day of the dead
1 and 2 November — day of the dead is celebrated in Mexico and worldwide
altars — at home and in public spaces altars are constructed to remember dead relatives and friends
La Calavera Catrina — image by Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada and day of the dead icon
juarez — In Mexico ‘juarez’ is short-hand for the tragedy of female homicides in Ciudad Juárez. For one year I researched and campaigned against the violent deaths of hundreds of women and girls in this northern Mexican city across the Rio Grande from the U.S. city of El Paso, Texas.
It was one of the toughest jobs I’ve ever had. I had to talk to everybody. From the mayor and chief of police, officers investigating the crimes, to the victims’ families and official and grassroots support groups, business owners (a good portion of these women disappeared in the commute to/from work), FBI agents, journalists, bus drivers, trade unionists, lawyers and women’s rights groups. Oh and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. To my knowledge I spoke to no drug or people traffickers.
When I finished the report (Life on the Line) — hurrah! — I had the final report but also — heavy sigh — the pain of the research in my body. Eventually I recovered and along the way I decided to set aside my protest and reform work — like this. And concentrate on building the constructive alternative — which largely means (for me) Zapatismo. And more about that soon.
1 November 2014 — London
Ayotzinapa students — Sadly on this year’s day of dead we mark the absence of justice in Mexico again. Tomorrow supporters of the 43 “disappeared” students of Ayotzinapa, Mexico will gather at 11:30 in Bernie Spain Gardens and then build our day of the dead altar. We invite you to dress in black or grey colours. Visit London Mexico Solidarity Group on facebook to know more.
dead bread — integral to the celebration … and friends alive and past …