Month: August 2020

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2020  Events!

March 20 – March 31 | Footprints of Memory: In the Search for Mexico’s Disappeared | Exhibition and parallel activities

These are the shoes of relatives searching for their missing loved ones in Mexico, engraved with words about their search. In the opening we will have the participation of artist Alfredo González Casanova and María de Jesús Tlatempa Bello, mother of José Eduardo Bartolo Tlatempa, one of the 43 students disappeared in Ayotzinapa since September 2014. Event organised by Huellas de la Memoria, with the collaboration of Amnesty International and the support of LMS

– 20th March – Exhibition Opening | 19:00 – 21:00 | Amnesty International, 17-25 New Inn Yard EC2A 3EA, London.

– 21st March: Film screening of ‘Absences’ and discussion at SOAS, B102 Brunei Gallery | 19:00-21:00

– Special Event at Essex University: 22nd March: Conversation at ESCALA, Essex University 16:00 – 18:00

March 25 – May 13 | Stitched Voices – Aberystwyth | Exhibition

London Mexico Solidarity’s arpillera We Are Seeds will be displayed in the exhibition ‘Stitched Voices’. The exhibition and associated programme is organised by Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Christine Andrä, Lydia Cole, and Danielle House, Department of International politics, Aberystwyth University in cooperation with Aberystwyth Art Centre. Further Info: Stitched Voices Website Aberystwyth Art Centre | Ceredigion SY23 3DE, Wales.

April 3 – April 8 | Footprints of Memory. In the Search for Mexico’s Disappeared | Exhibition in Aberystwyth

These are the shoes of relatives searching for their missing loved ones in Mexico, engraved with words about their search. In the opening we will have the participation of artist Alfredo González Casanova and María de Jesús Tlatempa Bello, mother of José Eduardo Bartolo Tlatempa, one of the 43 students disappeared in Ayotzinapa since September 2014. Event organised by Huellas de la Memoria and Aberystwyth University. Programme:

– 3rd April: Exhibition Opening | Time to be confirmed | Arthouse – Ty Celf, 1 Laura Place, Aberystwyth.
– 5th April: Film screening ‘Absences’ | TBC
– 6th -8th April: Symposium ‘Absence, Presence, and Embodiment’ | Old College, Aberystwyth University, King Street, Aberystwyth, SY23 2Ay

Further info: fb event

April 3 |  War and Journalism in Mexico | 18:00 – 20:30

Join London Mexico Solidarity for a conversation with Paula Mónaco and Miguel Tovar on the brave work that journalists are doing in the context of the so called “War on Drugs” in Mexico. Chaired by Amanda Hopkins and organised with English Pen and Alborada London. Event Organised by LMS in collaboration with Alborada and English PEN.

Further Info: War and Journalism in Mexico | SOAS Room tbc |

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Media contact: correo@londonmexicosolidarity.org

Past Events & Reports

2017

March 8, 13, 14 & 24 | Women Generating Change: A Month of Activities.

A month of activities to feel, explore and express being a powerful, anti-patriarchal, migrant woman.

– March 8th | Women, Creativity and Struggle | 18:00 – 20:30 – A conversation with Wretched of the EarthLAWRS London Mexico Solidarity  and Movimiento Jaguar Despierto

– March 13th & 14th | Tell me your struggle | 18:00 – 20:30 – Art therapy with Wings and Dreams and Consciousness and Movement

– March 24th | Bordered and Resistance | 18:00 – 20:30 – Textiles and Politics Collective and London Mexico Solidarity: allowing the needle and thread to become a political weapon.

– March 24th | Minga for the migrant woman: The Daughter of the Lagoon | 18:00

All workshops have limited seats. Please RSVP at movjaguar@gmail.com indicating the name of the workshop you wish to participate in. Free entrance (Donations are welcome). This event will be held in Spanish but please let us know if you need any translation for any talk or workshop. Collaborating Organisations: War on Want and Unite. Further Info: Mujeres Generando Cambio Unite Union | 128 Theobalds Rd, Holborn WC 1X 8TN

February 24 | Viva México! – Film Screening | 18:30 – 21:30

Viva México! Stories of Struggle and Resistance. Dir. Nicolás Défossé, 120. min (2010) Viva México! brings together the stories of different communities resisting state violence across Mexico, which finally gathered around the Other Campaign (organised by the EZLN and the Zapatista Communities in 2005) to grow autonomy and resistance. Headway East London | Timber Wharf, 238-240 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8AX

January 19th  Amnesty International and London Mexico Solidarity: Mexico’s Human Rights Crisis and the Zapatista Struggle. Organised by the Kingston – AI group. 8:00PM, New Malden Methodist Church, 49 High Street, New Malden KT3 4BY

2016

November 2nd Gatecrishing the Mexican Embassy’s Day of the Dead. Remembering those who the Mexican Government wants to forget

October 8th 14:00 Solidarity with Atenco from London – LMS at GrowHeathrow with Reclaim the Power! Groups fighting against airport expansion in London come together to show their solidarity with movements across Europe and Atenco, in Mexico. This will be part of #StayGrounded!

