Mexico News and Analysis: October 1 - 7

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN166
2 - FEDERAL POLICE SUSPECTED IN CARTEL ATTACK ON C.I.A.
3 - FRIENDLY FIRE BLAMED FOR BORDER PATROL DEATH
4 - PROTESTERS PUT INCOMING PRESIDENT ON NOTICE

The Junta of Good Government in the northern zone of Chiapas issued an unprecedented third public denunciation of armed attacks, displacements, threats, robbery and intimidation directed against Zapatista support bases from the community Comandante Abel. Paramilitaries from the communities Union Hidalgo and San Patricio are responsible for the illegal activities. A detailed description is available at http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/.

2 - FEDERAL POLICE SUSPECTED IN CARTEL ATTACK ON C.I.A.
Federal police working for a major drug cartel are suspected in the August 24th ambush of two CIA agents working near Cuernavaca in central Mexico. Police apparently knew the agents worked for the CIA and specifically targeted them under orders from the Beltran Leyva cartel, according to knowledgeable Mexican and US officials. The attack on an armored SUV with diplomatic license plates wounded two CIA agents after hundreds of rounds from high-powered weapons were fired at close range, overwhelming some of the armor plating.

“This is someone with a powerful automatic weapon just unloading an entire clip, reloading, and continuing to fire at the same point, clearly with the intention of penetrating the armor and presumably killing those who are inside,” claimed an anonymous US official during an interview with AP. Federal Police officials claim it was a case of mistaken identity, and US officials are treading lightly for fear that public remarks may endanger future placement of US agents in Mexican territory. Twelve police officers are currently under house arrest. The Federal Police are an invention of President Felipe Calderon to fight his “war on drugs,” but increasingly the police appear to be heavily infiltrated by the very cartels they are supposed to be battling. In August, all 348 officers stationed at the Mexico City airport were reassigned after a June gun battle in an airport terminal between competing factions of the police took the lives of three officers.

3 - FRIENDLY FIRE BLAMED FOR BORDER PATROL DEATH
Friendly fire caused the death of US Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie and the wounding of a fellow agent near the Arizona-Mexico border this week. Three agents were patrolling a remote sector about five miles north of the border where sensors indicated the presence of smugglers when two agents mistakenly opened fire on the third. The clarification came after nearly a week of speculation that Mexican smugglers shot the agents. In a little-noticed contradiction, Mexican police arrested two suspects within days of the shootings, calling into question their efficiency. Complaints from US authorities often generate quick responses by Mexican police, though this incident calls into question whether the responses are serious or simply politically motivated. One wonders how many scapegoats are serving time in Mexican prisons to keep US officials happy – and ignorant. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley was quick to politicize the death of the agent, claiming possible links to the Fast and Furious weapons scandal. Since the agent was killed by another US agent, apparently using a service weapon according to ballistic reports, Grassley may have to rescind his statement.

4 - PROTESTERS PUT INCOMING PRESIDENT ON NOTICE
Tens of thousands of protesters led by students from the YoSoy132 movement marched on Tuesday in commemoration of the 44th anniversary of the 1968 student massacre in Mexico City. The PRI-led massacre was among the most notorious moments in the “dirty war,” when PRI-affiliated security forces killed, kidnapped and disappeared an unknown number of dissidents in an effort to maintain the party’s political power. Students and workers fear a renewal of the PRI’s historic corruption when President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto assumes the office on December 1.
 

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

2012 SPEAKNG TOURS:

FALL 2012 SPEAKING TOURS 
All year, 2012 (OH, MN, IN, WI, IL, MI, MO): "Why We Leave: the structural causes of US migration" with active members of the Albany Park Autonomous Center.

Sept 30 - Oct 13 (California): "Sowing Struggle: Urban and rural social movements in Tlaxcala, Mexico" with Luz Rivera Martínez, lead organizer with Consejo Nacional Urbano Campesino (CNUC).

Nov 4 - 17 (New England): "Justice Now! The struggle for human rights in the indigenous communities of Chiapas, Mexico" with Gubidcha Matus Lerma from the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center.

STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS - Mexico Solidarity Network study abroad programs focus on contemporary Mexican social movements struggling for autonomy and dignity in Chiapas, Tlaxcala, and Mexico City.  Programs are accredited at the undergraduate and master's level by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, one of Mexico's most prestigious public universities.  Hampshire College and SUNY-Albany are the US schools of record and provide official transcripts.

Fall and Spring programs:14-week, 16-credit Spring and Fall semesters, and special Summer programs are available.

Summer programs: 4-week, five credit programs in Chiapas, and Mexico City and Tlaxcala.

RESEARCH PROGRAMS - Students work as volunteers with Mexico's most important and dynamic social movements as part of collaborative research projects.  Movements include indigenous movements in Chiapas, campesinos, former Braceros, and organized sex workers in Tlaxcala, urban housing movements in Mexico City and community based movements in Ciudad Juarez.

AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITY OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS (AUSM) - Masters Program:

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers a two-year master program in community organizing, with most classes taught by AUSM professors and practicum carried out in the Centro Autonomo. Students learn the theory, context and practice of community organizing through a combination of formal classes and hands on experience.

ALTERNATIVE BREAKS - The Albany Park Autonomous Center hosts one, two or three week educational programs for university students.  These short term educational programs focus on immigration dynamics and the reality of immigrant families living in the US.  Students live with immigrant families and programs include visits to APAC and partner organizations, plus workshops on immigration and labor dynamics, and some of the best home cooked food you can imagine.

ALBANY PARK AUTONOMOUS CENTER - (3460 W. Lawrence Ave  Chicago, IL  60625)

ESL and Spanish Literacy classes: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, and Monday and Thursday mornings.
Computer classes Thursday and Friday.
Alternative medical clinic Thursday evenings.
Adult bilingual high school, eight week semesters begin in February.
Housing and tenant rights meetings first Thursday and third Saturday of every month.
Cine club Friday evening.

The Cleaning Power Cooperative is organized by immigrant women working to secure stable and dignified employment.

Cultural events and political workshops include immigrant rights, dance, guitar, jewelry-making and more. 

ALTERNATIVE ECONOMY INTERNSHIPS - Develop distribution networks for artisanry produced by women's cooperatives in Chiapas and make public presentations on the struggle for justice and dignity in Zapatista communities.

For more information on community events, classes, and political workshops, contact the MSN [at] MexicoSolidarity [dot] org