MirarMorir (Watching them die) Trailer

Nestora has received and always supported the teaching college students of Ayotzinapa. This is a 3-minute video in Spanish that shows what happened the night of September 26, 2014 when 43 students disappeared and several were murdered. ¡Adelante!

Freedom Socialist: “Nestora Salgado fasts for freedom, inspires defiance across Mexico”

An excerpt from Megan Cornish’s recent Freedom Socialist article:

“Nestora Salgado’s name has become a symbol of resistance for many women struggling … against patriarchal violence and for indigenous communities,” said R. Aída Hernández Castillo in the Mexican daily La Jornada in August.

But the state sees her only as a threat. Aug. 21 marked the two-year anniversary of her imprisonment on false charges, with no end in sight. She and her supporters are expanding the struggle to free her and other community police and political prisoners.

Read the full story here.

Amerika 21: “Weitere Prozesse gegen Koordinatorin von Bürgerwehr in Mexiko”

Some German coverage of Nestora’s case from Amerika 21:

Gegen die seit zwei Jahren im Gefängnis sitzende Leiterin der Regionalen Koordination der kommunalen Bürgerwehr (CRAC-PC) der Gemeinde Olinalá im mexikanischen Bundestaat Guerrero, Nestora Salgado García, werden zwei weitere Strafprozesse wegen Totschlags und Freiheitsberaubung eröffnet. Dies hat ihr Anwalt, Leonel Rivero, vergangene Woche bekannt gemacht.

Damit gibt es nun insgesamt fünf Prozesse gegen Salgado, die seit Mai 2015 im Frauengefängnis “Tepepan” in Mexiko-Stadt einsitzt. Dort steht sie aufgrund der schweren Folgen eines 25-tägigen Hungerstreiks unter ärztlicher Beobachtung. In dem vorigen Gefängnis im Bundesstaat Nayarit bekam Salgado weder sauberes Trinkwasser noch medizinische Versorgung und erhielt Morddrohnungen von anderen Insassen.

Read the full article here.

Renton Reporter: Family, supporters call for release of Nestora Salgado on anniversary of imprisonment

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith on Friday released a statement calling for the release of Renton resident and naturalized U.S. citizen Nestora Salgado from the Mexican prison in which she is being held.

“For two years, Nestora has been denied due process and justice by the Mexican government.  It is entirely unacceptable that she remains imprisoned in conditions that threaten her life,” Smith said in a press release.

For the full story, click here.

Sipaz Blog – “Guerrero: Social activists visit Nestora Salgado”

On 3 September, Tita Radilla, Martha Obeso, Norma Mesino, Sofía Méndoza, and Julia Alonso, being social activists from different regions of Guerrero state, visited the political prisoner Nestora Salgado, coordinator of the Communal Police in Olinalá, Guerrero. The social activists explained that“we came to visit Nestora to encourage her and tell her that we are struggling for her liberty.” The five women mobilized themselves in Mexico City to express their solidarity with Nestora Salgado, who is currently incarcerated in the Xochimilco prison. At the end of their visit, they affirmed that “she continues to be strong.” A representative from the Free Nestora Committee that is operating in Mexico City also visited, announcing that a tour in Guerrero would soon be launched. This visit forms part of the struggle against impunity that is lived in Guerrero, the activists added. Nestora Salgado undertook a hunger strike on 26 August 2015, 11 months after the forcible disappearance of the 43 student-teachers from Ayotzinapa. She has been imprisoned for two years.

To read the full story, click here.

August 21st: Day of Action to #FreeNestora

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On August 21st, tell U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to call on the Mexican government to release U.S. citizen and political prisoner Nestora Salgado.
TWEET:  Act now to #freenestora @JohnKerry
CALL: State Department press officer
202-647-2492, 8:15am-7:00pm EST
202-647-1512, after hours until 11:00pm EST

Ask when John Kerry will issue a statement regarding Nestora’s incarceration.

Actions are also planned in several U.S. cities, including Aug. 21 rallies at Mexican Consulates in Los Angeles at 5 PM, San Diego at 7 AM and Seattle at 11 AM, plus a week-long series of events in Chicago where Nestora’s daughter, Grisel Rodriguez, will be speaking.

Solidarity actions are also planned in Mexico City and a large march will be held in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero.

For more updates, follow our Twitter @free_nestora.


Report by the U.S. Delegation to Mexico from the Freedom for Nestora Salgado Campaign

By Grisel Rodriguez and Tricia Coley
August 12, 2015

August 12, 2015

In response to the Mexican government’s initial refusal to meet any of the demands of Nestora Salgado’s hunger strike, which she began on May 5th, the U. S. Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado sent a delegation of five activists to Mexico City on May 31, 2015.  The purpose of the trip was to show support for Nestora’s struggle from U.S. labor unions and other organizations. We hoped that our presence would put pressure on the Mexican government to release her from prison or at least secure her transfer to a women’s prison in the city that had better medical care and was closer to her family, attorneys and supporters.

The transfer took place two days before our arrival, but Nestora continued her hunger strike into June – holding out until the government met her demand that other political prisoners from the community police also be transferred to prisons closer to their homes, including fellow hunger striker Gonzalo Molina.

The delegation

The two of us from Seattle were Grisel Rodriguez, Nestora’s daughter, and Tricia Coley, retired electrical worker and unionist. At the Mexico City Airport, we met up with two of the other delegates, Stephen Durham who is the co-coordinator of Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado-New York City, and Acting International Secretary of the Freedom Socialist Party; and Daniel Vila Rivera, originally from Puerto Rico and host of the “La Voz Latino” radio program, WBAI, in New York City.  He is also a veteran organizer for tenants, immigrants and labor.  Also greeting us at the airport were Cuauthémoc Ruíz, a member of the Comité Nestora Libre Mexico, and the Partido Obrero Socialista, and Aidee Tasarani, Comité Nestora Libre Mexico.

When we arrived at our hotel we were united with the fifth delegate, Alejandro Hernandez, a student and immigrant rights activist from Mexico, also a member of Ayotzinapa Committee for Justice-Chicago.

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Stephen Durham – U.S Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado press conference comments (English/español)

U.S Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado
Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juarez, A.C.
Centro Prodh
Monday, June 1, 2015

Good afternoon. As a representative of the U.S. delegation of the U.S. Free Nestora Campaign, we are here to show our solidarity with the people of Mexico who continue to take to the streets for justice.

We also are here to demand that President Peña Nieto free Nestora Salgado and all the many political prisoners especially Gonzalo Molina and Arturo Campos, currently on hunger strikes together with Nestora.

The first Free Nestora Committee was organized together Nestora’s family in 2013 in Seattle, Washington. From there, the Campaign to Free Nestora grew in collaboration with the Comité Nestora Libre here in Mexico.

Today, the Campaign is an international effort, demanding freedom in several states in my country, and also in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Argentina and Europe.

We recognize that Mexico suffers from a government that receives military and financial aid from the United States under Plan Mérida, and know that this has bloody consequences for the Mexican people. We denounce the Plan Mérida and recognize that it is the job of us who live in the U.S. end it.

The partial victory of Nestora transfer from a high security prison a few days ago took place only due to the bravery of Nestora and the pressure of an international movement that continues to demand her freedom. We all need to remain strong until all political prisoners are free.

I know that our movement in alliance with other movements for justice in our hemisphere has the capacity to bring about the changes we all need as activists, workers, immigrants, as indigenous peoples and as women like Nestora Salgado and men like Gonzalo Molina and Arturo Campos.

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