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Periódico Comunitario del Centro Autónomo (mar 2013)

¡Lea nuestro nuevo periódico: edición 20 (marzo 2013)!234
1. El horario y los eventos del Centro Autónomo
2. La Prepa Autónoma por Víctor Carmona
3. Qué pasa y qué viene

La Prepa Autónoma por Víctor Carmona

Mi nombre es Víctor Carmona hoy quisiera hablarles un poco de lo que es la escuela alternativa del Centro Autónomo. Yo, al igual que muchas personas,quise terminar mi preparatoria, y aquí en el Centro Autónomo tuve la oportunidad de hacerlo. Es una escuela donde no solo vienes a aprender sino también a enseñar,compartiendo tus anécdotas con los demás. Yo soy parte de la primera generación y quiero mencionar que en mi grupo hubo de todo, ya que aprendíamos a veces jugando, riendo, llorando, divirtiéndonos pero aprendiendo que esa era la finalidad. En este curso de un año entendí y aprendí más de lo que me hubiera imaginado, ya que no solo lo teórico es lo que se aprende sino también lo práctico y más cuando en verdad quieres aprender, es decir, todos sabemos que el fuego quema, por lo tanto no metemos las manos al fuego. Pues bien, aquí también decimos que el fuego quema pero no para que no metas las manos, sino para que estés preparado y listo para meterlas. Ya que no es lo mismo lo práctico y lo teórico y por lo tanto no tienes el mismo resultado ni pensamiento. Es decir,ves las cosas de diferente manera cuando tienes lo teórico y lo práctico (praxis).Así como en muchas otras escuelas puedes ir a aprender, aquí vienes a mejorar más que solo el aprendizaje, vienes a luchar a conocer, vienes a darte cuenta que la vida no es tan difícil como la has visto hasta el día de hoy ya que para eso estas estudiando, para saber lo que antes ignorabas…

News and Analysis: Feb 11 - Mar 3, 2013

1 - GORDILLO IN PRISON, EDUCATION REFORM APPROVED
2 - EZLN NAMES NEW SUBCOMANDANTE
3 - SOBERING LABOR STATISTICS   

1 - GORDILLO IN PRISON, EDUCATION REFORM APPROVED

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Newly elected President Enrique Pena Nieto of the PRI is on a political roll, passing a groundbreaking education reform bill on Monday and arresting Elba Esther Gordillo, “president for life” of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE), the following day. The powerful leader of 1.5 million teachers is charged with stealing US$200 million from the union, which may be the tip of the iceberg. Gordillo reportedly spent US$1 million on a house on an island near San Diego, US$3 million at a single Neiman Marcus store, and US$17,000 on plastic surgery (of which the unflattering result is often referenced in the Mexican press). Her declared earnings on tax returns from 2009 to 2012 were US$88,000 per year. Every Mexican knows she is a criminal, especially the teachers, despite her recent deluded claim, “There is no one more loved by their people than I. I care about the teachers.” She should have been prosecuted years ago. Call it legal cover for a political decision.

News and Analysis: Jan 28 - Feb 10

228 1 - SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST SME WORKERS
2 - PEMEX EXPLOSION MAY LEAD TO PRIVATIZATION
3 - LAST MINUTE AGREEMENT REACHED ON TOMATO TRADE
4 - MARCOS ANNOUNCES AUGUST GATHERING IN CHIAPAS
5 - OBAMA ADMINISTRATION VETOED PREFERRED DEFENSE SECRETARY
6 - UNPRECEDENTED WEALTH CONCENTRATION 

On January 30, Mexico’s Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision against the Electrical Workers Union (SME), ending all legal avenues for SME workers to recover their jobs.  About 16,000 SME workers, from a total workforce of 44,000 plus 15,000 retirees, maintained a struggle to recover their jobs after former President Felipe Calderon orchestrated the closing of Central Light and Power (LFC) three years ago in an effort to destroy one of Mexico’s most active unions.  The judges ruled Calderon was not responsible for the closure of the state-owned company, despite the fact he ordered the federal army to occupy LFC installations and expel all SME workers.  The Justices' ruling overturns a lower court decision.  The judicial debacle follows closely on the heels of another defeat for labor with the passage late last year of a regressive labor reform law.

