Trip to Mexico to build solidarity with sweatshop workers

Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera (Austin so Close to the Border) announces:

Delegation to Reynosa and Rio Bravo, Mexico: March 12-14, 2010
Now in our 10th year, we pursue and celebrate a cross-border solidarity relationship with a grassroots Mexican organization of maquiladora workers; and we invite you to participate.  We go to Mexico to listen: In the wake of US trade and immigration policies, rampant militarization, and an over-load of media, this is one sure way to form your own opinion about corporate- and state-led globalization: talk with the people most directly affected. We go to learn:  Our Mexican partners, the Comité Fronterizo de Obreras/os (The Border Committee of Workers), a woman-led Mexican NGO, has organized for labor and human rights for 30 years.  They speak from experience and will share the reality of their living and working conditions and of their struggle.  In Reynosa and Rio Bravo we will learn about their historic strategies—to democratize unions and make them work for workers; to hold corporations accountable and make them toe the line of the law.  Witness the power of the people–live and in action… organized and enduring… hospitable and friendly. Great food.  Viva la esperanza!

Delegations cost $225, which covers transport from Austin, food lodging, translation, orientation.  Scholarships sometimes available. Passport required. A project of The American Friends Service Committee.  For more information see:
or write or call Judith – 512  494-8377

Deadline: February 24.


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