Melissa's Oaxaca Service-Learning Blog

I was enrolled in a summer Service-Learning Program through ACCD. this blog follwed our adventures in San Antonio and in Oaxaca. It now holds some thoughts on life, and fun as well as comments. I will continue to post Oaxaca information as i get it. you will want to continue checking for updates since we are suppose to go back in March 07!

 
at the airport
Friday, March 09, 2007

well we have checked in at SAT Airpport


we are all here, it's still a little surreal about us going back to Oaxaca!


But were are !


It was so exciting seeing everyone


Especially Melanie!


We had a blast last time


Our plane leaves at 2 we arrive at Mexico City with a two hour layover than to Oaxaca.


keep us in your prayers for our safe return and post some comments and messages for me to read and share with my classmates..


Be good !


xoxoxo



Melanie and me waiting for the plane.. she is filling out paperwork


shhh iam typing Mel


posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 3/09/2007 01:14:00 PM   0 comments
Oaxaca Iam coming back!

my plane leaves in about 4 hours!!


i can't wait..


i want to see all my classmates from the summer!


i want to taste the delicious food.


i want to get down on my knees at the church and give thanks for my return.


ohh the beauty !!


but i want to be humbled again .. it's an unexplainable feeling ..


thanks for all those who have supported me !


here is the myspace site for those of you on it : friend request me! subscribe to my blogs!


  http://www.myspace.com/oaxacatrip


or visit my blogger account


www.melissaoaxaca.blogspot.com


this site also has my past blogs from when we went in june


and the pics of what we saw during the teargas!


 


send me love!!!


WE ARE GOING BACK


Mark another one off my things to do list this year!!!!


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posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 3/09/2007 10:22:00 AM   0 comments
San Antonio: Byline Blog
Thursday, February 15, 2007
i thought this was a great site to visit for all you sa pr folks!
San Antonio: Byline Blog
posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 2/15/2007 09:30:00 PM   0 comments
howl at the moon
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
we had a blast at the moon this past thursday!
but
http://www.youtube.cowhat is new we always have fun there
here are a couple of videos and slide shows of the night as
we remember it.

posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 1/30/2007 08:12:00 PM   0 comments
OAXACA IN MARCH?
Sunday, January 28, 2007
LOOKS LIKE SPRING BREAK WILL BE IN OAXACA FOR ME!!!
YES THE CALLS ARE COMING IN AND THEY ARE GETTING COUNTS OF WHO IS GOING.
ME ...UMMMM YES BIG YES!
ILL KEEP EVERYONE UP TO DATE AS I GET DETAILS !!!
posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 1/28/2007 07:38:00 PM   0 comments
WINTER WHITE PICTURES
Monday, January 08, 2007
here are the pics from the winter white party
we had too much fun
i think even more than my birthday party!!!!!
patron, oooohhhh so good
and those jello shots... well they were with everclear
i forgot to warn yall
heheheeh
xoooxoxo
posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 1/08/2007 08:26:00 AM   0 comments
THE APPO LIVES: OAXACA
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
The APPO Lives
Communiqué from Somewhere in the State of Oaxaca, from the State Council of the Popular Peoples’ Assembly of Oaxaca



By the CEAPPO
The Other Oaxaca
December 3, 2006

PEOPLE OF OAXACA! PEOPLE OF MEXICO! PEOPLE OF THE WORLD!

From somewhere in the state of Oaxaca, as the State Council of the Popular Peoples’ Assembly of Oaxaca,

WE DECLARE:

FIRST: The APPO is more alive than ever in the hearts of the workers, indigenous people, campesinos, housewives, students, youth, children, and all the exploited and oppressed in Oaxaca and Mexico. The State Terror that has been unleashed on the people of Oaxaca and the international community with increased brutality since November 25 has not weakened our desire to be free men and women.

Nor has it made us change our minds about whether our struggle should continue to be a political, peaceful and mass movement, despite the fact that 17 people have been killed during this stage of the struggle, dozens of people have disappeared and hundreds are political prisoners; we consider this toll to consist of crimes against humanity.

SECOND: The APPO continues to act permanently; although we are not visible at sentries or heard over the radio 24 hours a day, we still live and communicate with the same indomitable spirit which we have inherited as exploited people. We are fighting and will continue to fight intensely for the fall of the tyrant and his dictatorship, the dictatorship of capital.

This new stage of struggle that we have named the “Stage of Peace with Justice, Democracy and Liberty without Ulises Ruiz Ortiz” is, at the same time, a novel exercise to continue the struggle that the APPO is learning to build with patience, perseverance and wisdom.

