Letter from Mexico: Indigenous organize to contest 2018 vote

January 31, 2017

The National Indigenous Congress in Mexico announced that 430 communities had created an Indigenous Governing Council to prepare for selecting a woman to contest the presidential election in 2018, not with the goal of taking power through the ballot box, but to elicit the voices and actions from below.

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One of the 250,000 demonstrating against Trump in the Chicago Women's March. News & Letters photo by Terry Moon

Inauguration of neo-fascism faces widespread revolt

January 23, 2017

The lightning move by Republicans in Congress to prepare to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare—before Donald Trump even took office, with only the vaguest idea of what is to replace it, and with full knowledge that a large majority of Americans oppose the repeal of its most important provisions—gave a sign of how far the new single-party government intends to roll the clock back, with dizzying speed.

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Members of New Voices for Reproductive Justice, an organization dedicated to the health and well-being of women and girls of color, say they are “in the house and we say to #SCOTUS #StoptheSham & #TrustBlackWomen! @BlackWomensRJ #BlackGirlMagic.” 
Photo: twitter.com/NewVoices4RJ

Women battle war, terrorism and anti-abortion fanatics

March 8, 2016

Foregrounding the new formal solidarity between Trust Black Women with Black Lives Matter, we explore the thought and actions of women worldwide, including the struggle for reproductive justice in the U.S.; women fighting war and terrorism in places like South Sudan and Syria, the successful fight of domestic workers to organize, and the need to make the revolutionary content of such actions explicit.

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Use of prolonged restraints at Casa Esperanza in Mexico. The picture is from the  Disability Rights International report.

Handicap This! September-October 2015

September 6, 2015

A roundup of the situation of people with disabilities and how they are fighting for their rights including in Mexico, a prison in Carlisle, Penn., outrage against the shackling of two young students with disabilities in Covington, KY, the banning of a child with cerebral palsy and autism in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, and disabled people in Iraq who face neglect and isolation.

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Letter from Mexico: CNTE teachers’ goal: autonomous learning

August 31, 2015

The National Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE) has been struggling for autonomy, new labor relationships and a non-capitalist educational model. In September 2013, tens of thousands of people—teachers outside the CNTE, students, parents and activists—demonstrated throughout Mexico to show their rejection of the government’s privatizing educational reforms.

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Readers’ Views, July-August 2015

July 4, 2015

Black lives as Subject; Russia in crisis; Nothing about us without us; Homelessness in L.A.; Central Canada Alliance; Perspectives and philosophy; Elderly to the streets?; Women and Yemen half-peace; Labor and climate justice; Dialectic and women’s liberation; Voices from behind the bars

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Marxist-Humanist organization and philosophy

May 6, 2015

Spelling out the philosophical breakthrough on Hegel’s Absolutes as the total uprooting of the old and the creation of new human relations, in concrete relationship to struggles for freedom in practice and in theory, is at the heart of projecting Marxist-Humanism, and therefore of its organizational life.

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Seeking justice for 43 in Ayotzinapa

May 1, 2015

“Caravana 43” includes some of the parents of 43 students who were “disappeared” in September from the Normal Rural School Raúl Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico, and are touring the U.S. Here are in-person reports from their trips to Berkeley, Calif., and Detroit, Mich.

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From Turkey to USA, women as force & reason fight inhumanity

March 5, 2015

Another savage sexual assault and murder—this time in Turkey—brought forth thousands of demonstrators, mostly women, throughout the country and beyond. Özgecan Aslan was a student taking a bus home. Worldwide, women are not only railing against sexism and challenging men to change what is often deadly behavior and when not deadly, deeply oppressive; they are as well explicitly extending their critique to the state itself.

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The number 43 has been painted in countless public places in Mexico. Photo by Mario Acosta Garcia. https://www.flickr.com/photos/125795347@N04/15705855226

World in View: Zapatistas and the Ayotzinapa rebellion

January 31, 2015

More than three months after the forced disappearance of their 43 sons—students of the Normal Rural School Raúl Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero—their fathers and mothers continue their protests. In mid-November the parents arrived in Chiapas to share their pain and outrage with the Zapatista Indigenous communities.

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Mexico: Students win at IPN

November 25, 2014

A general strike by students at the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) reveals a longing for universality, for going deeper and lower within society.

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En el espíritu de José Carlos Mariátegui

Nueva edicion de Praxis en America Latina, 8-9/2014

August 28, 2014

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revista  Praxis en América Latina – teoría/practica

 

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 No. 12, agosto-septiembre 2014

 Los números anteriores:  # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,

 

Desde México

Por un socialismo de autogestión común a todos los anti-capitalistas

Panorama del movimiento estudiantil en Xalapa

“¿Por qué ya no luchamos?, ¿por qué no defendemos”: la lucha del pueblo de San Bartolo Ameyalco por el agua

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Praxis en América Latina No. 11

June 30, 2014

Praxis en América Latina: nuevo número.

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No. 11    mayo 2014

http://www.praxisenamericalatina.org/indice-5-14.html

Sección especial: Escuelita Zapatista

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One of Elina Chauvet's installations titled "Zapatos Rojos," at Castle Square, Turin, Italy. Each pair of red shoes represents a woman brutally murdered in Mexico whose killer has never been brought to justice. Photo by Franco Baldan, http://www.naturadigit.com/2013/03/scusa.html

Woman as Reason: Language and death in Juárez

February 12, 2014

The way we construct experience with language has effects on its transmission and on the configuration of subjectivity, not only in aesthetics and ethics, but also in understanding politics. That is the case in the crimes committed against women in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua and other states in Mexico.

