Student activist; poet

Mexico City, Mexico

Sandino Bucio Dovalí

Sandino Bucio Dovalí was a spokesperson and event organizer for Mexico’s #YoSoy132 university student movement against Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate Enrique Peña Nieto. He also helped to promote the movement’s Popular Assemblies and founded the political and cultural resistance group Acampada Revolución (Camping Revolution). In 2014, Bucio was kidnapped by the Mexican government as a result of his political activism. Bucio studied philosophy at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and film at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (Center for Cinematography). He began reciting poetry on the street and in cultural centers throughout Mexico at age fifteen and has since then won spoken-word contests and published three poetry books: Envejeciendo Relojes (Aging Clocks, 2007), Las Bestias y las Flores (The Beasts and the Flowers, 2009), and Nébula (Nebula, 2012). He has also promoted literacy in rural communities and conducted a radio program about music and politics.