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|John Ross - 18-19-2010--REVOLUTIONARY YEARS IN MEXICO|
|Date||Thursday February 04|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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935 F St
Fresno, CA 93706
1810-1910-2010 - WILL THE REVOLUTION COME AGAIN: 2010 will mark the bicentennial of Mexico's war of liberation from Spain and the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. As the country plunges into the most severe economic collapse since the Great Depression, President Felipe Calderon will spend billions of pesos to celebrate the twin centennials, a mistake dictator Porfirio Diaz made on the eve of the Mexican Revolution. As it was a hundred years ago, social discontent is at fever pitch and some are anticipating violent uprising in 2010.
Award winning journalist/poet/author/foremost chronicler of the Zapatista rebellion and globe-trotting dissident John Ross is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction and an equal number of poetry chapbooks, the most recent of which is "Bomba!" (Calaca de Pelon, Mexico City.) "Iraqigirl", a diary of a teenager coming of age under U.S. occupation that Ross developed and edited was published by Haymarket this July. John Ross is the winner of the American Civil Liberties Union's Upton Sinclair Prize (The "Uppie") for his 2005 phantasmagorical autobiography "Murdered By Capitalism - 150 Years of Life & Death On The American Left" and the 1995 American Book Award for "Rebellion From the Roots", the first published account of the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas that the author has accompanied from its earliest hour and about which he has written four books. His most recent work, "El Monstruo," ("The Monster") tells the sordid tale of Mexico City, the most contaminated, corrupt, crime-ridden, and conflictive megalopolis in the Americas, where Ross has lived for the past quarter of a century.