KOMO News: “Pressure mounting to release Renton woman from Mexican prison”

According to the International Human Rights Clinic at Seattle University School of Law, Guerrero law and the Mexican Constitution guarantee the rights of indigenous communities to form their own security institutions. Salgado’s group was officially part of state law enforcement and had the express approval of Guerrero’s governor, the clinic states.

“Today’s her birthday,” said Salgado’s husband Sunday night from his apartment in Renton.

Jose Abila’s never given up hope that his wife will come home.

“I know what I have to do, you know. Every single day keep fighting for her to come home,” he said. “The only thing we need is for the U.S. government to do the final push for her to get released.”

Full story.

The Takeaway: “American Jailed in Mexico for Taking on the Drug Cartels”

Nestora Salgado is a mother of three who left her hometown of Olinala, Mexico as a teenager 20 years ago for a new life in the United States. She became an American citizen and worked three jobs to provide for her family. But after a car accident in 2002 nearly killed her, she quit working and moved back to her hometown just as drug cartel rivalries became more violent.

The cartels fought for territory around Olinala, subjecting residents to kidnappings, extortion, and murder. Outraged, Nestora became the leader of a community police force that took on the cartels by arresting murderers and drug dealers. She operated under legally recognized community policing rules that were enacted to protect indigenous populations after a massacre of peasants by state security forces in 1995.

Two years ago she was arrested by Mexican authorities.

Full story.

¡Nestora necesita tu ayuda!

A pesar del gran apoyo el 21 de agosto del año presente, ganar la libertad para Nestora y sus compañeros aún queda por delante de nosotros.

El 21 de agosto marcó el primer aniversario de la encarcelación de Nestora Salgado en una prisión federal en Tepic, Nayarit. Con su apoyo, el movimiento para liberar a Nestora y a otros presos políticos en México ha crecido internacionalmente, pero la victoria sigue siendo difícil de alcanzar.

La masacre el 26 de septiembre en Guerrero de cerca de 50 estudiantes, en un ataque coordinado por la policía y los criminales, es una prueba más de que tenemos nuestro trabajo por nosotros. Estos asesinatos han llamado la atención internacional sobre la corrupción de las figuras que son responsables de tener a Nestora tras las rejas: el gobernador de Guerrero, Ángel Aguirre, quien se niega a liberar a Nestora a pesar de la orden de un juez federal, y el Presidente Peña Nieto quien ha presidido el encarcelamiento de cientos de hombres y mujeres que se han levantado en contra de la violencia y la corrupción en otros estados y ciudades.

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continuado.
Su contribución será utilizada para ampliar la difusión pública, ayudar a las
familias de clase obrera de otros presos en Guerrero y los enormes costos asociados con la representación legal de Nestora. Cuánto podemos lograr depende de viejos partidarios de Nestora como usted.

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Fred Hyde’s letter to Seattle Times regarding Kenneth Bae and Nestora

An editorial was posted to Seattle Times after North Korea released a U.S. prisoner. The Seattle Times Editorial Board asked for the release of Kenneth Bae, who has been imprisoned in North Korea for over 2 years. Here, Fred Hyde writes a letter to the editors to also consider asking for Nestora’s release.

Dear Editor,

Regarding your Friday, September 24 editorial on Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in North Korea, there is another U.S. citizen who is suffering harsh prison conditions in another country and deserves to be released.

Nestora Salgado, a resident of Renton, is a political prisoner in Mexico. In 2013, residents of her home town of Olinalá, Guerrero, elected her coordinator of their legally authorized community police force. Local and state officials conspired to jail this brave indigenous leader for carrying out her duties in an honest, principled manner that exposed their corruption. They have kept her locked up for over a year despite a March federal court ruling declaring her innocent and ordering her release. The international campaign to free her has the support of eight members of the Washington congressional delegation and many groups and individuals.

Mass protests over the disappearance and probable murder of 43 activist college students by police and drug cartel thugs in Guerrero drove the state’s Governor out of office last week­the same person responsible for Salgado’s arrest and ongoing detention.

The time is now for President Obama to call Mexican President Peña Nieto and insist he free Salgado immediately–before she too is disappeared.

Fred Hyde
2940 36th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98144
206-854-9057

August 21: International Day of Protest to Free Nestora and all political prisoners!

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August 21, 2014 will be the one year anniversary of Nestora’s arrest and imprisonment. For 12 months, she has been denied the right to see her lawyers. Orders to free her by a federal judge have been ignored. Kept in isolation without medical attention, she represents hundreds of people in self defense groups who have been jailed for defending their communities against powerful, politically connected criminal cartels.

