Part of the Mexican Left is afraid you will take votes away from MORENA [the leading left-wing party], and thus from the possibility of a change in government that would break the cycle of PAN/PRI rule. If you could answer their fears, what would you say?
That we won’t take votes away from anyone. I think the people know what they want to vote for. What we are asking for right now is a signature to make the candidacy a reality, not a vote. Signing for me now does not imply voting for me in July. We don’t know if we will even manage to collect all the necessary signatures. Our proposal has been clear from the start: It is an organizational proposal. The voters clearly know who they will support in the elections. We have always proclaimed our lack of confidence in those who are forming governments every six years. We have not seen any change in the communities, and the situation in the villages is getting worse and worse. Our proposal is for something different: by means of organizing from below, the people will have the power in their own hands, and the government will have to listen to the people if they are organized. It will be up to the people to decide.
What does feminism mean for you, and why is it of fundamental importance today, in Mexico and in the world?
Because when a woman decides to participate, nothing will be able to stop her. Even more so in these times, marked by an enormous number of femicides, not only in Mexico but in the whole world. The patriarchal structures that have been built do not make it easy for women to participate. We must therefore participate more decisively, without fear. If we succeed, like so many women have already, in changing the power relationships by our struggle, and if we can reach agreement amongst ourselves, and by doing that we manage to build what we desire from the bottom up, it is clear that we will have a different world. We are also fighting for those who will come after us. As part of the National Indigenous Congress, we must participate in this together, and men are worth just as much as women. We, the women, have to participate with more determination and courage, and we must be strong to continue to build our autonomy.