As Coronavirus causes widespread shutdowns in Mexico, indigenous communities throughout Oaxaca are going without food and basic survival necessities. Travel restrictions mean those in more rural areas can no longer access markets in larger towns and cities to purchase or sell their goods and crops. The prices of the basic goods that are still being delivered to their small towns are steadily rising. Others in towns that the tourist industry has been developing in are suddenly unable to make ends meet to pay for rent or electricity.
The Popular Indigenous Council of Oaxaca - Ricardo Flores Magón (CIPO-RFM) is an organization of 20 indigenous communities across Oaxaca that have been collectively fighting for their rights to safety, education, health, and work for over 35 years. Now they are tasked with feeding their communities as the municipal, state, and federal governments have provided little to no aid to these communities while ordering them to shelter in place.
For those with resources to spare, meaningful mutual aid for CIPO-RFM and its communities can mean making donations to the group so they can purchase food and sanitation supplies and keep their communities’ lights on.
I’ll be sending donations collected to CIPO-RFM monthly. If possible, please consider signing up for a reoccurring monthly donation so that we can get them ongoing, consistent support in meeting their needs.
With love & solidarity,