Yunuen Torres Asencio

Youth Council, Cheran, Michoacan
Yunuen Torres Asencio is a young indigenous P’urhépecha woman from Cheran, Michoacan (Mexico). For more than a decade she has worked in cultural and community radio, aside from being involved in working with children on subjects like communications, culture, territory and sustainable development. She organizes cultural festivals that encourage children’s participation and offers a space for alternative expression. Currently, she’s part of the Youth Council of  Cherán K’eri, and is member of the Kejsitani Bonfire: A Cherán K’eri living memory.

Cherán is a P’urhépecha indigenous community, located in Michoacán, México. In April 2011, the community starred an uprising led by women under the motto  “for the security, justice and reconstitution of our territory”, with the aim of defending their woods and territory. Since then, the community lives under a system of uses and customs in which decision making is done through an inclusive general assembly. Via this process of self-determination, the community has put an end to drug trafficking, has expelled political parties and  abolished those forms of governing that were imposed on its people by particular interests. In 2014, the supreme court recognized the right of Cherán to self-determination, which translates into  respect of their ways of organizing.

Youth Council, Cheran, Michoacan. Cheran is a Purepecha town in Michoacan, Mexico that experienced an uprising spearheaded by women five years ago. In an extremely violent  state characterized by the complicity of the authorities and organized  crime, the people of the town drove out the Police, organized crime,  and the local government and gave itself it's own government, police and judiciary mechanisms. This has made them the second largest indigenous autonomic project after the Caracoles Zapatistas.

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