Monday Movie Night (& Discussion): "The Missing 43: Mexico's Disappeared Students"

[Carlos Latuff - Ayotzinapa Normal School]

[▲ IMAGE: Carlos Latuff]

the Critical Criminology Working Group, with Red Sparks Union & Building Bridges

MOVIE: The Missing 43: Mexico's Disappeared Students

MONDAY, FEB. 2nd @ 7pm
in FIR Building Room 128 [ facebook event page ]

as introduced by Myriam Hernandez & Roberto Ramirez of the Building Bridges - Human Rights Vancouver team
(and with follow-up discussion from movement organizers and activists)

On September 26th, 2014 in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico, 43 young students from Ayotzinapa Normal School “Raúl Isidro Burgos” were arrested by Iguala’s police force, and masked men. Shots were fired, 6 were killed immediately, twenty injured, and then the 43 students were handed over to the brutal narco-trafficking gang, Guerreros Unidos, and they have not been seen since. This movie, by VICE News, examines what happened next:

The goal of this event is to contribute to the fundraising campaign of Solidaridad Con Ayotzinapa Vancouver. They are trying to gather $10,000 to send to the parents and families of the 43 student-teachers for the creation of community radio broadcasting in Ayotzinapa and San Luis Acatlan. These radios will help in finding the missing students and denounce the campaign of defamation of the Mexican government against the relatives of the victims and each of the violations of human rights committed in these communities.

There is growing outrage at the executions, and mobilizations have been happening across México with the rallying cry becoming "Fue El Estado" ('It was the state.') Yet Canadian mining companies, like Goldcorp, whose highly profitable "Los Filos" open-pit gold mine is located a short distance from Iguala, continue their extractions, making a lot of money in this war-like context of extortion and state-sanctioned murder.

Solidarity is urgently needed, especially in building the student movement. As, Myriam Hernandez writes in her Red Sparks article, 'Conveying Hope' ('#HayQueContagiarLaEsperanza):

"The people of Mexico need to ingrain in our memory that the case of Ayotzinapa was not out of control of criminal activity but the act of a repressive state. If the government of Peña Nieto does not want to admit that the bloody repression in Iguala was a state crime (as evidenced by the testimony of the survivors), this would prove that he has no political will to get to the bottom of the problem and that not even his resignation would be enough.

Nothing can justify the brutal attack on these young people aged between 16 and 20 years, sons of poor peasants and indigenous people who dreamt of becoming rural teachers. ... Nothing else will save Mexico if so many tragedies are not enough to articulate and build a massive demand for justice."

----THIS EVENT Organized by---
the Critical Criminology Working Group; Red Sparks Union; & Building Bridges - Human Rights Vancouver;

& with the support of the Kwantlen Faculty Association's Human Rights & International Solidarity Committee, Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group - KPIRG & Solidaridad Con Ayotzinapa Vancouver

This is a free, public event.
This room (and nearby washrooms) are wheelchair accessible.

Contact us for more details: info@ Radical OR @

and also for donations info, contact: fueelestado.vancouver @

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