Potrero Burns, Can We Save Oaxaca?

author: 
Mark

Who profits from the fires? And who will die?

Perhaps you've read in the news that Blackwater is competing for a multi-billion dollar contract to help Mexico's "drug war," a war that usually, as in Colombia, ends up killing a lot of indigenous people and increasing the trafficking in drugs.

In order to land and fulfil this contract, Blackwater would benefit if it had a new training camp in Potrero, not far from the Mexican border. But some pesky Potrero residents had been protesting against having a mercenary training camp in what was, before the fire, a bucolic, rural, peaceful town.

After the fires, and the "collateral damage" fires which were set to direct attention away from the primary target, have burned out and been blamed on "illegal aliens," there may not be many pesky Potrero residents left, and those remaining may be too busy rebuilding to protest Blackwater. And well, gosh darn, the Governor and even President Bush have been so kind and concerned and helpful to the fire victims, that it would be sheer ingratitude not to let them have their training camp. They didn't ignore San Diego, they let people evacuate (well, sure most of them are white), and they got cots, food, and water to evacuation centers. They didn't even call in Blackwater mercenaries to prevent looting as they did in New Orleans, they called in the thinly-stretched National Guard. That's a good thing because Blackwater mercenaries are trained to shoot first if they feel threatened, and residents trying to repail their homes with hammers in their hands could easily be mistaken for looters with guns, even if they're not black.

When the CIA killed Che Guevara, they first made sure they outnumbered him several hundred to one. Although the Mexican army has had many Oaxacan towns surrounded, they have not had that kind of numerical advantage up until now, but this is something that Blackwater mercenaries backed with billions of U.S. dollars can give them. With a brand new training camp close to the Mexican border, Blackwater is certain to win that multi-billion-dollar contract to help Mexico "fight drugs."

Oh, wow! I must have been having a nightmare! What a crazy conspiracy theory that was! Sure, landlords sometimes burn down buildings for the insurance money, but thinking that mercenaries would burn down part of middle America just so that they could get billions of dollars with which to kill off indigenous peoples? Whooooo -- no wonder people tell me I'm crazy. Tell you what, you pass along this story to Comandante Zero, and I promise to start taking my meds again, okay? All I do is take drugs (prescription only), I don't fight them like the U.S. government does. But I can't really blame them. When you wage war on people, they can resist, but I've never seen a drug shoot back when you shot it.


Can we save Oaxaca

author: 
Mark

Are you Mark in Mexico? If so, I've missed you mightily.

Potrero burns

author: 
Virginia in San Diego

If this is Mark in Mexico you have indeed been missed. I'm leaving fire ravaged San Diego to go to Oaxaca Oct. 28. Hope its camer than last Occt.

Actions

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Friends of Brad Will

PLAN MEXICO UNDER CONSIDERATION BY CONGRESS EVEN THOUGH ITS CONTENTS HAVE
NOT BEEN MADE PUBLIC!!!

TIME FOR ACTION is NOW!

JOIN US IN D.C. for ADVOCACY EFFORTS and DEMO/Press Conference ON NOVEMBER
1st and NOVEMBER 2nd.

Then on a date yet to be determined w/in the next 2.5 weeks, in d.c. for
FULL FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE HEARING ON PLAN MEXICO! We MUST have 15
people in that hearing!

In the meantime, download of flyer and letter is online at
http://www.friendsofbradwill.org/2007/10/19/contact-congressman-engel

CONTACT Congressman Eliot Engel and YOUR LOCAL Representative

(Rep. Delahunt in Massachusetts especially!)

Email: jason.steinbaum [at] mail.house.gov
Phone: (202) 225-2464 and Fax: (202) 225-5513

and

Congressman LANTOS (Chair of Foreign Relations Committee)

CONTACT his Chief of Staff, Bob King:

ca12lantos [at] mail.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-3531
Fax: 202-226-4183

Tell them to hold up on supporting “Plan Mexico”.
Tell him to conduct hearings on the possible uses of Blackwater-style
mercenaries, shared intelligence with corrupt officials, the need for
human rights investigations in Oaxaca and beyond and to prioritize
solving of the murder of US journalist Brad Will!
No to “Plan Mexico”!

12 months later… The murder of journalist Brad Will
Thank you for reading this.

Summary BACKGROUND:

In May, 2006, tens of thousands of teachers went on strike in Oaxaca,
Mexico, in a ritual that had been carried out for better wages & working
conditions annually for over 20 years.

Then governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz ordered police to remove the protestors and
at least one teacher was killed. The brutality of the police actions that
day galvanized a broad social movement which united in an effort to force
the Governor, seen by most as fraudulently elected, to step down from
office.

October 27th, 2006, New York City independent journalist Brad Will was
murdered, a tragic event captured on his rolling video camera. Brad’s death
was used by the Mexican government to justify a further escalation of
violence and the occupation of Oaxaca by federal forces. The police chief
and several representatives of the Oaxacan government were photographed with
guns firing at the time Mr. Will was shot. Some suspects were arrested and
released shortly afterwards. We are asking what the US State Department and
the US Congress and Senate are doing to hold accountable those responsible
for the murder of American citizen and journalist Brad Will.

http://www.friendsofbradwill.org