day of the dead

1 and 2 November —  day of the dead is celebrated in Mexico and worldwide

altar at the Mexican Embassy in London -- remembering those killed seeking justice

altar at the Mexican Embassy in London — remembering those killed by state repression, we demand justice

altars — at home and in public spaces altars are constructed to remember dead relatives and friends

800px-Posada2.CatrinaLa Calavera Catrinaimage 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 sand_boxfemicidio-mexico-600x450campaigned 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.

110110-muertos-19It 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 thumbnail_20100213193941_6774_a855d3c3-6020-4cb6-873c-b7e94d7e25d3sigh — 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


23 October 2014 — world wide day of action in solidarity

dayof the deadaction_nAyotzinapa 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. lmsgWe invite you to dress in black or grey colours. Visit London Mexico Solidarity Group on facebook to know more.


…. friends …

making dead bread since 2007

making dead bread since 2007

dead bread — integral to the celebration … and friends alive and past …

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