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“Strategy Salon,” an Operative Group of #YoSoy132 Announces Nonviolence Resistance Training Sessions

The Organization of Nonviolent Civil Resistance Begins Preparation in Mexico


By Isadora Bonilla
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

July 12, 2012

With the goal of organizing a critical mass of people who share and construct a common language to develop strategy, tactics and civil actions, the Operative Group “Strategy Salon” – which takes its name and forms part of the “GO Network” of #YoSoy132 in Mexico, will offer various workshops in nonviolent resistance in the coming weeks.

“Strategy Salon” is one of the Operative Groups of the “Go Network” of #YoSoy132
Since before and still after the electoral fraud of July 1, the Mexican people have succeeded in introducing a posture of protest, action and mobilization into the national panorama due to the grave irregularities of the campaign that named Enrique Peña Nieto as the imposed “president-elect” of the United States of Mexico. We have been witnesses to innumerable and multitudinous marches throughout the country and have seen how in recent weeks the levels of action and resistance have increased through protests outside the Federal Electoral Commission (IFE, in its Spanish initials), TV stations and the rest of the political and economic apparatuses identified as participants in the election fraud.

Confronted with this situation, and anticipating the possible acts of repression that the outgoing government of Felipe Calderon – responsible for 80,000 deaths and disappearances in the war on drugs – will deploy, we believe it is an opportune moment to train ourselves in strategic nonviolent resistance actions and protest that allow the Mexican people to identify and reach our objectives: to form and mobilize public opinion to recognize the official president as the result of election fraud and a repressive government, and to democratize the media through a process that protects its participants and is conducted effectively, with unity and strength.

The Operative Groups, or “GO Network,” are decentralized workgroups that adhere to the Mexican national student movement #YoSoy132 which during recent weeks have developed proposals and conducted acts of nonviolent civil resistance autonomously and as part of a network.

There will be various workshops in July and August of 2012, each with 30 participants and lasting eight hours.

In late August, 35 people who have already received the eight-hour training will be selected for an intensive three-day training session – from Friday, August 24 at 4 p.m. to Sunday, August 26 at 1 p.m. – in Mexico City. The goal of the intensive workshop is to train facilitators for future training sessions that can cause the number of people prepared in nonviolent resistance to grow virally.

Given the heavy demand for these workshops and limitations in space, the participants will be selected based on an application – in Spanish – that is available from the email address of voluntarios132@gmail.com and should be completed and sent to the same email address per the instructions on the application.

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