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Feb 10-12: Interpreting for Social Justice (2½-day workshop)

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What: Interpreting for Social Justice2½-day workshop (download flyer here)
Who: Roberto Tijerino* and the Mexico Solidarity Network*
When: February 10th-12th, 2012
Where: Albany Park Autonomous Center (3460 W. Lawrence  Chicago, IL 60625)

We at the Albany Park Autonomous Center would like to invite you to join us for a collaborative 2½-day workshop with Roberto Tijerina. This workshop is designed for activists, workers, and youth who negotiate languages in community and political spaces in their daily lives. Participants will be trained on how to use interpretation and translation as a tool of multilingual social justice.

This multiday workshop, beginning Friday, Feb 10th, 3–8pm and continuing Saturday, Feb 11th, 9am–5pm and Sunday, Feb 12th, 9am–5pm, will educate participants in the practice and theory of interpreting through building both technical skills and a greater framework of the power of language.

Mexico News and Analysis: December 5-11, 2011

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN (http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/)
2 - MARCOS RELEASES FOURTH LETTER TO LUIS VILLORO
3 - MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES BY 21 CENTS A DAY
4 - IMPUNITY AND FAILURE IN CALDERON'S "WAR ON DRUGS"
5 - U.S. BATTERY EXPORTS DAMAGE MEXICAN ENVIRONMENT
6 - PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER EXHIBITS "BRAIN FREEZE"

Residents of Santa Maria Ostula, an autonomous community that established its own police force in the midst of threats from drug traffickers and the army, denounced the kidnapping of J. Trinidad de la Cruz.  (De la Cruz was murdered shortly after the community released their denouncement.)

The ejido San Sebastian Bachejon denounced the Chiapas state government for intervening in community affairs on the side of corrupt local officials.  Members of the ejido re-assumed control last week of a toll booth leading to an eco-tourism facility and established by the community several years ago.

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News and Analysis: NOV 28 - DEC 4, 2011

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN (http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/)
2 - PRESIDENT THREATENS ICC ACCUSERS
3 - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS UNDER ATTACK
4 - DEA LAUNDERING MEXICAN DRUG MONEY
5 - PRI LEADER RESIGNS AMID GROWING SCANDAL
6 - CELAC FOUNDED, WITH LITTLE HELP FROM MEXICAN POLITICAL CLASS
7 - ECONOMY GROWS WHILE POVERTY INCREASES
8 - MARCELO EBRARD AND BRITNEY SPEARS?

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN (http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/)
Communal land owners in Bachajon denounced government displacement from their lands in northern Chiapas and declared their intention to recover the lands.

2 - PRESIDENT THREATENS ICC ACCUSERS

President Felipe Calderon threatened legal action against activists who accused him in the International Criminal Court (ICC) of allowing torture and murder as part of his "war on drugs."  

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Noticias de Juárez- 13 aniversario del triunfo binacional contra los desechos nucleares

51 A 13 años del triunfo binacional contra el cementerio nuclear de Sierra Blanca (Texas), hecho histórico que fue recordado el domingo 16 de octubre, con la inauguración de una exposición fotográfica y hemerográfica en la biblioteca Arturo Tolentino.

En un evento muy sencillo varios activistas decidieron recordar una de las luchas mas importantes binacionales que se han dado en esta frontera, como lo fue el movimiento en contra de un tiradero nuclear, en el que participaron ciudadanos de México y Estados Unidos, con marchas, plantones, huelgas de hambre, tomas de puentes y toda clase de manifestaciones pacíficas contra la decisión de la administración Bush en el Estado de Texas.

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Mexico News and Analysis: November 14-27, 2011

1 - PRI WINS MICHOACAN GOVERNORSHIP
2 - IMMIGRATION NEAR ZERO
3 - PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION DYNAMICS
4 - CALDERON NAMES FIFTH INTERIOR SECRETARY
5 - GOVERNMENT ADMITS DIRTY WAR DISAPPEARANCE
6 - WTO RULES AGAINST U.S.
7 - INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS CASE NAMES PRESIDENT CALDERON
8 - HISTORIC DROUGHT AND EARLY FREEZES DEVASTATE AGRICULTURE

The PRI candidate won the gubernatorial election last Sunday in Michoacan, Felipe Calderon's home state, defeating the President's sister, Luisa "Cocoa" Calderon, in a close race. The PRI took 35% of the vote, apparently winning many former PRD votes, against 33% for the PAN and 29% for the PRD. The election was marred by illegal use of federal resources by the PAN and probable PRI and PRD links to organized crime. The vote may be a harbinger of 2012 presidential elections in which PRI candidate Enrique Pena Nieto leads all candidates by substantial margins. Michoacan is a major producer of marijuana, opium and methamphetamines, and home to the Knights Templar, a cartel with strong roots in popular barrios.

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NEWS AND ANALYSIS: NOVEMBER 7-13, 2011

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN (http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/)
2 - PREDATOR DRONES USED IN BORDER SURVEILLANCE
3 - GOVERNMENT ACCUSED OF WIDESPREAD HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
4 - INTERIOR SECRETARY DIES IN HELICOPTER CRASH
5 - PRESIDENT BECOMES LEAD SALESMAN
6 - CROSS BORDER TRUCKING LARGELY A FAILURE

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  • Ejido San Sebastian Bachajon denounces violence in Chilon.

