As I’ve been saying for years, it’s individuals that cause change. In this case, individuals became a community in solidarity and change happened. Can they “hold the fort” while other communities fail to follow suit and continue to wallow in crime, degradation and poverty with nary a glance from their federal government… and doesn’t that sound familiar, America?
The Mexican town of Cherán got rid of its corrupt police and politicians and started governing itself. Today, it is a beacon of home and an example for Mexican communities.
Five years ago, the people of Cherán, a small town in Mexico’s Michoacan state, made international headlines for taking up up arms against the powerful drug gangs threatening their livelihood, driving off local politicians and police in the process. Today, the self-governed settlement is a beacon of hope for many other Mexican communities.
The inspiring story of new Cherán began in 2011. For three years, the locals had watched helplessly how loggers supported by drug cartels like the Familia Michoacana ravaged their ancient forests, carrying away the big tree trunks and burning the rest, to prepare the land for…
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