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We share lessons we learn from the resistance movements in Mexico with our home communities. We publish news and analysis in our newsletter, host workshops, short-term solidarity delegations, and speaking events.

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News

In Pictures: Mexico vigilantes battle cartels

In Mexico, a country home to powerful drug cartels, groups of armed vigilantes known as "fuerzas autodefensas", or self-defence groups, have formed in the past year. In recent weeks, they have even taken over communities in the state of Michoacan; in one case surrounding a city thought to be a key stronghold for the Knights Templar cartel and taking over nearby towns after violent street clashes.
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al jazeera

In these newly occupied towns the citizen militia have disarmed and detained local police, claiming that both police and government forces are corrupt and in league with the cartels.&nbs

Talleres de escritura documental

Coming soon: writing workshops!!
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andrea

We demand justice for the aggression against the Coordinating Committee of United Peoples Of the Valley of Ocotlán (Pueblos Unidos del Valle de Ocotlán)

Once again members of the Coordinating Committee of United Peoples Of the Valley of Ocotlán (CPUVO) have been attacked by members of the municipal council de San José del Progreso, Ocotlán, Oaxaca. The attack took place on Saturday, June 16 at about 8:40 P.M.
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Oaxaca Collective in Defense of the Lands & Community of Capulalpam de Méndez

Declaration:

Cherán K'eri, Walking Steadily Towards Autonomy...

“We blocked the streets with rocks. There was no access to the town at all. We put up barricades, and built bonfires, and people brought us food during the night. But at first we hadn't formed the patrol. We rose up without arms, and only later did we arm ourselves.”
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Andrea Caraballo

CAMPAIGN Against Homophobia 2012 in Oaxaca

SATURDAY MAY 19, 20 HRS. Andres Henestrosa LIBRARY Movie, "Passionate Politics. The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch" Produced and Directed by Tami Gold. An extraordinary documentary of a great activist, feminist and lesbian.
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Varias organizaciones

CAMPAIGN Against Homophobia 2012

TUESDAY  MAY 15th, 20 HRS. Andres Henestrosa LIBRARY
Conference "The importance of laws against discrimination"

BLOOD FOR SILVER, BLOOD FOR GOLD - THE ASSASSINATION OF BERNARDO VASQUEZ: At Fortuna Silver's mine in Oaxaca, Mexico

In the dry and dusty town of San José del Pacifico, south of Oaxaca, Mexico, a funeral was held on March 17 for Bernardo Vasquez, a slain community leader who actively opposed a Canadian silver and gold mining project in his community. During the somber event, attended by roughly 300 members of this Zapotec community, the collective grief, solidarity and resistance was palpable.
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Jonathan Treat

BLOOD FOR SILVER, BLOOD FOR GOLD - THE ASSASSI

Canadian Mining Company Provokes Violence, Death in Oaxaca

In a press conference held on Monday January 23, community residents who oppose the mine called for the cancellation of the project and its total removal from the area. They cited Minera Cuzcatlán and Fortuna Silver as being responsible for human rights violations, confrontations, injuries and deaths that have occurred since the company’s entrance into the community in 2006. They are also calling for the removal of the municipal authorities involved in the attack and the prosecution of those responsible.
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Carlin Christy, WFP Mexico

Friday, January 27, 2012
Canadian Mining Company Provokes Violence, Death in Oaxaca
By Carlin Christy, WFP Mexico

San José del Progreso: Most of the community has resisted the mine (Fortuna Silver and Cuzcatlan) since its opening.

Last Wednesday (January 18, 2012) a bulldozer started opening way to set a pipe that would supply water from the communities well to the mining company, breaking through many of the water pipes that fed the homes. As community members came out to peacefully try to stop the digging, municipal police opened fire. Abigail Vasquez Sánchez was hit by a bullet in the leg. She is in the hospital recuperating. Bernardo Méndez Vásquez was shot 3 times—in the chest, shoulder, and stomach—and died the next day.
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C.A.S.A.

There are many transnational mining corporations undergoing exploration or extraction in the state of Oaxaca, México.

24 hours totally indignadas!

november 24 and 25 in the zócalo, Oaxaca.
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Diversas organizaciones

"In Oaxaca, there has not existed in

Worldwide Declaration in Support of the Zapatista Support Bases of San Marcos Avilés, Chiapas, Mexico.

We ask that you please send us your signatures of support, including the name of your organization or collective and country, no later than Monday, October 17, 2011, to this address: movimientoporjusticiadelbarrio@yahoo.com
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Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center and Movement for Justice in El Barrio

COLLECTION OF SIGNATURES:
Worldwide Declaration in Support of the Zapatista Support Bases of San Marcos Avilés, Chiapas, Mexico.