¡Nunca más!


My father could never forget what happened in that school , and that is why he didn’t allow me to learn Spanish


¡Nunca  más, Papi!


No más vergüenza. Sólo orgullo.


Aprendizaje sólo alegre.


Si nuestros hijos no aprenden,  no los puede enseñar




Never again, Papa!


No more shame.  Only pride.


Only joyful learning.


If our children do not learn,  you may not teach them.




C L A I R E     O’B R I E N





 Interviews from Mexico, hosted by Laura Carlsen, goes straight to the source, the men and women making news, making history in Mexico and throughout the region. Today’s program looks at the controversy surrounding the proposed new Mexico City airport, with peasant farmers and neighborhood residents from San Salvador Atenco in the State of Mexico putting up stiff resistance. Carlson talks to key local leaders Ignacio del Valle and Trinidad Ramirez about the struggle in Atenco and the repression it has faced.



A few updates on mining: Residents Affected by Toxic River Spill in Sonora Block Highways

Originally posted on dorset chiapas solidarity:

A few updates on mining


“Tired of promises,” Residents Affected by Toxic River Spill in Sonora Block Highways

Ulises Gutiérrez Ruelas

La Jornada, 6 September, 2014

Sonora, Mexico: The Sonora River can be seen flowing from Ures, southwest, through the state capital of Hermosillo

Sonora, Mexico: The Sonora River can be seen flowing from Ures, southwest, through the state capital of Hermosillo

Hermosillo, Sonora - This Friday, residents of the Sonora River region blocked two highways to protest Grupo México’s foot-dragging in remedying the damage caused in the region by what federal authorities consider to be the worst toxic spill in the history of mining in Mexico. Inhabitants from the municipality of Ures blocked the highway from that area to Mazocahui; meanwhile residents from the municipalities of Aconchi, Baviácora and Arizpe closed the road from Mazocahui to Cananea [where the mine is located].

Pedro Armando Lugo López, mayor of Aconchi and a participant in the protests, declared: “We demand that Grupo México respond now for…

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Stopping Monsanto in Mexico

Without Corn There Is No Country:

Stopping Monsanto in Mexico

by  Abby Zimet, staff writer ,  COMMON DREAMS

A bit of good news from Mexico, which insists on throwing pesky little wrenches into Monsanto’s massive reckless  science experiment on the rest of us: Mexico’s Federal Court has upheld a 2013 ruling by Judge Marroquín Zaleta suspending the granting of licenses for GMO corn field trials sought by Monsanto and other Big-Ag colleagues, citing the environmental risks to over 7,000 years of indigenous maize cultivation and the country’s resulting 60 varieties of corn. The Zaleta ruling, which prompted Monsanto not just to appeal but to embark (in vain) on an effort to get him off the bench, is the latest victory in what many view as Ground Zero in the fight against GMO infestation. After protests by Mayan farmers, beekeepers, a biodiversity commission and other groups, a Mexican judge just ruled to withdraw a Monsanto permit to plant GMO soybeans  in seven states – over 625,000 acres – citing the threat posed to honey production in the Yucatán peninsula, and another judge rejected a GMO maize license request by Syngenta. Bravo to Stop the Crop, Greenpeace and others convincing those in power to “go off script” and stop Monsanto.

The Nature of Truth

Brunch Book Talk 13 Sep


F R O M   G E O R G I N A   P E R E Z

Tu Libro is hosting Sergio Troncoso ~ award winning author, educator, father, husband, all-around great human (no specific order) ~ 
at Cafe Mayapan on Saturday, 13 September, 10 AM
Please join us for a delicious brunch while Sergio reads from his latest novel, “The Nature of Truth” ~ 2014 revised and updated version ~ 
Sergio Troncoso’s The Nature of Truth single-handedly redefines the Chicano novel and the literary thriller.”
—El Paso Times

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Upcoming sentencing of human rights defender Ms Lucila Bettina Cruz Velázquez

Originally posted on dorset chiapas solidarity:


3 September 2014

Mexico – Upcoming sentencing of human rights defender Ms Lucila Bettina Cruz Velázquez

The Sixth Judge of the District Court in the State of Oaxaca is expected to hand down the verdict in the case of human rights defender Ms Lucila Bettina Cruz Velázquez in the coming days. The human rights defender was charged with acts or omissions gravely affecting the “national consumption and national wealth” (el consumo y la riqueza nacional) and with illegally detaining individuals. The charges were brought in February 2012, but referred to events allegedly occurred during a peaceful protest ten months previously, in April 2011.Lucila Bettina Cruz Velázquez is a member of the Asamblea de los Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo de Tehuantepec en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio (Assembly of Istmo of Tehuantepec Indigenous Peoples in Defendce of Land and Territory – APIITDTT). She is also…

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Reporter’s Committee board member sues himself

Originally posted on Eléctrica in the Desert:

sueshimself1Fed up with a prestigious non-profit’s long campaign to discredit the reporter it was mandated to defend, a well-known legal scholar and member of the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press’ steering committee decided late last week to sue himself.

“It wasn’t an accident at all. I’ve insisted for decades that the law is just a bunch of ideas constructed to buttress the status quo, so why NOT the idea of suing myself?” said Unger Delgado Kennedy-Horwitz by phone on Sunday. ” Hell, by now I am the status quo, and so is the RCFP! That’s why I’ll take this case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. If I lose, I pledge to appeal. If I win, I’m as equally bound to appeal, and I won’t rest until I’ve suceeded in imposing the kinds of sanctions on myself that I won’t ever forget.”

Kennedy-Horowitz paused. I got the distinct impression that he was scratching his head; in fact it emerged that he’d pulled out a…

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Ballet dancer strikes a pose outside her home in Khayelitsha, So

I’m an African child

who fights for justice,

who never prays for war,

vocalizing the one language of love.

I’m an African child
Who dances to the true African music
The world could not be complete without me.
By  Onyekachukwu  Vincent Onyeche
from “The Weary Blues,” by Langston Hughes:

Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,
Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon,
     I heard a Negro play.
Down on Lenox Avenue the other night
By the pale dull pallor of an old gas light
     He did a lazy sway . . .
     He did a lazy sway . . .
To the tune o’ those Weary Blues.
This image is from Historical Ziegfeld: http://ziegfeldgrrl.multiply.com/
 He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack
Go sit beneath the tree by the railroad track
Oh, the engineers would see him sitting in the shade
Strumming with the rhythm that the drivers made
People passing by they would stop and say
Oh my that little country boy could play.
Go go!
Go Johnny go
Go Johnny go
Go Johnny go!
By Chuck Berry
While the Black bands sweatin’
And the rhythm rhymes rollin’
Got to give us what we want
Gotta give us what we need
Our freedom of speech is freedom or death
We got to fight the powers that be
Lemme hear you say
Fight the power[Chorus]
As the rhythm designed to bounce
What counts is that the rhymes
Designed to fill your mind
Now that you’ve realized the pride’s arrived
We got to pump the stuff to make us tough
from the heart
It’s a start, a work of art
To revolutionize make a change nothin’s strange
People, people we are the same
No we’re not the same
Cause we don’t know the game
What we need is awareness, we can’t get careless
You say what is this?
My beloved lets get down to business
Mental self defensive fitness
(Yo) bum rush the show
You gotta go for what you know
Make everybody see, in order to fight the powers that be
Lemme hear you say…
Fight the Power!
Public Enemy