Enrique Rueda Pacheco, teacher leader Oaxaca, Mexico(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
As military helicopters buzz over Oaxaca City and Zapatistas and other supporters complete their 314 mile long walk from Oaxaca City to the Zocalo in Mexico City, San Francisco's Global Exchange, LCLAA [Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, the Open World Conference and others are holding an emergency forum in solidarity with Oaxacan teachers and APPO, the "Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca" on Thursday 10/4 [see below].
Teacher activists in the AFT are also urging their union leadership to become even more active in preventing bloodshed in Oaxaca. KPFA's flashpoints radio show this afternoon reported that while the EZLN supports the APPO demands, they apparently will not be entering Oaxaca because they fear the Mexican government would use their entrance as an excuse to use even more violence against the Oaxacan teachers and APPO. In Mexico City today for a national gathering to analyze the political situation in Mexico, Commandante Marcos stated that "Oaxaca Is Not Just an Emergency, It Is Also an Example to Follow.”
Global Exchange activist John Gibler also mentioned that although the PRD is against bloodshed and repression by the PRI government forces, that they have not played an active role in solidarity with the Oaxacan communities.
Oaxaca and the Anniversary of the Tlatelolco Massacre
The Oaxaca crisis falls also on the eve of the 38th Anniversary of the Tlatelolco Massacre of 1968 where the PRI government [apparently with CIA intelligence support] massacred some 300 students and workers in Mexico City's Tlatelolco Plaza on the eve of the Summer Olympics of 1968. For more on the CIA involvement in the Mexico Massacre see Phillip Agee's classic, "Inside the Company CIA Diary."
*NO FEDERAL TROOPS TO OAXACA!*
MEET THE PEOPLE'S DEMANDS!
Public Forum Featuring José Alejandro Sandoval Torres & Juan Manuel López Sarsoza, Indigenous Leaders of the Peoples Assembly of Oaxaca (APPO).
These APPO representatives are currently on an Emergency West Coast Tour The Fox administration in Mexico is readying to send federal troops into the city of Oaxaca to crush the strike of more than 70,000 teachers and the resistance of an entire people, which has organized its own Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO).
DATE, TIME AND PLACE
Wednesday, OCTOBER 4 @ 7 p.m.
Center for Political Education, 522 Valencia St., 3rd Fl., San Francisco(@ 16th Street; one block from 16th St. Mission BART station)
Donation Requested at door; No one Turned Away for lack of funds.
Forum Sponsored by Mexicanos En El Exterior, Global Exchange, S.F. LCLAA, Open World Conference, Comité en Defensa Del voto.
More info - www.corrugate.org/blog
John Gilber's Global Exchange Dispatches/