NYC Liberation Flicks | Viva Mexico: From Ayotzinapa to MariChuy
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Viva Mexico: From Ayotzinapa to MariChuy
Battered by centuries of colonialism and corruption, contemporary Mexico embodies the violent contradictions of global capitalism. Recently, natural-turned-manmade disasters have cost the lives of hundreds of Mexicans and have left thousands more vulnerable. Decades of privatization and disastrous free trade agreements have essentially erased the country’s revolutionary history and made Mexico subservient to the United States.
History shows that wherever oppression exists, resistance also exists. 2018 will be a historic year for the peoples of Mexico: a coalition of indigenous groups and left-wing activists is working to run an indigenous woman as their presidential candidate, a first for the nation. Bolstered by Zapatismo, Mexico’s indigenous-based resistance movement, MariChuy is poised to seriously challenge the neo-colonial, corrupt clique of politicians who have run the country for over 100 years.
The Mexican government remains a major human rights abuser in Latin America. While revolutionary Cuba is constantly demonized for defending its system against U.S. imperialist aggression, the Mexican government works together with U.S. imperialism to suppress dissent and keep the country locked in a cycle of chronic underdevelopment. In the state of Ayotzinapa, 43 students were disappeared for standing up for their rights. Evidence presented at the U.N. and Commission of Human Rights CIDH has confirmed that every level of the state was involved in their disappearances and yet little action has been taken and the case in ignored in the mainstream media in the United States. Antonio Tizapa, father of one of the 43 missing students, will present on the ongoing struggle for justice. Ayotzinapa justice activists have been running in races across the country to raise awareness about the ongoing corruption and brutality of the Mexican state.