SEPTEMBER 2016 Ayotzinapa 2 Years On: Stop Disappearances in México Now

* Ayot2inapa 26th September / 17:30 -19:00. Demonstration: Ayotzinapa Two Years On: Stop Disappearances in Mexico Now! Mexican Embassy in London, 16 St George St, W1S 1FD. Report and photos

* Ayot2inapa 24th September / Time to be confirmed ‘Mexico’s Human Rights Crisis: Enforced Disppearances’, a brief talk by FUNDENL, at the British Museum’s Great Court, Great Russell St. London, WC1B 3DG

* Ayot2inapa  23rd September / 18:00 Watching them Die: The Mexican Army and the 43 Disappeared. Documentary Screening and Discussion by War Resisters International and London Mexico Solidarity. Friends Meeting House, Suite B, 173-177 Euston Rd. £3 suggested donation.

* Ayot2inapa  21st September / 18:00 Panel Discussion. Disappearances in Mexico: 2 Years After Ayotzinapa. UCL Institute of the Americas. Room 103. Further Info and Registration

* Ayot2inapa  6th September / 18:00 – 23:00 Night of Music, Art, Dance & Resistance from Mexico The Hive, First Floor Cafe, 260-264 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4DG – £3 suggested donation. Fb event: http://goo.gl/pmwVW5

June 8 2016 Solidarity with Oaxaca and the teacher’s movement in Mexico: Stop Repression

April 2016 Call for Action and Solidarity with Mexico and Frontline Communities, by LMS

April 4 2016 A History of BP in Ten Objects. An Alternative Exhibition at the British Museum. Version en español: La historia de BP en diez objetos: una exposición alternativa en el Museo Británico

March 2016 #TheyDon’tMakeUsSafer Campaign

March 8 Protest for Berta Cáceres in London

February 2016 “LMS-Plane Stupid Solidarity: building solidarity against ariport expansion”: Stop Aviation, Stop Col2nialism, by Plane Stupid in Solidarity with Atenco and Frontline communities fighting airport expansion & Solidarity with Heathrow13, by LMS.

January 20 2016 “Solidarity Meeting with Omar García, from Ayotzinapa – What comes next?” UCL Report and Media Coverage

November 29 2015 Join us in The Wretched of the Earth Bloc at the demonstration for Climate Justice. Colonialism stills, your climate profits kill!!

November 28 2015 LMS at the Latin America Conference Adelante 2015. Presenting Ayotzinapa: A Chronicle of a State Crime. 10:30

November 7 2015 Movimientos 10th anniversary: Roudtable on Latin America with LMS & different grassroots movements  Richmix, 12:00-13:00. Check the complete programme, including music, talks, and films.

November 9 2015 LMS’s talk “Mexico and Students Rights”, Berric Saul Building, York University. 18:30. Organised by English PEN and York PEN

October 30 2015 Join us to Crash BP and Mexican Government party of Day of the Dead, British Museum, 18:30. Press Release / Comunicado de prensa / Media Coverage / Video /

October 26 Discussion “Enforced disappearances in Mexico”, by LMS and Amanda Hopkins at the University of East Anglia. See LMS’ Photos

October 24 Workshop “Zapatistas, The Struggle Against Dispossession”, London Anarchist Bookfair 2015.

September 26 Demonstration: One Year On We Are Still Fighting! 14:00 – 18:00 Mexican Embassy in London Further Information

September 22 Panel Discussion: Ayotzinapa One Year After 17:30 – 19:30 University College London, Institute of the Americas, WC1H 0PN Further information

September 19 Housing Rights and Human Rights: an Evening of Short Films by London Mexico Solidarity, Southwark Defend Council Housing and the South London People’s Assembly. Tiendas del Sur, London SE1 6SF. Further Information

September 18 Workshop “Ayotzinapa, Your Struggle is Our Struggle, with EnglishPEN and StudentsPEN.

September 17 Ayotzinapa: Chronicle of a State Crime: Documentary Screening and Discussion by Alborada London and London Mexico Solidarity Director: Xavier Robles , Mexico, 2015. 18:00 – 21:00 SOAS, University of London Penton Rise. Further Information

September 12 “Stop the Arms” Demonstration. See London Mexico Solidarity’s photos.

September 12 “Refugges Welcome” Rally. See London Mexico Solidarity’s photos.


