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Fight For Your Right to…Culture?

Last week the Mexican Senate unanimously voted to go ahead with a plan to give Mexicans a constitutional right to culture. If all goes as planned and they get the additional 17 votes they need from local governments in March, the senators agreed to add a ninth paragraph to article four of the constitution to establish that every person “has the right to access to culture and to enjoy all of the goods and services offered by the State as well as the right to excercise cultural rights.”

PRI member Francisco Arroyo Vieyra had this to say:

“Princes are ephemeral; creators are forever.”

What about guys who change their name to symbols and sing about raspberry berets Francisco, eh? Put that in your pot and stir it!

It all seems a bit vague to me, like when you ask your boss when you’re going to get your check and they say “ahorita,” and you’re all, “Uhhhh, ahorita in 15 minutes or ahorita in a quarter to never?”

In defense of the senators, the citizens of Mexico City already have access to some of the coolest public art in the world and can even go to the torture museum for free on Sundays.

In celebration of the new amendment, here are some of my favorite examples of access to culture in DF:

Un Güey chillin on a piece of public art along Reforma         *img via Getty Images

Un Güey chillin' on a piece of public art along Reforma.

Diego Rivera's "Fuente de Tlaloc" outside of the former distribution chamber of Mexico City's Lerma River water system. The building in the background is home to Rivera's mural  "El Agua, Origen de la Vida."

Diego Rivera's "Fuente de Tlaloc" outside of the former distribution chamber of Mexico City's Lerma River water system. The building in the background is home to Rivera's mural "El Agua, Origen de la Vida."

Shakira performs a free concert for 200,000 of her biggest fans in Mexico Citys Zocalo in 2007

Shakira performs a free concert for 200,000 of her biggest fans in Mexico City's Zocalo in 2007

*First picture by Getty Images, third via Shakira.com

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