Friday, February 13, 2009, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Defending their Rights: Street Vendors and Conflict in Puebla, 1969 to 1977
Sandra C. Mendiola García, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Commentators: Chris Boyer, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Michael Gonzales, Northern Illinois University
This paper examines street vendors’ political activism and struggles to make a living in the city of Puebla, Mexico from 1969 to 1977. Facing city authorities’ threats of removal and seizure of merchandise, street vendors organized an independent, militant union with student radicals in the aftermath of Mexico City’s 1968 massacre. Government officials responded to the emergence of this group, the Popular Union of Street Vendors (UPVA), by cracking down with violence. Authorities were especially concerned because these informal sellers challenged the elites’ control over public space and because vendors built alliances with left-wing students while refusing to be co-opted by the then ruling party, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI).
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