State Repression and Popular Revolt in Oaxaca, Mexico
On June 14th 2006 the Mexican National Guard attacked an encampment of striking teachers in Oaxaca City in southern Mexico During the eight hour onslaught the National Guard used tear gas spraying helicopters, and goon squads to attack unarmed teachers and supporters. This state attack produced a popular revolt sparking the formation of the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO) which included 350 social organizations and unions. APPO set about making this Mexican state 'ungovernable' in an unprecedented mass mobilization calling for the resignation of the corrupt Governor Ulises of the PRI Party and beginning to establish a new popular direct democracy across the state. Since then there has been a police and vigilante campaign against APPO leading to disappearances, assassinations, and the holding of APPO members as political prisoners. All of this occurs in the broader Mexican context of the Zapatista inspired Other Campaign, and the massive electoral fraud against Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the PRD party.
Speaker: Sherry Guppy is an activist and an artist. She lived in Oaxaca, Mexico from August 2004 until September 2006. She went to work in Oaxaca, Mexico to teach ESL. She arrived in Oaxaca days before the state election which resulted in the fraudulent victory of Governor Ulises; and she witnessed the first months of the popular uprising to oust Governor Ulises.
DVD: Never Forget: Oaxaca City University Students footage of the June 14th Attack.
Thursday, March 1st
*2:30 pm Room C-114 in the Classroom Building at Laurentian University.
*7:30 pm Fourth Floor Resource Area, St. Andrew's Place, 111 Larch Street, Downtown Sudbury.
Both locations are wheelchair accessible.
If you need more information, let me know and I can put you in touch with the right people. If you are in Sudbury on March 1, please come to one of these events!