I am Marichuy,
I am a spokesperson, not a candidate.
Who do I speak for?
I am the voice of the Indigenous Council of Government.
The voice of those from below, of the villages flooded by dams,
of those who lose their lands against the mining companies.
That of the indigenous people, of the invisible, of the poor,
The voice of the struggle that goes on and on,
of the women who did not know how to surrender,
of the guardians of the earth,
The voice of those who are no longer here.
The voice of Maricela. The voice of Campanur.
Of the women of Juárez.
The voice of those women who pay with their lives to have a voice,
that of so many names that they tried to convert into numbers,
A voice that refuses to forget.
The voice of a country fed up with its injustice
There are few days left for collecting signatures,
To do the rest we have so many lives.*
* Some information regarding names and events: Maricela Escobedo Ortíz was killed in 2010 in front of Chihuahua’s Government Palace while she was protesting for the release of the responsible for the femicide of her 16-year-old daughter Ruby Frayre, in 2008. Guadalupe Campanur was an indigenous leader in the autonomous community of Cherán, Michoacán; she was victim of sexual torture and femicide in January 2018. ‘Women of Juárez’ is the way of referring to women who have been disappeared or have been victims of femicide in the city of Juárez, Chihuahua, where a crisis of disappearances and femicides started in the in 1992-1993, which dramatically worsened with the implementation of the NAFTA agreement and the expansion of the ‘Maquila’ system in the region, in which young women were employed in precarious conditions. The 43 Ayotzinapa students were disappeared by police forces and the army in collusion with organised crime in September 2013; their whereabouts remain unknown. 45 indigenous women, pregnant women, children and men were massacred by paramilitary groups in complicity with the army when they were celebrating a religious service in Acteal, Chiapas, in 1997. 49 toddlers were murdered in the fire of the irregularly operated ABC daycare centre in Sonora in 2009, still in impunity due to corruption and undue influence. The bodies of 72 Central American immigrants were found buried in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, in 2010; no one has been hold accountable for this crime. It is estimated that at least 30 000 people have been disappeared in the context of the so- called ‘war on drugs’ (unleashed in 2006) and the militarisation of the country; their whereabouts remain unknown. Currently, the National Indigenous Congress is collecting signatures to take Marichuy’s voice to the 2018 presidential elections. Signatures can be collected until February 19th. To keep our struggle alive, we have our lives! Share!!!!!]