Merelym: I was also a teenager once
It was with deep indignation that I found out about the murder last weekend of the 14 year old teenager Merelym Abigail Espinoza Bustillo, who adds to the never-ending list of young Honduran women violently murdered. It is with profound indignation that I write these lines.
They justify the murders and blame the victims!
I joined several nursing and med students to talk about our January 2014 brigade to Ciriboya, the perils of neoliberal healthcare in Honduras, and the promise of the Cuban model on UNAH's television program last June:
(I was sleep deprived, which you can tell from my aspect & slurry, excessively accented Spanish, but my students are amazing as usual)
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AU students from anthropology and other departments are sponsoring a vigil demanding justice for unaccompanied minors next Monday, October 27th at 6:30pm at St. John's Church (16th & H St NW) outside the White House. I will be speaking there. Please join us!
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1508096066105825/
Click image for pdf:
Security is not for everyone in Honduras: a public statement on the threats received, attempted murders and assassinations of members of the political opposition and their families.
American University Public Anthropology Conference Roundtable Discussion:
Unaccompanied Minors: Bad Parents or Bad Policy?
Sunday Oct. 5th, 3:30-5:30pm
Room 245, Mary Graydon Center (Main Quad)
American University Main Campus
The apparently staged torture scenes in the beginning are gratuitous, but should perhaps be viewed with patience for the cultural context of death porn hegemony in Honduras. Because the rest of this video is really important.
I wrote about this last week here:
I think I should repost this once every month or so. From Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, p. 9:
against policy (a tiny manifesto):
The notion of “policy” presumes a state or
governing apparatus which imposes its will on
others. “Policy” is the negation of politics; policy is
by definition something concocted by some form of
elite, which presumes it knows better than others
how their affairs are to be conducted. By partici-
pating in policy debates the very best one can
The public health sector and the workers trying to protect it are under serious, violent attack. I really hope this brave doctor does not get killed.