Since last November 19, for workshop leaders and teachers pillars In Mexico City he was informed that his presence was mandatory at a march led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador the following Sunday, 29 November. In some cases, moreover, it was directed that 10 people each would have to be taken because if they did not do so “measures would be taken” including canceling their registration as beneficiaries of various programs and a large number of them. This is included for the part. His work became and his only income, condemned teachers from these places.
“On November 19, the project coordinator leaders had a meeting with Javier Hidalgo (director of the local sports institute) and they told him that all the beneficiary figures had to go (in March) and that we had to take more people (… ) or else They were going to take action on the matter because I was practically out of the program”, shared a cyber-school teacher from a pillar in the Gustavo A. Madero mayor’s office, who asked not to be named for fear of retribution. .
“Yes, I am going (to López Obrador’s march) because of the danger, but I also thought of carrying some posters to say ‘they brought me by force,'” added the young man, who Since its inauguration in 2019, PILLARS has worked, a strategy headed by the government of Claudia Sheinbaum.
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It is not the first time that workshop leaders and collaborators have been threatened to participate in political acts, as on other occasions they have been asked to attend López Obrador’s rallies in the Zocalo or more recently those given by Sheinbaum. Government reports have been called for. In his fourth year in office, among 16 mayors of Mexico City.
“We had to support for vaccination days and although it was not our turn, we said ‘wow, we have to support’, but we already feel it has nothing to do with the program’s claims and We think this is a purely political question. Claudia Sheinbaum recently came to the delegation and the instruction was also that we go,” the young man explained.
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– Leonardo Nunez Gonzalez (@leonugo) November 25, 2022
“In some columns, some bosses raised it in a more subtle way because they didn’t want to get into so much trouble (…) but there were others who said ‘and they have to follow 10 people per person’ .. like (of the program) Ponte Pila gave them posters to stick everywhere,” he explained.
these are the posters political animal The documents were placed without authorization at ticket offices, platforms and subway trains as well as visible on the streets of the nation’s capital and even Javier Hidalgo, the head of the sports institute, boasted on his Twitter account , who was, attacks the facilities of the institution he runs.
“It is not the cause of one party, it is the cause of the whole people. That’s right, my party is Mexico.
Everyone who wants to go, ladies, men of good will are invited, everyone”@lopezobrador_ pic.twitter.com/lJRcTOYLU6
– Javier Hidalgo (@Javier_Hidalgo) November 24, 2022
In fact, when asked about it, the public official explained that he had paid for the printing of 500 posters in support of the mobilization of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
“They didn’t give us (the posters), though we thought they were going to send us to paste them, but no. The truth is that in some pillars they informed that they are going to send trucks,” he said.
– Javier Hidalgo (@Javier_Hidalgo) November 23, 2022
This Friday afternoon, Javier Hidalgo held a meeting with the leaders and teachers of the workshop, where he told them that it is “a community activity” to support the PILARES program and the president, so their presence is mandatory.
Despite the disagreements of the workshop participants, they were warned that there would be a roll call.
“Javier Hidalgo gave us a chord of ‘this is an institutional event, this is a state event, so we support as an institution and we have to go.'” One teacher told Animal Politico, “Okay , If this is a state incident then why the education secretary or X’ is not written in the poster, but he clearly could not answer us.
“The truth is we argue about it because they tell us there’s no budget for posters and it turns out all of a sudden we have a bunch of posters we have to put up and well, what about that? They even said it was an educational activity for the community, community integration, almost like it was a field day… and we were like, ‘No, this is a political activity, It’s clear, pure haul,'” he said.
After communicating with their direct bosses, they were told that transportation would take place on Sundays and began selecting managers for each transportation unit.
One youth interviewed, who juggles his work with his studies, stressed that although his family is aware of the situation, he will not ask them or his neighbors or friends to join him in the march on Sunday. “It is a risk I plan to take,” he replied, asking what if his superiors, while taking his inventory, reprimanded him for not meeting the quota.
Separately, another beneficiary of PILARES, who we will identify as Laura, said that a week ago she received a message in a WhatsApp group in which her superiors and colleagues belong, in which her boss asked her to join the march. invited. next Sunday.
“Rather, he told us that people who want to go should tell us and sign up (…) Because obviously no one raised their hand, the tone of the message changed,” explained the young woman, who is a teacher. Also works as an online school.
“Nothing is ever inaugurated (…) We have to agree to everything because in fact it is always like putting this question before saying, if not, you already know that it How about next year’, which obviously refers to work because every year we give our paper to continue”, Laura reprimanded.
In the young woman’s case, she did not need to bring more people, although she already had a list with which to confirm her attendance at the gathering.
“It’s very unpleasant because ultimately the fact is they’re conditioning us when in fact I don’t believe they’re giving us anything, in the end we don’t even benefit, so it’s not like we say ‘Oops. ‘No, good job’ so that they put us on a condition that ‘if you don’t do that, we’re going to get you out of here,'” he said.
Gustavo A. Another teacher from Pilares in Madero shared that her superiors also went from “who like to go with us” to “have to go”, and although she did not explicitly tell them that if they did not join the mobilization They may be left without the support entrusted to them, the young woman does not want to take the risk so she will participate in the march.
“Obviously I do not plan to go to the march, however, under these constant threats one is afraid of losing this job – in quotes – because we do not have any kind of benefits as we are scholarship holders or service facility beneficiaries are named after,” he explained.
These complaints are added to complaints made by other beneficiaries of various programs of the capital’s government that operate mostly within pillars, such as Ponte Pila, Community Cultural Promoters and Community Arts and Crafts Workshops, which through a statement -Many times claimed that he is asked to participate in political acts in view of the continuity of his work.
“This is not the first time this has happened. Javier Hidalgo, when he was in charge of the Ponte Pilla program, also required figures to exceed the number of hours established in the program, comply with the quota for additional attendees per beneficiary, and mandate Apart from abuse and exhausting hours without any additional support for support tasks like cancellations, tickets or food, as many of these activities are carried out at a considerable distance from our place of residence”, he said.
They also decried the precarious working conditions in which they do their work as it is daily that they have to spend money out of their own pocket to be able to buy materials and give workshops and courses.
“These types of actions are consistent with a proselytizing and clientelistic logic in the midst of a partisan dispute over political correctness; We distance ourselves from PRI, PAN, PRD, MC parties or any support for neoliberalism or conservatism, we believe these practices are harmful to society and they further discredit our work in a country where Labor dignity, education, culture and sports have been marginalised”, he added, pointing to the threat of losing his job if he does not join the march this Sunday.