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January-February 2014 News & Letters online

February 4, 2014

The January-February issue of News & Letters is online. Rampant U.S. surveillance slouches toward totalitarianism; Tahrir three years later; Charles Denby, worker-editor; Syrian revolution ‘brought us together’; Communization theory’s missing link: dialectical mediation; what happens after; Language and death in Juárez; Let RNs give care; …

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‘Legalize my parents!’

December 3, 2013

Demonstrators representing “Millions of Voices for Immigration Reform” marched through downtown Los Angeles demanding immediate immigration reform and a path to citizenship.

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New publications of Marxist classics

March 8, 2013

From the January-February 2013 issue of News & Letters:

New publications of Marxist classics

A new South Asian edition of Marxism and Freedom, from 1776 until Today by Raya Dunayevskaya has been published in India.

South Asian readers can order it from Aakar Books, http://aakarbooks. com/, 28-E, Pocket-IV, Mayur Vihar Phase-I, Delhi-110 091, India. Phone: 91-11-2279-5505. Telefax: 91-11-2279- [=>]

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New Publication: Raya Dunayevskaya’s “Trilogy of Revolution” in Spanish

March 2, 2013

From the January-February 2013 issue of News & Letters:

New Publication: Raya Dunayevskaya’s “Trilogy of Revolution” in Spanish, all in one volume

Una Trilogía de Revolución

Marxismo y Libertad: Desde 1776 hasta nuestros días

Filosofía y Revolución: De Hegel a Sartre y de Marx a Mao

Rosa Luxemburgo, la liberación femenina y la filosofía marxista de [=>]

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Zapatistas’ new era

February 13, 2013

From the new January-February 2013 issue of News & Letters:

World in View
Zapatistas’ new era

Dec. 21, 2012, was a special date in the Mayan calendar—the end of an era and the beginning of a new historic cycle. For the Zapatistas of Chiapas in southern Mexico, it signaled a new moment of the movement. Some 40,000 Zapatistas [=>]

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Mexico: ‘Yo soy #132’

July 23, 2012

From the July-August 2012 issue of News & Letters:

World in View
Mexico: ‘Yo soy #132’

Mexico City—Into this dismal Presidential electoral season has come a breath of fresh air: a student movement by the name of “I am #132.” It arose in mid-May and spread like wildfire in universities throughout the country, with thousands and then tens [=>]

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Queer Notes, September-October 2011

September 27, 2011

From the September-October 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Queer Notes
by Suzanne Rose

While returning from a bar last month in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, three men were detained by the police because they thought two of them looked feminine. The three were jailed for a week and two were tortured and abused by the police. [=>]

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Stop Colombian FTA

August 10, 2011

From the July-August 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Stop Colombian FTA

Chicago–On June 10, several dozen activists from FSPA Justice & Peace Coordinating Committee, 8th Day Center for Justice, News and Letters Committees and others marched to Obama’s campaign headquarters here to forcefully remind the President of the promise he made as a candidate in [=>]

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World in View: Mexico protests inhuman drug wars

May 24, 2011

From the new issue of NEWS & LETTERS, May-June 2011:

World in View: Mexico protests inhuman drug wars
by Gerry Emmett

On April 6, from Mexico City’s main square, the Zócalo, to dozens of other cities throughout the country, thousands marched against the violence of Mexico’s drug wars. In Mexico City alone, 15,000 marched chanting, “Not one more!” [=>]

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World in View: Murder in Juárez

April 18, 2011

From the March-April 2011 issue of News & Letters:

World in View: Murder in Juárez

by Gerry Emmett

Violence attributed to rival drug cartels has again fallen heavily on the border areas around Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. In one weekend in February, 53 people died in the city of only 1.5 million. Since 2008, over 7,600 have died, with [=>]

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Solidarity with Mexican miners

March 31, 2011

From the March-April 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Solidarity with Mexican miners

Chicago–Black, Latino and Anglo workers here showed solidarity with workers in Mexico on Feb. 19, the fifth anniversary of the Pasta de Conchos mine disaster in Mexico. Over 100 people came out, mostly steelworkers, joined by Jobs with Justice, Arise Chicago Worker Center, and [=>]

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Ciudad Juárez activists speak out

March 12, 2011

From the January-February 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Ciudad Juárez activists speak out

San Francisco, Cal.—The Mexico-U.S. Solidarity Network (mexicosolidarity.org) sponsored a tour for Ciudad Juárez activists Verónica Leyva and Felix Pérez. Below we print excerpts of their talk given in San Francisco in November.

 

Verónica Leyva: To speak of Ciudad Juárez is to speak about extreme [=>]

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Mexico: Betrayal in electrical workers union

February 27, 2011

From the Jan.-Feb. 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Mexico: Betrayal in electrical workers union

Mexico City–In October 2009, Mexican President Felipe Calderón ordered the destruction of the publicly owned City Light and Power Company, and with it the destruction of the union. The union members, men and women, were informed only by watching television, where we heard [=>]

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World food crisis, still

January 26, 2011

The world food crisis, which was hot in 2008 and then subsided temporarily, is getting worse again. It was one of the factors in Tunisia’s revolution, along with recent revolts in Algeria. The piece below, published in the June-July 2008 issue of News & Letters, is still quite germane.

World food crisis stirs [=>]

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