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State Behind the Murders of Students from Mexican Teacher College

Posted by in Featured, Guest Posts, Human Rights, Mexico, World News & Events on 10th October, 2014 | 2 Comments

thirdThe story about the violent police abduction of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College and the subsequent discovery of at least four mass graves with dozens of bodies in Guerrero, Mexico seems to turn worse with every news cycle. The cold pre-meditated nature of the crime is enough to render any of us speechless, but we cannot remain silent.
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Women’s Equality and Food Sovereignty: Solutions Found in Chiapas, Mexico

Posted by in Building Positive Alternatives, Featured, For Our Members, Global Exchange News & Events, Mexico on 2nd April, 2014 | 1 Comment

WomensDayQuoteIn the second of our Women Around the World Inspiring Change’ blog series, we chronicle the great work of DESMI (translated as Social and Economic Development for Indigenous Mexicans). Lead by María Estela Barco Huerta, a powerful woman working to promote food sovereignty, DESMI provides workshops on sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and ecological management of livestock, through a lens of gender equality and women’s rights. Global Exchange will honor the work of María Estela Barco Huerta at the 12th Annual Human Rights Awards on May 8 in San Francisco, CA.
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A Call for Justice on Day of the Victim

Posted by in Human Rights, Mexico, World News & Events on 27th March, 2014 | No Comments

March28_supportOn March 28th 2014, organizers in Mexico are marking the third anniversary of the murder of Juan Francisco Sicilia and six friends, the tragic event that catalyzed the movement of drug war victims known as the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD).
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The Glue that Held the Drug War Together is Coming Apart

Posted by in Global Exchange Community, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights on 26th March, 2014 | No Comments

Sicilia-Profile-Drug-War-ByDeTroya555The glue that held the Drug War coalition together is coming apart. Even though few but the most die-hard drug warriors believe the fight is winnable, the so-called Drug War, the fight continues, at great cost to communities throughout North America.
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Two Crucial Issues for the Three Amigos Summit

Posted by in Featured, Mexico, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, World News & Events on 25th February, 2014 | No Comments

TedWhen President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto meet at a summit in Mexico next week, the three North American leaders should tackle a number of critically important and interrelated issues facing their peoples. Unfortunately, the track record of eight previous “three amigos” summits since 2005 has rarely been one of candor or politically courageous action.
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NAFTA’s 20 Years of Unfulfilled Promises

Posted by in Featured, Guest Posts, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, World News & Events on 7th January, 2014 | No Comments

mpr-nafta-BorderExplorerTwenty years after it took effect, NAFTA has failed the vast majority of Mexicans. NAFTA has become an engine of poverty in the country, forcing millions of Mexicans to migrate to the United States in search of jobs.
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¡Trayvon and Juan Francisco, Presente!

Posted by in Featured, Mexico on 17th July, 2013 | 4 Comments

TrayvonIf Trayvon Martin were a young white boy with a bag of skittles and an iced tea he’d still be alive today. He would not have been seen as “suspicious” in a gated community, his clothing wouldn’t be a marker of being “up to no good” and his skin color wouldn’t signal “danger” and provide a culturally, and in Florida, a legal justification for fear.
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We Will Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends

Posted by in Community Rights, Featured, For Our Members, Freedom to Travel to Cuba, Global Exchange Community, Mexico, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 22nd May, 2013 | 1 Comment

Other things they got right: long hair and mustaches.Global Exchange first started in 1988 through the generosity and dedication of many people who helped us through those early days. 25 years later, we’re looking for 25 people to step up and support our efforts to advance human rights and promote resilient ecosystems. A great gift awaits those 25.
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A Mexican Father’s Plea to Two Presidents

Posted by in Mexico, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, World News & Events on 2nd May, 2013 | No Comments

nieto_obamaPresident Obama travels to Mexico today to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. In today’s Los Angeles Times, Mexican poet and peace activist Javier Sicilia emphasized the need for both presidents to focus on curbing drug war violence.
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Slaughter of Innocents

Posted by in Mexico, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power, Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 19th December, 2012 | No Comments

Mexican poet Javier Sicila on the Caravan for Peace this summer, 2012.Millions of anguished conversations about the murder of so many small children at a Connecticut elementary school have produced new resolve to do something. This new commitment to at least talk about gun restriction is heartening. Nevertheless, those, such as myself, who have watched previous waves of horror sweep in, and then recede in the wake of other gun-murder outrages, know we need a broad and resilient coalition against gun violence.
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