–SOUTHWEST WORKERS’ UNION PRESS RELEASE–
Most importantly, the community of San Antonio working in collaboration with Southwest Workers’ Union (1416 E Commerce, San Antonio, TX)
November 20th marks the date of revolution in Mexico of 1919. We are seeing a new conscious with our compañer@s of Mexico. There is a chaotic landscape which has endangered their homes and their education. November 20th of 2014, our community and SWU will participate together in an international day of action of non-violence in front of the Mexican Consulate in San Antonio. We are requesting and asking our fellow community to wear black to pay tribute, respect and solidarity with the 43 disappeared Normalistas. We will be there at 11Am until further notice to keep in mind our brothers and sisters of Guerrero. This is an inclusive action, as people of color, migrants, students and working-class unites.
San Antonio stands solidarity with the 43 disappeared students from the Raul Isidro Burgos Ayotzinapa Normal School, in the southern state of Guerrero. Thousands of people around the world are calling for Enrique Peña Nieto, the Mexican President, to step down after Mexican authorities say the Iguala mayor ordered the attack on the students.
Ayotzinapa has been ‘the straw that broke the camels back’. The history of violence against students in Mexico is not new, in October of 1968 in the Tlatelolco Massacre in the City of Mexico, as well as the 300 disappeared in Allende, Coahuila in 2011 has left Mexicans outraged. In the past few weeks 115 schools, including students, teachers and workers; have gone on strike and over 100 thousand people have taken the streets in Mexico demanding the return of the students and an end to the persecution targeting revolutionary students and ideas in Mexico.
Earlier in October a mass grave was found in the outskirts of Iguala, Guerrero. As of November 12, the Equipo Argentino de Antropoligia Forense (EAAF) has declared none of the traces of DNA found in the remainders of such mass graves correspond to the missing Ayotzinapa students. It is registered of the 28 recovered bodies from the total of 43 do not trace to our compañer@s. Investigations will continue, in the mean time we are hopeful that the students will be return alive.
Southwest Workers Union stands in solidarity with the students and their families we demand peace in Iguala and in the streets of Guerrero, and an end to the political regression on behalf of the Mexican government.