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!

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( 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 <>.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  
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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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