Indigenous Peoples of Mexico Unite Against Corporate Mega-Projects

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EcoJustice RadioIndigenous groups have come together in a caravan to speak out against destructive mega-projects and mining across 8 states in Mexico. EcoJustice Radio spoke with Victorino Torres Nava and Marcos Aguilar on the month-long demonstrations and the massive projects that inspired them.

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Indigenous Peoples of Mexico Unite Against Corporate Mega Projects - Ep. 133

Indigenous, social justice, and environmental groups have come together in a caravan to speak out against destructive mega-projects and mining across eight states in Central and Southern Mexico. Our guests are Victorino Torres Nava, Professor of the Náhuatl language at the Anahuacalmecac Academy and Marcos Aguilar, Head of School of Anahuacalmecac Academy and Executive Director of Semillas del Pueblo. The Caravan has been traveling from town to town, making visible the local and regional struggles for clean water and the defense of territories. It began on International Water Day March 22nd in the state of Puebla and will arrive in the state of Morelos, south of Mexico City, at the end of April.

The Caravan has called for a time of Rebellious Dignity, to build a new nation by and for all, to strengthen the power of the people. The mega-projects include privatization of water wells and aquifers, construction of highways and rail lines, oil and gas pipelines, and massive rare-earth mineral mining projects that will have an irreversible impact on human health, Indigenous cultures and autonomy, and ecosystems across the region.

On this show we discuss how Indigenous Peoples of Mexico are participating in the Caravan for Water and Life to bring awareness to environmental and social rights struggles they are experiencing.

Victorino Torres Nava, Professor of the Náhuatl language at the Anahuacalmecac Academy, and a resident of the village of Cuantepec in Morelos, Mexico.

Marcos Aguilar, Masewalli Mexicano, co-founder and Executive Director of Semillas Sociedad Civil, Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America and of the American Indian Resurgence Initiative. Formerly Los Angeles collective coordinator for the National Commission for Democracy in Mexico, Marcos most recently became a community-nominated Commissioner to the National Forum of Mexico on Constitutional Reform for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Afromexicans held in Mexico City in August 2019-2021.

Caravan for Water and Life, Mexico

Support for the Nahua community of Cuentepec: https://www.mightycause.com/story/Cuentepec22

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Caravan for water and life: Peoples united against capitalist dispossession in Mexico

https://earthfirstjournal.news/2022/04/04/caravan-for-water-and-life-in-mexico/

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Executive Producer: Jack Eidt
Host and Producer: Jessica Aldridge
Engineer and Original Music: Blake Quake Beats
Show Created by Mark and JP Morris
Episode 133
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Updated 18 May 2022

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Novelist, urban theorist and designer, and environmental journalist, Jack Eidt careens down human-nature's all consuming one-way highway to its inevitable conclusion -- Wilder Utopia. He co-founded Wild Heritage Partners, based out of Los Angeles, California. He can be reached at jack (dot) eidt (at) wilderutopia (dot) com. Follow him on Twitter @WilderUtopia and @JackEidt