This Indigenous Candidate Has Eyes On Historic Run For Mexico’s Presidency In 2018

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Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez will be Mexico’s first ever indigenous candidate to run for president of Mexico.

The recently-formed National Indigenous Congress (CNI), which is supported by the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN), selected Martinez as their independent candidate on Sunday, for the upcoming July 2018 presidential election.

“Mary Chuy,” a  57-year-old Nahua woman, has been an important member of her community for several decades.

In 1992, TeleSur reported, Martinez formed the community healing center La Casa de Salud Calli Tecolhuacateca Tochan, which provides traditional health care methods to those in need around the Tuxpan, Jalisco, area. In her Nahua community, Martinez, a mother of three, works as a traditional doctor who specializes in herbal medicines.

The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), which normally boycotts Mexico’s politics, supported the nomination of Martinez.

The Zapatistas gained national attention in Mexico in 1994, when nearly 3,000 rebels seized control of several towns in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. Since then, the Zapatistas have had a long, turbulent political relationship with the Mexican government. The group has traditionally fought for the values of the indigenous people, especially in the Chiapas region.

By supporting Martinez, the group is breaking with their long-standing tradition of boycotting Mexican politics.

As TeleSur reported, the National Indigenous Congress is looking to “organize the struggle” of all Mexicans and to turn the Congress into a “self-governing body” by the 2018 Presidental elections.

(MORE: EZLN Support Patricio Martinez for 2018 Elections in Mexico)

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This Sanctuary City Was Threatened, But The Mayor Wasn't Having It


This Sanctuary City Was Threatened, But The Mayor Wasn’t Having It

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Washington D.C., a sanctuary city, has found itself the victim of a hoax involving fake U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement flyers.

Flyers, allegedly placed by ICE, began showing up around Washington D.C. on Thursday, warning residents that it was a “violation of law” to protect or harbor “aliens.” Failing to report “aliens,” the flyer warned, could result in up to 10 years imprisonment. Photos of the flyer were posted to Twitter by user @BalkansBohemia, and quickly picked up by several news outlets, like NBC News.

Though they looked official, the flyers were not placed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The flyer uses the phrase, “If you see something, say something,” which came about after 9/11 and is typically associated with terrorism prevention.

The hoax was quickly called out by Washington D.C. officials.

Mayor of D.C. Muriel Bowser tweeted that the flyers were meant to “scare and divide” the residents of D.C.

The U.S. Department of Immigration And Customs Enforcement even tweeted that the flyers were fake.

As of now, the identity of the person responsible for placing the flyers around the city is unknown.

In a series of tweets, Mayor Bowser reaffirmed D.C.’s commitment to its sanctuary status.

Mayor Bowser tweeted, “[…] we respect all DC residents no matter their immigration status. Washington, DC remains a sanctuary city. #DCvalues”

For more on this story, read the entire write up at NBC News.


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