NAFTA’s restructuring of Mexico’s economy has had a disastrous effect on poor and working-class Mexicans, destroying subsistence farming, creating a massive “reserve army” of cheap labor, and devastating the environment. In this session we take a look at the effects of neoliberal reforms introduced in Mexico over the last twenty years; from NAFTA to the recent reforms of the Peña Nieto administration. We also explore the social movements that have sought to oppose these reforms such as the Zapatistas, the UNAM student strike, the teacher’s movement and the growing self-defense movement.
Twenty Years After NAFTA
Neoliberalism and Resistance in Mexico