Gently, with love and respect, we packed up our Altar for the victims of femicide in Latin America. Poems from "The Other Tiger" still sound in our mind... thank you all!
Join us to kick back and enjoy a great Mexican party!
This is fundraising party for families of disappeared students in Mexico and for Cambridge Mexico Solidarity to keep working raising awareness about the human right crisis that is affecting Mexico. After more than a year of voluntary work, we had been able to raise awareness about the situation of violence in Mexico at many levels, from artistic performances to lobbying the British government in terms of its relationship with the Mexican State and Mexican politicians. We had also organised talks and academic seminars, as well as created spaces for discussion about the current crisis in Mexico.
We also want to keep showing solidarity with the families of the victims and Mexican citizens in general, who have been victims of a growing violence and face threats, irregular legal processes and restrictions on their freedom of expression.
43: 17 months searching.
Demostration of Solidarity with the 43 missing students from Guerrero, México, after 17 months.
Fragment extracted from the text: "Ayotzinapa", by Elena Poniatowska.
"The tragedy of Ayotzinapa has highlighted the thousands of cases that have not been investigated. In his essay published in El País on 30 October 2014, Juan Villoro wrote: ‘Mexico is united in indignation and there is an angry clamour for things to change… the Mexico of the armed forces is afraid of those who teach literacy,’ because a literate country is one that can demand and denounce. A literate country can be disobedient. Real students on the marches do not make use of chains, sticks, stones or aggression in order to demand justice. Students act in solidarity, they demand and reclaim what is true, because they know their rights and their responsibilities."
Por si se perdieron la Presentación del Informe “Investigación y primeras conclusiones de las desapariciones y homicidios de los normalistas de Ayotzinapa” (DE OFICIO - PLENARIO)
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About the talk "Ayotzinapa One Year Later: Justice for Mexico's 43 Disappeared Students"... Thanks Cambridge PEN!
Yesterday, in the University of Cambridge, we had a very interesting evening with Cambridge PEN, Amanda Hopkinson, Juana Adcock and others who are interested on Mexico's Human Rights.
The ideas flowed in the fertile minds of all the participants who aim to contribute to justice in Mexico. We were delighted to be part of this event.
Stay tuned for new talks to build and spread exciting ideas!
Photo by Peter Nixon
Please join us! Everybody is welcome to this event organised by Cambridge PEN.
24th of November, 17:30.
Room 204, Centre of Latin American Studies, Alison Richard Building
Here is the invitation:
We are delighted to welcome Amanda Hopkinson and Juana Adcock, alongside Cambridge-Mexico Solidarity, for an evening of talks, discussions and poetry readings centred around Ayotzinapa, and human rights in Mexico.
On the 26th September 2014, 43 male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College went missing in Iguala, Mexico, following a clash with local police. Whilst the details of the clash remain unclear, the official investigation concluded that they were handed to the local Guerreros Unidos ("United Warriors") crime syndicate. Iguala's mayor was accused by authorities of masterminding the abduction.
Mass graves were soon discovered near Ayotzinapa, and two of the 43 were forensically identified as dead. However, this September, a sixth-month international investigation dismissed the Mexican government's account of what happened to the remainder of the students as 'scientifically impossible.' One year on, the global outcry for justice in Ayotzinapa is still echoing.
Join us for an evening of talks, discussions and poetry readings to uncover the history of the event, the progression of investigations, and how issues of crime, authority, corruption and justice currently stand in Ayotzinapa and in Mexico as a whole.
Cambridge-Mexico Solidarity will open the event, outlining their response to the abduction and what they have achieved so far.
Amanda Hopkinson is a former trustee of English PEN, where she co-founded the Writers in Translation Committee. She worked with Amnesty in Latin America before seven years as editor of the human rights magazine 'Central America Report.' Amanda visited Mexico in late 2014 on behalf of PEN, and will talk about her experiences of the climate in Ayotzinapa.
Juana Adcock is a poet and transator working in English and Spanish. Her first book, Manca, explores the anatomy of violence in Mexico and was named by Reforma‘s Sergio González Rodríguez as one of the best poetry books of 2014. She will read some of her own poems, giving an outline of corruption in Mexico as she experiences it, as well as giving a reading of David Huerta's 'Say Ayotzinapa.'
We hope to see many of you at what promises to be an evening of lively and unmissable discussion on Mexico today.
Cambridge Pen is the University of Cambridge's English PEN society, who campaigns for freedom of expression and promoting exchange of ideas in translation.
The event started on Saturday the 31st of October at 5pm, as shops began to close and Cambridge students and residents started emerging in costumes, Cambridge-Mexico Solidarity and Nanna Mexico brought the Mexican Day of the Dead tradition to the city centre with the official inauguration of an altar dedicated to the memory of Mexican Justice and was finalized this 3rd of November with a special gathering for all the public.
Photos of activists, journalists, students, and others killed with state complicity in Mexico were placed on the altar alongside items connected to the figure of Justice, including the Mexican Constitution of 1917. A candlelit procession of Catrinas and Catrines on Petty Cury drew the attention of passers-by who proceeded to visit the altar, read about the decline of the Mexican justice system, and speak to group members about human rights abuses in Mexico.
The altar at Cambridge’s much-loved independent Mexican eatery at 29 Petty Cury received hundreds of visitors between Saturday 31 October and Tuesday 3 November. To mark the end of the Day of the Dead celebrations, traditional ‘pan de muerto’ (sweet bread placed on the altar for the souls of the dead to eat), ‘chocolate caliente’ (hot chocolate) and café de olla (Mexican coffee with cinnamon and other spices) were served in the restaurant.
We keep the memory of Mexican Justice in our hearts and hope for her return.
Cambridge University Mexican Society Honouring activist Miguel Ángel Jiménez Blanco at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge, UK.
The Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition that dates back to the pre-Columbian era whereby the passage from life to death is celebrated. The celebration of this particular year represents an opportunity for the Mexican and foreign community to remember and pay tribute to Miguel Ángel Jiménez Blanco, a person that fought for justice in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. The resistance he led will not be easily forgotten.
Photo by Peter Nixon
We want to actively contribute to the construction of a just society in Mexico. We represent a number of different nationalities, including Mexicans, who are all resident in Cambridge, UK.