• May 14, 2019. 5:30pm. Cooper Queen Library (Bisbee, AZ). Book signing & reception. Beth Henson will present Agrarian Revolt in the Sierra of Chihuahua, 1959--1965 (U of AZ Press).
The early 1960s are remembered for the emergence of new radical movements influenced by the Cuban Revolution. One such protest movement rose in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. With large timber companies moving in on the forested sierra highlands, campesinos and rancheros did not sit by as their lands and livelihoods were threatened. Continuing a long history of agrarian movements and local traditions of armed self-defense, they organized and demanded agrarian rights.
Thousands of students joined the campesino protests in long-distance marches, land invasions, and
direct actions that transcended political parties and marked the participants’ emergence as political subjects. The Popular Guerrilla Group (GPG) took shape from sporadic armed conflicts in the sierra. Early victories in the field encouraged the GPG to pursue more ambitious targets, and on September 23, 1965, armed farmers, agricultural workers, students, and teachers attacked an army base in Madera, Chihuahua. This bold move had deadly consequences.
With a sympathetic yet critical eye, historian Elizabeth Henson argues that the assault undermined and divided the movement that had been in its cradle, sacrificing the most militant, audacious, and serious of a generation at a time when such sacrifices were more frequently observed. Henson shows how local history merged with national tensions over one-party rule, the unrealized promises of the Mexican Revolution, and international ideologies.
• February, 2019. English classes for adult family members of BUSD.
Certified ESL instructor with five years teaching experience in Mexico, Frank Goglia teaches this course designed for the beginner English learner with the intention that improved English at home will strengthen a student’s learning at school.
The course meets twice a week and lasts for 12 weeks. Curriculum and other materials will be supplied by the instructor.
Classes will meet at BUSD district offices on Melody Lane.
The cost is $120 for the three month course.
Space is limited to eight individuals. Families of BUSD students will have registration priority.