Posts in: latin america

Victory for Orlando Barrantes!

October 2016

For 16 years the Costa Rican government persecuted radical labor leader Orlando Barrantes (in a blue shirt, first raised, center of photo) with trumped-up charges pertaining to his political and union activities. In August, they threw in the towel and dropped all charges. This is a massive victory and a tribute to the steadfast struggle… Read more »

Argentina up in arms

October 2016

Latin American journalist Carlos Aznárez wrote an article on Sept. 8 about the current Argentine regime. He opened with these warning words: Ten months are not a lot to a country, but in Argentina, under the current neoliberal and deeply retrograde government, they feel like a century. [Pres.] Mauricio Macri hasn’t held back when it… Read more »

Mexico: divisions in the indigenous rights movement in the wake of Nestora Salgado’s release

December 2016

Winning the release of imprisoned community police leader Nestora Salgado, jailed for two-and-a-half years in Mexico on trumped-up charges of kidnapping, was a thrilling victory for international working class solidarity, especially in a time of deep-seated reaction. The “Free Nestora” campaign was a complete repudiation of Trump’s brand of racist, “America First” nationalism. It involved… Read more »

Brazilians reject once-popular Workers’ Party

December 2016

After 13 years in power, the Brazilian Workers’ Party was unceremoniously rejected by the populace in massive spring demonstrations. This opened the door to the eventual impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff in August. It was a swift but constitutional fall from power for the hand-picked successor to popular former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da… Read more »

México: Divisiones en el movimiento de derechos indígenas después de la liberación de Nestora Salgado

diciembre de 2016

Conseguir la liberación de la líder de la policía comunitaria, Nestora Salgado, presa durante dos años y medio en México bajo falsas acusaciones de secuestro, fue una emocionante victoria para la solidaridad de la clase obrera internacional, especialmente en una época de profunda reacción. La campaña “Liberar a Nestora” fue un completo repudio al lema… Read more »

Los brasileños rechazan el una vez popular, Partido de los Trabajadores

diciembre de 2016

Después de 13 años en el poder, el Partido de los Trabajadores de Brasil fue rechazado sin más por la población en las masivas manifestaciones de primavera. Esto abrió la puerta a la eventual destitución de la presidenta Dilma Rousseff en agosto. Fue una caída rápida, pero constitucional, del poder de la sucesora elegida del… Read more »

¿Y ahora qué van a hacer los Dreamers?

February 2017

Tres mil inmigrantes y sus muchos partidarios se reunieron y marcharon en Los Ángeles el 18 de diciembre para desafiar las amenazas de Trump de deportaciones masivas. Estudiantes, familias, latinos, judíos y musulmanes, gente LGBTQ, sindicatos, feministas, grupos de iglesias y trabajadores de múltiples etnias, fueron altamente energizados por el tamaño de la multitud y… Read more »

What now for the Dreamers?

February 2017

Three thousand immigrants and their many supporters rallied and marched in Los Angeles on Dec. 18 to defy Trump’s threats of massive deportations. Students, families, Latinos, Jews and Muslims, LGBTQ folks, unions, feminists, church groups and workers of multiple ethnicities, were all highly energized by the crowd’s size and the confidence of bold solidarity. A… Read more »

Mexico in rebellion

April 2017

After decades of U.S. imposed neoliberal austerity and destructive free-trade agreements, Mexico’s working class and indigenous peasants continue to struggle at a feverish pitch. And how could it be otherwise? Nearly half of the people live below the official poverty line because of low wages that rank barely above those in Honduras and Haiti! Mexicans… Read more »

Ecuador: Indigenous Shuar resist corporate mining

April 2017

The echo of helicopters, enormous trucks removing tons of rock (with gold), military vehicles 24 hours a day, and periodic gunshots — all this has become common to the indigenous Shuar in the Amazonian province of Morona Santiago in Ecuador. For months, the Shuar have been waging a fierce resistance against the government of President… Read more »