Vivos se los llevaron, vivos los queremos.
Three whole years. Three years, day after day, hour after hour: a cumulative time that highlights the grief, anguish, and injustice of the kidnapped 43 Indigenous male students. September 26, 2014 was the night these students went missing from Iguala, Guerrero, México. Students from the Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa were on their way to protest the injustices of the state in commemoration and remembrance of student movements sparked by the Tlatelolco massacre of 1968. And since this disappearance, no solid story has emerged that speaks the truth of the 43. All we have are the powerful stories of parents and relatives who are determined to find their sons, to end the injustices of the Mexican state on Indigenous peoples.
In our dedication to the 43 students, also having the honor to have hosted two Ayotzinapa organizers in 2016 in our time organizing in MEChA, we have compiled a collage of pictures. The pictures, taken by Paula Rodríguez-Díaz (of the Eagle and the Condor Liberation Front), were taken in San Cristóbal de las Casa, Chiapas, México that demonstrate the spirit of this movement across the nation-state of México.
We hope to raise awareness to these missing students and their parents’ struggles to find them.
Kristian Emiliano Vasquez in collaboration with Paula Rodríguez-Díaz
Indígena Scribes is our writing side-project parallel to our overarching podcast of Xicana Tiahui. Here we post our writings of thoughts we have, essays we have written, poetry, social commentary, news reports, polemics, and our zine periodical available for purchase. We hold it valuable to our hearts the written word in the spirit of the huehuetlahtolli, and we aspire to be intellectually on point as well as accessible to our gente from the barrio to the academy.