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Solidarity Trip to Mexico

Announcing Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera’s January 7-9, 2011 trip to MEXICO in solidarity with the CFO or Comité Fronterizo de Obreras/os (Border Committee of Working Women and Men). Main destination: Piedras Negras

Starting our 12th year in partnership with the CFO, this intense 3-day trip takes you into the homes and communities of women and men who work in the maquiladoras or foreign-owned factories that produce in Mexico for export to US consumers. Meet the people and hear their stories. See for yourself the impact of NAFTA, the difference between “free trade” and “fair trade” and what author Charles Bowden called “the laboratory of our future.” This is a listening expedition, an opportunity to learn how the CFO, which is a 30-year old Mexican non-profit, has used collective action to negotiate for and defend human and labor rights.

A special focus on women’s fair trade production collectives will take the delegation to Fuerza Unida (United Strength) in San Antonio and their Hilo de Justicia (Thread of Justice) project. In Piedras Negras the delegation will visit the worker-owned Dignity and Justice Maquiladora.

What connection does the piñata have with the Seven Deadly Sins? What is a Rosca bread? Find out as, never forgetting the cultural context, the delegation will celebrate The Day of the Three Kings, more exciting for Mexican children than even Christmas!

Fee: $225 includes transportation from Austin, translation, food and lodging, orientation and background information. Passport required. For more info and a registration form, please email JRosenberg@atcf.org or call Judith at 512 494-8377. $100 deposit deadline is December 18. If the cost is prohibitive, please write, since some partial scholarships are available.

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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.