Post by contraindicative on Dec 21, 2015 11:35:39 GMT
Yeah, I'm here. I guess.
Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you've got about a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies — God damn it, you've got to be kind.
Why have you, personally, adopted left or left-of-center views?
It's been a weird, difficult process. I began to be interested in middle school and haven't really stopped, and although I generally identify as a Marxist-Leninist I think I've grown to be more inclusive and eclectic in my sympathies and viewpoints, mostly through personal contact with different tendencies and the reading of assorted opinions. I'm no longer (that much of) a hardline dogmatist, is what I'm saying.
What do you feel is the most pressing challenge facing the left in your region?
Unity, as always, and an incapacity to respond to ever-intensifying repression both from State-sanctioned and other, more terrible and shadowy actors. Last year Mexico saw the rise of yet another massive movement that dwindled out in the face of little progress and heavy repression, mostly thanks to our historical inability to come together with a single front and program.
What do you feel is the most valuable opportunity for the left in your region?
Pure unadulterated working-class struggle. The students and intellectuals come and go, but it's undeniable that honest-to-goodness proletarian struggle is on the rise. I believe the Left can and should do more to link up and aid these struggles popping up nationwide. Earlier this year our media was horrified by the massive uprising of farmworkers in San Quintín, Baja California, the historically combative teachers mounted a fierce resistance to federal-level evaluations that would've done away with their basic labor rights and we're closing the year with an unprecedented workers movement at the Lexmark maquila in Ciudad Juárez, near to my hometown and next to the US border, where we were always told that socialism could never take root, just to name the bigger and most exciting examples. I think it's a good time for the left to grow, but only if it can come together and support the people who can actually exact real change.
For your viewing pleasure:
El Tiburón, "the shark", a Federal Police armed personnel carrier famously destroyed by the workers when repression was let loose against them.
"We demand a fair salary, 300 pesos a day"
A march on Mexico City, one of many they carry out in protest. The National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE in Spanish) is a faction within the National Union (the Mexican teacher's union is the largest trade union in Latin America) which groups many sections and regularly fights back against State attempts to undermine their rights and privatize education, even as the official union leadership supports said measures.
David Ruiz was a teacher killed by State forces in the southern state of Chiapas during protests last month, his massive funeral drew the ire of the federal government and national media.
The federal police who were sent to clear them out were captured and disarmed by the teachers and their supporters. They were held in the capital's main square and later released in exchange for imprisoned teachers. The CNTE does not fuck around.
Lexmark, Ciudad Juárez:
The workers stand up and leave their posts demanding the right to form a union, higher salaries and an end to sexual abuse by the company foremen.
Feminist groups in Juárez, active since the women-murder spree of last decade, have linked up and are supporting their sisters' struggle.
futurist: Good luck to you, MN!
Jan 17, 2019 5:10:51 GMT
MinnesotaNationalist: well, that was the most underwhelming jury duty ever. Came in one day, was told to go home, and now I'm told that I'm not needed anymore for this session.
Jan 23, 2019 4:26:12 GMT
ieph: I've been actually thinking of just spending my time here, gradually decreasing my presence in AH.com. But in the meantime, I'm spending my time reviving one of my old WIPs sadly lost to the sands of time (I guess)
Jul 23, 2019 11:24:08 GMT
ieph: In fact, I'm even thinking of reviving my wikibox TL right here.
Jul 23, 2019 20:21:52 GMT
jennysnooper87: If that's the case, would it be okay if I moved the TL from AH.com to this site?
Aug 21, 2019 1:53:59 GMT
railmotive: Checking out this website, seems quite nice.
Oct 23, 2019 22:35:16 GMT