Bystanders to a Revolution–with photos
Finally, I’ve added photos to show our experience in Oaxaca of brave people seeking justice and opportunity. This piece is long, but much happened. Aloha, Renée
Bystanders to a Revolution
You probably don’t know about the months of mainly peaceful protests starting in May 2006 against the Oaxacan government, the murder of N.Y. independent photojournalist Brad Will as he filmed Mexican government officials shooting at unarmed citizen protesters in Oaxaca, Mexico, or the torture and disappearance of countless Mexican citizens. Mainstream U.S. media barely mentioned what began as another teachers’ strike in May 2006. My family and I, however, were in Oaxaca, the beautiful colonial city and capital of the Mexican state of Oaxaca in the south of the country and saw what happened.
In August 2006 as my husband and I were about to leave for Mexico, the U.S. State Department issued a warning against travel to Oaxaca, Mexico— home to 16 indigenous peoples where we’d arranged to live, study Spanish, and learn about the culture. With leaves from our jobs, a good…
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