As some of you may know, my book proposal on Mexico's drug war was picked up for publication by Palgrave Macmillan for Fall 2011, and I'm in the process of putting together the last few chapters.
The next chapter I plan to work on is one on how the drug war is affecting the Mexican people - their morale, their livelihood, their sense of (or lack of) hope for their country, and their overall opinion of what the drug war is doing to their country and community.
I would love to hear any personal viewpoints from readers who have lived in Mexico (can be American or other nationality...good to have non-Mexican perspectives, too) during this tumultuous time, preferably after Calderón's inauguration. I'm especially interested in hearing from Mexicans living in the United States who have family members or friends in Mexico being affected somehow by the violence. Feel free to talk about any of the subjects I mentioned above, and then some. If you live in Mexico, did you vote in the last election? If not, is it because you were afraid to go to the polls? Do you feel safe taking your kids to school? Would you talk to the police or the military if you knew something really bad was going on in your community?
If you're interested in helping me, your identity will be kept completely anonymous (meaning I'll likely use a pseudonym). You can either email me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org, or just post them in the comments section.