While international headlines have been dominated by Isreal's war on Lebanon and Gaza and any coverage of Mexico has mainly centered around the fight for a full recount in the presidential elections, the popular movement in Mexico's majority indigenous state, Oaxaca, has been building towards a 21st Century revolution. It is a struggle that could now use our solidarity as the government intensifies a dirty war against it that has already claimed four lives and abducted eight leaders in the past week.
Alot has been going down in Oaxaca since I left there in early February. The June repression of a weeks-long teachers' strike led to a state-wide popular movement to kick out Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz and replace all state, regional and local governing structures with popular assemblies. This is possible partially because many communities in Oaxaca still run by usos y costumbres rather than the corrupt electoral process of the political parties. And most other people still hold this way of doing politics in their memories if not in their community, town or city...
Many have suggested that what is happening in Oaxaca is a glimpse of what the Other Campaign is building towards country-wide. Al Giordano of Narco News commented recently on a conversation he had in March with Mexican writer Alberto Hijar (professor of the Workshop for Socialism who once taught the man who Mexican authorities say is Marcos) wherein Hijar defined the political tendency of the Other Campaign as "anarchist, specifically, Magonista." Oaxaca was the home of Ricardo Flores Magón, a key figure in the Mexican Revolution, and his legacy is carried on by many groups organizing there today. On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, a national forum is taking place in Oaxaca to discuss the politics and realities of Oaxaca’s situation.
The popular movement has made Oaxaca ungovernable for the ruling parties in the past month. While the movement has not killed a single person in its resistance, the government and elites have begun to wage a dirty war against it. This is a critical moment for international solidarity...for more details go here.