Global Forum – Press Release

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Global Forum

“Mexico: the Wound of the World”

17 November, 2014

To whom it may concern,

The Global Forum “Mexico: The Wound Of The World” that will take place in November and December in more than 35 universities and organizations around the world starts today. The objective is to inform, reflect and open a dialogue with students, professors and the civil society in general about the governability and human rights crisis in Mexico.

The Global Forum is promoted by the international network of academics and activists that promoted the Open Letter From Abroad #WeAreAllAyotzinapa that categorically condemned all violent acts committed in Iguala and gathered more than 14 thousand signatures from more than 85 countries.

This new initiative aims at  continuing the effort to oppose violence in Mexico from an international perspective. The proposals that are made in each site will be gathered and reviewed at the collective level by this network in order to define the citizen’s agenda priorities.

The Global Forum’s agenda includes talks by important intellectuals such as Jorge Castañeda, Yvon Le Bot, Claudio Lomnitz, Pablo Picatto, Gabriela Polit, Rossana Reguillo, Javier Sicilia, Alejandro Vélez and Juan Villoro, among others. At the same time, we are proud to present the special event: “Ayotzinapa: A Light within the Darkness”, that would consist on a concert on December th 14th with confirmed performances by Los Aguas Aguas, Héctor Guerra, Juana la Rodillona, Montserrat de León, Rondalla de la Normal de Ayotzinapa, Tehualne.”” in Chilpancingo’s Main Square. We’ll broadcast most of these events at

The Universities and Associations that have confirmed their participation in the Forum are: Aho Colectivo; Asociación Cultural Iberoamericana, Dresden; Brown University; City University of New York; Ciudadanos de Redwood City, California; Clark University; Collège d’Etudes Mondiales, Paris; Columbia University; École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales; Escuela Normal Rural Raúl Isidro Burgos, Ayotzinapa; Freies Universität Berlin; Georg-August-Universität Göttingen; Indiana University; International Sociological Association – Research Committee 47 “Social Movements”; Loyola Marymount University; Mirac; New York University; Princeton University; SciencesPo Paris; The New School; The University of Texas at Austin; Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro; Universidade Federal da Bahia; Universidade Federal Fluminense; Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro; Université Catholique de Louvain; Université François Rabelais; University College London; University of Arkansas; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Riverside; University of Cambridge; University of Kansas; University of Southern California; University of Sussex; Virginia Tech.

The call for action, registered actions, activity proposals and materials (videos, media and music) can be seen at:  On that same link, from November 21st onwards, we will also publish a Forum’s Memory comprising pictures and videos of the events, the materials shown, and number of participants (number of institutions, groups and or communities, host countries, etc).

On behalf of the diverse network that organized the Open Letter From Abroad #WeAreAllAyotzinapa and that now organizes the Global Forum “Mexico: the Wound of the World” we wish to thank you for the help in broadcasting this issue. If you have any questions or wish more information please email

Yours Sincerely,

Media and Broadcasting Team

Global Forum “Mexico: the Wound of the World”



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