Citywide Oaxaca Solidarity Mtg: Thursday Dec 14

Thursday, December 14, 7:30pm
Hunter College
Room 436 North Building – 4th floor
enter 69th street between Lexington & Park Avenues

A city-wide meeting for individuals and organizations in NYC to learn about the situation and begin to make plans to coordinate a solidarity campaign in support of the peoples of Oaxaca.

The Mexican Federal government has chosen the path of violence and repression instead of negotiation to resolve the conflict in Oaxaca, Mexico. This conflict began on June 14th when Oaxaca’s governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz sent in state police to break a peaceful teachers’ strike that was camped out in the center of Oaxaca City. Gov. Ruiz had already alarmed international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, for atrocities committed before the June 14. The actions on June 14th further ignited people’s anger throughout the State who responded, by forming the People’s Popular Assembly of Oaxaca (APPO) who reinforced the teachers’ encampment in Oaxaca City. The single demand of the APPO has been the resignation of Gov. Ruiz.

Since June 14th, the violence against the teachers and the APPO by paramilitary forces and police aligned with Gov. Ruiz has escalated and on October 27th, independent journalist, Brad Will, was brutally murdered at the hands of plainclothes police officers and local government officials
in Santa Lucia del Camino, Oaxaca.

Two days later, on October 29th, the Mexican Federal government dispatched several thousand Federal Preventative Police (PFP) troops to remove civilian protesters supporting the APPO from their encampments throughout the city. There were the recorded deaths of at least three civilians as a direct result of the excessive force that the PFP used to dislodge the protesters, despite official comments from the State and Federal governments to the contrary.

On November 2nd, the PFP tried to enter the Benito Juarez Autonomous University in an attempt to shut down the university radio station critical of Governor Ruiz. Mexican law prohibits the incursion of law enforcement onto autonomous universities, unless requested by the university rector. The rector of the Benito Juarez categorically rejected the presence of the PFP in Oaxaca.

Oaxaca City is now living under a state of siege. Since June 14th, at least 20 people have been killed, over 500 people have been imprisoned, more then 100 people have been disappeared and hundreds wounded. Pick-up trucks carrying PFP, State and Municipal Police are now patrolling the
city, randomly detaining people without arrest warrants. Most of the people detained are unable to contact family members and are being moved to prisons outside of the state. Teachers are being pulled from their classrooms. Many of the people detained have been tortured. An illegal
radio station, Radio Ciudadana, affiliated with Gov. Ruiz is broadcasting the names of APPO members, Human Rights workers and others, giving their addresses and offering a reward for their assassination.

The only way to resolve this conflict is through dignified, peaceful negotiation, and respect for human rights.

Please come to this meeting where we will plan how we can be supportive of the people in Oaxaca, Mexico.

1 Comment to “Citywide Oaxaca Solidarity Mtg: Thursday Dec 14”

  1. By k.see, 12/11/2006 @ 3:28 pm

    Here’s some info about a benefit and efforts happening in Durham, NC

    [please read on even if you can’t attend the benefit. important
    information about how to help below]

    Celebrate the Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe!
    Support the Peoples’ Struggle in Oaxaca!

    December 12th : Event to benefit CACTUS!!!!!

    Chaz’s Bull City Records
    1916 Perry Street (next to Cosmic Cantina)

    film screening/teach-in @ 8pm
    benefit show @ 9pm
    Scene of the Crime Rovers-Durham marching band
    The Drowsies-Raleigh punk
    Something’s Wrong-Asheville punk
    Feast Upon Thy Brother-Durham metal

    oaxacan style tamales and horchata! cheap and super delicioso!
    all proceeds go to benefit CACTUS!!!!!!!

    CACTUS (Centro de Apoyo Comunitario Trabajando Unidos—Center for
    Communal Support) is a grassroots organization based in the
    La Mixteca region of Oaxaca, home to Mexico’s poorest municipalities.
    CACTUS works to resist oppressive economic and political policies that
    leave the people of La Mixteca impoverished and marginalized. Many of
    CACTUS’s organizers do solidarity economy work, community banking and
    popular education. They mostly work with women seeing as most of the
    men have migrated either to the US or the agricultural fields of
    Northern Mexico that 100% export to the US. But they are not
    powerless! CACTUS has been participating in the assemblies of the
    Asamblea Popular del Pueblo de Oaxaca, APPO (Popular Assembly of the
    People of Oaxaca).

    On November 25 CACTUS and other organizations from La Mixteca were
    traveling to Oaxaca City to participate in the seventh mega march of
    the APPO when their buses were stopped by paramilitaries. One bus was
    offloaded and then set on fire. Over 20 people were arrested and are
    still being detained Nayarit. CACTUS organizers have received death threats
    and have been in hiding for the last two months to avoid arrest,
    disappearance and assassination. Furthermore, their offices have been
    broken into and vandalized. They are being treated like criminals
    when all they are doing is exercising their right to live with

    Much international attention has been focused on the amazing popular
    rebellion that is happening in Oaxaca City. However, llittle has been
    passed onto the more rural and outlying regions of the state, even
    though these activists, workers, and farmers are also facing
    institutional and violent repression. Emily Posner and I will be
    traveling to La Mixteca on December 15th for two weeks. Our
    solidarity mission is multi-faceted. First, we will act as human
    rights observers in La Mixteca. Second, we will document as much as
    we can about what is happening in La Mixteca. Third, we will help set
    up documentation infrastructure, so that when we leave, this region’s
    residents will be able to continue documenting these turbulent times.
    Finally, to we will deliver much needed supplies and money to help
    CACTUS continue its imperative work. We will bring things like cell
    phones and money for phone cards to improve CACTUS communication network
    in case of another paramilitary attack. We will donate video and audio
    recording equipment and digital cameras for CACTUS. We will supply
    needed funds so that CACTUS can get their comrades out of jail and
    continue to participate APPO general assemblies.

    If you can’t make the show, but wish to donate a cellphone that is sim card
    compatable, digital camera, audio recording equipment or video recording
    equipment please send it to Tennessee Watson before December 15th. If
    you are interested in donating funds to purchase any of this equipment
    or to take directly to Oaxaca (so we can avoid wiring costs) please
    send to Tennessee Watson. We are hoping to raise at least $1,000 to
    purchase equipment and to help get CACTUS organizers and residents of
    La Mixteca out of jail. Your help is greatly appreciated at this
    pivotal time.

    Tennessee Watson
    1317 West Pettigrew
    Durham, North Carolina


    For folks in NYC, I will be mailing some things to Durham later this week. If you wish to donate anything to CACTUS, email me and I can send it with my package!

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