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(en) US, Philadelphia, Defenestrator* call: Protest the killings in Oaxaca, remembering Brad Will Monday 9am 5th and Market

Date Mon, 30 Oct 2006 08:53:28 +0200


Bring a friend and companera Bring noisemakers, banners, and other
implements of instruction. Philadelphia's Mexican Consulate is at:
111 S. Independence Mall E, Suite 310 Bourse Building (21 S 5th St)
Philadelphia, PA 19106 Tel: (215) 922-3834 * Fax: (215) 923-7281
This is a call to action for monday, oct. 30th, to remember brad, to show
solidarity with the protesters and strikers of oaxaca, and to try to halt the
incoming invasion of Mexican forces that Fox is planning and has put into effect.
> text of the flyer...
We are here protesting the murder of dozens of striking teachers and
pro-democracy activists in Oaxaca, Mexico. Among those killed was Brad
Will, an independent journalist, a dear friend and familiar face to many
in Philadelphia and across the Americas who fight for a better world. We
are also here to pressure the Mexican state to stop the violence.

What?s going on in Oaxaca?
Oaxaca is a state in central Mexico where 5 months ago a strike started of
teachers demanding increases in salaray and working conditions. The strike
joined forces with a number of labor unions, farmers? organisations,
neighbourhood committees, organisations of indigenous peoples, women?s
groups, regional groups, and individuals fighting together for traditional
democracy and for the rights of indigenous Mexicans. Many of these groups
have deep roots in their struggles. Out of this convergence arose the
APPO, the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca. The APPO, aside from
fighting for a number of distinct material demands for Oaxaqenos are also
committed to a a very different form of governance. Their popular
assemblies rely on indigenous traditions of direct participatory democracy
where governing decisions are made at large open assemblies instead of by
professional politicians. The APPO had begun a form of parallel popular
governance in Oaxaca that had become a very real direct threat to the
power of the state.

Within the last weeks repression against the protesters had increased
dramatically, with regular news of murders of striking teachers and APPO
activists in the Mexican headlines. The killings have consistently been
proven to be committed by police out of uniform and right wing
paramilitaries.

Demands:
* We demand an end to state violence in Oaxaca, in particular the removal
of Federal Preventative Police and state paramilitaries.
* Investigate the killing of journalist Brad Will
* We support the demands of the teachers unions and the APPO
* The resignation of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, gover.

How To Support the Campaign:
For more information on the situation on Oaxaca:
www.narconews.org
www.indymedia.org
www.asambleapopulardeoaxaca.com

(215) 592-0410
215.922.3834

Electronic Blockade against Mexican Embassy and Consulate Websites
http://www.mountainrebel.net/oaxaca
from the defenestrator - http://defenestrator.org

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* From their web site: http://defenestrator.org/?q=ideas
Ideas and hystory
Us here at defenestrator don't adhere to a strictly defined ideology, but
we generally derive our ideas from an anarchist or autonomist tradition,
which proposes a revolutionary transformation of society, the abolition of
property and of all hierarchies and coercive power. To replace it we want
a network of federated autonomous communities, organizations and individuals
who act on principles of solidarity and mutual aid. The current anti-corporate
globalization movement may reflect some of these ideas in their horizontal
forms of organizing, but less is said about the origins of our ideas. The
following is a very limited list of links, articles and books which have
influenced us or explain where we're coming from.
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