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Justice for Miriam Rodriguez

May 19, 2017

Solidarity activists are raising their voices against the assassination on May 10 of Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez, a human rights activist in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas well known for holding the authorities to account after the murder of her daughter.

Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez

The following open letter calls on state and federal authorities in Mexico and the U.S. government to ensure the safety of those who stand for human rights.

OPEN LETTER

ON THE night of May 10, 2017, heavily armed men broke into the home of Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez and shot her 12 times. Several family members survived the attack, but she died soon after en route to the hospital. Miriam was the leader of the San Fernando Collective for the Disappeared (Colectivo de Desaparecidos de San Fernando), a group she founded after her 14-year-old daughter, Karen, was abducted in 2012.

In the face of local and state authorities' indifference, Miriam organized a search on her own, eventually locating Karen's remains in an unmarked grave. She subsequently uncovered evidence leading to the conviction of members of Los Zetas, a gang linked closely to both the Gulf cartel and ex-members of Mexico's Special Forces.

"A Threat to Democracy"

David Finkel
May 12, 2017

The media know, of course, and some are even saying up front, that Donald Trump’s shambolic firing of FBI Director James Comey is a blatant move to block the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and the possible collusion of Trump campaign operatives. More importantly, what they’re not saying is that as “a threat to our democracy” Russian hacking ranks no higher than third on the list.


Protestors at White House. Yahoo News Photo Staff
The much bigger “threats to our democracy” are the uncontrollable dark money from the Crack (Koch) Brothers and others in politics, combined with blatant gerrymandering and voter suppression by Republican-controlled state legislatures.

In fact, on the very day that the administration’s initial account of the Comey firing was blowing apart, the Trump regime had just created a “voter fraud investigation commission” to put in place voter suppression on a nationwide scale. The Orwellian-titled “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity” is to be chaired by vice-president Pence with vice-chair Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Its purpose is to confirm Trump’s fantasy that “millions” of ineligible and dead people voted for Hillary Clinton. It can be safely assumed that it will not investigate the removal of 200,000 people from Wisconsin’s voter rolls – disproportionately Black and Democratic voters – nine times the amount of Trump’s critically important 2016 victory there.

Trump in Power: The First 100 Days

by Dan La Botz
April 30, 2017

As Trump took office, the majority of Americans were anxious, worried.

Trump’s inaugural address did nothing to put their minds at ease. Many were shocked and frightened by his short, strident speech with its allusion to “American carnage” and its dystopian visions of an American populated by “mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge; and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.” His call to put “America First,” using the slogan of the right wing movement of the early 1940s of which the anti-Semitic aviator Charles Lindberg had been a spokesman, alarmed many. As former President George W. Bush commented, “That was some weird shit."

Trump was popular only among his base. He took office with the worst public approval rating of any president in the history of polling. Only 44 percent of Americans approved Trump during his first month in office compared to 51 percent approval of President Ronald Reagan and for George W.H. Bush, 57 percent for George W. Bush, 58 percent for Bill Clinton, 59 percent for Richard Nixon, 66 percent for Jimmy Carter, 68 percent for Dwight D. Eisenhower, 72 percent for John F. Kennedy, and an astounding 76 percent for Barack Obama...

May 19, 2017
Solidarity activists are raising their voices against the assassination on May 10 of Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez, a human rights activist in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas well...
May 12, 2017
David Finkel
The media know, of course, and some are even saying up front, that Donald Trump’s shambolic firing of FBI Director James Comey is a blatant move to block the investigation into Russia’s...
April 30, 2017
by Dan La Botz
As Trump took office, the majority of Americans were anxious, worried.
Trump’s inaugural address did nothing to put their minds at ease. Many were shocked and frightened by his short, strident...

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