This is a wonderful story of a Mexican community named Cherán located in Michoacán, Mexico where women took the lead in helping the city to become a government-recognized, autonomous Indigenous purépecha community that expelled the criminals that were illegally logging the land. They expelled the politicians, too.
Do read the whole story. They have recovered some of the losses committed by organized crime beginning in 2008 that resulted in the deforestation of 17,000 hectares such that today, the people of Cherán have reforested 3,000 hectares. And their crime rate is down by 73 percent to boot.
They are an inspiration to communities throughout Mexico, and to the environmentalist movement, as well.
Thanks to Dr. Tony Baez for sharing.