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    Jesus Salinas, a linguist and Nahnu Indian from the state of Hidalgo, is using computers to help Indians create a written tradition out of their oral languages, thereby preserving and enriching their indigenous language and culture and enriching their children's education.

    Perez, who lives in Tijuana, is helping migrant workers on both sides of the border protect their most basic rights.

    Juan Carlos Hernández is changing social attitudes toward sexuality through a system of sex education that emphasizes the importance of pleasurable, responsible sexuality as a public health issue in Mexico.

    Javier Sanchez, a leader since he was a high school student in Puebla, has been developing a model approach to safeguarding poor slum children from becoming street children. He's now beginning to develop a complementary and also somewhat novel way of organizing efficient producer groups of area parents.

    Jesus Michel is taking commitment to human rights beyond the small circuit of academics and activists. He's building what he describes as "a culture of respect for human rights" among the least-informed citizens that encourages and enables them to stand up against the abuses that have long been their lot.

    In northeastern Mexico, Juan Areli is promoting the revival of the Mixe culture among its young people through a community-based education model that reintegrates native traditions and values into the curriculum.

    Elaine Burns is working with communities in the Sierra Nevada region outside Mexico City to create long-term sustainable development plans, using new computer tools and organizational strategies to ensure people's participation.

    Jose Perez Palma, a former manager for a government credit bank, is helping poor micro-industrialists organize to play a larger, more competitive role in Mexico's economy. He has begun with pottery producers in the state of Morelos.

    A spry and energetic septuagenarian himself, Juan Basurto has created a movement to reduce the pain and despair of aging by prolonging the productive lives of elderly people beyond the arbitrary retirement age of 65.

    Juan Jacobo Hernández works to fight the spread of HIV and AIDS among Mexico's homosexuals and bisexuals, who are extremely vulnerable to the disease and do not receive adequate information about their risk from existing government programs.