Mexico has a vast army of informal workers who receive little in the way of formal state benefits. Covid lockdowns have hit them hard and only neighbourhood cooperation is helping them survive.
LAB is excited to invite you to the second instalment of the Voices of Latin America webinar series, this time focusing on LGBTQ+ rights and machismo.
In the run-up to International Women’s Day in Mexico City and in spite of the pandemic that is sweeping the country, the women’s movement planned a demonstration to demand a life free from violence.
Over the years, homes and whole neighbourhoods have been built close to or on the tracks of a disused railway. Now the Tren Maya project threatens to evict them, while offering compensation and relocation in which they have little faith
Rafael Zafra asks what happened to the cholombianos, the urban tribe portrayed in Fernando Frías de la Parra's Oscar-nominated film 'I'm No Longer Here'.

Lupita: justice for Acteal

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Scarred by a brutal massacre which took place in December of 1997 and left 45 dead, the residents of Acteal, in the highlands of Chiapas, continue to remind the world never to forget. One woman is at the forefront.

The Rights of Nature Movement

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Ashaninka women in Tsiquireni, in the shores of Ene River. April 2012. Photo/Tomas Munita
A recent report, published by the Cyrus R. Vance Centre for International Justice, Earth Law Centre and International Rivers has found that the movement to grant legal rights to rivers and the natural environment is rapidly gaining momentum around the world.
Sin Señas Particulares (Identifying Features) by Fernanda Valadez
Lia Gomez-Lang takes a close look at Fernanda Valadez’s poignant feature film Sin Señas Particulares (Identifying Features), a tender portrayal of disappearances of migrants on the Mexico-United States border, and LAB recommends other important films presenting narratives of migration.
This article was translated for LAB by Fuschia Fowke. You can read the original in Spanish here. Preparations for Mexico’s 2020/21 elections began at the start of September. This is an exceptionally important and complex process, as more than 21,000 seats are to be contested,  including federal deputies, local deputies, town councillors and 15 governorships. It will be a test...
Narratives of Vulnerability in Mexico, by Raúl Diego Rivera Hernández, translated by Isis Sadek. Published by Palgrave Macmillan (2020) ISBN 978-3-030-51144-9. People in the United States are familiar with the U.S. war on drugs but less so with Mexico’s and, even less with the extent of U.S. involvement in the latter. As any war, the drug war also has countless...

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