Periódico Comunitario del Centro Autónomo (feb 2013)

227 ¡Lea nuestro nuevo periódico: edición 19 (febrero 2013)!
1. Eventos del Centro
2. Bienvenidos a Zachary
3. Qué pasa y qué viene
4. Subcomandante Marcos, el 24 de enero del 2013

Subcomandante Marcos, el 24 de enero del 2013

¿Dónde y cuándo empieza la violencia? Veamos. Frente a un espejo, en cualquier calendario y en cualquier geografía...

Imagine que usted es diferente al común de la gente. Imagine que usted es algo muy otro. Imagine que usted tiene determinado color de piel o de cabello. Imagine que lo desprecian y lo humillan, que lo persiguen, que lo encarcelan, que lo matan por eso, por ser diferente. Imagine que desde que nace, todo el sistema le dice y le repite que es usted algo raro, anormal, enfermo, que debe arrepentirse de lo que es y que, después de achacarlo a la mala suerte y/o a la justicia divina, debe hacer todo cuanto le sea posible por modificar ese “defecto de fabricación.” (...)

News and Analysis: January 7 - 27

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1 - ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAMS?
2 - ZAPATISTA COMMUNIQUES OFFER NEW LESSONS
3 - PENA NIETO RESPONDS TO EZLN COMMUNIQUES
4 - ZAPATISTA SUPPORTER RELEASED FROM PRISON

President Enrique Pena Nieto announced a program last week to fight extreme poverty, following a recent trend in populist politics utilized early in administrations whose electoral legitimacy is in doubt. Carlos Salinas de Gotari of the PRI, who stole an election in 1988, announced his Solidarity program in the first week of his administration. Solidarity was an effort to convert the PRI’s historic corporatist politics to a more direct relationship between recipients and party by offering supplies for construction of schools, roads and other infrastructure if communities provided the labor. Salinas often delivered the money in person in highly publicized events. PRIista Ernesto Zedillo followed in 1994 winning less than half the popular vote, the first time a PRI candidate publicly recognized such a slim victory. Zedillo replaced Solidarity with Progresa, a poverty-fighting program of direct subsidies to the poorest families provided their children go to school. PANist Vicente Fox took power in 2000 with 42% of the vote. He immediately replaced Progresa with Oportunidades, another direct subsidy program but more extensively linked to social engineering, including mandatory birth control classes, with some experts reporting sterilization operations performed on uninformed indigenous women. In 2006, PANista Felipe Calderon stole an election with the help of political operator extraordinaire Elba Esther Gordillo. He immediately offered infrastructure programs for poor communities, a “70 and Over Program” that provides US$50 a month in assistance for the elderly (the idea came directly from his opponent in the presidential campaign), and continuation of Oportunidades.

Periódico Comunitario del Centro Autónomo (ene 2013)

¡Lea nuestro nuevo periódico: edición 18 (enero 2013)!216
1. Eventos del Centro
2. La primera graduación preparatoria del Centro
3. Que Pasa y Que Viene
4. Comunicaciones de los Zapatistas

Comunicaciones de los Zapatistas

Después de meses sin noticias de actividades de los zapatistas en México, el pasado 21 de diciembre los indígenas mayas se hicieron presentes en la actualidad política mexicana con un silencio particularmente “estruendoso.” [video]

Más de 40 mil indígenas zapatistas ocuparon pacíficamente cinco cabeceras municipales, en completo orden y en silencio. Los integrantes de las marchas habían armado templetes frente a las oficinas de las autoridades en los citados municipios, y al llegar ahí,  se hicieron presentes levantando el  puño pero manteniendo el silencio. Al regresar a sus comunidades, el Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos, emitió un cortísimo comunicado cuyo contenido central era una pregunta: “¿Escucharon?”

News and Analysis: December 24, 2012 - January 6, 2013

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1 – ZAPATISTAS PUBLISH COMMUNIQUES
On December 30, the EZLN issued a formal communique outlining their broad strategic focus for the immediate future and two public letters, representing the movement’s first public comments in a year and a half.  The declarations follow historic silent marches by 40,000 Zapatista support bases in five major population centers in eastern and northern Chiapas on December 21.  The declarations are available in Spanish and English at http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/

The communique opens with a brief review of Zapatista successes over the years: “we have significantly strengthened and improved our living conditions. Our standard of living is higher than those of the indigenous communities that support the governments in office, who receive handouts that are squandered on alcohol and useless items.”  For a movement that passed quickly in the early 2000s from du jour to passé in the mainstream media, casual followers of Zapatismo may find this claim surprising.  But after institutional politics were largely closed off to the movement by the passage of a toothless version of the San Andres Accords in 2001, Zapatismo turned inward, focusing on self-implementation of the Accords.  The results are impressive – autonomous self-government, a primary and secondary education system that covers the entirety of Zapatista territory, and a self-financed medical system recognized for its efficacy, even by opposition party members in Chiapas.  Slowly but surely, Zapatismo has become a sustainable force focused on the basic needs and political organization of tens of thousands of indigenous families.

