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

Thursday, May 15, 2014


Will today be the day that the teachers of Section 22 decide to start their annual sit-in or planton in the zocalo?  Oaxacan teachers are famous or infamous, depending on your perspective, for their political power and systemic manipulation or in this case, systemic shutdown.  This has been going on for a very long time, close to forty years of plantons.  The sit-in of 2006 and the six months of anarchy it created, resulted in the almost complete collapse of the economy.  Seven years later, it is still recovering and the teachers are still striking.  Really, it is an ugly part of the social fabric.  The end result is that the inefficiencies continue, the corruption spreads and above all, children are deprived of the necessary education to improve their lives and the well-being of the state.  Think about that - forty years of people not getting the education that they need, demand and deserve.
Oy!.... I mean, ¡Ay!
I'm all outta chocolate.  I guess I will have to go out and find some, but I expect to be thwarted by blockades and marches.  I do, however, have a cunning plan........
Seek and ye shall find....

And so it starts, but for how long this time?


Anonymous said...

Lively discussion on this subject in comments under Shannon's post from October last.

Anonymous said...

Strike and disruption scheduled for Wednesday.
OAXACA, 17 de mayo.- El secretario de Organización de la Sección 22 del Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE), Francisco Villalobos, anunció la suspensión de labores de la membrecía sindical, conformada por 70 mil trabajadores, como medida de presión a los gobiernos estatales y federal para la resolución de sus demandas.

Adelantó que la gremial adherida a la Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE) prevé para el miércoles 21 de mayo, la suspensión de labores educativas y administrativas del Instituto Estatal de Educación Pública (IEEPO) para concentrarse afuera de supermercados y tiendas departamentales e impedir la actividad comercial. Asimismo se concentrarán en las casetas de peaje para permitir el acceso libre a los usuarios de las carreteras federales.