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“Mexico: the Wound of the World”


Sunday November 9, 2014

Mexico faces great challenges, as made evident by the grave developments in Ayotzinapa, Tlatlaya, and the last eight years of the so called “War on Drugs”. In tandem with these developments, there exists a need to comprehensively inform the public about the situation, as well as to promote dialogue, reflection, and citizen-participation.

 In response to these developments, we, the diverse network behind the “Open letter from abroad, #WeAreAllAyotzinapa”,–which has drawn more than 14,000 signatures from academics and citizens from more than 500 universities and organizations in 85 countries– call on academic and activist communities worldwide to convene a GLOBAL FORUM. Entitled “Mexico: the Wound of the World”, it is proposed that local events be carried out–preferably between 15 and 30 November–at every university that has chosen to accept the call to participate.



In preparation of these forums, the network shall do the following:

a) Invite university and local communities, civil and human rights organizations, and local media to participate,

b) If pertinent, inform the embassies and consulates about the events and their occurrence.

Note: The convening group will attempt to provide resources such as press releases, video footage, music, and the like before the events.

During the forum at each university, we believe that it is fundamental that the following take place:

1. To publicly adscribe to the name FORO GLOBAL “México y la herida del mundo” (GLOBAL FORUM “Mexico: the Wound of the World”)

2. Organize informational and dialogue sessions in public or university settings. If it is so desired, local groups can and should formulate proposals and organize future actions.

3. Document these actions by video, audio, or photographs and send them to These materials will in turn be compiled and widely distributed to other institutions across the network.

The following activities seem important, but they remain at the discretion of local organizers, taking specific conditions into consideration:

1. Screening the “Mexico: The Wound of the World” video,

2. Arrange Skype or video tele-conferences with:

a) Other Mexican and foreign universities

b) Activists in Mexico and abroad

c) Family members and students from the Ayotzinapa community,

3. Arrange venues and times to host popular musical performances alluding to or related to Ayotzinapa. Local organizing groups should intend to offer provisions and/or equipment prior to the events,

4. Organize and stage a small demonstration/rally in a location representing the local community where the images of the 43 missing students can be displayed, and distribute fliers for the teach-in/forum during the event.

 Note: Other program activities already scheduled on the same dates can be added to the forums in solidarity with the spirit of the GLOBAL FORUM “Mexico: the Wound of the World”. Every action counts, so if you’re in your classroom or in a space disseminating information and promoting reflection, also submit your activities to be part of the Global Forum (for those willing to spend at least 15 minutes to inform a class or a group or there is a ppt presentation that can be downloaded from the same site).

For suggestions on themes that could be covered during the forums, please visit

Also, please contact us with all manner of suggestions, consultations, and feedback at

Twitter: @43Global


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Participating Institutions:

Aho Colectivo
Asociación Cultural Iberoamericana, Dresden
Asamblea de Mexicanxs en Argentina
Brown University
Ciudadanos de Redwood City, CA
City University of New York (CUNY)
Clark University, Worcester, MA
Colectivo Ayudarte
Collège d’Etudes Mondiales – Paris
Columbia University
Comitè Ayotzinapa Firenze
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
El Colegio de Michoacán (COLMICH)
Escuela Normal Rural Raúl Isidro Burgos, Ayotzinapa
Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatán
Freies Universität Berlin
Indiana University
Insitut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris
Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO)
International Sociological Association – Research Committee 47 “Social Movements”
Kollektiv Por Ayotzinapa, Hamburgo
Loyola Marymount University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University
Norwegian Latin America Research Network (NorLARNet)
Northwestern University
Princeton University
Rice University
SciencesPo Paris
The New School – NYC
The University of Texas at Austin
Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México, Cuautepec
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Universidad de Santiago de Chile
Universidad Internacional del Pacifico (UNIP)
Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)
Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos (UNER)
Universidad Nacional de La Plata
Universidade de Brasília
Universidade Federal da Bahia
Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO)
Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF)
Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ)
Università di Bologna
Universität Göttingen
Université Catholique de Louvain
Université François Rabelais
University College London
University of Arkansas
University of Bath
University of Bristol
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of Cambridge
University of Chicago
University of Helsinki
University of Kansas
University of Massachusetts Amherst – Hampshire College
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of Sussex
Virginia Tech

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