In June, the Mexican government expanded its occupation and repression in Michoacán, arresting Dr. José Mireles and nearly 100 of his followers. They were on their way to regain public control of Lázaro Cárdenas port, the largest seaport in Mexico, from a drug cartel known as the Knights Templar. This criminal syndicate used the port to export goods and resources stolen from the people of the region. Today Nestora Salgado and Dr. José Mireles are powerful symbols of popular resistance against Mexican government corruption and unbridled crime. As U.S. military aid to Mexico increases, the violence continues.

August 21 will be a day of International protest calling for the release of Nestora, Dr. Mireles, and all political prisoners. Join a location near you in international solidarity!

Free Nestora Salgado!
Free Dr. José Mireles!
Free all political prisoners!
Stop the government repression of self-defense forces and indigenous leaders!
End U.S. military aid to Mexico!

Protest Locations:

Seattle
Thursday, August 21, 4 PM
Federal Building Plaza, 915 Second Ave, Seattle (Downtown, between Madison & Marion)
206-722-2453; FreeNestora.Seattle@gmail.com

Portland
Thursday, August 21, 12 PM
Mexican Consulate, 1305 SW 12th Avenue, Portland (Corner of SW 12th Ave and SW Morrison St)
503-516-2151; jsardo60@hotmail.com

San Francisco
Thursday, August 21, 7:30 AM
Mexican Consulate, 532 Folsom Street (between 1st and 2nd), San Francisco
415-864-1278; freenestora.sanfrancisco@earthlink.net

Los Angeles
Thursday, August 21, 4 PM
Federal Building, Downtown LA (300 N. Los Angeles St)
323-732-6416; freenestora.la@gmail.com

New York City
Thursday, August 21, 1 PM
Mexican Consulate, 27 E 39th St, Manhattan (between Madison Ave and Park Ave)
917-714-6453; FreeNestora.NYC@gmail.com

Melbourne, Australia
Saturday, August 23, 1 PM
The old GPO, corner of Bourke Street and Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
03 9388-0062; freedom.socialist.party@ozemail.com.au

For information about protests in these countries:
Costa Rica: infoprtcr@gmail.com
Dominican Republic: hco2245@gmail.com
Mexico: pos.org.mx@gmail.com
For information about actions elsewhere, contact fspnatl@igc.org.

POS (México) calls for a National Committee to win freedom for Dr. Mireles, Nestora Salgado and all the imprisoned community activists and self-defense forces

2 de julio 2014
Partido Obrera Socialista

El gobierno federal cumplió sus amenazas al detener y encarcelar a José Manuel Mireles  y a 80 de sus compañeros autodefensas. Lo hizo justo cuando se aprestaban a tomar el puerto de Lázaro Cárdenas, bastión de los delincuentes del cartel de los Caballeros Templarios y eje estratégico para la exportación del hierro y otros minerales  que el crimen organizado se roba, desde hace años y con total impunidad, para venderlos a China. El robo de minerales ocurre a través del despojo a las comunidades de los estados de Michoacán, Jalisco y Colima y le dio ganancias mal habidas a los templarios del orden de 1000 millones de dólares en cinco años.

No es casualidad que el “comisionado”  Alfredo Castillo, procónsul de Peña Nieto en Michoacán, les marcara el alto a Mireles y a sus compañeros: ¡Justamente cuando las Autodefensas Michoacanas estaban por asestarle un golpe de muerte al imperio económico templario, la burguesía mexicana puso el grito en el cielo!

Algunas de las mentes más lúcidas de México han denunciado  la “sociedad de ayuda mutua” que  establecen, de manera natural,  el crimen organizado y la burguesía mexicana: la narcoviolencia le sirve al capitalismo por que despeja el camino a las transnacionales mineras al aterrorizar a la población, obligándola a desplazarse y a abandonar los territorios apetecidos, ricos en mineral. Al mismo tiempo,  con el manído cuento del “combate al narcotráfico” el Estado de los capitalistas  justifica la militarización del territorio nacional que tanto  atemoriza al pueblo para  que se ejerza, sin ningún miramiento,  la represión más brutal en  contra de los pueblos indígenas, contra el EZLN, en contra de los trabajadores, los maestros de la CNTE, los pobres y sus líderes.

¡El crimen organizado y el gobierno de México son familia! ¡Son una sola y la misma cosa!

