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Issue 88 - October 2010
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September, the month of patriotism! announced Calderon, the President of Mexico, as he opened the festivities for Mexico's Bicentennial Celebration. Bright colors, flags, and fireworks filled the streets and zocalos all throughout Mexico. Not surprisingly, the state-sponsored military also made its presence during the festivities, complete with armor and weapons used to terrorize communities and give false notions of security and order.
Without warrant, the other grito was also heard throughout Mexico, the grito in defense of the land and autonomy. In this newsletter you will find articles about defense for water, justice for Lorenzo Sampablo Cervantes, the struggle against transgenetic corn, autonomy in the Triqui community, the national assembly in defense of the environment, and mobilizations to prepare for protests at the United Nations Climate Change Convention in Cancun, Mexico in December.
In the middle of August, CASA participated, together with other organizations and collectives from Oaxaca, Mexico and international groups in the “Civil Mission in the Defense of the Water.” This mission was organized by Flor y Canto and the Committee of United Pueblos in the Defense of Water. During four days, various peoples interviewed the campesinos, women, children, and local and agrarian municipal authorities of six communities close to Ocotlan, Morelos to get a first-hand account of the problems relating to water that these communities have and how they have been organizing to defend their right to life, to work, and to organize to defend one of their natural resources as is water for many campesinos.
The crime executed on August 22 2006, when the Caravan of Death took the life of the architect Lorenzo Sampablo Cervantes was commemorated, where the peoples of Oaxaca demanded punishment to those guilty-the police and paramilitary who serve as functionaries to the state government.
Triqui women and children have maintained protest encampment in Oaxaca City’s town square since August to demand an end to the violence and justice for the victims. Those women declared a hunger strike on September 10 to pressure the government to send police into San Juan Copala to evacuate the two families who remain trapped inside. The striking women, who were driven out of San Juan Copala by the violence, want the government to bring the trapped families to Oaxaca City.
The 6th Assembly of Environmental Affects against Environmental Destruction concluded in Oaxaca with participation of many social organizations. Communities and organizations from different states, such as Oaxaca, Guerrero, Jalisco, Veracruz, San Luis Potosi, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Morelos, and the State of Mexico, among others, came together at the sixth National Assembly of Environmental Affects (ANAA) to exchange experiences and to create a plan of action in order to detain the construction of mines and road construction, such as the installation of poultry farms and mines for exploitation of minerals and the planting of genetically modified corn.
We share a press release from our friends working with the Sin Maiz No Hay Pais campaign (Without Corn there is no country) which outlines biotechnology companies and the government working together to guarantee the contamination of transgenetics in sacred corn.
An appeal from Via Campesina:
We are peasants, family farmers and indigenous peoples from Mexico and the world. Our sustainable farming practices cool the planet. We defend the Mother Earth. Help us say NO to false solutions to climate change!
Call-out for donations
As always, we encourage members and allies to support our work by donating to CASA Chapulin. We operate on a tight shoestring budget and depend on grassroots fundraising efforts made by you. Donations will go towards maintaining a collective space open and ensuring that 2 coordinators keep building a grassroots base in Oaxaca. Make a tax-deductible contribution by contributing online. Or consider making a check to Rights Action with CASA in the memo line and mail to: CASA, PO. Box 46008, San Francisco, CA 94146 US
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