I have been feeling great empathy for the situation in Oaxaca, Mexico. As you know Oaxaca has been a sister city for more that 20 years. It seems as we are "family", there could be more connection to the struggle our fellow community is passing through.
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.