News and Analysis: December 10-23

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1 - ZAPATISTA MOBILIZATION
2 - EDUCATION REFORM SCAPEGOATS TEACHERS
3 - PENA NIETO’S POLITICAL AGENDA
4 - WALMART OUTED AGAIN
5 - HSBC AVOIDS CRIMINAL PROSECUTION

Tens of thousands of Zapatista support bases occupied the cities of San Cristobal de las Casas, Las Margaritas, Altamirano, Ocosingo and Comitan early Friday morning in a peaceful and silent replay of the January 1, 1994 uprising.  An estimated 40,000 Zapatistas demonstrated an organizational capacity not seen publicly in several years.  Marchers carried signs demanding justice for Acteal on the 15th anniversary of the infamous massacre in which paramilitaries, supported by government troops, killed 45 indigenous members of Las Abejas.  Several weeks ago the EZLN promised a communique which would break a year-and-a-half-long silence.  On Friday Subcomandante Marcos published a short piece of poetry, but a more extensive document is expected in coming days.

MEXICO NEWS AND ANALYSIS: NOV 12 - DEC 9, 2012

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1 - PRI CLAIMS PRESIDENCY, AND FIRST VICTIMS
2 - FEDERAL POLICE IN CUSTODY FOR ATTACK ON CIA AGENTS
3 - LABOR REFORM PASSES
4 - CARTEL LEADER ACCUSES CALDERON ADMIN OF CORRUPTION

On December 1, Enrique Peña Nieto claimed Mexico's Presidency for the PRI, after the party was out of power for twelve years. The July election was marred by vote-buying and campaign spending that may have exceeded legal limits by five-fold. The PRI, known for its long history of corruption and institutional violence, also claimed its first victims during the swearing in ceremony when police severely wounded at least two protesters with rubber-covered metal bullets. Police also severely beat one senior citizen who minutes earlier was distributing free books to a line of officers. More than 100 people were arrested, many who were simply walking near the demonstration when police attacked. It appears that much of the property damage, broadcast amply over the mainstream media, was carried out by provocateurs working with police in an effort to discredit the massive demonstration. It was an auspicious start to a six year reign. 

 

The youthful and photogenic Peña Nieto claims to lead a modern PRI, but most Mexicans are not convinced. He won the presidency with 38% of the vote, hardly a mandate in a country where more than half the population lives in poverty. Peña Nieto inherits, and is likely to continue, economic policies that reflect worldwide declines during the neoliberal era, with 3.5% annual growth under former PRI president Ernesto Zedillo, followed by 2.2% growth under Vicente Fox, and 1.9% under Felipe Calderon.

Periódico Comunitario del Centro Autónomo (nov 2012)

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¡Lea nuestro nuevo periódico: edición 16 (nov 2012)!
1. Eventos del Centro
2. La política y la acción diferida
3. Que Pasa y Que Viene
4. ¡Fiestas! El trabajo del comité de eventos

La política y la acción diferida
El 26 de octubre tuvimos un taller en el Centro Autónomo para tratar de entender la "acción diferida" y ayudar a quienes piensan en considerarla como opción de regularización migratoria. Había unos abogados y representantes de la Alianza de Jóvenes Inmigrantes por la Justicia (IYJL por su nombre en ingles) para presentar una visión completa de la opción.

La opinión de IYJL es que la acción diferida es algo bueno, pero no es bastante. El país todavía necesita una reforma inmigratoria más amplia, con posibilidades de que los adultos, y todos los que no son elegibles para la acción diferida, puedan conseguir la ciudadanía. Aún si uno es elegible para la acción diferida, tiene que pensar en todo lo que la opción significa, pues no necesariamente es lo mejor para todos.