The murder of two radio activists in Oaxaca has brought the repression suffered by indigenous Mexicans into sharp focus. Oaxaca has the biggest percentage of indigenous people who speak many different languages and suffering serious discrimination including the theft of their natural resources.
One such example is the village of San Isidro Aloapam who have been fighting the destruction of their local forest by commercial loggers who are bending the law to justify their activity. Attempts by the villagers to protect the forest have been met with extreme violence leaving many villagers injured and imprisoned. The village is represented politically by indigenous action group CIPO-RFM who have organized a series of media and international solidarity events to highlight the struggle. CIPO-RFM activists Miguel Cruz Moreno and Pedro Bautista Rojas were recently interviewed by IMC UK about the struggle.
There will be a prisoner support benefit gig in London on Wednesday April 16th.
Related links: IMC UK coverage of Oaxaca election 2007: ‘1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | IMC UK coverage of CIPO-RFM 2004/5: Intro | Assemblies | Protest camp | Raid | Repression | CIPO/Zapatistas feature | CIPO Speaking tour
GS & Translations Crew
Please join us at the Bowl Court Squat on Friday, for a screening of
the film "Brad, One More Night at the Barricades" (55 min).
Brazilian filmmaker and media activist Miguel will be on hand to
discuss his documentary tribute to a fallen friend and will also show
another one of his films.
When Mexican paramilitary forces shot Brad Will
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Will) in the chest, killing him,
his camera fell from his hands. But it didn't stop recording. It
continued moving from hand to hand, telling Brad's story, as well as
the story of the movement of movements that he was a part of. From the
squats of New York to the forests of Oregon, from the
anti-globalization protests in Seattle, Prague, Quebec to the popular
uprising in Oaxaca, Brad's camera paints us a picture of what his life
was about, and what so many of his friends continue to struggle for.
Donations will go to help Miguel continue his tour. DVDs will also be on sale.
Venue: Bowl Court off Plough Yard, off Shoreditch High Street
check out here:
A little bit of so much truth
chronicle of a rebellion in Oaxaca/Mexico
In the summer of 2006, a broad-based, non-violent, popular uprising exploded in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Some compared it to the Paris Commune, while others called it the first Latin American revolution of the 21st century.
But it was the people’s use of the media that truly made history in Oaxaca.
A Little Bit of So Much Truth captures the unprecedented media phenomenon that emerged when tens of thousands of school teachers, housewives, indigenous communities, health workers, farmers, and students took 14 radio stations and one TV station into their own hands, using them to organize, mobilize, and ultimately defend their grassroots struggle for social, cultural, and economic justice.
DVD 93 minutes
Spanish with subtitles in english, german, french, italian, protuguese
A film by Jill Freidberg, award winning producer of Granito de Arena and This is What Democracy Looks Like
Production: corrugated films and mal de ojo
Licence: Creative Commons by-nc-nd