Posts in: indigenous struggles

Outrage at government massacre of student activists erupts throughout Mexico

December 2014

There is a terrible permanence of repression in Mexico. On Oct. 2, 1968, federal police opened fire on student demonstrators in the Tlatelolco district of Mexico City. They killed an unknown number — between 300 and thousands — injured many more, and arrested over 1,300. This year, students of the rural teachers college in Ayotzinapa,… Read more »

Rebelión y represión desde Ferguson hasta Ayotzinapa

febrero de 2015

“Cuando la injusticia se convierte en la ley, la resistencia se convierte en un deber!” dice un letrero de un piquete arrojado hacia el cielo en una de las miles de protestas contra el asesinato de Michael Brown en Ferguson, Missouri, y de Eric Garner en la ciudad de Nueva York. Ese mismo sentimiento define… Read more »

México: el mayor crimen político en décadas

feberero de 2015

Este texto está basado en el supuesto de que la Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) ha dado información verídica en relación con un hecho: los normalistas de Ayotzinapa fueron asesinados. En todo lo demás el Gobierno da información a medias, oculta o miente con el fin de construir una versión en la que ningún… Read more »

Rebellion and repression from Ferguson to Ayotzinapa

February 2015

“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty!” shouts a picket sign thrust into the sky at one of thousands of protests against the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and of Eric Garner in New York City. That same sentiment defines the Mexican eruption at the kidnapping and slaying of 43 Ayotzinapa teachers… Read more »

Murder of 43 students in Mexico: the greatest political crime in decades

February 2015

This article accepts the Mexican government’s statement that the students studying to be teachers in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, were murdered. Regarding other aspects of this crime the government is lying or hiding information, in order to shield public officials (with the exception of the ex-mayor of Iguala) from responsibility. The government’s line is that the narcotraffickers… Read more »

Native Lives Matter campaign takes off in South Dakota

April 2015

Native Americans are more likely to be killed by police than any other racial group, reports the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. But this fact is virtually unknown because most news media ignore these killings. While the rate of killings by cops among all races and ages is 1.2 per million, it is 5.6… Read more »

From graffiti girl to organizer: my revolutionary education

April 2015

I am from drive-bys, sirens, and the cries of a desperate mother asking for help. From the city of lost souls, the city of angels. I am from beans, rice, and leftovers to the endless streets of taco stands. I am from Aztec dancers. I am from feminism and activism. I have witnessed first-hand how… Read more »

West Papua gains allies in its quest for self-determination, after decades of Indonesian oppression

April 2015

New Guinea — the second biggest island in the world, lies to Australia’s north. Predatory colonialism by the Netherlands, Germany, England, Australia and Indonesia has devastated the way of life for hundreds of Melanesian indigenous nations and exploited this resource-rich territory. The eastern half of the island, Papua New Guinea, was granted full independence from… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial — Charlie Hebdo: we got it wrong

June 2015

In the previous issue of the Freedom Socialist, we carried a story called “The Charlie Hebdo furor: when free speech collides with defense of the persecuted” (Vol. 36, No. 2). Unfortunately, in a rush to judgment, we seized the completely wrong end of the stick. Our big factual error was our characterization of Charlie Hebdo,… Read more »