A young man stands at a check point in Urapicho, near the the town of Cher‡n, in the Mexican State of Michoac‡n, October, 2012.

Following the example of Cher‡n, the citizens of Urapicho organized to protect themselves from the local cartel.
Cher‡n, a small mountain town in the middle of the Mexican forest, saw its citizens organize in 2011 and overthrew the corrupt local government and police force. The citizens of the pueblo (town or community,) set up their own government system and police force in an attempt to drive organized crime out of their community and forest after years of extortion and violence.