded of my trip to Mexico last March.

I had the great fortune to be allowed to accompany some students to Cholula for eight days and I will never be the same.  When I returned, I blogged about it at Why Am I Not Surprised?, but now, with all that's going on, I want to re-publish my post -- basically a string of memories -- here.  It's admittedly (and I'll warn you now) long.  It took more than a few words to capture the sense of what I learned on that trip.  But I think what I learned is very pertinent to why it hurts me so to see my sisters and brothers so ill used across the mainstream media in the U.S. now.

So when you have a little time, come take a trip with me to Mexico, where I left a bit of my heart and found a bit of my soul.

Migrantes del Sur

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This month's National Geographic has a stunning feature on Central American migrants and their journey over Mexico's southern border.  Be sure and check out the photos and the video as well as the article

Kyle is very familiar with the southern border region.  Before other journalists took notice, he was there documenting the Central American migrant trail.  If you haven't seen it, by all means check out his own migrant's journey, here, and here

Thanks to Tomás for his tireless work in bringing articles like this to our attention


Together We Are Strong

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    together strong - scw.jpg BULLETINAccording to David Bacon at Truthout, ""Mexican labor authorities seized on technicalities to order an end to the strike at the country's largest copper mine in Cananea, Sonora, on Friday. The Mexican press reports that over 700 heavily armed agents of the Sonora state police arrived in Cananea just hours before the decision was announced, and agents of the Federal Preventative Police were sent to this tiny mountain town as well. Strikers report that the streets were filled with rocks and teargas, and 20 miners have been injured -- some seriously -- in the ensuing conflict. The union says that five strikers are missing."

Additionally, in a piece dated a few weeks ago, but appearing in the January 7th issue of The Nation, Naomi Klein quoted EZLN Subcomandante Marcos as saying: "Those of us who have made war know how to recognize the paths by which it is prepared and brought near.  The signs of war on the horizon are clear. War, like fear, also has a smell. And now we are starting to breathe its fetid odor in our lands."

Researchers at the Center of Political Analysis and Social and Economic Investigations told Klein: "On the fifty-six permanent military bases that the Mexican state runs on indigenous land in Chiapas, there has been a marked increase in activity. Weapons and equipment are being dramatically upgraded, new battalions are moving in, including special forces--all signs of escalation."

Be aware.

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