Author: Edur Velasco Arregui

Edur Velasco Arregui is the coauthor of Continental Crucible: Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America. He is the former Secretary-General of SITUAM (Sindicato Independiente de Trabajadores de la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana), a union activist, and a professor in the Department of Law at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City.

  • Labour Protest in Mexico 2019: The SITUAM Strike

    #SITUAM (workers of the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico) has a militant tradition, as many of its professors had been politically influenced by their participation in the massive student movement of 1968. Keep reading »

  • Obrador and Mexico’s Watershed Election

    Uncertainties, Contradictions and Struggle The July 1 national election in Mexico is likely to be a watershed in Mexican history. The splintering of the three old parties, their unprincipled tactical electoral alliances across party boundaries, the rapid movement of key party figures from one party to another, have made understanding the labyrinth of Mexican elections even … Keep reading »

  • The NAFTA Consensus

    The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks started on August 16 with very little of the fire and fury Donald Trump had promised during his campaign. His pledge to abolish the deal has largely been replaced with a plan to modernize it. Some currents within the Trump administration would certainly like to get rid … Keep reading »

  • Partners in Crime: The Continental Capitalist Offensive and the Killing Fields of Mexico

    State Terror and the Murder of 43 Students The Mexican government, welcomed as a partner of the Canadian and U.S. governments in continental economic development (North American Free Trade Agreement – NAFTA) and continental security also happens to partner in crime and the slaughter of its own people. The murders and disappearances of the students from … Keep reading »

  • Mexican Workers in the Continental Crucible

    The central purpose of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which celebrated its twentieth anniversary on January 1, was the consolidation of the neoliberal domestic agendas of the three member countries (Canada, United States and Mexico). Private corporate interests and the governing bodies of the three countries systematically sought to decrease labour costs and … Keep reading »

  • Prospects for a Continental Workers’ Movement: A Friendly Debate

    The two articles that follow are part of a debate on the prospects and problems of building international working-class solidarity and struggle. They focus on these issues for the case of North America, a continent bound together through NAFTA, continental economic integration, overlapping labour markets, and U.S.-Canadian unions. Dan La Botz’ article presents a very … Keep reading »

  • The New Student Rebellion and the Mexican Left

    Challenging the Corporate Media and the Electoral Fraud Éramos silencio, éramos dolor, éramos opresión. Quisieron arrebatárnoslo todo y lo único que perdimos fue el miedo. Ya no seremos más una voz silenciada. Venimos aquí con nuestros cuerpos que gritan: ¡¡¡Ya basta!!! Silence, Pain, Oppression suffused our being. They wanted to take everything from us and the … Keep reading »

  • 1810, 1910, 2010 and Mexican Labour

    In the midst of a deep depression, an ongoing crisis of legitimacy and a brutal internal war amongst the different fractions of the drug cartel/state complex, Mexico is celebrating its two great revolutions, the Revolution of Independence (1810) and the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920). The Revolution of Independence, which quickly took on a revolutionary popular character, … Keep reading »

  • Federal Police

    Maxico part 2: The Fightback

    Mexico: The Murder of a Union and the Rebirth of Class Struggle The Fightback: From Protest to Rebellion? The government’s blitzkrieg attack on the SME has failed to destroy the resistance. Rather, the Mexican regime faces the broadest, deepest, and most unified resistance movement in decades. And, as importantly, it is a national resistance movement that … Keep reading »

  • SME Demonstration

    Mexico: The Murder of a Union and the Rebirth of Class Struggle

    Part 1: The New Assault “Brothers, companeros, comrades: we must convert the rage, the anger and the helplessness into superior organization, into unified and convergent projects, into cultivating unity without distinctions of any kind, to confront our class enemies because sooner or later, we shall overcome. Forthcoming actions are yet to come and we will come … Keep reading »

  • The Oaxaca Commune

    The Other Indigenous Rebellion in Mexico This essay explores the extraordinary experience of the Oaxaca Commune in Mexico, an experience of grass-roots rebellion and self-government that has put forth an alternative model of struggle to the electoralist model of the PRD (Partido de la Revolución Democrática – Party of the Democratic Revolution) and to that of … Keep reading »

  • A Continental Campaign for Living Wages and Social Justice

    A coalition of Mexican unions and social movements has been calling for a continental workers’ campaign for a living wage and social justice in the three NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) countries. The original call was made in November 2006 (see Bullet No. 49). It is being followed by new efforts to develop this … Keep reading »