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Speaker to Investigate the Implications of AMLO’s “Fourth Transformation”

By Cliff DuRand

México is in the midst of great changes. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, AMLO for short, has pledged to end the corruption that has been endemic in the country and raise the poor. These are just a couple of the more difficult aspects of what he calls The Fourth Transformation. With an activist state exercising a preferential option for the poor, he promises an end to the neoliberal era of the last 30 years. While he remains overwhelmingly popular, deep class divisions have opened up between supporters and opponents.

So how is AMLO doing? This will be the focus of a Center for Global Justice talk by Hector Ulloa. The first Mexican editor of Atención, Ulloa has a longstanding relationship with San Miguel de Allende. He studied ethnology at the National School of Anthropology and History in México City and communications at Monterrey Tech before moving here in the mid-1990s. Following his stint at Atención, he was named press secretary to then San Miguel de Allende mayor Jaime Fernández, where he got to know how Mexican politics work from the inside and the dire conditions in which most people live in San Miguel’s rural communities. After that, he was the academic director of the Instituto Allende. Hector moved to Toluca in the State of México in 2011, where he established Iconofilia ( to practice and teach the art of digital photography. Now he returns to San Miguel to share his insights about the current political situation in México.

What has AMLO been able to accomplish since his landslide victory a year ago? What are the challenges he faces today? Will he be able to realize his ambitious program? And if not, what would the consequences be? These are the times that will shape the future of México.

As background to the harsh realities of urban poverty, we will screen on Wednesday the 1950 Mexican classic Los Olvidados (The Forgotten Ones). It is a dark picture of the violent life of destitute children in México City. Director Luis Buñuel received the Best Director award for it at the Cannes Film Festival. The film is also known in the US as The Young and the Damned. It will be shown with English subtitles.



Center for Global Justice presents:

“A Fourth Transformation: Is México Ready for Social Justice?”

Hector Ulloa

Thu, Aug 8, 11am

Sala Quetzal

La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A

70 pesos




Los Olvidados (The Forgotten Ones)

Wed, Aug 7, 11am

Teatro Santa Ana

La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A

70 pesos




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