The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
The view from Corazon del Pueblo

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Planton - Perspectives

I approach the current situation in Oaxaca pretty much as I approach everything here in Oaxaca.  It's happening and it's interesting and, as in all things Oaxacan, it is multi-leveled, nuanced, complex... and visually interesting.  So I do what I always do, take photos.
So this isn't about the teachers, it's about the place where we live and love.
Obviously, it has a major impact on life here.  This is one of the main streets abutting the zocalo.
A bit hard to navigate, especially if one is tall.
Because this is a part of life here, as are the blockades, sit-ins and marches, life goes on....
So many issues, so many problems and solutions slow in coming.


Clever Monkey said...

I've been following your and Casa Colibri's posts on this and had not previously been aware that the annual demonstrations took the form of tented encampments in the Zocolo. Is this typical at the end of May, or a relatively new development. Sometime back I knew the Trique people had set up a sort of camp there, don't know where that stands now.

I had also noticed in the wonderful photos of street art you've posted recently several references to violence. I was only in Oaxaca once for a week several years ago but, among the various places I've been in Mexico, it stole my heart. I felt completely at home there almost immediately. And one the many things that excited me was both the power and sophistication of the street art, often very political. But I don't recall anything that outright spoke of a violent response to problems. Is this also a relatively recent development? Just curious, and not asking you to express political views [Article 33], just the facts.

Christopher Stowens said...

Sorry to be slow to respond. I just now learned blogspot stopped forwarding comments to my email. Anyway, yes, these protests are an annual thing. And violence can pop up, but never out of control and never, ever involves the expat or international community and visitors. They take their politics very seriously here and it's election season.