Ayotzinapa in the Transnational Collective Memory

By: María Eugenia López –  In Cultivando Consciousness/Cultivating Consciencia we believe in memory, particularly collective memory, as a tool of resistance and decolonization, when constructed through processes of information-sharing and community organizing. Fall 2015 was a semester with a dose of deep reflection and inspiration for our collective. We realized the importance of participating in the … Continue reading Ayotzinapa in the Transnational Collective Memory

¡Todavía Nos Faltan 43! Remembrance of the 43 Ayotzinapa Students

By: Rafael A. Martínez –  I was approached by one of my undergraduate students in September 2015 asking me if I knew of any plans for the one-year anniversary of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa. I told her that I didn’t know of any being planned. She declared “somebody ought to do something for … Continue reading ¡Todavía Nos Faltan 43! Remembrance of the 43 Ayotzinapa Students

Ayotzinapa #43 Disappeared in Headlines: Discursive Recognition, Awareness, Erasure and Violence in Popular Media Production

By: Claudia Avila Mitchell –  How does one incident simultaneously become both a symbol of recognition and awareness and one of erasure and violence? How does physical and metaphorical violence against individual bodies and social indigenous body translate in media discourse to simultaneous recognition and/or erasure of being human? This research performs a critical analysis … Continue reading Ayotzinapa #43 Disappeared in Headlines: Discursive Recognition, Awareness, Erasure and Violence in Popular Media Production

Todos Somos Ayotzinapa: Transmigrant Solidarity

By: Rafael A. Martínez –  Mexican consulates became public spaces where Mexican nationals staged their voices of frustration and demonstrated solidarity standing up against the genocide of Ayotzinapa students. Mexican consulates represent a public space that is the first point of contact for many Mexican immigrants arriving to the U.S., and as such, the consulate … Continue reading Todos Somos Ayotzinapa: Transmigrant Solidarity

From Ferguson to Ayotzinapa: Music Building Solidarity in Times of Genocide and State Terror

By: María Eugenia López – Music and popular songs play an important role in the process of symbolic redefinition and the creation of a social ideology for social movements.  As Ron Eyerman and Andrew Jamison state “social movements are central moments in the reconstitution of culture” and music without a doubt is one of the … Continue reading From Ferguson to Ayotzinapa: Music Building Solidarity in Times of Genocide and State Terror

State Framing & Prioritization of Police Violence Across Borders

By: Emily Castillo – Shortly after the forced disappearances of forty-three Ayotzinapa students and the murder of three in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto found himself under fire both in Mexico as well as internationally for his callous response to the disappearance of the students.  In a speech given on November 27, 2014, Peña … Continue reading State Framing & Prioritization of Police Violence Across Borders