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Five years ago today, 43 students from a teacher’s college in Mexico disappeared. Families of the missing students are still living in anguish, unsure of what happened to their loved ones. Valeria Leon reports. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQfk0yqXaIY The unsolved case of 43 missing students continues to draw crowds to protest. Parents of the victims persist in their demand to bring justice to the case. September 26th, a day that has come to represent the State’s criminal involvement in human rights violations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1YlbaO750g

Hundreds of women embark on protest in Mexico city after accusations surface that police officers raped two teenagers. These demonstrations have become known as the “glitter protests” after marchers earlier this week showered the Mexico city’s police chief in pink glitter. During the march, many expressed outrage over the high levels of violence against women and girls in Mexico. The main hashtag of this movement has become #theydontlookaftermetheyrapeme Journalist Valeria Leon has more from Mexico City. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDY1nFC1IYk

The latest fashion trend sweeping Mexico is a boom in second-hand clothing. Valeria Leon explains how the rise of ‘resale’ of used goods is slowly breaking stigmas and bringing people together for the greater cause of thrifty sustainability. A recent boom of vintage-clothing boutiques in Mexico’s capital and surrounding cities is quickly changing the country’s retail landscape. In addition, a renewed effort to exchange second-hand goods directly is gaining favor at bazaars run by college students who wish to raise awareness of the wastefulness of consumer society. Although Mexico has remained as a relatively minor market, the recent rise of resale is helping break old stigmas about wearing reused clothing. Full story here: https://www.univision.com/univision-news/recent-boom-of-used-clothing-changing-mexicos-retail-landscape-video

Mexico City is one of the world’s biggest commuter cities. But female passengers say their rides are filled with constant risk of sexual harassment. They report cat-calling, groping and even rape and kidnapping. But as Valeria Leon reports, many still refuse to confront the problem head-on. Some women report they’ve been harassed at a very young age. They say it’s so common that women grow used to it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0p1I_kXr1kA Mexico City’s government introduced women-only cars in 2008. Through Facebook and Whatsapp groups women share information about where attacks happen most often. They say it helps them reduce the risk of riding public transport. The first recorded study on sexual assault was published ten years ago by Fabiola Zermeño from a local NGO. The results of a follow up study in 2017 revealed that the number of sexual assaults in the subway system hasn’t gone down over the last decade. The…

This is the 4th migrant caravan to arrive in Mexico City in less than a year. Out of the 3,000 migrants that left Honduras only 350 made it here. https://fusion.tv/video/592708/mexico-implementing-stricter-measures-to-deal-with-migrants/?fbclid=IwAR2p74i6Ewy12Py0dw4WhvIFdu7maNeMVTSs9ceeKAmwTLs2Vxe0SC809Oo In Mexico City, the government is implementing stricter measures to deal with the flow of migrants coming into the country from Central America. Many of these policies took effect after the arrival of the last caravan and could offer a preview of Mexico’s new attitude towards migrants passing through the country. At the migrant shelter in Mexico City, Central Americans feel lucky to have gotten as far as they have, considering both the distance and constant abuse they received from immigration officers. Mexico has become a destination for migrants traveling in caravans. In response to the wave of immigration the Mexican government has aimed to control the illegal crossers. Mexico’s popularity as a destination, rather than a mere transit route, for…

Mexico City is the global king of smog. But the structure surrounding this building – which contains titanium dioxide that activates with sunlight- reduces the impact of air pollution. The technology behind this smog-eating building was developed by Berlin-based design firm Elegant Embellishments. This was a government initiative fully funded by the Ministry of Health. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUADjHO8zrc&t=24s Construction has one of the largest carbon footprints in the world. In this context, ecological awareness becomes essential to building a in many of the world’s most polluted cities.

Cuando James llegó a vivir a la Ciudad de México, proveniente del sur de California, rápidamente comenzó a desarrollar una alergia que fue empeorando con los meses. Había días que tenía que cancelar sus clases porque los ojos llorosos y los estornudos no le permitían salir de su casa. En principio pensó que era una gripa, pero no estaba acompañada de fiebre y duraba semanas su malestar. Pronto encontró su diagnóstico, la contaminación de la Ciudad de México estaba causando una alergia en sus vías respiratorias hasta llegar a sufrir asma. Cuando lo conocí pensé que estaba exagerando, que en realidad era un extranjero más que llegaba a la CDMX y decía que no podía respirar por la contaminación. Sin embargo, al cabo de unos cuantos meses y cuando llegó el invierno y con este los altos niveles de contaminación, empecé a desarrollar la alergia que terminó por expulsar a…