  • The Fray Bartolome Human Rights Center denounces two years of violations against two human rights activists.

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NEWS & ANALYSIS: OCT 31 - NOV 6, 2011

1 - MEXICO ABANDONS PLANS FOR NUCLEAR POWER
2 - TROOPS UNEXPECTEDLY SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
3 - IMMIGRANT REMITTANCES INCREASE AS PESO SHRINKS
4 - OPPOSITION TO AMBITIOUS PLAN TO CLEAN POLICE FORCES
5 - PAN TRADES CEMENT FOR VOTES
6 - PARTIES REJECT POPULAR CONSULTATIONS
7 - GRAIN PRODUCTION DECLINES
8 - ANONYMOUS DROPS PLANS TO OUT ZETA CARTEL
9 - MSN PROGRAMS: Contact msn [at] mexicosolidarity [dot] org or (773) 583 7728   

Mexico has abandoned plans to construct as many as ten nuclear power plants in light of recent discoveries of huge natural gas deposits, perhaps as much as 300 million cubic feet in Coahuila and more in the Gulf of Mexico. Energy Minister Jordy Herrera announced plans this week to focus on new natural gas-fired electricity plants, and to search for US$10 billion in private investment during the next five years, despite constitutional prohibitions against private ownership in the energy sector. The re-orientation may also be related to the March 11 nuclear disaster in Japan. Mexico is one of only three Latin American countries that currently uses nuclear power. Herrera rejected renewable energy sources for the foreseeable future: "Until we find a model to make renewable energy more profitable, gas is more convenient."

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Noticias de Juarez- Protesta de 'Indignados' frente a Consulado Norteamericano en Ciudad Juarez

Con el propósito de unirse a las luchas de distintas organizaciones en el mundo, este 15 de octubre organizaciones y ciudadanos se reunieron frente al consulado de Estados Unidos para protestar por la forma de llevar la política  económica mundial que sólo beneficia a unos cuantos.

A través de las redes sociales y medios de comunicación, se convocó a la primera aparición como “Jornada de los Indignados” a todos aquellos que estén en desacuerdo con la situación económica y política que se vive globalmente.

Con un equipo de sonido y algunas mantas, los protestantes le dijeron a la ciudadanía se unieran a los “indignados” algunas de mantas hacían referencia a la pirámide del neoliberalismo donde la primera posición pertenece al capital económico de unos cuantos, seguida por el gobierno, la iglesia, los burócratas y al final los obreros.

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Noticias de Juarez- Juventud, el divino tesoro. ¿Será?

Según la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), ser joven en países con bajo ingreso, alta desigualdad social y problemas de delincuencia organizada, en especial narcotráfico, constituye el mayor riesgo de morir asesinado. Esto sucede con frecuencia en países donde existe la presencia de grupos del crimen organizado y éste es enfrentado por las autoridades o entre grupos rivales como ocurre en varios países de Centro América como Honduras y El Salvador. Así como en México donde se vive una ola de violencia a partir de la puesta en marcha de la estrategia nacional de seguridad, misma que inicio en diciembre del 2006 y desde entonces a la fecha han muerto mas de 40 mil personas, jóvenes en su inmensa mayoría. Todo esto a su vez que los delincuentes del crimen organizado están contratando más a menores de edad debido a la impunidad que gozan en su calidad de detenidos.

Por ejemplo en el estado de Chihuahua, debido al nuevo Sistema de Justicia Penal en el Estado, no se puede juzgar a los menores de edad como adultos, de acuerdo a lo estipulado en le articulo 18 de la Constitución Federal. Mas del 75% de los adolecentes que actualmente cumplen sanciones privativas de la libertad en esta ciudad por delitos graves en los que se incluyen secuestros, violaciones, extorsiones y asalto agravado quedaran en libertad en un lapso no mayor a 5 años.

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News and Analysis: October 17-23, 2011

1 - POLITICAL PARTIES SPAR AHEAD OF ELECTIONS
2 - NEARLY 1,000 POLICE FIRED IN VERACRUZ
3 - ALABAMA IMMIGRATION LAW WREAKS HAVOC IN SCHOOLS AND FARMING
4 - CALDERON COMPLAINS ABOUT DUMPING CRIMINALS AT BORDER
5 - FORMER PRESIDENT FOX CALLS FOR NEGOTIATIONS WITH CARTELS
6 - CALDERON SUGGESTS ADVENTURE TOURISM FOR INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) filed a largely ritual complaint this week with the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE), accusing President Felipe Calderon of interfering with the 2012 presidential elections.  In an October 15 New York Times interview, Calderon suggested the PRI may cut deals with drug cartels, similar to agreements reached by party members when they ruled Mexico for seven decades.  Mexican law technically prevents sitting presidents from influencing elections, but complaints of this type are typical in election seasons.

Meanwhile, Enrique Pena Nieto, the likely PRI presidential candidate, called for privatization of Pemex, Mexico’s national petroleum monopoly.  The PRI nationalized petroleum in 1938 under President Cardenas, perhaps Mexico’s most beloved political figure.  Now 70 years later, Pena Nieto appears to have contracted the neoliberal bug, claiming the country would benefit from foreign investment – and ownership – in the oil sector.  Historically this has not been a popular position, either within the PRI or in the broader society.  This may be part of Pena Nieto’s campaign strategy to distance himself from the historic PRI while benefiting from the political clout and national structure of the party.

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