We Are the Face of Oaxaca: Testimony and Social Movements

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Duke University Press, Sep 25, 2013 - 368 páginas
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A massive uprising against the Mexican state of Oaxaca began with the emergence of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) in June 2006. A coalition of more than 300 organizations, APPO disrupted the functions of Oaxaca's government for six months. It began to develop an inclusive and participatory political vision for the state. Testimonials were broadcast on radio and television stations appropriated by APPO, shared at public demonstrations, debated in homes and in the streets, and disseminated around the world via the Internet.

The movement was met with violent repression. Participants were imprisoned, tortured, and even killed. Lynn Stephen emphasizes the crucial role of testimony in human rights work, indigenous cultural history, community and indigenous radio, and women's articulation of their rights to speak and be heard. She also explores transborder support for APPO, particularly among Oaxacan immigrants in Los Angeles. The book is supplemented by a website featuring video testimonials, pictures, documents, and a timeline of key events.

 

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Human Rights and Social Movements
1
Antecedents to the Social Movement of 2006
36
3 The Emergence of APPO and the 2006 Oaxaca Social Movement
66
4 Testimony and Human Rights Violations in Oaxaca
95
Testimony and Participatory Democracy
121
Gendered Rights to Speak and to Be Heard
145
Perspectives from Oaxacan Artisans Merchants and Business Owners
178
The Triqui Autonomous Municipality APPO Juxtlahuaca and Transborder Organizing in APPOLA
209
Youth Organizing in Oaxaca
245
Conclusions
276
Notes
289
References
303
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Lynn Stephen is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Anthropology, and Director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies at the University of Oregon. She is the author of Transborder Lives: Indigenous Oaxacans in Mexico, California, and Oregon and Zapotec Women: Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in Globalized Oaxaca, both also published by Duke University Press.

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