The Battle for Oaxaca:
Teachers Repel 3,000 Police from Oaxaca’s Historic Center
with
Alma Delia Santos, Secretary, Teachers Union of Oaxaca
Alexandra Halkin, Chiapas Media Project
Jill Freidberg, Director, "Grantito de Arena" a film on the
teachers' movement


In a scene reminiscent of other recent battles in Mexico, the police attempted
to disrupt the Oaxaca teachers' strike in downtown Oaxaca City on Wed.,
June 14th. At 3 am a police helicopter flew low over the tent city where
30,000 teachers and supporters have been camped for weeks and shot
canisters of tear gas. Meanwhile, 3,000 state police armed with riot shields
and clubs entered the chaos and tore apart the roughshod shelters where the
teachers had been staying. At roughly 10 am the police retreated and the
teachers re-took the City Center. During the course of the six-hour police
attack three people were reported to have been killed - two women and one
child. Since Wednesday, both sides after been preparing for the next
attack on the workers. On Friday, 400,000 marched in Oaxaca to send a firm
message against the repression by Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortíz.
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BOX AMERICANA: A Wal-Mart Retail Fantasia
with
Jason Grote, Author
Julia Pace Mitchel, Actress
Mark Plesent, Producing Director, Working Theatre

In this entertaining, provocative new play, The Ghost of Sam Walton is
resurrected with his own personal chorus of Chinese workers to sing the
praises of consumer Utopia. Located at Wal-Mart #24-2-128, the economic
epicenter of Sprawlville, USA, the play takes place at a moment when the
world's largest employer is defending itself against the largest class-action
lawsuit in American history. It follows Kelly, a perky and passionate
cheerleader for the Wal-Mart ideology and Danae, a devoted mother
escaping a violent, impoverished past. Inspired by Wal-Mart's pledge of a
future of advancement based on merit and hard work, they ultimately
discover that the Promised Land of retail abundance is really a swamp of
inequity and empty rhetoric.
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