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An information service administered by the Oaxaca NGO Educa A.C. We cover human rights, Indigenous land defense and struggles for democratization in southern Mexico, with an emphasis on grassroots voices.

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Women, Community, and Territory: Indigenous women mark March 8 in Oaxaca

Women across Oaxaca united on March 8 to mark International Women’s Day.  In the community of San Cristóbal Amoltepec, indigenous women from rural Zapotec and Mixtec communities in the Central Valley, the Mixteca, and Coast of Oaxaca came together to create a dialogue among women who live in territories threatened by extractive projects.  The event began and ended with a…
Comunicacion
11 marzo, 2020
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Indigenous communities win legal battles against mining in Oaxaca

Mining interests in Oaxaca are finding that Indigenous communities are not giving up their land without a fight. On February 2, local authorities from Capulálpam de Méndez, in the Sierra Juarez region of Oaxaca held a press conference to celebrate the cancelation of mining concessions in their territory.  The decision was part of a drawn out legal battle that started…
Comunicacion
12 febrero, 2020
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New microsite: Communities of Oaxaca reject mining projects by celebrating life

EDUCA is proud to present a brand new microsite about creativity and resistance to the threat of mining in Oaxaca. It includes video, radio, infographics and original reporting in Spanish and English. This year, Indigenous Zapotec communities recuperated the popular, collective spirit of the Guelaguetza and organized their own “Guelaguetza against Mining” to celebrate 10 years of resistance to extractive…
Comunicacion
16 diciembre, 2019
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On the Day of Indigenous Resistance, communities of Oaxaca demand respect for their autonomy

On October 12, the Day of Indigenous, Black and Popular Resistance, dozens of native peoples and communities gathered in Oaxaca City to commemorate 527 years defending their territories, cultures, languages and ways of life. This year’s event was organized in response to a call from Mexico’s National Indigenous Congress to honor the memory of Samir Flores Soberanes, an Indigenous activist…
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24 octubre, 2019
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Communal maize from Oaxaca for the world

The following is a translation of the statement read at the closing ceremony of the conference, "Communal Maize from Oaxaca for the World," held September 27 – 28, 2019 in Oaxaca City in commemoration of National Maize Day. "... Quetzalcoatl put maize on the lips of the first men, Oxomoco and Cipactónatl, an ancient pair of human beings, corn growers,…
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30 septiembre, 2019
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EDUCA celebrates 25 years cultivating social change in Oaxaca

1994 was the year of the uprising. That year we rose up. With the Zapatista rebellion we saw not only the awakening of consciousness of millions of people but also a hope for change in Mexico. For a group of young people who had been doing social work in ecclesial spaces, this uprising also meant organizing and taking alternatives. Political…
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29 agosto, 2019
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Chatino and Mixtec peoples of Oaxaca reject a new hydroelectric project on the Río Verde

On August 15, 2019, communities of the Southern Sierra and coastal regions of Oaxaca held a press conference to announce their rejection of a new hydroelectric project promoted by a private company on the Río Verde. Authorities of six Indigenous and farming towns questioned the campaign promises of Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador to respect Indigenous rights and protect…
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15 agosto, 2019