What is going on in Mexico? How are people all across the globe responding to this? What are our roles and implications in broader human rights struggles? This video explores how, starting with a vigil on October 24, 2014, the community in Santa Cruz, CA began its response to the police-led kidnapping and forced disappearance of 43 student teachers from […]Read more "Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Violence in Mexico"
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010 Michael S. Wilson Among liberal intellectuals in the North, there is a commonly held view of tribal and indigenous peoples as victims of the international political economy and the neoliberal model of resource extraction. A less common perspective—despite its condemnation of ongoing colonialism and its refusal to accept the […]Read more "Rainforest Warriors: Human Rights on Trial, by Richard Price"
How does a social movement grow, succeed, or fizz? June 28, 2013 In response to more than month of protests that have attracted at least one million people across dozens of Brazilian cities, and to solidarity demonstrations in other cities around the world, President Dilma Rousseff has announced a set of concessions to protestors’ demands: a […]Read more "Brazil in 2013: Case Study in the Process of Social Change"
July 2, 2012 MICHAEL WILSON On the night of July 1, Enrique Peña Nieto shouted before cameras, “this Sunday, Mexico won!” The presidential candidate of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), Peña used the speech to declare himself the winner, promising an “honest” and “democratic presidency.” Peña believes he has defeated both the conservative incumbent Partido Acción […]Read more "Mexico’s Return to “Perfect Dictatorship”"
“The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” – Plato We want to contribute, to make the world a better place. We get an education, develop interests and seek new answers—all because we wish to positively affect the world during our lifetimes. “You can’t be neutral […]Read more "So you want to change the world…"
January 23, 2012 Most of us in the U.S. have spent our patience for electoral politics on the escalating gaffes by the Republican Party presidential contenders who, in their own ways, have demonstrated to the public how unsuitable they are to run the country. But our southern neighbors have a more clearly decisive election at hand […]Read more "Why Mexico’s elections will matter"
“Policies don’t change, interests don’t change, institutional sources of these don’t change, but conditions do. And the most important condition is the domestic population. And that changes because of dedicated activism, sometimes inspired by great tragedies.” – Noam Chomsky, Kent State University, May 2000. The Kent State and Jackson State shootings became emblematic of the […]Read more "Changing Conditions Under the Power Structure"