Resources

Resources 

Grassroots News

 

  • ‘Boca en Boca’ means ‘by word of mouth’ in English and it is an independent news round-up about what is happening in the organised communities of Chiapas. It is a direct counterpunch to the Bad Government’s strategy of misinformation (the pen is mightier than the sword!), and creates solidarity amongst the communities. We archive ‘Boca en Boca’ in English but it is also published in Spanish, French, Portugese and Italian. And the aspiration is to one day publish it in the many Mayan languages spoken in Chiapas. It is archived as a PDF at the bottom of this page. ‘Boca en Boca’ works along lines of international grassroots solidarity. They invite collaboration: Send an email explaining how and why you can help. Similarly then invite you to contact them if you can translate it into another language, encourage you disseminate both electronic and printed copies of the news-sheet, as well as the good old stand-by of a donation to help cover costs of its distribution in Chiapas. Email bocaenboca@riseup.net for more information.
  • ‘Zapatista News Summary’ monthly news-sheet complied by the Chiapas Support Committee. Includes news directly from the Zapatista, adherents of the Other Campaign and other atuonomouse and organised communities in Mexico.
  • SIPAZ News periodic news round up from Servicio International Para la Paz
  • Reports from Grassroots Bridages of Solidarity and Human Rights Observation

 

Websites

Enlace Zapatista Keep updated on the information coming directly from the Zapatista communities, and the communiqués from the EZLN

Zapatista Women – an arena of discussion, collaboration, challenge, education and participation of the women who have offered their lives to the Zapatista movement

Zapagringo

Witness for Peace – NGO organising people-to-people exchange and networking opportunities in Mexico (a handful of other Latin American countries) and the US; the aim is to transform people and US policy towards the region

Upside Down World – covering activism and politics in Latin America; Eduardo Galeano asks ‘If the world is upside down the way it is now, wouldn’t we have to turn it over to get it to stand up straight?’

UK Zapatista Solidarity Network

The Land – is written by and for people who believe that the roots of justice, freedom, social security and democracy lie not so much in access to money, or to the ballot box, as in access to land and its resources

Sipaz – NGO providing accompaniment, an international presence, information in promotion of action, peace promotion and networking since 1995

Schools for Chiapas – provides resources and training for autonomous education centers and schools in the misty mountains and steamy jungles of the Mexican southeast

Revolutionary Women: from Soldera to Comandantas – the role of women in the Mexican Revolution and the Zapatista Up-rising

Radio Zapatista  – is an alternative radio collective reporting on zapatismo and struggles inspired by zapatismo in Mexico, the US, and the world

Narco News – Reporting on the drug war and democracy from all of America, multilingual news analysis

Left Turn – notes from the global intifada

Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Group

Dissident Thinker – Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Kiptik (Bristol)

El Kilombo Intergalactico

Raúl Zibechi´s Articles

The Commoner

Immanuel Wallerstein Commentaries

Books

“The Annexation of Mexico: From the Aztecs to the IMF”, by John Ross

Ross’s witty style makes what could be dry history into easy-to-read, fun trip through the ages of Mexican history.

 

 

“Down the Rabbit Hole”, by Juan Pablo Villalobos, Adam Thirlwell (Introduction), Rosalind Harvey (Translator)

 

A masterful and darkly comic first novel chronicles a delirious journey to grant a child’s wish. Tochtli is a child whose father is a drug baron on the verge of taking over a powerful cartel. Tochtli is growing up in a luxury hideout that he shares with hit men, prostitutes, dealers, servants and the odd corrupt politician or two.

 

“The Meaning of Macho: being a man in Mexico City”, by Matthew C. Gutmann

This book explores women’s conceptions about men as well as men’s ideas about themselves. Readers learn about intriguing, complicated sexual politics among friends and informants and against the stereotype, men’s nuanced, complicated sense of sexual identity encompassing considerable child-care responsibilities and recognition of a newfound female autonomy.

“Never Again a World Without Us: Voices of Mayan Women in Chiapas”, Mexico by Teresa Ortiz

Conveys the little heard voices and personal stories of Zapatista and non-Zapatista Mayan women.

 

“Teaching Rebellion: Stories from the Grassroots Mobilization in Oaxaca”, edited by Diana Denham and the C.A.S.A.  Collective                                               

In 2006 hundreds of thousands of teachers, students, homemakers, religious leaders, trade union members, indigenous community activists, and artists raised their voices against the abuse of the state government. This book is a rare opportunity to hear directly from those living resistance and building the alternative every day. 

“Zapatista Stories”, translated by Dinah Livingstone

Zapatista Stories is in three parts. First, stories of the beetle knight errant, Don Durito de la Lacandona, the Zapatista Don Quixote and a Mexican cousin of the bossy caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland. Second comes old Antonio, Marcos’s other mentor, with stories about the jolly, ‘quarrelsome but wise’ old Mayan gods. Lastly, there are the real lives of Zapatista children in the ‘war against oblivion’, ending with the long piece, The Devils of the New Century, that appeared in February 2001, just before the Zapatistas set out on their great march to Mexico City.

A reviewer in the Ethical Record wrote “A book that everyone who is not asleep will want to read and re-read. It might even wake a few of us up.”

Workshop D-I-Y guidance notes

The Daily Practice of Building Autonomy — a participatory workshop

Why we have hope on earth — a creative tool for public education and engagement

Recursos en Español

Desinformémonos

Koman Ilel

Radio Pozol

Chacatorex – Hormiga Colorada

GRASSROOTS NEWS ARCHIVE. Go to the Adobe website if you need help opening these documents.