Ayotzinapa: Solidarity and Awareness in Santa Cruz, CA

Vivos se los llevaron, vivos los queremos

Alive they took them, alive we want them. The pain of those mourning the disappearance of the 43 rural students in Iguala, Mexico demands justice and accountability for the loss of their precious lives.

On Septemer 26, 2014 students from the rural teachers’ school, Raul Isidro Burgos, were ambushed by Mexican police forces while on their way to a march in Mexico City. They were taken away on police trucks, never to be seen again by their families.

Nopal Media worked with CIP Americas Program to produce this video one year after the disappearance of the students in Ayotzinapa. All photos belong to CIP Americas Program and contributing photographers.


After participating in a talk and dialogue facilitated by professors Hector Perla and Adrian Felix, UCSC students and members of the Santa Cruz, CA community show their solidarity with Ayotzinapa.


The community in Santa Cruz calls on the US government to take responsibility in the violence affecting Mexico because of the punitive legislation and agreements like Plan Mérida that condone militarized responses on drug trafficking, which are also deployed on civil society and movements for social justice.


UCSC Students for Ayotzinapa rebuke Mexican attorney general’s attempt to cut off a news conference. Ya me cansé, “I am tired”, expressed Murillo Karam and Mexico responded in the streets and online, voicing the despair and fear that result from a country where corruption, violence, and impunity are the rule of law.


4 months after the disappearance of the 43 students by the hands of Mexican authorities, UCSC Students for Ayotzinapa and community members come together to commemorate the students and to challenge the dominant narrative of the Mexican state.


Ayotzi vive, la lucha sigue—Members of the Caravana 43, composed of Ayotzinapa students and family members of the 43 disappeared stopped in Santa Cruz, CA as part of their tour around the US to mobilize people on this side of the border to take action and hold the US government accountable for supporting and funding the militarization of the police and repressive tactics against Mexican civil society.


Nopal media collaborated with California Students for Ayotzinapa- UCSC Collective to create prints and make space for dialogue at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Beyond Borders event in 2015 on the systemic state violence in Mexico and the disappearance of the 43 normalistas in Ayotzinapa.



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