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photo: headshot of Alberto Rios, smiling and seated on couch

Arizona’s Poet Laureate on the Border and the Assassination of JFK

Alberto Rios remembers the day J. F. Kennedy was shot and the two Nogales changed forever—Ed There was a time when the border between Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, was actually a fence, something that might be between backyards. To either side of the two Nogales’ flimsy barrier were miles of land, open, unencumbered, looking […]

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Caution sign of immigrant family with the words "NAFTA AT WORK" at the bottom of the sign. In the background a border patrol vehicle is parked to the left, and a border patrol agent looks on from the right with binoculars.

Mexican Immigration Will Be an Issue as Long as the Nation has a Third World Economy

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN A Gang of Eight Senators on Capital Hill introduced an immigration reform bill to Congress on April 17. It has little chance of passing in the Republican House of Representatives, and even if it does, there is no magic formula of quotas, amnesty, pathways, or other regulations that will end illegal immigration […]

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Indigenous and Teacher Protest from Oaxaca, Part One

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Oaxaca — In the tourist city of Oaxaca in this poor Southern Mexican state, teachers and a group of indigenous Triqui people are occupying the Zocalo.  The teachers are fighting education reforms that will privatize public schools, standardize curricula, and require all Mexican teachers to pass a standardized test or else lose […]

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Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Map of Earth

The shifting geography of protest: a global digest

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN The distinguished sociologist Imannuel Wallerstein recently wrote of the “rapidly and constantly shifting geography of protest” that has been sweeping the world since the onset of the Great Recession. In his reckoning, one protest “pops up here and then is either repressed, co-opted, or exhausted,” after which another protest pops up somewhere […]

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Protests in Mexico 2012

Mexico’s 30-day lesson in democracy

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN On June 10, at 11:30 in the morning, Mexico City’s Zócalo Plaza began to fill with people wearing creative outfits and carrying posters and signs. Yo Soy 132 academics, Yo Soy 132 artists, the “free journalists 132” and everyday citizens — retirees, children, mothers and entire families — arrived from every corner […]

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Student protesters in Mexico City holding signs, "Estudiantes Informados Jamás Manipulados #YOSOY132"

A Mexican Spring begins to blossom

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN(?) In Mexico City’s daily life — in the shops, taxicabs, cafes and lines waiting for the bus — one could hear conversations between people of all ages saying that Enrique Peña Nieto would, without a doubt, win the presidential elections. “Either something huge will happen,” a taxi driver told me, “or he […]

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