Mérida educators on need for comprehensive education reform in México

México’s education system was thrust back into the national spotlight in recent months after tensions between the teacher’s union and the Mexican government led to violent clashes in Oaxaca state. The CNTE (National Coordination of Education Workers), México’s dissident faction of the larger National Union of Education Workers (SNTE), was protesting what the government had claimed were progressive education reforms.

While some believe the new reforms are tackling the root of the issue in holding teacher’s accountable for the quality of education being provided, others point to systemic issues as the main source of México’s crippling education system.

Teachers affiliated with the CNTE have taken to the streets to protest aspects of the government’s education reform. (Photo: JSTOR Daily)

Teachers affiliated with the CNTE have taken to the streets to protest aspects of the government’s education reform. (Photo: JSTOR Daily)

‘Allá en San Fernando’

Raul Dorantes’ ‘Allá en San Fernando’ blurs the lines between life and death, violence and redemption. It tells the story of the San Fernando massacre of 2010, when 72 migrants from Central and South America were intercepted by Los Zetas and brutally murdered before they had a chance at a better life. The show runs through the end of October at the Citalin Theater in Pilsen, tickets can be found here.

J. Rochel, L. Holguín and C. Escrich playing the roles of Salomé, Judith and María. Photo: Carolina Sánchez

J. Rochel, L. Holguín and C. Escrich playing the roles of Salomé, Judith and María. Photo: Carolina Sánchez

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center Celebrates 45 Years of Community Engagement

The Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, Chicago’s longest standing Latinx community center, will be celebrating 45 years of Afro-Latinx arts and culture this Thursday, October 6, at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Puerto Rican salsa and timba group, Pirulo y La Tribu, will be providing the music for the evening. Tickets are still available here.

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Pirulo y La Tribu will be performing this Thursday, October 6, at the Old Town School of Folk Music as the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center celebrates their 45th anniversary.

The U.S. Spends Millions Funding Central America’s Drug War. A New Report Says It Hasn’t Worked

A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research suggests that militarized law enforcement may have done more damage to human rights than it has to crime rates.

A soldier stands guard as parolees paint over gang-affiliated graffiti in El Salvador. A recent report questions whether U.S. funding to stop gang-related crime in the region has been effective. (Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images)

A soldier stands guard as parolees paint over gang-affiliated graffiti in El Salvador. A recent report questions whether U.S. funding to stop gang-related crime in the region has been effective. (Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images)

They’re Refugees, Not Illegal Immigrants

For Donald Trump and many of his supporters, the issue of illegal immigration is black and white. With just over 11 million unauthorized people living in the United States, Trump’s plan is to deport them all and build a wall to keep them out. It’s simple, they’re unauthorized so they have to go. For Trump they’re illegal immigrants, but a closer look hints otherwise.

The short answer for why so many people are fleeing Central America, particularly the Northern Triangle region that includes El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, is violence.  (El BeiSMan)

The short answer for why so many people are fleeing Central America, particularly the Northern Triangle region that includes El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, is violence. (El BeiSMan)