Tag: Mexico

"Greenfields Rebellion": The Apparel Workers of Kukdong, Puebla, Mexico

Huberto Juarez
"Greenfields Rebellion": The Apparel Workers of Kukdong, Puebla, Mexico
February 12, 2002, 12:20PM, 8417 Social Sciences

"Making Another World Possible" Book Tour

The Havens Center and the UW Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program presents
John Ross
Fair Trade and Human Rights in Palestine and Chiapas: Two resistance movements struggle for liberation
Sunday March 25, 7pm, Escape Java Joint, 609 Williamson St
"The Other Campaign & the 2006 Mexican Elections: What worked, what didn't"
Monday March 26 at Noon, 8417 Social Sciences
No Mexico Without Corn: How globalization threatens Mexico's identity
Tuesday March 27, 7pm, Rainbow Bookstore, 426 W Gilman St

Born in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan to proud members of the U.S. Communist Party, John Ross grew up in a lively cultural ambiance informed by jazz, abstract expressionist painting, radical politics, and Beat poetry – Ross was a younger member of the Beat Generation, reading his poetry in Greenwich Village bars with the great bass player Charles Mingus.

At 19, Ross set out on the road, following the Beat trail that Burroughs and Kerouac and Ginsberg had blazed to Mexico City. Soon he had separated from this U.S.-based literary movement taking up residence in an indigenous community in the Meseta Purepcha of the state of Michoacan

Six years later when John Ross returned to the United States, he was incarcerated by the FBI at Terminal Island federal penitentiary in San Pedro California for refusal to report for induction in the U.S. Army and became the first resister to be jailed for refusing service in Vietnam. In 2005, Ross returned to San Pedro to receive the American Civil Liberties Union's annual "Uppie" (for Upton Sinclair) award for his penultimate cult classic "Murdered by Capitalism – A Memoir of 150 Years of Life & Death on the U.S. Left.

Following the terrible September 1985 8.2 earthquake in Mexico City, Ross returned to the city he first knew as a young Beat and took up residence in the old quarter or "Centro Historico", the ancient Aztec island of Tenochtitlan, where he lives still. Now the dean of foreign correspondents in Mexico, Ross continues to report for Noticias Aliadas (Peru), the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the Texas Observer, and is a regular contributor to U.S. monthlies like the Progressive, the Nation, and Counterpunch (on line), in addition to the Mexican Left daily La Jornada. His investigations into electoral fraud and human rights abuses in Mexico, environmental carnage, and the struggles of Indians and farmers have won various awards down the years.

Since its earliest hour 12 years ago, Ross has accompanied the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas, breaking the story of the impending uprising in a small northern California weekly weeks before it occurred, and writing three volumes chronicling this unique indigenous movement - "Rebellion  From the Roots" (American Book Award winner 1995), "The Annexation of Mexico" (1998), and "The War Against Oblivion" (200.) His fourth volume ZAPATISTAS! Making Another World Possible – Chronicles of Resistance 2000-2006" is to be published by Nation Books this October

Mexico, the U.S., and the Left in Latin America

The Democratic Socialists of America, the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program (LACIS) and The Havens Center present
Saul Escobar Toledo
Politics Moving Left in Latin America
Tuesday, May 1, 12-1 pm, 206 Ingraham (co-sponsored by LACIS)
Mexico-US Relations: The PRD Perspective
Wednesday May 2nd, 7pm, room 1121 Humanities Building

Saul Escobar Toledo was trained as an economist at UNAM in Mexico City and became one of the founding members of the PRD in 1989. Since then he has served the party in various functions, including coordinator of political economy and fiscal reform, member of the national planning committee, and PRD representative to the Federal Electoral Institute. He has published essays on labor reform and effects of globalization in Mexico and taught economics and political science at UNAM, Universidad Autónoma de Chapingo, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana – Azcapotzalco, and Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia. Mr. Escobar Toledo speaks fluent English.

The Right to Stay Home: Justice for Migrant Workers and Sending Communities

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David Bacon
"Documenting the Farm Worker Rebellion"
Tuesday, October 31, 4pm, 6191 Helen C. White
"The Radical Resistance to Immigration Enforcement"
Wednesday, November 1, 4pm, 6191 Helen C. White
Open Seminar for students, faculty, and public
Thursday, November 2, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by the Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program, the Comparative US Studies Program, the Latin American, Caribbean, & Iberian Studies Program, and the UW School for Workers.

DAVID BACON is a California-based writer and photographer, and former union organizer.  He is the author of several books about migration:  The Children of NAFTA: Communities Without Borders, Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants, and The Right to Stay Home. His latest book is In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte, copublished by the University of California Press (Berkeley) and the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (Tijuana), which documents the lives of farm workers in photographs and narratives. Bacon was a factory worker and union organizer for two decades with the United Farm Workers, the International Ladies Garment Workers, the United Electrical Workers and other unions. Today he documents the changing conditions in the workforce, the impact of the global economy, war and migration, and the struggle for human rights. His photography has been exhibited in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe, and his articles and photoessays have been published widely. David Bacon has been documenting the lives of farm workers through photographs and journalism since 1988.    

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