Mexico in the US Elections: Building Bridges, Not Walls

Laura Carlsen

By Jon Sievert

Noted political analyst and media commentator Laura Carlsen discusses the consequences and long-lasting results of the US elections on Mexico at this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

UU Service
“Mexico in the US Elections: Building Bridges, Not Walls”
By Laura Carlsen
Sun, Oct 2, 10:30am
La Posada de Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15

Carlsen examines the future of Mexico/US relations under a Clinton or Trump presidency and what’s at stake for both nations in next month’s election. She’ll especially focus on Donald Trump’s positions on Mexico and immigration, from The Wall to his massive deportation plan, and look at the fiasco of his recent visit, now deemed a “diplomatic incident.”

She is the director of the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy based in Mexico City and holds a B.A. in Social Thought and Institutions and a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. In 1986 she received a Fulbright Scholarship to study the impact of the Mexican economic crisis on women and has lived in Mexico City since. She is a member of the Mexican and Mesoamerican Networks of Women Human Rights Defenders and of Enlaces Nacionales, a national coalition that searches for the disappeared and defends the rights of families and friends of the disappeared.

Carlsen is the author of several books and has published in The Guardian, The Nation, Counterpunch, TruthOut, The New York Times, and other publications. She is a columnist for Desinformemonos, Palabras al Margen, Huffington Post, and Foreign Policy in Focus, and does television commentary for CCTV America’s Americas Now, Al Jazeera English, CNN, BBC, and others. She also hosts the Spanish-language television show “Hecho en America.”

As part of the Fellowship’s extensive community outreach, this week’s collection plate will go to TOSMA, San Miguel’s Saturday organic market, to help it relocate to a new site behind the former Don Pedro hardware store on the Ancha de San Antonio. TOSMA fosters the organic food movement and provides a venue for local farmers to sell directly to consumers.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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