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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.

(More info: Austin Tan Cerca and click here to see video clip.)

Free! Sweatshop speaker event Thursday Sept 25

On Thursday night at 7 pm we’re hosting two great speakers. It’s at Cullen Auditorium. We’re bringing in Juan Antonio Solís Magaña. a worker from Mexico. Here’s some information about Juan:

“I started to work in the maquiladora industry in 1993. Now I work at Key Safety System and actually I have three years and seven months working here. This company has been exploiting workers for long time; they treat us like slaves or robots, not like workers. We use chemicals without safety equipment. There are many irregularities in the company but thanks to the workers Coalition that we formed we are been accomplishing many things….” – Juan Antonio Solís Magaña.

Martha Ojeda, founder of the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras will translate and facilitate and discuss the situation at the workers factory.

Here’s some information about Martha Ojeda: Martha has been the Executive Director of the Coalition for Justice since 1996 and is responsible for overseeing and coordinating CJM programs, to apply the mission of the organization, to promote the work of the Coalition to increase its membership, and to raise consciousness about the realities of living and working conditions on the female and male maquiladora workers on the Mexican border by attending speaking engagements.

Check out their website here: Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras

Come on out and bring a friend.