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Oaxaca's Teachers Movement not Thwarted by State Terror


Oaxaca's Teachers Movement not Thwarted by State Terror

Shirin Hess

On June 19, the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca was the scene of a senseless massacre. The bloody battle took place in the rural town of Nochixtlan and resulted in the death of at least nine civilians. “Right now, the federal police are withdrawing, going back to their vehicles,” said a witness of the attack as he filmed the horrific scene. Bullets are heard smashing against metal traffic barriers on the roadside as the camera image shakes.


Since about 400 billionaires control as much wealth as half the world’s people (or something along those lines, statistically), it’s not a Conspiracy Theory to suggest that these entities create templates that they use in nation after nation.

That’s why everything stated below fits Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, and other clones financed by ALEC, Pete Peterson, and the Koch Brothers here inside “the homeland”:

"The educational reforms were created by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD; entrepreneurs, including Claudio X. Gonzalez, ex-counselor of the pro-government TV channel Televisa; and Mexicanos Primero, an education think tank founded by some of the richest and most politically influential men in Mexico. La Jornada’s Navarro has described Gonzalez as a “dubious” figure who likes to present himself as a social activist concerned about education in Mexico, while his “preferred activity in recent years has been to stigmatize teachers, discredit public education and intimidate those who do not bow to his will.”

Attacks on Journalists.
Attacks on Whistle-blowers, i.e. inconvenient Truth tellers
Attacks on Environmentalists
Attacks on students
Attacks on unarmed Black kids
Attacks on teachers

The iron grip of the New Global Corporate Conquistadors is tightening.

Note, too, the attacks (or discrediting campaigns) aimed at:

  1. Bernie Sanders
  2. Jeremy Corbyn (U.K.)
  3. Dilma Rousseff (Brazil)
  4. Alexis Tsipros (Greece)

… and headed at any other would-be leaders or those with influence who DARE to suggest a narrative contrary to that of The Globalists.


Two key paragraphs from this important article that bear repeating:

"For Reyes and many other teachers in Oaxaca, the reform is predominantly a means of control that openly promotes homogeneity in society. “The reform allows no space for anything alternative in the curriculum. We pride ourselves on culture, heritage and a more environmentally-conscious education,” she said, also highlighting the danger of the reforms’ intention to replace teachers with professionals who do not possess any pedagogic skills or education. “How can we expect an engineer or a mathematician to know how to properly support a group of five-year-olds?”

"The people of Oaxaca understand the importance of an autonomous and free education. They know that it is not only education that’s subject to privatization, but that Mexico’s resources on indigenous and communal land are also at great risk of being stolen or appropriated. “They are selling our land, our territory,” said Esteva. But he knows Oaxaca too well. “The people are resisting.”


As much as we abhor the violence against the teachers, it is important to be aware of a few things relating to the “reforms”. 1) The “reforms” required all teachers to be paid one wage only for their teaching activity. Prior to the government taking control of education, the old PRI granted the Union the money and the Union distributed the funds and the teaching positions as they saw fit. There was much “double Dipping” among the labor leaders and many relatives of the union bosses were on the payroll. The President of the union had sole use of a union owned plane, and had homes in San Diego as well as a number throughout Mexico. , and a number of her sons were on the teacher’s payroll. 2) Teaching jobs could be sold and inherited, there were no minimum qualifications. 3) No union elections or votes were by secret ballot. People who voted against the union’s positions were often given teaching jobs in remote villages far from their homes. 4) There were no minimum qualifications or tests of competency for teachers. This is the main sticking point in the current revolt by the teachers against the government. The government wants the teachers to pass a a basic competency exam and demonstrate literacy. The union is opposed because it is felt as many as 40% of the teachers may fail. The strike has been going on for almost 2 years - Oaxaca students have lost months and months of classroom time. Oaxaca is one of the poorest and least educated states in Mexico. Blockades and sit ins have disrupted citizens all over the state and on the coast, where Hualtuco and Puerto Escondido are, few roads service the area. As a consequence, the teachers have caused food and fuel shortages and hampered emergent medical services. By law, roadblocks can last 72 hours so aggrieved people can express their views. The teachers have made their point. We condemn the loss of life and over-reaction, but this has been going on for years and a t some point, the government must react.