The People of the Land are Idle No More

Colorful painting of Turtle with trees growing on its shell looking at the ocean, with clouds swirling around the trees at the top of the image.

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN The day of our last solstice, in the Maya Long Count Calendar, is the day the previous creation ends. The people of the land of the Maya, direct descendants, in Ciapas, Mexico, 40,000 strong wearing masks and flying Mexican and Zapatista flags, silently took 5 cities before marching back into the jungle …

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The Peace and Dignity Journey in Tucson: some oral recountings

Text: "Peace and Dignity Journey 2012 --- Journey dedicated to Water" over image: a circle stylized into 4 equal parts: white foot on red background, black foot on yellow background, red foot on white background, and yellow foot on black background. To the left of circle is an eagle, to the right is a vulture.

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN On September 12, the 2012 Peace and Dignity Journey arrived in Tucson. The journey is a relay through indigenous communities, starting in Alaska and concluding in Central America, in which the runners are accompanied by small caravans of organizers and supporters; some arrived in Tucson after going down the coast from Alaska …

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Mexico’s 30-day lesson in democracy

Protests in Mexico 2012

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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A Mexican Spring begins to blossom

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

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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