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What started out as an annual teachers strike in the historic Mexican town of Oaxaca has become the largest people’s rebellion in the country in over a decade. To date, human rights organizations report that there’ve been hundreds of illegal detentions, disappearances and injuries, and at least eighteen documented deaths.
Making Contact takes you to the occupied streets of Oaxaca where thousands are fighting to oust the governor, and are risking all for the future of their city.
Eva Lopez Chavez, Coalition of Oaxacan Indigenous Teachers and Promoters; Giselda, teacher; Gustavo Esteva, founder and director, Universidad de la Tierra; Sara Mendez, Oaxaca Human Rights Network; Enrique Rueda Pacheco, National Teachers Union leader of Section 22; Gilberto Hernandez Santiago, coordinator, APPO Legal Committee; Genaro Altamirano, director, “Noticias”; Flavio Sosa, member, APPO council; Carmen, one of five APPO members that went on a twenty-two day hunger strike; Carlos Abascal, Secretary of the Interior; Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, Governor of Oaxaca; Oaxacan woman in the Zocalo; Jessica Sanchez Maya, president, Mexican Human Rights League; Mauricio Marmela Riviera, torture victim.
Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Contributing Freelance Producers: Tim Russo, Vladimir Flores, and Chris Thomas (translations)
Freelance Associate Producer: Emily Polk
Mixing Engineer: Phillip Babich
Intern: Alexis McCrimmon
Voiceover Talent: Frank Sr., Patricia, Frank, Angie, and Nicole Rubio, Sydney Levy, Amin, Steve Masar, Alexis McCrimmon, Emily Polk, Jake Wenger, Zachary Katznelson, Robynn Takayama, Dorian Taylor, Lisa Rudman, Phillip Babich and Simon Avakian.
For more information:
Mexican League for the Defense of Human Rights / Liga Mexicana por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos (LIMEDDH) – Col. Clavería C.P. México
Oaxacan Human Rights Network / Red Oaxqueña de Derechos Humanos – Oaxaza, Mexico
Global Exchange – San Francisco, CA
Mexico Solidarity Network – Chicago, IL
Witness for Peace National Office – Washington, DC
Servicios para una educación alternativa EDUCA – Oaxaca, Mexico
Ojo de Agua Comunicación, S.C. – Oaxaca, Mexico