Dec 062012
 

Librado Rivera (17 August 1864, Aguacatillos, Rayón, San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Died 1 March 1932 in Mexico City.)

Librado Rivera and Ricardo Flores Magón

Of the many comrades and collaborators of Mexican anarchist Ricardo Flores Magón, Librado Rivera was by far the closest. It was a revolutionary partnership that lasted twenty years, rivalling that of Durruti and Ascaso, ending only with Ricardo’s murder (directly or indirectly by the US authorities) in Leavenworth Federal Prison, Kansas. Librado, a founding member of the Partido Liberal Mexicano, was a man who made fundamental and major contributions to its anarchist orientation.

1913 – Arrest of the PLM Organising Committee prior to their imprisonment on McNeil Island (Washington State): Ricardo Flores Magón, with Pinkerton agent; Anselmo L. Figueroa, Librado Rivera (and Pinkerton agent); Enrique Flores Magón.

Librado, however, has been badly neglected on his own account, partly due to his own natural modesty and reticence. He always shunned the limelight while remaining at the same time in the forefront of the struggle, preferring to adopt the role of a seemingly ‘simple militant’. The reality was very different. A tireless anarchist revolutionary and propagandist, he spent more than thirty years fighting, as he would say, ‘for all the oppressed and exploited of the earth’ against injustice and ‘a new society which would have, as well as liberty, love and justice for all!

In addition to Dave Poole’s English text, the book contains many of Rivera’s most important articles, but unfortunately these are IN SPANISH ONLY.

UK £1.29 ; USA $2.07 ; Germany €1,59 ; France €1,59 ; Spain €1,59 ; Italy €1,59 ; Japan ¥165 ; Brazil R$ 4,17

Nov 302010
 

A film dramatisation of John Reed‘s newspaper accounts of the Mexican Revolution. Considered the first real film in Mexican cinema to be made on the Mexican Revolution. John Reed, Harvard graduate and American journalist, became a socialist in the period running up to World War I. In 1913, he travelled to Mexico with his lover, Mabel Dodge, to report on the ongoing Mexican Revolution. In 1910, Francisco Madero, a wealthy landowner, seized control of the government, and overthrew General Porfirio Diaz. Failing to live up to his promises of land reform, Madero was challenged by the peasant leader Emiliano Zapata. Madero was assassinated by a group of rightist generals and replaced, ultimately, by the American-backed General Huerta who, in turn was challenged by Pancho Villa. For four months, Reed followed Villa on his march south from Texas through Chihuahua and south towards Torreon. Traveling in the company of peones, Reed got to know firsthand the people who supported Villa in his ultimate overthrow of the Mexican government. This FILM and BOOK tells Reed’s account of those four months. Reed left Mexico before Villa’s job was completed. After a short time in the United States, he travelled to Europe where he witnessed, first hand, the Russian Revolution.

TEXT: Insurgent Mexico (English)

BOOK: México insurgente (Spanish PDF and ISSUU)

Search also: FILMS: Cananea, Zapata en Chinameca, The Fighter, Corrido(s), Zapata and Villa Enter Mexico City, The Funeral of Emiliano Zapata

Click on image to read México insurgente in Spanish)