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Ayotzinapa is our Ferguson

From the Editors  |  Issue: January 2015
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There is a class war going on, and our youth in particular are in the line of fire, whether it’s here in Ferguson or Ayotzinapa. We need to fight for a government of, by, and for the people, and respect for our fellow man and woman.

 

Just as Ayotzinapa, Guerrero has been a wake-up call for Mexico, drawing the necessary comparisons and conclusions of what has been happening in the U.S. should be for the rest of us. There is a class war going on, and our youth in particular are in the line of fire. The failed Drug War deals out death, corruption, disappearances in Mexico. In the U.S. unarmed youth are gunned down in the streets as in Ferguson, incarcerated, or otherwise face a bleak future with no jobs and limited educational opportunities. Worse yet, elected politicians further policies that are against the better interests of those they represent, while playing the blame game, whether it be of citizens seeking to recall elected officials, or purging imaginary undocumented persons or possible felons from the electoral rolls.

Government is no longer part of the solution; it is part of the problem in both Mexico and the U.S. Government has ceased to represent the people, but instead serves corporate interests, whether legitimate, narcotics, or otherwise. When corporations no longer profit from our labor, and we can no longer purchase what we have produced for them, they consider us expendable. That is the meaning of the austerity measures they actively promote in Mexico as well as in the U.S.

Our survival as a species depends upon our upholding the dignity of human life, the human right to the necessities of life, and the protection of the environment for future generations. To do that power must be in our hands. Only, then will government of, by, and for the people, and respect for our fellow human really mean something.

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