Our original peoples taught us this on November 28 and 29 at the Forum of Indigenous Peoples of Oaxaca, when they told us that the “path must be taken slowly,” which is what we are doing now, without losing sight of the common objective, which is the profound transformation of living, working, academic and recreational conditions for our people. As the faithful puppet of the wealthy and the drug traffickers who he defends and represents, URO (Ulises Ruiz) stood in the way of this path. As representatives of a people who decided to embark on the route to their own emancipation, we will remove him from this path that belongs to us.

THIRD: The Council is calling all people of Oaxaca from now until December 10 to organize and carry out mobilizations and protest actions to spread the “Stage of Peace…”, the call for the release of political prisoners, the return of the disappeared, the cancellation of orders of apprehension, an end to illegal arrests, an end to gag orders, the withdrawal of the Federal Preventive Police (PFP), and what brought us all together: the departure of the murderer Ulises Ruiz from Oaxaca. We call for this to happen in all regions of the state through our regional, municipal and sectorial Popular Assemblies. We do so because on December 10 we will hold a “Grand Concentration,” meeting at 10am at the monument to Juárez, located at the Crucero de Viguera in Oaxaca City, to express our condemnation of and opposition to the baton and rifle policy to which this group of murderers and thieves who call themselves the government in Oaxaca want to subject us.

FRATERNALLY,

“ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE”
STATE COUNCIL OF THE APPO
December 2, 2006
posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 12/05/2006 07:43:00 PM   0 comments
angelina birthday
Sunday, November 19, 2006


we had fun friday night
made a video in honor of angie
posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 11/19/2006 11:04:00 AM   0 comments
SATURDAY PICS : CLUB RIVE
Thursday, November 16, 2006
HERE ARE SOME PICS FROM SATURDAY NIGHT

posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 11/16/2006 05:05:00 PM   0 comments
first friday's
YESTERDAY WE WENT OUT FOR PAULS BIRTHDAY TO EAT AT ONE OF THE BEST RESTURANTS, ROSARIO'S ON ALAMO. IF YOU HAVE'NT EATEN THERE ..YOU NEED TO ORDER THE CHICKEN CHIPOLTE ..TALK ABOUT YUMMMMMMIE!!!!
AND IT WAS THE FIRST FRIDAY TOO. THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE THERE BUT IT IS REALLY NICE. THE SHOPS, THE PEOPLE .. OH AND THERE WAS THIS ONE PLACE THAT SOLD FOLK ART. JUS LIKE THE ONE IN OAXACA... BUT FOR A LLLLLLOOOOOOTTTTT MORE
THERE WAS A LIZARD FOR 82.00 AND CROSSES FOR 115.00.. ..DAMMMIT...
ANY WAY JUST THOUGHT I'D WRITE ABOUT THE FUN TIME.
YOU HAVE TO GO OUT THERE..!!
posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 11/16/2006 04:59:00 PM   0 comments
OAXACA NEWS
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
OK IF YOU KEPT UP WITH ME IN THE SUMMER YOU KNOW I WAS IN OAXACA AND
HOPE TO GO BACK IN MARCH W/ ACCD
HERE IS AN EMAIL WE GOT TODAY !
READ ON



Hello, all!I just spoke to Ana Maria about the situation in Oaxaca. First, a commentary... isn't it interesting how the Express-News didn't cover the story when it first broke--even when you were sending information and fantastic photos to them--but now it has been on the front page Sunday, Monday and Tuesday?Thankfully, Ana Maria is fine and doing well, at least under the circumstances. After going back to work, the Instituto Tecnologico and most other schools have once again suspended classes, at least for the remainder of the week. Banks are closed "until the situation normalizes" and people are lined up at ATMs hoping to get some cash before it runs out. Payday is just a couple of days away and it looks like most people won't have access to their money if this continues a while.Ana Maria reports that she doesn't leave her home, except for brief trips. She isn't afraid of violence against her, but she says that much of the city is blocked and that getting around is difficult. However, no one ventures out at night because of the danger. The military is occupying the Zocalo and helicopters hover around at all hours. Neither side in this standoff is budging. The governor remains indignant and refuses to resign. The protesters refuse to give up, though they've been forced to abandon their encampments.The entire Senate and Chamber of Deputies has called on Gov. Ulises Ruiz to step down. This is significant because elected officials from throughout the Republic of Mexico and from all political parties are pressuring him to leave. His refusal is purely political. If he leaves now--short of completing the first two years of his term--a new election is called and the PRI (his political party) is doomed to losing the governorship. If he leaves after he completes two years, then he can name a successor to fill out the remainder of the six- year term and the PRI remains in power a little while longer. He finishes two years in December, but Ana Maria says not to count on his leaving then.The economy is severely suffering. Many people have lost their jobs. Hotels and restaurants are closed, staff fired. Factories (what few there are) are closed or running only one shift, laying off the other workers. Tourists are mostly limited to journalists, human rights advocates and the curious. On the bright side (if there is one), food is still in adequate supply; however, if money runs out, people will begin to go hungry.In short, the situation is not good, but thankfully Ana Maria is surviving. The State Department has posted a warning on its site specifically about the violence in Oaxaca. We will continue to monitor the situation, but at this point, Ana Maria doesn't think there will be much change until after Jan. 1. She is optimistic, however, that a Spring Break trip is possible and she thinks that hotel rates will be more economical as the locals try to rebuild their city and their livelihood.Please keep Ana Maria and all Oaxaqueños in your prayers.Saludos,mark
posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 10/31/2006 04:57:00 PM   0 comments
brad will killed in oaxaca
Sunday, October 29, 2006
THIS IS FROM WASHINGTONPOST.COM
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO REMEMBER WE WERE EVACUATED FROM OAXACA IN JUNE!

