Mexico’s Recent Elections, the Ayotzinapa Disappeared, and New Hopes

By Betsy Bowman

The Center for Global Justice opens its July-August Summer Symposium by examining Mexico’s political life after last year’s disappearance of 43 teacher college students.

Film and discussion
Herod’s Law (1999 Docudrama, subtitled)
Tue, Jul 7, 11am
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
150 0025
60 pesos
“Mexican Elections: What Happened?”
Wed, Jul 8, 11am
Sala Quetzal
La Biblioteca
150 0025
60 pesos
Film and discussion with director
A Day in Ayotzinapa 43 (2015 Documentary, subtitled)
Thu, Jul 9, 11am
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
150 0025
60 pesos
Lecture and discussion in Spanish
“Que es la economia solidaria?”
By Ariel Garibaldi
Sat, Jul 11, 11am
Organic Market (TOSMA)
Ancha San Antonio
150 0025
No charge

We start on Tuesday, June 7, with discussion of a hard-hitting docudrama on Mexico’s political history. Director Luis Estrada’s Herod’s Law (La Ley de Herodes) offers a fictional history of the PRI party, which ruled Mexico from the Revolution to 2000. It follows the rise of a small town delegado. His tools? Fraud, theft, and assassination. The Mexican government attempted to ban the film when it came out before the 2000 elections, which were won by Vicente Fox of the PAN party.

The 500 members of Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies were chosen in elections held June 7. For many Mexicans, the political life of their country, including these elections, has been overshadowed since September 26 of last year by the unsolved disappearance while in police custody, of 43 rural teachers college students in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. On Wednesday, July 8, participants in the Colectivo Ayotzinapa San Miguel will describe the election results and hold an open discussion of their meaning in which all viewpoints are welcome.

Screening of the thoughtful documentary A Day in Ayotzinapa 43 will be followed on Thursday, July 8, by a conversation with its director, Rafael Rangel. Rangel’s camera conveys the impact on survivors after the tragedy and ends on a note of hope.

The Center opens a new series of presentations in Spanish with an exciting talk on “Que es la economia solidaria?” by Ariel Garibaldi, a sculptor active in San Miguel’s own solidarity economy. The talk and the series will be in the small auditorium at the Saturday Organic Market (TOSMA Tianguis Orgánico de San Miguel) on Rosewood Hotel grounds on Ancha San Antonio. TOSMA leader Yolanda Millán will organize the series. As with all Center events, an open discussion will follow. This is a good opportunity to practice Spanish and join in San Miguel’s cultural life.


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