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We Are the Face of Oaxaca: Testimony and Social Movementsby Lynn Stephen
Synopses & Reviews
A massive uprising against the Mexican state of Oaxaca began with the emergence of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) in June 2006. A coalition of more than 300 organizations, APPO disrupted the functions of Oaxaca's government for six months. It began to develop an inclusive and participatory political vision for the state. Testimonials were broadcast on radio and television stations appropriated by APPO, shared at public demonstrations, debated in homes and in the streets, and disseminated around the world via the Internet.
The movement was met with violent repression. Participants were imprisoned, tortured, and even killed. Lynn Stephen emphasizes the crucial role of testimony in human rights work, indigenous cultural history, community and indigenous radio, and women's articulation of their rights to speak and be heard. She also explores transborder support for APPO, particularly among Oaxacan immigrants in Los Angeles. The book is supplemented by a website featuring video testimonials, pictures, documents, and a timeline of key events.
Lynn Stephen uses the Oaxaca social movement of 2006 to illustrate how oral testimony is central to rights-claiming, participatory democracy, knowledge creation, and the production of new political subjects in contemporary social movements.
About the Author
Lynn Stephen is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oregon. She is the author of several books, including Zapata Lives! Histories and Cultural Politics in Southern Mexico; Women and Social Movements in Latin America: Power from Below; and Hear My Testimony: María Teresa Tula, Human Rights Activist of El Salvador.
Table of Contents
Maps, Illustrations, and Videoclips vii
Acronyms and Abbreviations xi
About the Website xv
1. Testimony: Human Rights, and Social Movements 1
2. Histories and Movements: Antecedents to the Social Movement of 2006 36
3. The Emergence of the APPO and the 2006 Oaxaca Social Movement 66
4. Testimony and Human Rights Violations in Oaxaca 95
5. Community and Indigenous Radio in Oaxaca: Testimony and Participatory Democracy 121
6. The Women's Takeover of Media in Oaxaca: Gendered Rights andquot;to Speakandquot; and andquot;to Be Heardandquot; 145
7. The Economics and Politics of Conflict: Perspectives from Oaxacan Artisans, Merchants, and Business Owners 178
8. In Indigenous Activism: The Triqui Autonomous Municipality, APPO Juxtlahuaca, and Transborder Organizing in AAPO-L.A. 209
9. From Barricades to Autonomy and Art: Youth Organizing in Oaxaca 245
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