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We Are the Face of Oaxaca: Testimony and Social Movements
by Lynn Stephen
Duke University Press, 2013
eISBN: 978-0-8223-7750-4 | Cloth: 978-0-8223-5519-9 | Paper: 978-0-8223-5534-2
Library of Congress Classification HN120.O29S74 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 303.484097274

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
A massive uprising against the Mexican state of Oaxaca began with the emergence of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) in June 2006. A coalition of more than 300 organizations, APPO disrupted the functions of Oaxaca's government for six months. It began to develop an inclusive and participatory political vision for the state. Testimonials were broadcast on radio and television stations appropriated by APPO, shared at public demonstrations, debated in homes and in the streets, and disseminated around the world via the Internet.

The movement was met with violent repression. Participants were imprisoned, tortured, and even killed. Lynn Stephen emphasizes the crucial role of testimony in human rights work, indigenous cultural history, community and indigenous radio, and women's articulation of their rights to speak and be heard. She also explores transborder support for APPO, particularly among Oaxacan immigrants in Los Angeles. The book is supplemented by a website featuring video testimonials, pictures, documents, and a timeline of key events.


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