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Mexico and the News

I am on my way home to Mexico City after 3 days mixing in Seattle.

On the way to the airport there was a news story on NPR addressing the protests in Mexico, which I wrote here about in the last post if you don’t yet have the basic information. The NPR piece was the first major outlet news piece I have heard that accurately reflected the information that is available, reaching out to people in Mexico City and Guerrero, not solely journalists of the major agencies.

I felt proud listening, not only of the Mexican people - who have generously adopted me in many senses - but as a person, regardless of nationality - that believes in of hope and action. I think we are all tired of liars. We are all tired of the political class. We are all tired of being sold at and hustled. We are tired of insincerity. 

It is tragic what it takes to get us to act, but here we are. The people of Mexico, many my friends, are out telling the world that they won’t be lied to.  

Only fear keeps some silent, for everyone knows where the truth is not.

Some things that were addressed in the NPR discussion that are important regarding what is happening in Mexico :


1 - The disappearance of 43 students (kidnapped by police as directed by a corrupt governor) in Guerrero has still not been solved. No remains have been identified. The MX attorney general suggested scenarios, but has no proof, and his burning scenario is scientifically questionable, if not impossible.


2 - The Federal government has been complicit all along in the disappearance of the students, a non-existent and distracting investigation, and a fake arrest of the Mayor of Iguala.


3 - It is just as likely that the Government burned down their own door in the Zocalo in MX City as provocation and distraction as it is protestors did so. There are pictures and video suggesting such and showing police protecting the man who lit the door on fire. This is an old PRI (ruling party) tactic of hiring someone to instigate violence in a protest in order to create a new story and demonize protesters.


4 - The protests in Mexico City have not been violent. In Guerrero there have been burnings of government vehicles and offices but no one has been hurt.


5 - The President of Mexico continues to be defensive and dismissive in an irresponsible, if not criminal, manner. He and his Attorney General have refused to investigate federal authorities in Guerrero.


6 - The international community - the people - have demonstrated worldwide in solidarity with the Mexican people, but governments have largely turned a blind eye. No one is suggesting military intervention, or intervention of any sort, but statements demanding accountability are necessary. It is not a matter of “an investigation playing out” as some governments have suggested. There is no real investigation.


7 - These protests are not only for 43 missing students, but for the more that 23,000 missing in the past six years, and against a government, and President, that have worked against the people and for themselves.


I share this because it is important to me and many people I love in Mexico City, and I think maybe for all of us. We need to have leaders we can trust again. Everywhere, not just in governments. 

That means we have to be sincere ourselves. Sometimes that is the most frightening part. That fear creates silence. That silence perpetuates corruption. I would be lying if I said I didn't think twice about posting this for a number of reasons. I am often hired to perform in festivals that are funded by the government. I personally live comfortably financially. But this is what I think, and I think it could maybe help, and not sharing would be support of the silence and apathy that has decayed our nature of possibility and progress.




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