READ ON BE KNOWLEDGABLE OF THE WORLD NEXT DOOR TO US!

Police Ordered to Oaxaca After 3 Killings in Strike

By Manuel Roig-Franzia
Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, October 29, 2006; Page A14

MEXICO CITY, Oct. 28 -- President Vicente Fox on Saturday ordered federal police to seize control of strike-ravaged Oaxaca de Juarez, a popular tourist destination where a U.S. journalist was among three people killed Friday.

Despite pressure from Oaxaca's tourist industry, Fox had been reluctant to intervene in a five-month conflict that has pitted the governor of the state of Oaxaca against a coalition of citizen groups and striking teachers demanding his ouster. But the shooting death of Brad Will, 36, a volunteer correspondent for the Web site Indymedia.org, and two Mexican protesters prompted the president to respond with force for the first time.



Protesters carry an injured cameraman who was shot and later died when clashes erupted between unidentified gunmen and protesters who are demanding the resignation of Oaxaca Gov. Ulises Ruiz in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico on Friday Oct. 27, 2006. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) (Eduardo Verdugo - AP)
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Several Mexican newspapers published front-page photographs of the mortally wounded Will lying in the street with blood trailing from a gunshot wound in his stomach. Photographs also showed rifle-wielding men in civilian clothes roaming the streets. Indymedia, citing a witness account, said Will was pulled to safety after being shot but died before reaching the hospital.

Strikers blamed the killings on plainclothes paramilitary members affiliated with Gov. Ulises Ruiz's Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI. The governor's office accused members of the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca, or APPO, an umbrella group that includes union members and indigenous groups that have joined the teachers' protest.

Fox did not say how many federal police he planned to send to Oaxaca. Officers began arriving there by plane Saturday. In a statement, he said the mobilization was a response to events that threaten "the order and peace of citizens in the region."

Strike leaders reinforced barricades and vowed not to budge.

"These forces coming here are only going to make things worse," Florentino López Martínez, an APPO organizer, said in a telephone interview from downtown Oaxaca. "This is not a solution to the problem."

Mexican presidents are often reluctant to use force because federal officers have been accused in the past of inciting violence, most notably during student protests before the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Nonetheless, Fox ordered federal police to take over the city of Nuevo Laredo last year to quell an outburst of drug violence.

In Oaxaca de Juarez, the teachers' protest is an annual rite that began 26 years ago. The protests are usually peaceful and generally last a week or two, but this year the teachers became infuriated when Ruiz sent hundreds of police to forcefully remove demonstrators from the city's idyllic squares. APPO soon took on a greater role in the demonstrations, pushing an agenda of economic, social and political reform in Mexico's second-poorest state.

The demonstrations have left the region a shambles and scared away the tourists who are the foundation of the city's economy. Death estimates during the strike range from nine to 14, and APPO leaders say that more than a dozen of their members have disappeared. Countless downtown businesses have closed, buses have been set on fire, demonstrators have barricaded themselves in government buildings and protest blockades have cut off main thoroughfares. At times in the past five months, residents have been warned not to leave their homes. Shots have been fired at a university radio station, and more than a million students have been unable to attend classes.

"The city is practically kidnapped by all this," Luz Divina Sarate, a Ruiz spokeswoman, said in a telephone interview. "The people are tired of this."

