Team Destructo Protesta Aumento
Usan sus madrugadas para protestar con graffiti el aumento al boleto del Metro.
Media Literacy: How the News Is Made
“Wow, did Obama really take a selfie at Mandela’s funeral? Did you see the pics of how upset Michelle was?,” is how trivial the news has become lately. Gossip and sensationalism is cheap and easy to produce, so it often takes the place of genuine news reporting. Meanwhile, real issues are ignored or buried.
For the past decade, almost every news story on the Mexican community in the United States has been negative. From fear mongering immigration and narco pieces to stories that make a mockery of our culture, the news has not been our friend.
So prevalent are these negative news stories that they have been normalized, affecting how many — especially our community’s younger generation — view themselves.
How do we fight this and move past it as a community? First and foremost, we need to understand how the news is made, and make clear that the fear and hatred of others does not define us as a people.
Take a look at this video from Newswipe, a media commentary program from the BBC, and think about how we can apply this information on how the news is made to the Mexican community.
Editor’s note: We regret the fact that Newswipe uses Islam4UK, a British-based Muslim group, to make their point on publicity stunts and phony controversies. We mean no disrespect to our Muslim brothers and sisters who often confront the same media bias that we do. This group, however, appears to be made up of media hounds, and is surely not a reflection of the dignified UK Muslim community.
#PosMeSalto: Mexico City Subway Fare Strike Challenges Neoliberal Policies
This Friday, December 13, the Mexico City Metro becomes the most expensive in the world when adjusted for the national minimum wage.
The 10 pesos, which comes out to about .78 US cents, for 2 tickets may not seem like a lot for some, but it points to the extremely low minimum wage in place in Mexico and the increasingly neoliberal policies being implemented by elected officials like Miguel Mancera, who was elected under a leftist banner and a promise not to raise Metro ticket prices.
In response, citizens have organized fare strikes called #PosMeSalto, which roughly translates to ‘well, then I’ll jump it,’ referring to the metro turnstile.
Israel’s invitation to be “guest of honor” at the Guadalajara International Book Fair later this month has provoked controversy in Mexico.
A group of writers and intellectuals have objected to the one-sided inclusion of Israel and demanded recognition for Palestine.
Calling Israel a “Jewish fundamentalist state in the garb of a Western democracy,” they are urging festival organizers to create a more pluralistic program.
Now in its 27th year, the annual Guadalajara International Book Fair is among the most important cultural events in Latin America, notes the Arabic literature and culture website Qadita.
“There is a fundamental point that cannot be ignored: the State of Israel has an ethnic and sectarian character. It is not a state of its citizens, but a state exclusively for part of its citizens, the Jews,” the intellectuals say.
The signatories include Argentine poet and Cervantes Prize winner Juan Gelman, the Mexican poet, diplomat and academic Hugo Gutierrez Vega and Mexican poet Aline Pettersson.
Read More at Electronic Intifada
Atole de Champurrado
En tiempo de frío, no hay nada como un rico y calientito champurrado. ¡Buen Procecho!
When the weather is cold, there’s nothing like a rich, warm champurrado. Enjoy!
Fotos vía / Photos via xoxoryan
Deep in our hearts we believe that being Mexican has nothing to do with which country one lives in. Being Mexican is a state of soul - not one of mind, not one of citizenship. Neither eagle nor serpent, but both. And like the ocean, neither animal respects borders.
Mexico City Subway Becomes the Most Expensive in the World
Mexico City Mayor Miguel Mancera surprised residents of this megalopolis when he announced recently that metro ticket prices would be hiked from 3 to 5 pesos.
But even more surprising is that the Mexico City Metro, which is one of the busiest in the world with an annual ridership 1.6 billion (2012), will now become the most expensive amongst OCDE nations, reports Inteligencia Pública.
When adjusted for minimum wage, Mexico City’s new 5 peso (about .40 US cents) subway ticket do, indeed, become the world’s most expensive.
Minimum wage workers have to work 1.38 hours to earn the 10 pesos for 2 metro tickets. In the United States, based on the national minimum wage of $7.25, 2 tickets paid with money earned working the same amount of time would come out to $10.00.
On top of this incredibly high price, under Mayor Mancera’s plan, it becomes difficult to qualify for a discount. Only single mothers, the unemployed, high school students and on-duty police officers who can prove DF residency will be eligible for a reduced fare.
Nelson Mandela’s Long Road to Freedom
“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended” - Nelson Mandela
Revolutionary, anti-apartheid leader, peacemaker and world icon Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela died at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa, just before 9 p.m. local time on December 5, 2013. He was 95 years.
Mandela, who spent 27 years in jail for fighting the racist white rule of apartheid, gave his life to see the liberation of his people. His courage and resolution will forever serve as a great example of human dignity.
The world honors your memory. May you rest in peace, Madiba.
Check out this award-winning animation short based on the first face-to-face meeting between Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa in Xochimilco on December 4, 1914.
Read more about El Pacto de Xochimilco.
Editor’s note: Our post on Agnes Torres’ murder received thousands of new notes recently, with many appearing to believe it was a recent story. It’s not. She was killed more than a year ago on March 9, 2012. We’re taking the interest in her story as an opportunity to provide new details on Agnes, and an update on her case.
Agnes Torres was a counselor, human rights activist and respected leader in Mexico’s LGBT community. On March 9, 2012, she was lured to a party by a young man she was reportedly dating. Hours later her dead body was discovered in a gully off a highway near Atlixco, Puebla. It bore signs of torture.
Agnes was buried by family and friends on March 14, 2012, in San Lorenzo Teotipilco, Puebla. She was 28 years old.
Her car was found torched, and many believed it was part of a cover up by the group of men involved in her murder. State prosecutors, in fact, first claimed Agnes’ death was result of a botched robbery.
More than a year after Agnes’ death, justice has yet to be served. Days after her murder, prosecutors presented three suspects, one of which was a minor, and another had fled the state. Currently, Marco Antonio Berra Spezzia, Agustín Flores Zenchnelli and Luis Fernando Guerra Mazzoco are housed in San Miguel prison in Puebla. A fourth suspect, the minor, is being housed at a youth facility. Jorge Flores Zechnelli, reported to be Agnes’ boyfriend at the time of her death is still a fugitive of the law and has yet to be arrested for his role in her murder.
The accused murderers have all lost appeals to be released and will likely remain incarcerated until they are tried and sentenced.
In October, a series of photographs titled “Tribute to Agnes” (including some seen in the image above) won first place in a nation-wide photography competition.
In early November of this year, thousands marched in Puebla City in support of Ley Agnes, or Agnes’ Law, which would allow transgender men and women to legally change the name and gender on their birth certificate. The law has not been passed in Puebla, but there is strong support from legislators and the LGBT community.
Benicia Hernández, Agnes’ mother, continues to demand justice, as do many of her friends and former colleagues. Her work counseling LGBT youth, educating on sexual health and advocating for trans rights left an indelible impression on thousands, including many who never met her.
Let us continue keeping Agnes’ memory alive until justice has been served, and until trans women are no longer murdered with impunity!
Video: La Discriminación Empieza por la Boca