Almost one year ago, 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School in Mexico went missing, kidnapped by state authorities after they traveled to the city of Iguala to protest education reforms. And just over a year ago, protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, after the police killing of Michael Brown. From both sides of the border, a parallel demand for justice and freedom is being lifted by the youth in response to these acts of state violence.
In response to the disappearance of the 43 students in Mexico, we are saying "Los queremos vivos" (We want them alive). In response to Mexico's never-ending femicide, we are saying "Nos queremos vivas" (We want each other [women] alive). And the insistence that Black lives matter has not stopped reverberating from the mouths and marching feet of millions.
From Ferguson to Ayotzinapa, we have reached a tipping point in an accumulated history of indignation: "¡Ya Basta! We Can't Breathe!"