Self-Determination and Self-Defense in Cherán, Michoacán
On December 11, 2012, the US Justice Department announced that banking giant HSBC was immune from prosecution despite overwhelming evidence that they consistently failed to implement controls against money-laundering. Assistant attorney general Lanny Breuer said: “Had the US authorities decided to press criminal charges, HSBC would almost certainly have lost its banking license in the US, the future of the institution would have been under threat and the entire banking system would have been destabilized.”
The entire banking system would have been destabilized?”
began as a bilingual website aimed at spreading awareness about, and solidarity with, social movements in Oaxaca, Mexico. The site was launched to support the 2005 documentary film El Enemigo Común (The Common Enemy) which is an exposé of repression and resistance in Oaxaca. The film documents paramilitary activity against indigenous communities from 2002 through 2005 and provides historical context for the expansion of capitalism and empire in Oaxaca.