Recent changes to
the Mexican federal transparency laws to allow greater access to formerly
confidential documents have accelerated civic participation in Baja California
Sur. In addition, U.S. and Canadian ex-patriates are forming organizations that
mirror the vibrant civil society network in those countries, providing a new
model for Mexican public participation.
committees, urban and rural organization councils, social welfare committees,
and beneficiaries’ committees are just some of the emerging civic-government
advisory groups in Baja California Sur. New nonprofits in almost every sector –
health, education, environment, community development, arts and culture – seek
board members and volunteers to lend their expertise and networks.
However, as the
state’s larger cities continue to expand due to in-migration and natural
population growth, civic and quality of life issues struggle for
prioritization. Temporary and permanent agricultural workers are forced to
focus on maintaining basic needs that are not provided by their employers, such
as adequate housing and medical care. These workers are disenfranchised from
regional values and civic pride, affecting their political and social
decision-making for themselves and the next generation.