By Jim Carey
For those unfamiliar with the details of the event, we will show a 30-minute film giving a brief overview of this tragedy. The film will be followed by a local group of bilingual Mexican citizens who want to share with foreigners what they have learned from Ayotzinapa. Many of them are connected with AyotzinapaSMA.
Mon, Mar 23, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Most of us are at least aware of the abduction of the 43 freshman students from the Raul Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College, located in the Guerrero town of Ayotzinapa. Many are unaware that this January, both Amnesty International and the US-based Human Rights Watch criticized the “faltering investigations overseen by the Mexican government as a crime that has shocked the world and a tragedy which has changed the distorted perception that the human rights situation has been improving in Mexico since President Peña Nieto took power in 2012.”
The US media has criticized the “official version of Ayotzinapa as not being historical.” Chief among these is the influential weekly The New Yorker and their five-part series, available online: Ayotzinapa by Francisco Goldman. On February 13, the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) also called on the Mexican government to create a national registry of the forced disappearances, the formation of a special unit to search for the disappeared. Finally, on February 22, when he won the Oscar for best director for Birdman, Alejandro G. Iñarritu said: “I want to dedicate this award to my fellow Mexicans, the ones who live in Mexico, I pray that we can find and build the government that we deserve.” According to local Mexican friends, neither Televisa nor Azteca TV broadcast his remarks.
For many of us visiting and living here, all of this is surprising and even shocking. We love Mexico and its people and wish only that the US under Bush and Obama had never funded this War on Drugs, which has killed over 100,000 and spent US$3 billion of US taxpayers’ money.
We give the last word to The New Yorkers’ Francisco Goldman: “Father Alejandro Solalinde, the leading human-rights and oppositional civic voice in Mexico, likes to say, ‘reimagine reinvent.’ I am talking about a peaceful revolution. We have to inform people and contribute to organizing from below, and do it without hiding; we should be openly subversive and say to the system: we don’t want you, that from below we are going to organize in order to reinvent this bad goverment.” Occupy’s meetings and films are free and open to all. They are always followed by a discussion.