Friday's shootings at several flash points in and around Oaxaca de Juarez took place despite signs of progress in negotiations with the striking teachers. Last week, teachers tentatively ratified an agreement that would allow them to return to classes at some unspecified date and receive 30 percent raises spread over six years.

But their unmet central demand -- the resignation of Ruiz -- threatened to undermine the fragile pact. Even as Friday's deaths reignited passions Saturday, federal negotiators continued to meet with teachers union leaders in Mexico City.

The spike in violence also seemed to suggest that there will be a long wait before Oaxaca's stunning colonial streets are once again crawling with camera-toting tourists. After the shootings, the U.S. ambassador in Mexico, Tony Garza, warned Americans to stay away.
posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 10/29/2006 10:49:00 PM   0 comments
police ordered to oaxaca after 3 killings

THIS IS FROM WASHINGTONPOST.COM


FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO REMEMBER WE WERE EVACUATED FROM OAXACA IN JUNE!


READ ON BE KNOWLEDGABLE OF THE WORLD NEXT DOOR TO US!


Police Ordered to Oaxaca After 3 Killings in Strike




Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, October 29, 2006; Page A14



MEXICO CITY, Oct. 28 -- President Vicente Fox on Saturday ordered federal police to seize control of strike-ravaged Oaxaca de Juarez, a popular tourist destination where a U.S. journalist was among three people killed Friday.


Despite pressure from Oaxaca's tourist industry, Fox had been reluctant to intervene in a five-month conflict that has pitted the governor of the state of Oaxaca against a coalition of citizen groups and striking teachers demanding his ouster. But the shooting death of Brad Will, 36, a volunteer correspondent for the Web site Indymedia.org, and two Mexican protesters prompted the president to respond with force for the first time.








Protesters carry an injured cameraman who was shot and later died when clashes erupted between unidentified gunmen and protesters who are demanding the resignation of Oaxaca Gov. Ulises Ruiz in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico on Friday Oct. 27, 2006.  (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
Protesters carry an injured cameraman who was shot and later died when clashes erupted between unidentified gunmen and protesters who are demanding the resignation of Oaxaca Gov. Ulises Ruiz in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico on Friday Oct. 27, 2006. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) (Eduardo Verdugo - AP)








Several Mexican newspapers published front-page photographs of the mortally wounded Will lying in the street with blood trailing from a gunshot wound in his stomach. Photographs also showed rifle-wielding men in civilian clothes roaming the streets. Indymedia, citing a witness account, said Will was pulled to safety after being shot but died before reaching the hospital.


Strikers blamed the killings on plainclothes paramilitary members affiliated with Gov. Ulises Ruiz's Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI. The governor's office accused members of the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca, or APPO, an umbrella group that includes union members and indigenous groups that have joined the teachers' protest.


Fox did not say how many federal police he planned to send to Oaxaca. Officers began arriving there by plane Saturday. In a statement, he said the mobilization was a response to events that threaten "the order and peace of citizens in the region."


Strike leaders reinforced barricades and vowed not to budge.


"These forces coming here are only going to make things worse," Florentino López Martínez, an APPO organizer, said in a telephone interview from downtown Oaxaca. "This is not a solution to the problem."


Mexican presidents are often reluctant to use force because federal officers have been accused in the past of inciting violence, most notably during student protests before the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Nonetheless, Fox ordered federal police to take over the city of Nuevo Laredo last year to quell an outburst of drug violence.


In Oaxaca de Juarez, the teachers' protest is an annual rite that began 26 years ago. The protests are usually peaceful and generally last a week or two, but this year the teachers became infuriated when Ruiz sent hundreds of police to forcefully remove demonstrators from the city's idyllic squares. APPO soon took on a greater role in the demonstrations, pushing an agenda of economic, social and political reform in Mexico's second-poorest state.


The demonstrations have left the region a shambles and scared away the tourists who are the foundation of the city's economy. Death estimates during the strike range from nine to 14, and APPO leaders say that more than a dozen of their members have disappeared. Countless downtown businesses have closed, buses have been set on fire, demonstrators have barricaded themselves in government buildings and protest blockades have cut off main thoroughfares. At times in the past five months, residents have been warned not to leave their homes. Shots have been fired at a university radio station, and more than a million students have been unable to attend classes.


"The city is practically kidnapped by all this," Luz Divina Sarate, a Ruiz spokeswoman, said in a telephone interview. "The people are tired of this."


Friday's shootings at several flash points in and around Oaxaca de Juarez took place despite signs of progress in negotiations with the striking teachers. Last week, teachers tentatively ratified an agreement that would allow them to return to classes at some unspecified date and receive 30 percent raises spread over six years.


