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2024: Stay Tuned for a Momentous New Year

from the Jan. 10, 2024 Bulletin

In 2024, Lopez Obrador’s presidency will end, as well as US president Biden’s. Our Bulletins will bring you the voices of social movements and political activists around key issues in México. We’ll cover migrants and Mexicanos in the US, and the US-México relationship, which will be a critical factor in both countries’ national elections. In our Voices and Reflections sections this week, we highlight some 2023 Bulletins that illustrate what we will continue to cover. Researchers, analysts and cultural voices will enhance our understanding.


We’ll bring you a unique insider viewpoint that cannot be found anywhere else.

Stay tuned!



Elections in Mexico



Diego Alfredo Torres Rosete is a native of México City who worked for Morena’s secretariat for Mexicans Abroad and International Policy.

The traditional method for choosing the candidate we call the dedazo, from dedo, meaning finger. The outgoing president would point to the person he wanted to succeed him. Simple! In the nomination process for 2024, AMLO rejected the dedazo; he wanted the Morena candidate to be chosen by the people.” 





Independent Labor Organizing


Cristina Ramirez worked at VU Manufacturing, a US auto supply company in Piedra Negras, and became a rank and file leader fighting for a union. But rather than negotiate, the company closed — and then black-listed — former employees.

“We worked a regular 48-hour week. Everyone got the same pay, no matter whether you worked there seven years or were a new employee: the minimum wage, as set by the federal government, 312 pesos a day ($17.00). We won a union, but then the owners closed the plant. It’s painful and unjust.”  





Migration, Migrants, and Immigration Policies


Photojournalist David Bacon documents the daily lives of immigrant farm workers. His 2021 report on the H2-A temporary visa program shows why it must end.

The workers that employers import via the H-2A program are at their complete mercy. They can work only for the employer that recruits them. If they complain, they're fired, lose their visa, and get deported back to México where they're blacklisted so they can't return in future seasons. The net result: Both undocumented and H2-A workers get deprived of their basic rights.”





Drugs, Violence, and Official Impunity


Maureen Meyer led Washington Office on Latin America’s México initiative, with a special focus on analyzing US-Mexico security cooperation and criminal justice and public security reforms.

Having 43 young people disappear at once was unusual and triggered massive outrage. Mexican investigators uncovered proof that people at the highest levels of government had lied and obstructed justice. Investigative work in the US put the students’ disappearance into a broader international context. The Ayotzinapa case connected directly to drug trafficking operations from Iguala to Chicago.”





US Policy and Threats to Invade Mexico

Javier Bravo is a left-wing Méxican activist. A historian and teacher at the University of Guanajuato, he’s an active Morena member pushing for more political education. Bruce Hobson, Bulletin editor, joined this interview.

“Both parties are unhappy about México’s growing influence in Latin America and the Caribbean. AMLO is trying to create an economic bloc not based on the needs of the US economy. Military intervention? For Mexicans, you don’t have to be a socialist to understand exploitation and imperialism. Under AMLO and Morena, we’re gaining the confidence to assert our right to control our own future.”





México’s Sovereignty

Economist Violeta Nuñez Rodriguez, at Universidad Autónoma de México (UAM), researches rural and agricultural development and has particular expertise in mining. She’s a frequent commentator on various media. 

Precious metals taken by force since the 1500’s made European colonialists rich and laid the foundation for the developing capitalist system. Under neoliberalism, the Mexican government granted 106,000,000 hectares — over 50% of Mexican land! — as mining concessions. The reform of the Mining Law in 2023 now limits what mining companies do and protects people and the environment.”