MSN Action: Deadline extended / Spring study in Mexico; etc..

MSN Action: Deadline extended / Spring study in Mexico; etc..
Deadline extended for Spring study in Mexico
Mexico Solidarity Network
Red de Solidaridad con Mexico
2009 Study Abroad Opportunities in Mexico
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR SPRING 2009 PROGRAM.  TWO OPENINGS REMAIN FOR THE SPRING 2009 PROGRAM.
Here’s a unique opportunity to study in an accredited program with some of Mexico’s most important living social movements, including:
– Zapatistas in Chiapas
– The Frente Popular Francisco Villa Independiente, Mexico’s largest urban housing movement
– The Consejo Nacional Urbano Campesino, one of Mexico’s most important rural movements
– Families of femicide victims and maquiladora workers in Ciudad Juarez
These unique study abroad programs feature home stays with members of social movements, encouraging unprecedented learning opportunities with organizers and activists on the front line in popular struggles.  The program combines experiential learning with theoretical work in a seminar and workshop based pedagogy focused on student participation.
The programs are accredited by the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, one of Mexico’s most important public universities.  Hampshire College and SUNY-Albany are the US schools of record and provide official transcripts.  The program is also formally recognized by the University of Texas-Austin, New Mexico State University, Appalachian State University, and more than 70 others.
Fall and Spring semesters are 14 week, 16-credit programs that travel the length and breadth of Mexico, including Chiapas, Mexico City, Tlaxcala and Ciudad Juarez.
Spring 2009: January 25 – May 2
Fall 2009: September 6 – December 12
Two summer 2009 programs focus on:
Border dynamics, with an emphasis on third world feminism.  This six week course offers 8 credits and is based in Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez.  The course is Spanish immersion with classes and most readings in Spanish.
June 14 – July 25
Mexican social movements.  This eight week course offers 11 credits and is based in Chiapas, Mexico City and Tlaxcala.
June 7 – August 1
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Programs have a tendency to fill quickly, so apply early to assure your spot.  Most financial aid programs from your home university are applicable, and you can apply for aid through our US schools of record.  The Mexico Solidarity Network also offers a scholarship program.  We’ll work with you to make sure this unique study abroad opportunity is affordable.
For more information, see our web site at www.mexicosolidarity.org or contact MSN@MexicoSolidarity.org.
 
 
Mexico News and Analysis, Nov 3-9, 2008
Mexico Solidarity Network
Red de Solidaridad con Mexico
MEXICO SOLIDARITY NETWORK
WEEKLY NEWS AND ANALYSIS
NOVEMBER 3-9, 2008
1. INTERIOR SECRETARY DIES IN PLANE CRASH
2. OFFICIALS CAPTURE CARTEL LEADER AND WEAPONS CACHE
3. MSN PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS (Contact MSN@MexicoSolidarity.org)
1. INTERIOR SECRETARY DIES IN PLANE CRASH
Juan Mouriño, Mexico’s Interior Secretary, died Tuesday evening in a fiery plane crash on a crowded street in Mexico City.  Mouriño held the second most powerful position in Mexico’s government and was a close friend and confident of President Calderon.  Mouriño’s Lear jet crashed into a wealthy neighborhood, killing all eight occupants of the plane and at least six others on the ground.  The spectacular crash burned some forty vehicles.  Government officials called the crash an accident, initially blaming pilot error or turbulence, though given Mouriño’s outspoken support for the war on drugs and reports or death threats directed at the Secretary, many Mexicans wonder if cartels were responsible.  The Interior Secretary’s death came as a blow to President Calderon, already reeling from a series of policy failures.  Mouriño was in charge of Calderon’s initiative to privatize Pemex, which largely failed as Congress passed an energy reform bill last week that bore little resemblance to the original Calderon proposal.  In recent months, many opposition politicians called for the unpopular Mouriño to step down, but he enjoyed Calderon’s full support.  Mouriño was a controversial figure.  Born in Spain, he became a naturalized Mexican citizen.  In a country where Spaniards are generally not well-liked, in part because they own strategic sectors of the economy including several major banks and many tourist facilities, Mouriño came under withering criticism from his first days in office.  Speculation was rampant regarding his successor, with many National Action Party (PAN) leaders openly vying for the office.  Calderon appears to be in no hurry to name a new Secretary, and by week’s end there were no clear leaders in the selection process.
