Additional information regarding forum organization

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Additional information regarding forum organization:

These are our proposals for the structure of the events. The decision to use them is optional. However, we do envisage that the three main ways in which our actions might be articulated within all the plurality of the forums are: to inform; to engage in collective reflection; to upload action proposals and an agenda of citizen priorities.

To share and publicize the final action proposal and priority agendas, please complete the form on the following link. We will collect debates, the priorities for a citizen agenda derived from your discussions, and proposals for citizen action. We can systematize information and present it as a product of the Global Forum, in which world citizens propose actions to face the current crisis in Mexico.

A. To inform about the context in which the events can be framed. Possible ideas:

  1. The rural schools within the context and commitments of the Mexican Revolution.
  2. The armed movement of Genaro Vazquez and Lucio Cabañas; the Dirty War of the 1970s.
  3. Implications of recent constitutional reforms and the continued dismantling of achievements of earlier struggles.
  4. The recent attacks on students of the teaching school, “Isidro Burgos,” as well as its antecedents in December of 2011.
  5. The so-called “war against drugs” initiated by former President Felipe Calderon, its impacts and consequences: i.e. the number of dead and disappeared, the impact on the social fabric, the normalization of violence, and differentiated impacts in different social groups (women, child, youth, the rural population, the migrant population, and the urban sector)

B. Create discussion groups about Ayotzinapa. Some points of entry are the following:

  1. Analysis of obstruction of information in Mexico and the United States. Informational sources in distinct media; perspectives presented regarding the case; editorial approaches. The contrast between the “formal sources” of information with the one deriving from alternative and independent media.
  2. Attorney General Murillo Karam’s refusal to address the Army’s participation. Testimony of student teachers that reiterated the presence of the Army that night.
  3. The lack of an arrest warrant for María de los Ángeles Pineda and official silence regarding this detail.
  4. Contradictions in the official account of the case.
  5. Compliance between the government and organized crime.
  6. Political character of the student teacher struggle and the case of Julio César Mondragón.
  7. Crisis of credibility, authority, and governance.

C. The political-economic structural dimension in Mexico. Tlatlaya and other Cases.

  1. Generalized violence in the Mexican territory.
  2. The Tlatlaya Case and the role of the Mexican Army.
  3. Structural inequality in Mexico and its relation to violence.
  4. National police and its increased authority as protector of private interests.
  5. A lack of legal framework regarding the forced disappearances.
  6. Processes of illicit prosperity of Mexican politicians in collusion with the private sector.
  7. Global macroeconomic dynamics and the impacts of these on national and local processes.
  8. Impunity in different contexts of violence (like the massacre of San Fernando, Villas de Salvácar, ABC nursery in Hermosillo, crime rates, etc.)

D. Setting discussion groups about the definition of the State and its limits: where the State begins and where it ends, what constitutes a crime of State.

  1. Militarization of the security sectors in Mexico: risks and consequences.
  2. Relationship of the Mexican State with organized crime.
  3. The role of propaganda and conventional news media.
  4. Causes and effects of the State’s neglect and omission.
  5. The role of the Mexican Army in this and other cases.
  6. The relationship between the federal and local government.
  7. Why is it said that the State is to blame?
  8. Defining forced disappearance and crimes against humanity.

E. Develop mechanisms to remain in touch

1. Hand out information sheets of Facebook page, twitter, blog and e-Global Forum.

facebook: facebook.com/ayotzinapasomostodos
twitter: @43Global
blog: ayotzinapasomostodos.wordpress.com

2. Collect emails from people interested in continuing to meet to discuss the events in Mexico to establish an active community.

3. If possible, organize meetings in order to inform and to plan better ways to work for peace and justice in Mexico.


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