Saturday, June 25, 2016

Do you know why teachers are being murdered?

I learn about a lot of goings on through social media. I actually prefer learning what's going on in the world that way. I get to choose who I pay attention do - the media doesn't get to choose what I see.

One story that caught my eye was on the verge of being unbelievable. It had to do with teachers. In Wisconsin, we are aware of the kinds of attacks that are being faced every day. After Scott Walker was elected dictator, one of the first things that he did was go after public employees - to include public educators - with Act 10. Not only did this take away the teachers' voice with regard to working conditions, but, his budget also included the largest funding cuts to public education in the history of the state!

Attacks on education are going on all across the world. Working and living conditions are bad here, but, teachers are not being imprisoned or killed for standing up for their students.

At least not yet. Not here.

The story is different just south of the U.S. border:

"On Sunday night, June 12, as Ruben Nuñez, head of Oaxaca’s teachers union, was leaving a meeting in Mexico City, his car was overtaken and stopped by several large king-cab pickup trucks. Heavily armed men in civilian clothes exited and pulled him, another teacher, and a taxi driver from their cab, and then drove them at high speed to the airport. Nuñez was immediately flown over a thousand miles north to Hermosillo, Sonora, and dumped into a high-security federal lockup.

Just hours earlier, unidentified armed agents did the same thing in Oaxaca itself, taking prisoner Francisco Villalobos, the union’s second-highest officer, and flying him to the Hermosillo prison as well. Villalobos was charged with having stolen textbooks a year ago. Nuñez’s charges are still unknown." (source)

If jail isn't bad enough for trying to tell the world what is happening there is always another method to shut someone up:

If you'd like to know a little more about what's going on, please check out the following link from "In These Times"

On Friday night a few friends got together on the front lawn of the Mexican Consulate in Milwaukee to do what friends do - stand up for each other. We wanted to bring attention to what's going on in Mexico and educate the public.

It's what educators do. I'm not a teacher, but, who I am is a result of them.

Please - read about the story. Make some calls. Let people know.
Here is a list of numbers and contacts.

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