On July 1, Mexico holds pivotal nationwide elections. The elections come at a moment of both great internal distress and international pressure.

That is why for the first time in 12 years, Global Exchange is convening two election observationmissions – a pre-electoral mission (recently completed) and election week (June 28 – July 4th).

Join Ted Lewis, Global Exchange Human Rights Director (Wednesday June 6th at 5:30 PM pst) for a Facebook live interview with analysis on the coming election and report back from our pre-electoral observation. We’ll share our impressions from Tamaulipas last month, take your questions and discuss how the coming realignment of power may affect the future of US –Mexico relations.

Violence resulting from the drug war is at an all time high in Mexico, averaging 90 homicides a day so far in 2018. At the same time, the hostility and unpredictability of the Trump administration have put the critical relationship between the US and Mexico in toxic flux.

This is the atmosphere in which voters will choose a new president, 128 members of the Senate, and 500 members of the Chamber of Deputies. And with 30 of 32 states holding local electionssimultaneously they will be choosing more local officials — including eight governors– than in any previous Mexican election.

But what is riveting to the international community on these elections is that at a moment of both deep internal crisis and confrontation with the United States, Mexican voters appears poised to elect a left opposition president for the first time in history.

As the chart below shows, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the candidate of the Movement of National Regeneration (MORENA) has more than twice the support of his nearest rival. López Obrador, who is running for the third time, has consistently led preference polls and has extended his lead in the now final weeks of the campaign.

Global Exchange has organized ten observation missions in Mexico since 1994, including presidential, mid-term, state, and municipal elections. We have worked with hundreds of observersfrom Mexico, the US, and more than a dozen other countries.

Our observation work is not aligned with the interests of any political party. We do our utmost to uphold the principles of international democratic solidarity and unequivocally support self-determination.

Please join us tomorrow for the live update on Mexico’s elections.

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In 2009, director Oliver Stone traveled to five South American countries to explore the social transformations that have been taking place in those countries. On that trip, Stone had conversations with Presidents Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, Evo Morales of Bolivia, Lula da Silva of Brazil, Cristina Kirchner of Argentina, her husband and former president Nėstor Kirchner, Fernando Lugo of Paraguay, Rafael Correa of Ecuador, and Raúl Castro of Cuba.

In his latest film, South of the Border, Oliver Stone explores those conversations and reveals a revolution in South America that most of the world does not know about.

In casual conversations with seven sitting presidents, Stone gains unprecedented access to and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the region.  Mr. Stone was most struck by the extent to which the presidents are committed to determining the future of their own nations without undue outside influence and control.

I saw a screening of this film last week and highly recommend it. It highlights the often skewed representations of these countries by mainstream US media and attempts to shed light on the political and social movements taking place in South America that often go unnoticed amongst the general American public.

A big focus of the film is that of Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez and the changes taking place in the country. Global Exchange has had a strong Reality Tours program in Venezuela for many years and has brought people together to learn more about the progressive model of socioeconomic development that has been shaping Latin America’s future. This is done by meeting with the grassroots that is really helping to shape and build the foundation for these changes. Find out more about our Venezuela delegations.

See the story of Venezuela and Latin America unfold on the big screen. The film is showing in several cities nationwide and is opening in more cities in the coming weeks. To our Bay Area friends, be sure to head to the theatres this weekend for its opening and see the provocative film that everyone is talking about.

South of the Border Channel on YouTube.