In a little more than two months, the movement for justice for the murdered and disappeared students of the Ayotizinapa rural teaching college in Mexico has transformed from protest into a growing political insurgency.
Downtown Ciudad Juárez bustles with a new, unmistakable vibrancy. After years of decay wrought by economic crisis, violence and the disappearance of cross-border tourism, the historic city center sprouts a new look and feel.
“Little by little” is perhaps the best phrase to capture the fledgling renaissance, as it described by some workers in the zone.
Like more than one hundred U.S. cities, Albuquerque, New Mexico, witnessed
forceful protests following the decision of a Missouri grand jury to not indict
officer Darren Wilson for shooting to death unarmed African-American teen
Michael Brown last August.
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On a day when the world protested state violence against the Mexican students of the Ayotzinapa rural teachers college, Ciudad Juárez was no exception.
The Nov. 20 protest — timed to coincide with the official holiday anniversary of the 1910 Mexican Revolution — produced multiple street protests, the seizure of a highway toll booth, a brief blockade of the Santa Fe Bridge connecting Juárez with El Paso, and poetry brigades. A large multi-media event was staged at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez, where normal activities were suspended for Nov. 20 so students and staff could take a public stand on the human rights crisis gripping their nation.
In new signs that prospects for immigration reform legislation are all but dead for now, developments in both state and national arenas have pushed a solution to the issue farther down the political tracks.
For starters, Texas Republicans readopted a tough stance at the party’s convention in Fort Worth last weekend. Drawing more than 7,000 delegates, the Lone Star GOP convention voted to remove a 2012 position statement known as the “Texas Solution” which backed a guest worker system for undocumented people.
Travelers headed south of Elephant Butte Reservoir in New Mexico might have noticed a full, flowing Rio Grande in recent days. The coveted water was on its way to Mexico where, under a binational 1906 treaty, the U.S. is annually obligated to deliver 74 million cubic meters of the liquid. Once past the border, the water is used for irrigating farmland in the Juarez Valley of Chihuahua state, which encompasses the municipalities of Praxedis C. Guerrero, Guadalupe, Distrito Bravos and Juárez.
Long known for its fertile farmland as well as contraband corridors, the Juarez Valley was one of the hardest hit areas in the so-called narco war, especially between 2008 and 2010 when thousands of residents fled their homes and abandoned farm land. Many sought refuge in Hudspeth County, Texas, just across the Rio Grande.