Además, la inseguridad y el dominio de los delincuentes continúan en vastas regiones del país, donde las autoridades son incompetentes para enfrentar a los criminales o son sus cómplices. Apenas el 30 de junio el diario Reforma consideró como su noticia más importante la formación en Tlalnepantla (prácticamente dentro de la ciudad de México), de un grupo de autodefensa que cuenta con el apoyo de más de 600 vecinos. La organización armada de la población continúa y el apresamiento de Mireles, el mantenimiento en prisión de la comandante de la policía comunitaria de Olinalá, Guerrero, Nestora Salgado, y de otros autodefensas y comunitarios es la respuesta del gobierno para detener la acción independiente del pueblo.

El gobierno de Peña Nieto aborrece a las Policías Comunitarias de los Pueblos Indígenas y  Autodefensas que han surgido en la mayor parte del territorio nacional.

Ya pronto no le alcanzarán las mazmorras para encerrar a los hombres y mujeres valientes y dignos que se atreven a enfrentar la ignominia y los abusos de un narcogobierno vendepatrias.

Ayer Nestora Salgado y sus compañeros de la  Policía Comunitaria del Estado de Guerrero fueron encarcelados.

Hoy están en la cárcel José Manuel Mireles Valverde y sus compañeros Autodefensas de Michoacán.

Es deber de todos defender a estos mexicanos y mexicanas rebeldes y nobles. No debemos permitir que el gobierno siga ensañándose en contra del pueblo y sus líderes.

Es por ello que convocamos

AL PUEBLO DE MÉXICO
A LAS ORGANIZACIONES REVOLUCIONARIAS
A LOS PUEBLOS INDIGENAS Y AL EZLN
A LAS POLICIAS COMUNITARIAS
A LAS AUTODEFENSAS
A LOS TRABAJADORES
A LOS SINDICATO INDEPENDIENTES
A LOS ESTUDIANTES
A UNIFICARNOS POR LA LIBERTAD INMEDIATA E INCONDICIONAL DE JOSÉ MANUEL MIRELES, DE NESTORA SALGADO Y DE TODOS SUS COMPAÑEROS PRESOS POLÍTICOS.
LLAMAMOS A ORGANIZAR  UNA MOVILIZACIÓN NACIONAL POR LA LIBERACIÓN DE LOS PRESOS, Y PARA EXIGIR UN ALTO A LA REPRESION, RESPETO A LOS PUEBLOS INDIGENAS Y SUS POLICIAS COMUNITARIAS, RESPETO A LAS AUTODEFENSAS EN TODO MÉXICO

PARTIDO OBRERO SOCIALISTA

Gunmen kill a woman traveling with them. Members are asking for protection for Nestora Salgado’s daughter and sister

Originally appeared in La Jornada, June 3, 2014. Translated for posting on this website.

Members from the PRD and PT reported that they will request precautionary measures on behalf of the sister and daughter of Nestora Salgado. Yesterday, while traveling to Mexico City to give a press conference, the bus they were traveling on was stopped by armed men who took a passenger who resembled both women, and shot her four times.

Rep. Roberto Lopez (PRD) confirmed that this is not an isolated incident because Nestora Salgado’s family has to make the trip from Olinalá, Guerrero to Mexico City and then take another bus to Tepic, Nayarit, in order to visit her in the maximum security prison in which she is located.

Legislators explained that the Interior Ministry should ensure the safety of Salgado’s family, and they indicated that they will demand her transfer to a prison in Mexico City, in order to ensure that it has appropriate measures for her imprisonment.

On her part, Rep. Loretta Ortiz Ahlf (PT) considered it “incredible”  that nine months after her arrest, without a warrant , Nestora Salgado still does not have legal counsel, because authorities from the Northeast Women’s Center in Tepic, have not allowed contact with Emiliano Gomez Mont, who was hired by an NGO and a U.S. university.

”No one was present when the statement was made, a key moment in which the consul (U.S.) and the lawyers should have been,” she said, referring to the fact that Nestora Salgado has U.S. citizenship and yet the U.S government has not aided.

She said that during the visit, the former coordinator of the Community Police from Olinalá confided that she “does not believe in justice within the Mexican government and requests the U.S. governments exercise of diplomatic protection action, because judicial authorities here are not reliable and fears for her life.”

She also added that ”Salgado’s arrest was made without notice to the consul. Not only is consular assistance a right, but so is notification of when liberty is deprived. It doesn’t matter where it is, it needs to be done immediately.”

Translated by Nathaly Fernandez

Freedom for Nestora News Bulletin

The Freedom For Nestora Committee – Seattle has prepared a newsletter for April, highlighting the progress of Nestora’s case such as a Mexican federal court dismissing federal charges of “organized crime” against Nestora, bringing her closer to freedom.

To read about this and other updates on the case, click here.