2. OFFICIALS CAPTURE CARTEL LEADER AND WEAPONS CACHE
On Friday, the Mexican army announced the capture of a major cartel leader, along with the largest weapons cache in the country’s history.  Jamie Gonzalez Duran, reportedly a founder of the Zetas who act as enforcers for the Gulf Cartel, was arrested by Federal Preventative Police and army troops in the border city of Reynosa.  A brief firefight with cartel members ensued as officials loaded Gonzalez onto a plane at the Reynosa airport for a flight to Mexico City.  Gonzalez is a former member of the army, as are many Zeta hitmen.  Officials captured of 540 rifles, 165 grenades, 500,000 rounds of ammunition and 14 sticks of dynamite from a cartel safehouse in Reynosa.
In related news, the federal Attorney General announced an investigation of Rodolfo de la Guardia, former head of Interpol Mexico, for his links to the Beltran Leyva brothers, two of Mexico’s most notorious cartel leaders.  De la Guardia began working in Interpol in 2001 and also held posts in the office of the federal Attorney General and the Federal Investigative Agency (AFI).
3. MSN PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS (Contact MSN@MexicoSolidarity.org)
STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM:
Mexico Solidarity Network study abroad programs are accredited at the undergraduate and masters level by the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, one of Mexico’s most prestigious public universities.  Hampshire College is the US school of record and provides official transcripts.
Fall 2008, September 7 – December 13: Study in Chiapas, Tlaxcala, Mexico City and Ciudad Juarez, focusing on the theory and practice of Mexican social movements, including indigenous movements, campesino organizations, and urban movements.  The 14-week, 16-credit program includes intensive Spanish language courses and alternative study options for native Spanish speakers.
Spring 2009, January 25 – May 2: Study in Chiapas, Tlaxcala, Mexico City and Ciudad Juarez, focusing on the theory and practice of Mexican social movements, including indigenous movements, campesino organizations, and urban movements.  The 14-week, 16-credit program includes intensive Spanish language courses and alternative study options for native Spanish speakers.
Summer 2009, June 7 – August 1: Study Mexico’s most important social movements in Chiapas, Mexico City and Tlaxcala.  The eight-week, 11-credit program includes intensive Spanish classes and alternative study options for native Spanish speakers.
Summer 2009, June 14 – July 25: The Border Dynamics program focuses on US-Mexico border dynamics viewed through a third world feminist lens.  The six-week, 8-credit program is Spanish immersion.
Fall 2009, September 6 – December 12: Study in Chiapas, Tlaxcala, Mexico City and Ciudad Juarez, focusing on the theory and practice of Mexican social movements, including indigenous movements, campesino organizations, and urban movements.  The 14-week, 16-credit program includes intensive Spanish language courses and alternative study options for native Spanish speakers.
CHICAGO AUTONOMOUS CENTER (3460 W. LAWRENCE AVE.)
ESL and Spanish Literacy classes: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, and Saturday mornings.  Classes utilize popular education strategies to increase conversational English capacity and basic reading and writing skills in Spanish.
Cultural events and political workshops:
For a full schedule of cultural events and political workshops, contact the Mexico Solidarity Network at 773-583-7728 or visit http://www.mexicosolidarity.org/communityforum
SPEAKING TOURS:
Contact MSN@MexicoSolidarity.org to schedule an event in your city.
