Austin Tan Cerca Maquiladora Solidarity Delegation

We went on this trip last month (actually to Reynosa last time) and highly recommend it. If you are interested in doing something cool over winter break but are short on funds, get with us for fund raising info.  uhusas (a) gmail (dot) com

Here’s the email from the organizers:
The next Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera delegation, January 8-10, 2010, is open for early registration. Plan ahead before the holidays sweep you away.

The delegation will visit Piedras Negras, home city of our Mexican partners, the Comité Fronterizo de Obreras/os and of the Dignity & Justice Maquiladora, a worker-owned collective, struggling to pioneer a fair trade maquiladora model at the border. The delegation will also visit workers organizing in nearby Ciudad Acuña, a city which has long banned unions and inhibited labor rights in order to attract foreign manufacturers. Workers are turning the tide and engaged in affiliating with the first democratic union to represent labor in this “free trade zone.”

There will be time too and reason to celebrate international solidarity, human, labor and women’s rights, and, delayed by a few days, the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Austin Tan Cerca’s New Year’s resolution: Bring focus and attention to the connections between issues of labor, trade, immigration, detention, militarization and social and economic violence. Build solidarity between broad constituents. Bring people together to create alternatives.

Write for more info, to express interest or request a registration form: Judith Rosenberg, chelarose@gradecom.net. Delegations leave Friday morning, return Sunday evening. All costs, including translation and interpretation, covered by $225 fee. Passport required. Partial scholarships sometimes available.

Austin Tan Cerca is a project of the American Friends Service Committee.

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