Oaxaca City SlideShow: Un Pueblo Unido Avanza Sin Partidos

SlideShow of photos taken in Oaxaca City during the last week of August 2006 with compiled audio from the 2006 “El Enemigo Común” tour.

For more information on resistance to neoliberalism in Oaxaca, please see the website for the film El Enemigo Común and follow the links.

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Oaxaca is Closed in Solidarity with APPO

Oaxaca City is almost entirely closed. Even the Zocalo is eerily quiet.

On August 29th, the city of Oaxaca is closed.

Oaxaca City is almost entirely closed today. The central market, 20th de November, is closed as are almost every single shop, restaurant, cafe and everything else. I am the only tourist staying at my hostel today. It was a major challenge to find a little cafe where I was able to buy a torta (sandwich) and a licaudo de planto (banana smoothie). I can’t believe I was able to find an internet connection, this one is wireless, since almost every single door in the city is closed and locked. Since I got to Oaxaca City on August 26th, the Zocalo has been filled with people selling wares and showing videos of Oaxacan resistance, but today even the Zocalo is eerily quite. Though not entirely empty, there are significantly less people with their make-shift shops open.

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Supporters of AMLO Declare, “No al Pinche Fraude”

On August 19, 20 and 21, 2006, I walked around various sections of the planton set up throughout Mexico City. Many working class people from all over Mexico have traveled to Mexico City to demand a full recount of the votes cast during the national election which took place on July 6th. Shouts of “voto por voto, casilla por casilla” (vote for vote, ballot box for ballot box) are heard everywhere as these people believe a recount will change the official results of the presidential election.

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Pirates Roll Through Santa Cruz

About a dozen pirates hijacked bicycles and took to the streets of Santa Cruz on August 11th after throwing back some drinks at the brewery. The band of pirates stumbled upon a huge fleet of enemy ships docked at the harbor and immediately found themselves in a major rubber-band battle with a young lad. After escaping the harbor with our lives and a bit of loot, we threw our middle fingers up to an H2, captured Moby Dick and took over the park’s climbing toys. Many of us came up on booty, such as pre-Katrina Mardi Gras beads and pirate coins found during a treasure hunt.

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Creating Peace at Lockheed Martin in Bonny Doon on Nagasaki Day

On August 9, 2006, Nagasaki Day, 11 civilian weapons inspectors drove up Empire Grade Road and marched the last 1/2 mile to the gates of Lockheed Martin where the public road ends. The Santa Cruz Weapons Inspection Team (SCWIT) led the march marking the annihilation and devastation delivered to the people, animals and plants of Nagasaki, Japan, targeted on August 9th, 1945, by nuclear bombs far less powerful than the ones Lockheed Martin presently manufactures. The nonviolent action included the delivery of a letter from the people of Santa Cruz to Tom and Chip of Lockheed Martin suggesting they produce peaceful technologies instead of weapons like the Trident II (D5), Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBM) armed with nuclear warheads. Paper flowers with messages to Lockheed were attached to the fence, a “peace bush” was planted and anti-nuclear songs were sung outside the gates of Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest weapons contractor.

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