November 9-21, 2008 (Midwest): Immigration dynamics and Braceros.  A representative of the National Assembly of ex-Braceros from Tlaxcala will discuss current struggles by Braceros and the lessons of the Bracero program for the debate on immigration reform.  Braceros were Mexican guest workers who came to the US under a post-World War II treaty.
January 5-16, 2009 (New England): Dr. Thomas Hansen, co-founder of the Mexico Solidarity Network, holds a doctorate in rural development from the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City, where his academic work focused on the theory and practice of social movements.  He has 25 years of experience working in Mexico, Cuba and Central America. Tom will speak on one of three topics, depending on the venue:
– Dynamics of Mexican social movements
– Zapatismo
– Role of "new social actors" in social movements, with particular emphasis on US-based university students
February 8-21, 2009 (Mid Atlantic): Border dynamics.  Veronica Leyva, a native of Ciudad Juarez, will speak about maquiladoras, immigration and struggles for land along the border, with particular emphasis on the Lomas de Poleo struggle.  Veronia is the MSN staff person in Ciudad Juarez.  She worked for seven years in maquiladoras and six years as a labor/community organizer before joining the MSN staff in 2004.
February 15-28, 2009 (Mid Atlantic): Edith López Ovalle is a 25-year-old artist and a member of Hijos por la Identidad y la Justicia contra el Olvido y el Silencio (HIJOS) where she Works with the Committee on Art and Politics.  HIJOS is a member of the Otra Campaña and works around questions of human rights, particularly the death and disappearance of social actors.  The parents of most of the members of HIJOS were political prisoners, and many were killed or disappeared in the 60s, 70s and 80s.  HIJOS is a multi-national organization founded in Argentina and with chapters in Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, Chile and Mexico.  HIJOS works at the cultural level with innovative public events like “escraches” that draw attention to human rights violators.  In “escraches,” protestors hold vigils or demonstrations in front of the homes or offices of human rights violators, calling public attention to their illegal acts in front of neighbors and fellow workers.  HIJOS also renames streets, replacing the names of known human rights violators with dissident heroes.  For more information on HIJOS, see www.hijosmexico.org.
March 22 – April 4, 2009 (Midwest): Immigration dynamics, featuring migrant workers from the Midwest.
March 29 – April 11, 2009 (New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio): Jorge Santiago is the former Director of Desarrollo Económico y Social de los Méxicanos Indígenas (DESMI) where he spent much of the past three decades developing economic alternatives in Chiapas indigenous communities.  Jorge was active in the Diocese of San Cristóbal from 1970 to 2000 under the leadership of former Bishop Samuel Ruiz.  Jorge has traveled extensively in Latin America and Europe discussing alternative indigenous development in Chiapas, and he is a leader in the “solidarity economy” movement.  He was born in San Cristobal and has lived in Chiapas most of his life.  Jorge will talk about alternative development in indigenous communities and the broad historical context of the Zapatista movement.
April 5-18, 2009 (California): Patricia Hernández is a member of the organizations Educación para la Liberación de Nuestros Pueblos (OZELNP) and Espacio de Encuentro de Mujeres “tejedoras de resistencias.”  Both organizations are adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona and members of the Otra Campaña.  Patricia is a sociologist with a specialty in gender and education.  She will talk about her work in Zapatista communities as an education promoter and the role of urban activists in the Otra Campaña.
ALTERNATIVE ECONOMY INTERNSHIPS:
Develop markets for artisanry produced by women’s cooperatives in Chiapas and make public presentations on the struggle for justice and dignity in Zapatista communities.
Interns are currently active in:  New York City; El Paso, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; Rochester, NY; Albuquerque, NM; Washington, DC; Chico, CA; Stonington, ME; Minneapolis, MN; Berkeley, CA; Grand Rapids, MI; Salem, OR; Santa Cruz, CA; Chatham, NJ; Rutland, MA; Chicago, IL; Corpus Christi, TX; and Houston, TX
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