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Title: The Common Enemy: Indigenous Mesoamerican Resistan
START DATE: 3/8/2006
Duration: 2 Hours
Location: Oakland -- CMU
Location Details:
Doherty Hall is located at the center of Carnegie Mellon\'s campus, near the \"fence.\" Check out the Carnegie Mellon Campus map for more.
Event Topic: Globalization
Event Type: Lecture
Contact Name: Daniel P
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Over the Course of the last four years, Simon Sedillo of the Austin independent Media Center has been working to expose the devastating impact of neoliberalism in Oaxaca, Mexico. In August of 2001, along with another collective member Jeffery Lazar, Sedillo embarked on a journey to southern Mexico. During the following years, Sedillo would visit Oaxaca on multiple occasions building trust among organizers and community members. In the summer of 2002 Sedillo and Lazar returned to Oaxaca and participated as independent human rights observers for the newly formed organization COMPA, or the Oaxacan Anti-neoliberal Popular Magonista Coordination, during a three month long permanent sit-in at the Oaxacan State Capitol.

"el enemigo comĂșn" scratches beneath the surface of neoliberalism, at some of the its most hidden atrocities in recent North American history. The film documents instances of paramilitary activity against indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico from 2002 through 2005 while including scenes from an international human rights movement in 2003, in Miami against the Free Trade Area of the America's, and in Cancun against the World Trade Organization. The three locations in isolation expose the disparity of North American resistances, but together bring us closer to understanding the nature of an emerging common struggle.

Tear gas, rubber bullets, and direct actions set behind the compelling faces and voices of survivors of incomprehensible atrocities expose the extremes of these relevant acts of modern political repression. The film challenges what we already know about paramilitary activity in Mexico, US involvement in said activity, and the current face of resistance against human indignity and injustice in North America Today.

Bouncing back and forth from community to community, "el enemigo comĂșn" is both an introduction to some of the many ignored resistances in North America, and it is also an urgent call to action for international civil society, to stand in solidarity against state sponsored repression and for human peace, dignity and justice, in Oaxaca, Mexico. The film provides a historical context for the current violent incarnation of capitalism and empire, and provokes action against it as a common enemy.