A Troubled Sister City -- Oaxaca
Original post made by Bob Wenzlau on Oct 30, 2006
My own personal involvement has been through tourism and volunteering to send fire trucks to the city government. I can speculate that that the hardship is borne greatly by those in Oaxaca involved in tourism that have made many of our visits to that area so culturally enriching.
Obviously the political situation is complex. I doubt if it should be our role in Palo Alto to weigh in on the political situation. Some of our "connections" in Oaxaca are within the PRI party, and have strong civic missions. Yet the confusion stems that the reports speak of the corruption of the government. These claims are not new, and almost seem to be part of the fabric of the region that thrives in spite of governmental short commings. Still, thing now seem painfull out of sort.
I have spoken with those who were recently there. It is shut down, and has not felt safe. This is clear in the coverage.
I hope the area will restore itself. Oaxaca has give our family some of its greatest gifts including sesitivity to what city's without the economic resources of Palo Alto can offer. After things settle back, I will be back.
I hope our city can discover resources and gifts -- almost a disaster relief -- that we can send down.
Perhaps others have thoughts to build on this.
on Oct 30, 2006 at 11:06 am
I read your posting with great interest. My personal connection is through a woman who first came to Palo Alto through Neighbors Abroad. She is a member of what I would call Mexico's middle-class. She and her architect husband are well-educated, bi-lingual etc. They are very much hurt by this 6-month strike. She rents her small casitas mainly to students at a language school as well as tourists. No students, so no business. There is virtually no coverage of this situation in our news....you have to search for it online. She emailed me some photos of the damage, the graffiti, the blocked streets and the over-turned buses. Regardless of whether there is corruption in the government, this strike is destroying the economic health of the area as well as scaring the daylights out of the inhabitants.
on Oct 30, 2006 at 4:20 pm
Bob Wenzlau is a registered user.
A link to discussions -- some from locals in Oaxaca -- is at Web Link.
on Oct 31, 2006 at 11:36 am
Thank you Bob...Oaxaca is one of Mexico's cultural meccas and it is so sad to see what is happening. The saddest part, is the total lack of credibility that Oaxacans have of their institutions, political, legislative and judicial. Any ideas???