Mexico’s people are confronting daunting challenges. Bad government and the worlds of pain, violence, impunity and the economic injustice brought with it often color the realities of daily life. But so do courage, creativity, and resistance.
That’s why we want to remind you about some special opportunities to travel to Mexico, both to better understand today’s problems as well as the deep wellsprings of culture that give resilience and hope to those struggling for change. We hope your travels will give you the tools and motivation to speak up and speak out about the distorted picture of Mexico painted by our media and politicians. We encourage you to join us on one of these well-organized, safe and exhilarating trips:
Oaxaca: Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos
October 28 – November 5, 2015
If you’ve never been to Oaxaca during its famous Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos celebrations, you really should. Join us as we make our annual pilgrimage to Oaxaca at the end of October. Dating back to the Aztecs, this celebration is a family event to remember departed souls and to celebrate the resurrection of their spirits. In addition, explore Oaxaca’s rich culture through excursions to historical archeological ruins, mezcal palenques and artisan workshops. Meet with local social organizations and indigenous leaders, and learn about fair trade/free trade and globalization in Oaxaca.
Chiapas: Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice
March 23-31, 2016
August 7-15, 2016
Join Global Exchange as we learn about what has motivated popular movements in Mexico. Examine the recent history of the Chiapas region and hear about challenges facing the struggle for indigenous autonomy. Learn about the direct effects of globalization in the context of NAFTA and the on-going efforts for economic justice and democracy. Dialogue with indigenous peasants who have been working for the right to own the land upon which they live and work, and to govern their communities according to indigenous traditions and customs. We will visit with diverse organizations and their representatives in the area: from religious and community leaders to NGOs and women’s cooperatives, all working for peace and stability in the region. From a base in the colonial town of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, our delegation will travel to surrounding communities to speak with indigenous and campesino organization leaders, activists, educators, students, and artisans.