But their unmet central demand -- the resignation of Ruiz -- threatened to undermine the fragile pact. Even as Friday's deaths reignited passions Saturday, federal negotiators continued to meet with teachers union leaders in Mexico City.


The spike in violence also seemed to suggest that there will be a long wait before Oaxaca's stunning colonial streets are once again crawling with camera-toting tourists. After the shootings, the U.S. ambassador in Mexico, Tony Garza, warned Americans to stay away.

posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 10/29/2006 08:43:00 AM   0 comments
FED POLICE AUTHORIZED TO ENTER OAXACA
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Federal Police Authorized to Enter Oaxaca
A Day Of Killings While Teachers Negotiate in Mexico City
By Nancy DaviesCommentary from Oaxaca
October 28, 2006
President Vicente Fox, through his Secretary of Internal Affairs Carlos Abascal, has authorized the entry of the Federal Preventive Police (PFP in its Spanish initials) into Oaxaca, in direct response to the events of October 27 in Oaxaca. Following a declaration by the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) to launch an all-out work stoppage and boycott to force the hand of governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz (known as "URO"), Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) supporters, both police and private individuals, assaulted the population in several different areas of the city on Friday. The result, according to the Radio Universidad, was four dead, thirty wounded. The dead have now been identified as Emilio Alonso Fabián, Bradley Will and Eudocia Olivera Díaz. The fourth reported death, of Esteban Zurita López, is at the center of accusations by both sides of the conflict, with each blaming the other.
Airplanes full of PFP officers and riot gear have already arrived, with the police now gathered at a nearby military base, reports the national daily El Universal.
Photo: D.R. 2006 Nancy DaviesMy analysis is that if the PFP enter the city by day, a negotiated exit is open for the APPO, possibly implying the removal URO from office. If they come by night, they're likely coming to dislodge by force the resistance lodged in the zocalo (central city plaza) and barricades. URO precipitated the intervention by his attacks. The question is, does the PAN party of Fox and Calderón want to maintain URO as a sop to the PRI, or has URO become so costly that the PAN may choose to dump him? If so, URO's setting up of the APPO backfires.
The state assembly of the local teachers' union, Section 22, called on URO to resign before November 30 and to guarantee the physical safety of teachers returning to work, pay salaries in arrears, release political prisoners, and retract arrest warrants for the leaders of both the APPO and Section 22, among other demands. These demands were part of the decision of the teachers' vote to return to the schools, scheduled tentatively for October 30.
While Section 22 spokesperson Enrique Rueda Pacheco was in Mexico City talking with Interior Secretary Carlos Abascal about the conditions for a phased-in regional opening of schools, the attacks began in Oaxaca. The problem for URO of course was that returning to the classrooms did not imply lifting the APPO's occupation of the city center, nor the return of government buildings to the government. The teachers' voting to return also included the condition that they would continue their struggle to oust URO.
Meanwhile, URO refused to resign or take a leave of absence. During the teachers' assembly meeting, shooting and bus burning went on outside the Hotel Magisterio, where the meeting took place.
On Friday morning, the day scheduled for the onset of the big anti-URO strike, I walked up the north-south street close to my house. The newly constructed small neighborhood barricade consisted of three men, six women, a snarl of barbed wire, a banner, and a barrel. On the main road, traffic was light and getter lighter. In the middle of Niños Heroes Street, a woman held an umbrella against the sun with one hand and with the other tossed aside the rocks that impeded traffic in front of her shop. When she reached the sidewalk where I was watching, she snarled, "Ya basta! That's enough of these blockades!" It appeared she not did not understand that, no more than 300 meters behind her, two busses were being maneuvered into position for a complete blockade of the avenue.
The peaceful appearance of this shut-down was brief. By the time I returned home the radio told a different story. URO had been sighted in Santa Lucia, and people were reminded not to overreact.
By mid-day on Friday, a mechanic, Gerardo Sanchez, was abducted by two plain-clothes men and one woman in a vehicle near the El Rosario Bridge, and driven to Tlocolula where the prison is located. His abductors were later identified as state ministerial police.
Photo: D.R. 2006 El UniversalThe operation resembles what happened to Pablo Garcia García on October 1 (Garcia, a student, was beaten, tortured and released). Earlier reports claimed that Gerardo Sanchez had been abducted in Tlocolula. The report said that two lawyers and the PRI mayor were complicit. A call went out for the people of Tlocolula to take over the municipal building. Crowds gathered and that situation remains unclear.
During the afternoon three other teachers were abducted and taken to the city prison, where another shootout occurred. Emilio Alonzo Fabián, a 42-year-old teacher from Loxicha in the Pochutla region, was shot and killed when he ran with others to intercept a car identified as one of those used by the police.
Attacks continued throughout the afternoon in San Antonio de la Cal, in the La Experimental neighborhood, where the Oaxaca state prosecutor's office is located; in Santa Lucía del Camino; and in Santa María Coyotepec.
Three people were dead before the 11 o'clock news came on. During the Oaxaca segment of TV Azteca news, URO announced firmly that four were dead but that the shooting was done by the APPO, while his police were all in their barracks. Photographs and videos emerged later revealing the shooters as members of the ministerial police. URO was interviewed via phone by TV Azteca, which was simultaneously showing people with sticks in their hands running away from what could be heard as gunshots. In the video clip, they were carrying the body of Brad Will, a U.S. Indymedia reporter, who was killed during the afternoon in Santa Lucía del Camino during a confrontation with ministerial police. Along with him, a photographer from Milenio was shot in the foot. Santa Lucia del Camino is now in the hands of the PRI.
In Santa Maria Coyotepec twenty-four people were wounded by 11 p.m. in an attack on the people at a barricade. According to citizens who were present at the time, the victims were shot by police in plain clothes, and thrown into prison with no medical treatment.
During this same long day, Enrique Rueda Pacheco was in Mexico City negotiating a return to classes with Carlos Abascal. When he called the radio station about ten o'clock, he didn't seem too angry, but the others who followed him on the radio were stronger in their outrage. The kindest thing said about Rueda was, that "he's young, he's a politician." Joel Castillo, the state's PRI interior secretary, was named on Radio Plantón as being behind the attacks. "The conditions to go back to classes don't exist," said one spokesperson for the teachers.
At noon on Saturday, October 28, we are waiting for the entrance of the PFP. The announcers on Radio Universidad are saying neither the barricades nor the zocalo will be surrendered.
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posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 10/28/2006 07:54:00 PM   0 comments
happy halloween !
LAST NIGHT I HAD A BLAST THANK YOU FOR THOSE WHO CAME OUT AND BOUGHT A PLATE WE HAD A BLAST !!!! AND THERE WERE A LOT OF WINNERS 8 OF THE TICKETS I SOLD WERE WINNERS !!! AFTER WARDS OF COURSE WE (THE GIRLS WENT OUT) THANKS AND ON AN ADDED NOTE MY HATS OFF TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE IN THE RESTURANT BUISNESS I DONT KNOW HOW YALL DO IT!!!!!

posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 10/28/2006 04:43:00 PM   0 comments
BIRTHDAY PHOTOS!
Sunday, September 24, 2006


PHOTOS TELL IT ALL !
WE HAD A BLAST !
Next party...is already being planned!
posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 9/24/2006 07:55:00 PM   0 comments
IT'S MY BIRTHDAY WEEK
Monday, September 18, 2006

YES, I THINK I AM THE ONLY ONE THAT CELEBRATES THEIR BIRTHDAY
ALL WEEK

AND STARTING TODAY IT'S MY BIRTHDAY WEEK!!
I AM FEELING BETTER AND READY TO CELEBRATE!

ANYONE WANT TO JOIN ME?

SO IN HONOR OF MY BIRTHDAY TODAY, I BOUGHT ME A NEW RING...
FOR MY BELLY BUTTON...
TOMORROW...UMMMMMM WE WILL HAVE TO SEE WHO WANTS TO
CELEBRATE WITH ME !!!!!
CANT WAIT TILL FRIDAY! MY PARTY WITH ONE OF THE BEST DJ'S !
ANYONE READY FOR THOSE BODY SHOTS?????

posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 9/18/2006 11:41:00 PM   0 comments
FRIENDSHIP
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Quiet Emotions
by Judy Burnette




I always wanted more from you
than you were willing to give;
So now we've gone our separate ways
each with different lives to live.

The bond will always be there
the friendship always intact;
But the time for us has come and gone
and the pages of time, you can't turn back.

I will always be a friend to you
and wonder how you are;
The smiles and laughter I will remember
and our fights have become painless scars.

Sometimes on those busy days
when you've a thousand things to do;
Please let me glide slowly through your mind
and spend some time with you.

In that quiet moment
when you're surprised to find me there;
Just remember even with the distance between us
I am still someone who cares.
posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 8/26/2006 05:49:00 PM   0 comments
BLOOD TRANSFUSSION NEEDED
Thursday, August 24, 2006
EVER HERE THAT A PERSON HAS THEIR
"SANGRE PESADA"
MEANING THEY HAVE THIS HATRED FOR PEOPLE
OR THEIR ACTIONS ARE JUST EVIL?

