Anyone who is remotely interested in Mexico knows that the city of Oaxaca is one of the most special places in the entire country. It's a remarkable arts center, a stunningly beautiful colonial city and one of the friendliest places I've ever been. Over the years my family and I have become close friends with many Oaxacan residents and it breaks my heart that the deep corruption of some Mexican officials has now essentially ruined the city, perhaps irreparably. So I'm posting this segment of the latest City Lights newsletter in case anyone who lands here wants to try to help....
"The situation in Oaxaca, Mexico has become extremely dangerous. The paramilitary assassinations have escalated to the point that the city is now being occupied by federal troops and the Mexican army who are rounding up innocent people and disappearing them. It's urgent that the international community takes action to let the Mexican government know that their actions are not going unnoticed. What follows is a list of simple things you can undertake to help by internationalizing the situation:
To let Mexican officials know that the international community is watching. Please, it's urgent that you send emails to the list of addresses below. Your message can be this simple (you can cut & paste or make your own):
*The world is watching your actions in Oaxaca. Withdraw the federal police & the army, control the paramilitary forces & negotiate a non-violent solution immediately!
*El mundo entero esta vigilando las acciones gubernamentales en Oaxaca. Retiren al ejercito y a la policia federal y controlen a los paramilitares de Ulises. ¡Queremos una solución no-violenta!
Send your message to the following addresses:
PRESIDENT OF MEXICO | Presidente Vicente Fox Quesada: email@example.com
GOVERNOR OF OAXACA | Lic. Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, Gobernador Constitucional del Estado de Oaxaca: firstname.lastname@example.org
PERSONAL SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNOR OF OAXACA | Felipe Sardain, Secretario Particular del Gobernador: email@example.com
SECRETARY GENERAL OF OAXACAN GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS | Secretario General de Gobierno de Oaxaca: firstname.lastname@example.org
ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF OAXACA | Procuradora General de Justicia del Estado de Oaxaca: email@example.com
In addition to contacting the Mexican government, we encourage you to contact your own elected representatives and heads of state and demand that they put pressure on the Mexican government to stop the violence immediately."