Democracy and Society

Refugees: Caught Between Violence and Persecution

Escrito por  |  19 / May / 2017

This viacrucis, or Stations of the Cross, was made up of about 300 migrants, including women and children, who traveled through Mexico, ending up in Mexico City. According to one of its communiqués, its fundamental purpose is “to escape the southern border, which has condemned many people without papers to precarious work, discrimination and the absence of state protection.”

Early Dakota Access Pipeline Spill Angers Tribal Chairs

Escrito por  |  18 / May / 2017

Tribal chairmen decried the newly finished Dakota Access Pipeline when reports surfaced that its first crude oil spill in South Dakota occurred even before the private infrastructure project went into service.

On May Day, Protestors Show Transnational Unity As Tensions Heighten

Escrito por  |  16 / May / 2017

May Day is a transnational event in the Paso del Norte borderlands of El Paso-Ciudad Juarez-southern New Mexico. At this year’s demonstrations, U.S. and Mexican activists joined together to denounce Trump administration immigration policies, current and looming wars, Peña Nieto administration economic and labor reforms, femicides, the forced disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa college students, attacks on workers, and Mexico’s pending internal security law.

Dismantling a Rotten Power Structure: Zapatista Forum Analyzes Mexican Electoral Politics

Escrito por  |  11 / May / 2017

The collective space created in the gathering of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) is promoting the Indigenous Council of Government. Its councilors – one woman and one man per village – will be elected in May and their spokeswoman will run as an independent candidate in the 2018 presidential campaign.

ICE Raids and Sanctuary Churches in the State of New York

Escrito por  |  18 / April / 2017

Migrants in Buffalo, New York, where many await asylum hearings, fear that Trump’s anti-immigrant policies have stoked a new racism that has become evident the past few months.

Renegotiating NAFTA for a Living Wage Across Borders

Escrito por  |  5 / April / 2017

While the union representatives met in Mexico City, in Washington Trump signed two executive orders about commerce. One requires a report on deficits in trade relations that seeks to identify unfair practices and the other orders the application of anti-dumping sanctions. Actually, there is nothing new in either.

Memory of Bertha Caceres and Other Martyrs Inspires Demands for Environmental Justice

Escrito por  |  27 / March / 2017

Caceres’ memory must be invoked along with that of dozens of other martyrs for the defense of the sanctity of all living beings, as the cross-boundary struggle builds to reinstate indigenous primacy in the protection of land tenure rights, biological diversity, habitat, food and water security, and the balance of nature.