Mexico

The newspapers of the Young Lords Organization

Y.L.O. Number 2, May 1969, cover

Attached are digital copies of nearly all the newspapers published by the Young Lords Organization in Chicago and Milwaukee between 1969-71. While we would have political disagreements with some of the articles contained here, they represent a very important historical resource from a critical juncture US radical politics.

Communique from the Mexico Anarchist Black Cross

In recent days, following the events of the demonstrations on December 1st for the presidential inauguration of Enrique Peña Nieto, during which the police forces, both of the Federal [national] and Federal District [Mexico City] forces, brutally repressed demonstrators - officials of the Federal District government, amongst whom were the head of government of the FD and the capital’s attorney, have made statements declaring that those responsible for the clashes are anarchist groups.

Workers' democracy - Staughton Lynd

Serbia 2000

An article by Staughton Lynd reinterprets the concept of union democracy to include workers of all kinds (unionized workers, nonunion workers, and farmers); protection of the rights to strike, picket, and slow down; and the demand for worker-community ownership. This article examines two recent examples of workers’ democracy: the Serbian revolution of 2000 and the Zapatistas’ ongoing struggle in Chiapas, Mexico.

United Farm Workers' rank and file

A podcast on the UFW's rank and file from Pacifica Radio's "Against the Grain" with Frank Bardacke, former farm worker and author of 'Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers'.

The cotton pickers - B. Traven

The Cotton-Pickers, book cover

B Traven's novel about migrant labourers, poverty, crappy jobs, and the occasional successful strike... Set in 1920s Mexico. Here presented in Kindle and PDF format.

The treasure of the Sierra Madre - B. Traven

B. Traven's best known novel about three men prospecting for gold in the mountains of Mexico, and the things it drives them to do.

Racist jet-set: Rusty Childress and the false class consciousness of the Minutemen

A takedown of a wealthy anti-immigrant business owner who plays up an image as 'an average working class guy'.

Blood on the line: resistance, empire and repression at the border

Text from a flyer distributed at the May 2nd (2009) demonstration in front of the county jail in Phoenix.

Tepito: no thanks, first world

Gustavo Esteva on the puzzle of autonomy in 1990s Tepito, an inner-city community in Mexico City, which prefers to manage its own affairs, without interference from the forces of “development”.

Postrevolutionary pioneer: Anarchist María Luisa Marín and the Veracruz renters' movement

A history of the Mexican anarchist María Luisa Marín and the 1922 Veracruz Renters' Movement [1] by Andrew Grant Wood.