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 1st Annual NYC Anarchist Bookfair 2007 
 Al Giordano, John Ross, Moderated by Onto
 dan v  
 For non-profit use only.
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Insurgent Mexico brings together two American journalists who have provided some of the most consistent, on-the-ground coverage of Mexico's social movements.
NYC Anarchist Bookfair Collective
Insurgent Mexico

While others talk, the poor and indigenous people of Mexico have been acting to take control of their future. The Zapatista movement established a new pattern of antiauthoritarian, nonhierarchical organizing that has inspired organizers around the world. Last year, the people of Oaxaca moved to oust their corrupt governor and establish a new form of horizontal self-government. Despite severe government oppression, communities across the country are launching similar efforts. Meanwhile, the Zapatistas' Other Campaign has galvanized a wide-ranging, community-based discussion about the future of the people of Mexico. Insurgent Mexico brings together two American journalists who have provided some of the most consistent, on-the-ground coverage of Mexico's social movements to discuss the struggle in Oaxaca and the Other Campaign.

Al Giordano, publisher of Narco News (, has lived and reported for the past decade alongside social movements throughout Latin America: Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Central America, the Caribbean, and primarily, Mexico. In 2006 he and a rotating team of 60 volunteer communicators with Narco News' The Other Journalism with the Other Campaign accompanied Zapatista Subcomandante Marcos on a national listening tour throughout Mexico's 32 states and Federal District. This month, Narco News Books publishes The People Decide: Oaxaca's Popular Assembly by Nancy Davies. An anarcho-syndicalist "with Situationist tendencies," Al is currently on his first US tour in 10 years.

John Ross's latest book is Zapatistas! Making Another World Possible (Nation Books, 2006). He is also the author of the acclaimed memoir Murdered by Capitalism: 150 Tears of Life @ Death on the U.S. Left, which was praised by Thomas Pynchon and chosen as a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year. Based in Mexico City for the last two decades, Ross's reporting has appeared in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Nation, Texas Observer, Counterpunch, Noticias Aliadas (Lima), La Jornada (Mexico City), Democracy Now, and Flashpoints. He is the winner of an Upton Sinclair Award and an American Book Award. His other books include Rebellion from the Roots, The Annexation of Mexico, and the novel Tonatiuh's People.

Related audio:

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded

Mexican Struggles Today: Solidarity Across States and Borders

1968 Revisited: Prospects for a More Coherent Left

Tearing Down the Walls: A No Borders Camp Reportback

Eduardo Galeano, NYC, 27 May 2009

Raul Zibechi: Autonomy, the State, and Latin American Movements

Direct Action in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

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