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ABOVE:  Part of the PSC picket line in front of the Mexican Consulate on November 13th.


On Monday, November 13, 2006, approximately 80 trade unionists and teachers joined a PSC demonstration at the Mexican Consulate to demand an end to violent repression of teachers, strikers and other working people in Oaxaca.  The escalating use of state violence against strikers and community groups began with violent repression against teachers, who went on strike last spring to win better salaries for themselves and better conditions for their students.  Several Mexican teachers have been killed, and last month an American independent journalist was shot to death by forces against the community as he filmed the protest. Teachers and other academics throughout the Americas have expressed their outrage at the Mexican government.  We joined them in supporting fellow teachers and signaling that violent repression of striking teachers anywhere is an assault on the rights of teachers everywhere.

posted November 15, 2006

The resolution below, introduced as a "Special Order of Business" by the PSC at the bi-annual convention of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in Boston, was passed without dissent on July 22, 2006.  A similar resolution was passed at the June 15, 2006 PSC Delegate Assembly.

Support of Striking Teachers Attacked
by Police in Oaxaca, Mexico

WHEREAS, Local 22 of the Mexican National Education Workers Union (SNTE)—representing teachers in Oaxaca, Mexico—is on a protracted strike, and, in the best traditions of teacher unionism, is demanding not only decent wages but also adequate funding for schools and stipends to allow the poorest students to attend school; and

WHEREAS, after the Oaxaca state governor, Ulises Ruíz Ortíz, blocked negotiations, the teachers on May 22, 2006, began an occupation of a massive tent city in the main square of Oaxaca; and

WHEREAS, on June 2, 2006, more than 100,000 people marched in Oaxaca to show their support for the teachers’ struggle; and

WHEREAS, at dawn on Wednesday, June 14, 2006, state police brutally attacked the teachers' camp for four hours, launching tear gas grenades from a helicopter, and leaving nearly 100 strikers injured, some of them severely:

RESOLVED, that the AFT:

condemn the state police attack on our striking brother and sister teachers in Oaxaca;

join the growing international condemnation of the use of state violence to break a teachers’ union;

support the demands of Local 22 of the SNTE for fair salaries and funds for adequate buildings and supplies, and for student stipends for the poor;

express solidarity with their courage and organization in winning such wide public support of their struggle and defending their encampment;

ask the AFT Executive Council to consider contributing funds to replace the teachers’ radio equipment—a vital part of their communication with the public—which was destroyed by the police; and be it further

RESOLVED, that AFT call on the Oaxaca governor and the Mexican president to end all police attacks on the teachers immediately, return to negotiations, and meet the teachers' just demands.


ABOVE:  PSC-CUNY picketed at the Mexican consulate  on Wednesday, June 28, 2006, to support Mexican teachers in Oaxaca.