Merida Initiative

Solidarity Action with the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity!

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The over 40,000 victims of Felipe Calderon’s war have to be remembered and not forgotten by impunity and injustice. We don´t want terror and fear to be tools of the government tosilence the people.  We see Pres. Calderon’s war as a profit-making deal with US security and arms corporations to assassinate the Mexican people via the Merida Initiative. 

That is why we join the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity that began in Cuernavaca June 4th and will end today, June 10th in Ciudad Juarez, where a National Social Pact will be signed by social organizations and families of the victims of this atrocious war. 

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Together they demand:

1. Truth and justice for the assassinations committed.
2. An end to the War on Drugs and the use of citizen-run security initiatives.
3. An end to corruption and impunity.
4. An end to profit-making from crime.
5. Attention be paid to the dire situation of youth in order to begin reconstructing the social fabric of society.
6. Participatory democracy, better representative democracy, and democratization of the media.

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News and Analysis: April 30 - May 6, 2012

1 - MAY 19 DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH ZAPATISTAS
2 - ANTITRUST COMMISSION BUCKLES BEFORE CARLOS SLIM
3 - WALMART UPDATE
4 - MEXICO APPROVES COMPENSATION FOR CRIME VICTIMS
5 - NEW BI-NATIONAL POLICE ACADEMY OPENS IN PUEBLA
6 - POLITICS OR SOCCER?

The Mexico-based National Network against Repression and for Solidarity called for coordinated protests on May 19 in solidarity with the Zapatista movement.  While the Zapatistas continue to build autonomy and resist neoliberalism, the Chiapas state government of Juan Sabines Guerrero has implemented a strategy of low intensity warfare.  Zapatista communities are under constant attack, particularly the community of Nuevo Paraiso in the Garrucha zone of Chiapas.  The National Network demands an end to the war against zapatismo.  Zapatista communities are not alone!  An attack on Zapatista communities is an attack against all of us!  The Mexico Solidarity Network is a member of the National Network against Repression and for Solidarity, and strongly supports the call for action.

Friday, May 18 at 2PM:  The Centro Autonomo de Albany Park convenes a march in front of the Mexican Consulate in Chicago.

Saturday, May 19 at Noon: The Centro Autonomo de Albany Park calls for educational fliers and a march in the Latino barrio of Albany Park.  Meet at the Centro Autonomo, 3460 W Lawrence Ave, at noon.

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Mexico News and Analysis: Dec 12-18, 2011

1 - POLICE KILL TWO STUDENTS IN GUERRERO
2 - RACIST ARIZONA SHERIFF UNDER INVESTIGATION
3 - FEDERAL AUTHORITIES ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR RAPE BY ARMY TROOPS
4 - US SUPREME COURT TO RULE ON STATE IMMIGRATION LAWS
5 - US SECURITY AGENCIES HIRE FORMER MEXICAN OFFICIALS
6 - MSN PROGRAMS: Contact msn [at] mexicosolidarity [dot] org or (773) 583 7728   

1 - POLICE KILL TWO STUDENTS IN GUERRERO

Police killed two students from a teacher's college in Guerrero on Monday, part of a group of 500 students protesting efforts by the federal government to close the normal school system.  Unarmed students blocked a major highway near Chilpancingo demanding a meeting with Governor Angel Aguirre and the re-opening of the Raul Isidro Burgo normal school in Ayotzinga, a town about 90 miles from Chilpancingo.  Protestors complained the governor had canceled four previously scheduled meetings.  Blocking highways is a common protest tactic in Mexico.  Federal, state and ministerial police working with army troops and armed paramilitaries used tear gas and live ammunition to clear the highway, killing Gabriel Echeverria and Jorge Herrera.  

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NEWS AND ANALYSIS | AUGUST 8-21, 2011

 

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN - http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx

2 - DEA AND CIA AGENTS IN MEXICO CRITICIZED

3 - CHICAGO-BASED COMPANY IS ETHICALLY CHALLENGED

4 - MSN PROGRAMS: Contact msn [at] mexicosolidarity [dot] org or (773) 583 7728   

 

Paramilitaries from Orcao destroy Zapatista building. On August 17, 150 paramilitaries associated with the Regional Organization of Coffee Growers of Ocosingo (Orcao) destroyed a community building used by Zapatista base communities and human rights observers in the ejido Patria Nueva in the autonomous municipality of Lucio Cabañas.

 

2 - DEA AND CIA AGENTS IN MEXICO CRITICIZED

Poet and peace activist Javier Sicilia this week called on the federal government to remove DEA and CIA agents from Mexican territory. Sicilia joined mounting criticism of joint intelligence and police training operations involving at least 24 US agents functioning in Mexico, a violation of the Mexican constitution. The Permanent Legislative Committee in Mexico's lower house called for the Calderon administration to explain the presence of US forces.

 

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NEWS AND ANALYSIS AUGUST 1-7, 2011

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN - HTTP://ENLACEZAPATISTA.EZLN.ORG.MX/
2 - SICILIA BREAKS OFF, THEN RESUMES GOVERNMENT NEGOTIATIONS
3 - TOP PROSECUTORS RESIGN EN MASSE
4 - FEDERAL SECURITY AID RETURNS TO CIUDAD JUAREZ
5 - DRUG DEALER CLAIMS TIES TO DEA
6 - SIXTEEN COUNTRIES OPPOSE ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAW IN ALABAMA
7 - US INCREASES ROLE IN MEXICO’S “WAR ON DRUGS”
8 - SENATE APPROVES NEW MEXICAN AMBASSADOR
9 - NRA CHALLENGES GUN REPORTING REGULATIONS
 
1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN - HTTP://ENLACEZAPATISTA.EZLN.ORG.MX/
•The Junta de Buen Gobierno in La Realidad denounces attempts by political parties and the ejido Monte Redondo to displace Zapatista support bases from their lands in the autonomous municipality Tierra y Libertad.
•Political prisoners from San Sebastian Bachajon who were recently released from prison are suffering harassment and threats.

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