WELL IN THE PAST YEAR I HAVE RAN INTO
PEOPLE LIKE THAT
WITH SANGRE PESADA

YOU NEED A BLOOD TRANSFUSSION

STAT!
posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 8/24/2006 08:17:00 PM   0 comments
HOOK UM HORNS
Tuesday, August 22, 2006

MY 4 YEAR OLD IS A BIG UT FAN !
IN ALL HIS PICTURES HE DOES THE HOOK UM HORNS SIGN !
HE IS ALSO BECOMING A GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER
CHECK OUT THIS PIC HE TOOK OF MY DAUGHTER
ILL HAVE TO POST SOME OF HIS PICS HE REALLY OUT DOES HIMSELF !
ENJOY AND LEAVE HIM A COMMENT ON THE BLOG SO I CAN READ IT TO HIM


posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 8/22/2006 10:54:00 PM   3 comments
at melanies party!
Sunday, August 20, 2006

this is an audio post - click to play


Me and Melanie at her party !

took a couple of jello shot together

and ummm , well if you know me

and if you know her ,

than you know we had a fun intresting night

i have'nt heard the audio blog yet, ill have to listen to it

to hear if we were still ok

posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 8/20/2006 12:36:00 AM   0 comments
On our way
Saturday, August 19, 2006

this is an audio post - click to play



this blog was called in as we were going to Melanies birthday party !

posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 8/19/2006 11:43:00 PM   0 comments
off to my best friends party

this is an audio post - click to play



ok when i called this blog in i was on my way to my best friends party
Lucy.
She is an angel and a jewel! I love her so much
she always knows what i am up to even when she doesnt see me!

Yes I've been good ......no really!
posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 8/19/2006 08:58:00 PM   0 comments
Jill Friedberg to be interviewed: Oaxaca
Friday, August 18, 2006
i recieved an email from Mary De Hoyos one of my classmates from Oaxaca and thought i'd pass this on to you all !
ANNOUNCEMENT: Tomorrow (Aug. 18) on Pacifica Radio'sDemocracy Now, Amy Goodman will interview JillFreidbergand others about the present situation of theteachers'strike and massive popular movement in Oaxaca, Mexico.Please tune in either on the radio or on the internet(www.democracynow.org) if you are interested in thelatest developments.Jill also hopes to provide recent footage of events inOaxaca forbroadcast on the internet.Jill is the producer of the powerful DVD, "Granito deArena", thehistory of the teachers' movement in Mexico todemocratize the unionitself and now to fight neoliberal policies and theprivatization ofpublic education. She is in Oaxaca now, filming thedeterioration of thesituation as teachers and movement leaders aredetained, disappeared andassassinated by state and federal police repression.In an email this morning, Jill reported that theteachersare quite discouraged. They are tired, and a lot ofthem have mixedfeelings about the decision not to return to beginclasses next Monday.The movement has decided that teachers will not returnto theirclassrooms until the governor is removed and made toabandon the state.The teachers' encampment has now spread out all overtown (in front ofstate and federal government buildings, state prisons,government TVchannel 9 which the popular movement took over, aswell as broadcastantennas, etc). This makes the teachers' numbersappear smaller, thoughthe total number of teachers is still large (thestriking union numbers70,000 teachers).On the other hand, there are encouraging signs.Yesterday the statehealth workers announced an indefinite strike in allstate publichospitals and clinics until the governor is removedand leaves thestate. A caravan of women from TV channel 9 went toMexico City and theas-yet-unconfirmed rumor is that they were able toprevent the governorfrom going on the air on Televisa last night.If any of you are interested in supporting the Oaxacanteachers with acontribution, please contact me at <lsmeyer@unm.edu>.Thanks for yourinterest and support.Lois Meyer, Ph.D.Associate ProfessorDept.of Language, Literacy & Sociocultural StudiesCollege of EducationHokona 267Univ. of New MexicoAlbuquerque, NM 87131Tel: 505/277-7244
posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 8/18/2006 05:08:00 PM   0 comments
Wicked Game
People like to talk and talk, about what they can do
like a competition that they can do things better.
not everyone does what they do as if it were a game.
to win, to show off, to be better than another person.

some play for the love of the game.

for the love of doing good,
for the love of helping.

But when they're asked to deliver, well
They're exposed for who they are

Arrogant actions allying against all accusers

Hiding their fear of worthwhile competition
Guilty of committing the ugliest deeds:
Trying to get their piece of recognition of actions not performed.
Are they ever going to learn?
that you can't succeed if the heart is not in it!


