In both the United States and Mexico a long-term, sustained campaign has been undertaken by the forces of reaction to undermine the rights of workers, advocates and unions. Teachers, on both sides of the border, are among the most poorly paid of the professions and a prime target for anti-progressive interests. Breaking up teachers unions and organizations detracts from quality of education for children, as well as, the overall strength of organized labor. Public education and teachers unions are fundamental cornerstones of a functioning civil society.

Recent events in the State of Oaxaca in Southwestern Mexico have led to an explosion of violence

Recent events in the State of Oaxaca in Southwestern Mexico have led to an explosion of violence as Federal and State Police along with elements of the Mexican military clash in open violence. Thus far nine people have been confirmed killed in the fighting and protests and hundreds more have been injured.  Teachers syndicates provided the impetus for the protests in fighting in Oaxaca as they rose up against the Neo-Liberal educational reforms of President Peña  Nieto. Organizers have affirmed that we are seeing only the beginning this week and that concerted action on a wider scale is in the works. The protests will continue and the teachers show no indication that they will be backing down any time soon.

Civil Rights activists on both sides of the border have begun to organize supportive efforts in a show of solidarity with the teachers of Oaxaca.

What’s at stake in Oaxaca State is the fate of organized labor and unions. In the United States there have been similar efforts aimed at breaking up unions, perhaps most notably in the State of Wisconsin under Governor Scott Walker.

 

Civil rights advocates to show solidarity with Mexican protesters

Source: Civil rights advocates to show solidarity with Mexican protesters

McALLEN — Eight people have been killed and hundreds injured during an ongoing clash in Oaxaca, Mexico, between police and educators protesting the nation’s education reform.

Local civil rights advocates and educators are scheduled to hold a demonstration at noon Friday in front of the Mexican consulate to show solidarity with the protesters in hopes of building awareness of the happenings that have been largely ignored by U.S. media outlets and send a message to Mexico.

“It is important to support our Mexican brothers and sisters because this has happened before and this violent history by the government toward their own citizens cannot keep repeating itself,” said Elizabeth Love, 36, in Spanish.

She is one of the main organizers of Friday’s event, where they hope to hold a non-violent demonstration and give the local consulate a letter addressed to the Mexican government.

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