The People Decide: Oaxaca’s Popular Assembly

[D]ay after day, behind the literal and mediated smokescreen, Nancy Davies walked the streets of the city that has been her home for most of a decade, looked and listened to the ordinary people and the extraordinary social fighters. She took notes and filed 48 reports on Narco News chronicling not just the grievances, protests and corresponding repression, but also the deeper motives and contexts that guided them. Most significantly, Davies found and archived the big story behind the conflict that others continue to ignore: The birth and growth of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (the APPO, in its Spanish initials), now a model of resistance and grassroots democracy for the rest of Mexico and much of the world.

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