Sonia Gonzalez Roman

Sonia Gonzalez Roman is a primary school teacher licensed in Pedagogy. She is a feminist and activist educator, member of the section XXII of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE)  in Oaxaca, Mexico. She has been militant in her union  since 2008, and actively participates in the Collective of Oaxacan Women, which arose from the Coordinator of Oaxacan Women (COMO), the women’s sector of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca /Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca — APPO, in Spanish.In 2006, a strike of the teachers union in Oaxaca gave way to what has been described as a movement of movements, which waged one of the most relevant political struggles in recent Mexican history. As a response to the repression exercised by the government of Ulises Ruiz against the teacher’s strike, a broad array of popular organizations, including neighborhood associations, unions, indigenous communities, NGOs, ecologists, artists, women, youth, and media activists coalesced to form the  APPO, calling for the ousting of a governor who had been accused of being corrupt, a repressor, a despot, and criminal. Eschewing traditional forms of vertical authority, the APPO quickly took shape as the central space for coordinating popular discontent and for defending neighborhoods, organizations, and activists from government repression and, in particular, from the caravanas de la muerte—death squads composed of government goons patrolling the city in police pickup trucks.For approximately four months,in what has been called “ the commune of Oaxaca”, the APPO kept control of the state capital, practically impeding the functions of public powers and taking over some of the media outlets including radio stations and Oaxaca’s public broadcasting television channel.

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