Here you have a selection of websites that may be of interest to you. Sorry, but most sites and articles are in Spanish only.
Please note that this is a small selection of the multitude of organizations doing excellent work in Mexico City and Mexico in general — they just happen to be the organizations that we know, that have information available on the internet, and that we have gotten around to putting on this page.
Let us know if there is a category of interest to you, and we will try to include it! Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
GENERAL SITES OF INTEREST:
MX-DF is a very user-friendly and useful site with all sorts of information about places to go and see in Mexico City. Sorry, only in Spanish. Great source of detailed information, both for people who live here and for visitors.
The Historical Center (Centro Histórico) is infinitely varied, after 23 years here I still find new things every time I go. This Guide to Centro Histórico is a great source of information.
Nightlife is varied in the city, there are many good guides including Tiempo Libre, the classic, that comes out every Thursday, sold at newspaper stands, very complete and very cheap. For Historical Center nightlife offerings, check here
Eat Mexico was founded in July of 2010, and Lesley has proven herself to be a valuable resource for visitors with a curiosity to eat and learn about the wide variety of street food in the city. You can taste Lesley’s passion for, and knowledge about, Mexican cuisine in her carefully-designed walking tours.
Mexico City: An Opinionated Guide Travel tips, news and gossip about Mexico City from Jim Johnston, author of ‘Mexico City: An Opinionated Guide for the Curious Traveler’. Includes information about his guide book, updates, new tips and a complete file of the articles he has written.
Ciudad de México An online guide to Mexico City, by the city’s Dept. of Tourism. Includes information about things to see, cultural events, maps and pictures. They have recently developed downloadable PDF guides to the 21 neighborhoods the city has designated as “barrios mágicos“.
Guía Roji, the foremost provider of city and highway maps for Mexicans. On this website you can look at a variety of street maps from different Mexican cities. Bulky and slow, but every street in the city is on their maps.
Casa de los Amigos is a center for peace and international understanding in Mexico City. The Casa was established as a nonprofit organization in 1956 by the Quaker community in Mexico, and its work continues to be rooted in Quaker values. They have lodging and can help you link to many interesting social justice-related activities in Mexico.
Radio taxis and other forms of transport in Mexico City: This page from TripAdvisor has some good tips, scroll down to see contact numbers for a few radio taxi companies that you can have a taxi pick you up from any part of the city.
Alexandria, Internet Consulting. Web site design, hosting, domains.
ART AS A REFLECTION OF SOCIETY
Art and social action
Daniel Manrique, muralist/philosopher/writer from the low-income neighborhood of Tepito, he departed this world in August of 2010.
He is sorely missed by the many people from all over the world who knew him and were inspired by his fierce yet pessimistic love for art, humans and a better world. Here you can see the La Jornada article reporting on his passing away.
Colectivo Neza Arte Nel: A collective of youth who promote a kind of muralism that melds with graffiti to create a modern urban expression.
Luis Arevalo, shoemaker from Tepito: Being fully human is being able to use your hands.
Tercer Ojo (Third Eye) is a space to see photographs taken from all over Mexico. The photographer whose work is featured here travels all over the country, sharing his photos freely, in the form of post cards. All he asks is that you choose one of his cards, write a positive wish for some unknown person, and put it in an envelope. He then gives you another envelope, with a postcard written on by someone else, somewhere else …
Independent Cultural Centers: A small selection of independent efforts to create spaces of freedom and expression.
Tianguis Cultural del Chopo, also known as Bazar del Chopo. A Saturday street market for rock/ska/reggae/punk/metal/dark/gothic and other counterculture music, art and expression. Here you can see a brief video on the market.
Centro Cultural La Pirámide: An experience in creating a collective, self-sufficient center for groups working in various areas of creative expression, including dance, theatre, art, writing.
Salon Calavera: Cooperative cultural center founded by the Hermandad Rasta, one of the first groups to focus on disseminating and strengthening reggae in Mexico, started 20 years ago with their classic Sunday afternoon reggae club, now expanded to 5 days a week.
PUBLIC EDUCATION, CHILDREN’S RIGHTS
Centro de Estudios Educativos (CEE): An independent academic institution oriented towards the search for and promotion of justice, freedom and democracy, through education, particularly for marginalized populations. Work includes educational policy, research and development of didactic community-oriented methodologies, home to the largest library on the subject in Latin America.
Red por los Derechos de la Infancia en México: National network of non-profit organizations focused on children’s rights.
URBANIZATION AS A REFLECTION OF SOCIAL POWER
Centro de la Vivienda y Estudios Urbanos, A.C. (CENVI): Organization dedicated to studying and proposing alternatives for urban habitation, as well as being a technical support group for grassroots organizations seeking to resolve urban housing issues.
NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE MEGA-CITY
Centro de Innovación en Tecnología Alternativa, A.C. (CITA): Water-saving technologies: dry toilets, water catchment tanks, for urban and rural areas – Site is in English and Spanish.
SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
The Facebook page for Centro de Apoyo a la Mujer “Margarita Magón” (CAM) is their only internet presence. It is a small but long-standing organization for women, including legal aid, psychological therapy attention in cases of rape or sexual abuse, primary sexual health care and references to health services.
Mexican Foundation for Family Planning (Mexfam, the Mexican affiliate of the International Planned Parenthood Federation): Sexual and reproductive health care and information for youth, underserved populations, rural areas. Site available in both English and Spanish.
Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir (Catholics for the Right to Decide): Challenges to the dominant interpretation of the Word within the Catholic Church, pro-choice, pro-sexual education, progressive Catholic involvement in public policy formulation
Public violence against women – Ciudad Juárez is just the tip of the iceberg.
In Mexico City, the Association for the Integral Development of Raped People (Asociación para el Desarrollo de Integral de Personas Violadas – ADIVAC) was founded in 1990 by a psychologist, a doctor and four raped women, to give attention to sexually assaulted children and adults, and to provide prevention and training courses.
Hombres por la Equidad (Men for Equity) is one of the very few organizations in Mexico City where you can find men working on the issue of their own violence.
ECONOMY AND THE POWER STRUCTURE
El Barzón – A broad-based organization of people and groups who lost their homes or businesses due to the (fishy) 1995 bank crisis and subsequent bail-out (of banks, not of people).
Migrants: The money that migrants send home to Mexico is the second source of national income, after oil. Sin Fronteras is a non-profit that focuses on refugees in Mexico and migrants that travel through, or come from, Mexico. The link here takes you to the section of their site that focuses on Mexican immigrants in the US.
Mexico Solidarity Network struggles for democracy, economic justice and human rights on both sides of the US-Mexico border. It is a grassroots-based organization dedicated to profound social change that challenges existing power relationships and builds alternatives.
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN MEXICO
FOR A PEN MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD
Comunicación e Información de la Mujer (CIMAC), a news agency specialized in “journalism with a gender perspective”. They generate and publish news pieces.
NotieSe, a news agency specialized in promoting a more balanced treatment of health, sexuality and AIDS in the Mexican press. Generates and publishes news pieces, and also provides sensitivity training to journalists.
LeSVOZ Editorial Press – was founded in 1994 as an independent editorial project, to promote a feminist culture for women of all sexual orientations, and to combat lesbophobia and misogyny in Mexican society.
CIVIL INITIATIVES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
Semillas, Sociedad Mexicana Pro Derechos de la Mujer, A.C. The only women’s fund in Mexico, a non-profit focused on promoting and protecting women’s rights and on supporting women’s participation in the economy and in society as a whole. They have expanded their area of action to include an indigenous land rights project called la Red Nacional de Mujeres Indígenas: Tejiendo Derechos con la Madre Tierra y Territorio, and supporting organizing among black/Afro-Latina women (mujeres afrodescendientes) throughout Central and Southern Mexico.
Letra S: Salud, Sexualidad y SIDA: An inclusive organization founded by a group of gay activitists that publishes a monthly supplement by the same name in the national daily newspaper La Jornada. Other Letra S activities include NotieSe, a news agency specialized in the same issues: Health, Sexuality and AIDS, as well as providing information and support in legal rights, in combating homophobia, and being a linking ground and public platform for LGBTT organizations throughout Mexico.
Gay and Lesbian movements of many kinds exist in Mexico City, one example of organized feminist lesbians is Lunas Lesbianas Feministas.
The Museo de la Mujer was founded in 2011, to provide a history of Mexico with a gender focus, from prehispanic times to the current era, with the goal of making visible women’s contribution to the construction of the nation.
Brigada Callejera: Sex workers and their safety. Mexico City-based organization, founder-members of a national network of sex workers organizations. They provide preventive and curative sexual health care, active in public policy formulation, fighting against harassment by public officials, social marketing: they have their own brand of condom, which earns them income and relative independence.
Centro de Apoyo y Capacitación para Empleadas del Hogar – CACEH: An organization to provide training and legal rights information and support for domestic workers, created by domestic workers.
Asamblea de Migrantes Indígenas There are many organizations of indigenous migrant groups in Mexico City, this link is to an assembly, or alliance, of different groups of indigenous migrants
The Zapatista option: for each person to be responsible for their corner of the world.