Protecting the Land, the Culture, the People

CA del Rosario

For three weeks in early 2014, I travelled to Mexico. This is the fourth post of a series from that trip.

In Oaxaca City’s zocalo, the southern building is draped with banners. Workers are camped out, cook for each other, sit behind information tables or stand pressed next to each other, listening intently to stories of their own plight being told through a bullhorn. They come from small towns sprinkled across the state to protest the government’s neglect and their collusion with multinational corporations, allowing them to encroach on ancestral lands, threatening their people’s very survival.

With introductions through Grassroots International, I met organizers from UNOSJO (Union of Organizations of Sierra Juarez Oaxaca) and SERMixe to learn more about the diverse people of the area. Gabriela Linares Sosa of UNOSJO patiently explained to me that for the various indigenous groups that form her organization, corn is integral to their way of life; they are farmers and…

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