Mexico Solidarity Network (MSN) and the Autonomous University of Social Movements (AUSM) are excited to offer speaking events on a virtual platform with our compañerxs in Mexico who bring invaluable perspectives from their numerous years of experience in community and social movement organizing. In this unprecedented time of crisis, organizing against injustice has necessarily been taking on new forms. It remains as important as ever that we express our solidarity by actively carving out creative paths for voices from these powerful anti-capitalist struggles to continue sowing the seeds for our own transformative dialogues and reflective actions as we build new collective realities together.
If you would like to bring a speaker to your classroom (virtually), please email us at email@example.com or fill out the online request here:
Mariana Hernández Burg – AUSM | (English speaker)
Drawing from more than 20 years of experience in community organizing and popular education, Mariana has developed crucial perspectives applicable to the realities facing indigenous communities in Mexico under the current president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), who, despite projecting a progressive image, has maintained and even intensified threats against their autonomy and self-determination through militarization and mega development projects. Professor Hernández shares valuable insight and analysis from grassroots struggles against these neoliberal schemes and in defense of the land. She is currently the head professor of AUSM’s Chiapas program.
Luz Rivera Martínez – CNUC | (Spanish speaker)
Luz and campesin@ families in Tlaxcala, Mexico—land of the maíz tortilla—organize to demand government accountability, defend family farms, resist the use of GMO seeds, and build inspiring, community-based autonomous projects aligned with the anti-neoliberal goals of the Zapatistas’ Sixth Declaration. Having established the Consejo Nacional Urbano Campesino (CNUC) in the early 1990s to coordinate resistance to the impending North American Free Trade Agreement, Luz brings over 25 years of experience with CNUC organizing outside the electoral system and resisting genetically modified corn while protecting millennia-old varieties.
Sergio Pacheco – Tlanezi Calli | (Spanish speaker)
Sergio shares indispensable wisdom and criticality from his almost 25 years of experience organizing for housing rights in working class communities in one of the most populous cities in the world. Emerging from the government’s inadequate response to the devastating effects of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, Tlanezi Calli (House of the Dawn – in Nahuatl) was founded in 1995 to rebuild both affordable housing and the tejido social (social fabric) of Iztapalapa. With weekly assemblies, collective work projects, urban gardening plots, a health clinic, and after-school tutoring – just to mention a few – Sergio and his compañer@s engage in powerful autonomous community building to achieve Vida Digna (Dignified Life).
Juan López Intzín – FrayBa | (Spanish speaker)
Juan is a Maya Tseltal scholar and sociologist from the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. He holds degrees from the Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas and the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Juan is a human rights defender with the FrayBa Human Rights Center. He accompanies indigenous peoples fighting for their rights as autonomous, self-determining communities. Juan’s personal, collective, and scholarly work draws attention to the venomous exploitation of human beings and nature in the name of capitalism and commodification as well as the continued, though violently silenced, wisdom of alternative paradigms based in ancient Mayan values of love and collectivity.
Recent AUSM Live and Interactive Virtual Events
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK 2020
AUSM Study Abroad Drop-In Dialogue Sessions
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17th AND WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18th
2pm-4pm CENTRAL TIME
(12pm-2pm PST / 1pm-3pm MST / 3pm-5pm EST)
Critical Symposium (in Spanish)
with experienced social movement organizers from Mexico:
Nuevas identidades en los movimientos sociales
a 110 años de la revolución mexicana
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20th
2pm-3:30pm CENTRAL TIME
(12pm-1:30pm PST / 1pm-2:30pm MST / 3pm-4:30pm EST)
We were joined by Mariana Hernández Burg, Luz Rivera Martínez, and Sergio Pacheco all together for this exclusive virtual event, in an in-depth charla on Friday, November 20th. On the 110th anniversary of the start of the Mexican Revolution, AUSM Professor Angélica Muñoz López moderated this dynamic dialogue. Together they considered the complex identities woven throughout community and social movement organizing and solidarity-building in the diverse Mexican realities that have enriched and been enriched by each of their involvement over the past 20-25 years. Event participants sent us their questions in advance and helped guide the discussion. The hour and a half flew by in a flash and we look forward to welcoming our compañerxs back for more virtual events soon!
PAST VIRTUAL EVENTS 2020
September 21st 1pm CST | Mariana Hernández Burg – AUSM | (presentation in English)
September 29th 11am CST | Luz Rivera Martínez – CNUC | (presentation in Spanish)
October 8th 5pm CST | Sergio Pacheco – Tlanezi Calli | (presentation in Spanish)
October 12th 6pm CST | Juan López Intzín – FrayBa | (presentation in Spanish)