Alamos and the Color BlueLast modified: January 10, 2017
46 … The color azul can be seen on homes throughout Alamos and Mexico …
A peaceful moment on Calle Hildago. No one passing by, to and from Centro Álamos, no trucks, no bus, no cars, no bicycles, no cow herds, no packs of dogs, or children playing in the street. Just the street and homes and sky and air and birds singing and the sounds of everything listed above, but at a muffled distance. And then the parade that is Calle Hildago, returns. Work resumes on a remodel, a taxi turns the corner, groups of people pass in animated conversation, an old man sings to himself, a flatbed truck loaded with supplies heads out north to surrounding ranches.
The aqua painted home to the left hand of these four homes on Calle 16 de Septiembre is featured in Journal entry 35. The mountain’s dark greens and brilliant white clouds against an endless blue sky sing this is summer. The boy could be returning home from Centro Alamos, another world, a mere minutes away. The air is cool, but that will change as shadows shorten and high noon approaches.
The dog is going somewhere and PRT came and went. And what is PRT you ask?
The following excerpt is from Wikipedia:
The Workers’ Revolutionary Party, Partido Revolucionario de los Trabajadores, PRT, was founded in 1976 by the merger of two Trotskyist groups: the International Communist League, associated with the United Secretariat of the Fourth International and the Mexican Morenists.
In 1977, the Marxist Workers’ League, associated with the Organising Committee for the Reconstruction of the Fourth International, joined the party. In the following years, other small groups of Trotskyists also joined the PRT.
From their base in the 1968 student movement, the PRT grew quickly, soon gaining bases of support among some telephone, electrical, nuclear, and hospital workers. By the 1980s, it was the largest far-left party to challenge the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). In 1981, the federal government recognized the PRT as an official nationwide party. In the 1982 general elections, it was also the first Mexican party to raise gay rights as a campaign issue; the party fielded several openly gay candidates for the Chamber of Deputies.
During the latter half of the 1980s, the PRT began to face a series of crises and in-fighting as its progress slowed. It has been alleged that the ruling PRI sent agents into the PRT to disrupt its activities. During the 1988 presidential election, the PRT lost ground as an electoral party because of the campaign of leftist Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, who soon formed the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD).
In 1996, after losing federal recognition, what remained of the PRT formed Socialist Convergence.
Can you find the aqua item in this photo? I am trying to keep the aqua theme alive – it is the girl in the foreground’s purse. The following is a summary from Wikipedia of active Mexican political parties in 2011:
National Action Party (Partido Acción Nacional, PAN) – a right of center party member of Christian Democracy.
Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional, PRI) – the dominating party, under different names, at the municipal, state, and national levels for most of the 20th century.i It is currently the dominant party in the Chamber of Deputies and at the municipal and state level, second in the Senate. A part of the Socialist International, it is now considered as a centrist party, with prominent members leaning from both the left and right, and supports a policy of mixed economy and nationalized industries, both of which are longstanding Mexican practices.
Party of the Democratic Revolution (Partido de la Revolución Democrática, PRD) – a left of center party.
Labor Party (Partido del Trabajo, PT) – a laborist political party formed in 1990. It is often allied with the PRD for electoral purposes.
Ecologist Green Party of Mexico (Partido Verde Ecologista de México, PVEM) – a minor party with an environmental platform.
Convergence (Convergencia, formerly Convergencia por la Democracia) – a social democratic party, formed in 1997.
New Alliance (Nueva Alianza) – originally created by academics of the Autonomous Technical Institute of Mexico and members of the National Educational Workers Union, the largest union in Latin America.
Mexico, and Alamos, have a long history of emerging factions and disappearing political movements. Enough with the politics. We are now back to the color aqua adorning calles de Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. The streets remain the same, it is who is leading the parades that changes.
Working and Walking on Calle Hildago
It is the Spring of 1995 in Álamos, Sonora, Mexico on Calle Hildago. Workers and walkers go about their business. The barrio is alive with sound: hammers, trucks, cars, school kids, dogs and birds. Anders has added his drums and a keyboard track by Denver Clay to the sounds of Álamos.
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