There's room for everyone to shine
Stop trying to knock people off

your game is wicked

Focus on refining your abilities

There's no need for any combat

Be humble, thankful that you're here

The undeserving will eventually walk

Silence yourself until you're capable and can do what you say your going to do
so much talk, but no actions.

Be silent I say and show me.
posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 8/18/2006 05:03:00 PM   0 comments
JUST ME
Tuesday, August 15, 2006






just me, no words.

you tell me some words, yes i really want to know !

kisses

==========melissa
posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 8/15/2006 11:06:00 PM   0 comments
MEMORIES
Saturday, August 12, 2006
most of these photos were taken by my classmates

i am running out of "fun" time since school is going to start

and some of ya'll were asking to see mine and my classmates

photos

so here they are

The count down is on for March !


posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 8/12/2006 11:07:00 PM   5 comments
"Only God can judge me"
Thursday, August 10, 2006
"Only God can judge me."......... Tupac
(thanks mel & abel)
i saw this and thought about all the people that like to judge everyone else.
And if your reading this and are one of those people that say,
" did you know so and so was with so and so "
or
"can you believe what she wore, drank, ate"
than stop!! it's none of your buisness.
And for all those reading this that like to talk about people after they walk by.
Do you really have that much hatred in your heart?
Do you have so much disapointment in your life that all you can do is try and hurt others so you can fell better?
Not everyone has to hurt like you.
You will continue to hurt as long as you are judging, talking and making stupid comments about everyone else.
Because you will never be able to be happy untill you can be happy with yourself.
You are so ready to judge everyone look at yourself first!
---------------Melissa
posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 8/10/2006 09:40:00 PM   0 comments
superheros
Tuesday, August 01, 2006


we all do at one point or another in our life. but the first person that should be our hero when we are young is our parents , than as we grow older. we can view others and even ourself as a hero.
we can be a hero to our children. we dont need to be able to break a brick wall, or leap over a tall building. but being able to be there for a child and being able to comfort them is a big deal to them.

who was your hero growing up?
who is your hero now?
do you see your self as a hero?
if you could have one super power what would it be?
posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 8/01/2006 02:48:00 PM   0 comments
Ode to my friend : J
Monday, July 31, 2006
i offered to hit my friend today well actually
right now its about 11:00 at night
i offered to hit her somewhere anywhere.

she was/is in pain. mentally her heart got broken,
well not broken but cracked. so i offered to hit her
in the face so she could feel physical pain instead of
emotional pain. she turned me down.

why i dont know. actually she is sitting next to me, drinking
her sorrows away. but what comes after you drinK?
she will be extracting her sorrows away. i tell her see as
easy as it goes in, it comes out.

as well the pain. it comes in you feel it (like abad hangover) than
it goes out. but sometimes you need to feel it to say i will
not do that again.

do you ever feel like this is the last time iam going to give
someone a chance. last time i am going to let a piece of my
heart go to someone?


then your not going to share that with anyone else because the last
person took it and broke it so much that you dont think its going to
be put back together again?

than you will not allow yourself to care for someone? not let yourself
fall in love again?

but why love ?

you love because there is a chance, that out there your soul mate is waiting
for you

out there the love of your life is waiting for you

what does not kill you makes you stonger.

and we all need to be strong



if this does not make sense
i had to sit here and HAD to share 5 pina colada's with my friend

i dont want her to drink alone....


to my friend: dont always give your heart.. not everyone is
worthy of your inner and outer beauty!
do you give your all to yourself! do belive in yourself
do be happy for YOU .not anyone else ..

the only way you can find TRUE happiness is by finding yourself !

you are the one that is in control...you just need to get in
control
luv ya -melissa
posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 7/31/2006 10:51:00 PM   0 comments
About Me

Name: Melissa Rodriguez
Home: San Antonio, Texas, United States
About Me: New me, not the same one that started out in the begining of the summer. Oaxaca and what I saw here in SA changed me. I use to think I did a lot, volunteer for organizations, chair events. blablabla. But there is sooo much more to do! And i learned not to be afraid. Not that I was scared of things before. But not to be afraid to venture out and ask questions. Or to say NO! And to ask why something can't happen. To be in the middle of all that and not knowing what tomorrow held. Finding out who really loved you when you called home, who was waiting for your call.. maybe my last call, that woke me up to what i want for my life....New me ..braver, more aggressive, and more FOCUS than ever on a GOAL! UPDATE: one goal completed since last updated: i graduating w/ my AA in PR! 2nd goal going to OLLU for my BS. 3rd goal: WE ARE GOING BACK TO OAXACA!!!
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