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(en) US, Time for another Student/Farmworker Alliance* update from Immokalee, Florida.

Date Mon, 13 Jun 2005 10:54:32 +0300

1) Update on Summer Encuentro- Register Now! Spaces filling up fast!
Join students and youth from around the country for a week of skill
shares, reflection, community-building, trainings, and a two-day national
strategy session as we plan for the next phase of youth activism after the
historic and precedent-setting victory of the Taco Bell boycott. The
Encuentro will take place in Immokalee, FL, from August 1-7.
Trainers include: the Beehive Collective, the Ruckus Society, Art and
Revolution, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the Root Cause Coalition
(Miami Workers Center, LIFFT, and Power U), smartMeme Strategy and
Training Project, United Students Against Sweatshops, Student-Labor Action
Project, Young Workers United, School of the Americas Watch, National
Youth and Student Peace Coalition, and more!

In addition, there will be plenty of time for informal networking, live
music, silkscreening and other hands-on art, film screenings (featuring
films such as The Take, The Corporation, and The Fourth World War), and,
thanks to generous donations from several independent and radical
distributors and bookstores, a mini bookfair to help support the Encuentro
and get some cool books and other goodies into the hands of our

We can't stress enough the importance that everyone (even trainers and
folks very close to the SFA) who is considering coming down for the
Encuentro register ASAP. Please take a moment today and answer the
registration questions (http://www.sfalliance.org/encuentro.html) and send
them back to: organize@sfalliance.org. Registration lets us know how many
folks we have to arrange food, housing and scholarships for; helps us to
ensure a diverse and representative group of participants; and overall
makes things much easier for us organizers on the ground. Thanks!

2) Donations Urgently Needed; PayPal button and fundraising letter now

Help make the first-ever National Student/Farmworker Alliance Summer
Encuentro a success! We need funds for housing, transportation, and food
as well as for travel and registration scholarships. This summer's
Encuentro looks to be a great opportunity to build and strategize for the
next phases of the struggle for fair food, fair wages and farmworker
justice, but we need your help to make it happen. The Encuentro website
(http://www.sfalliance.org/encuentro) now features a PayPal button where
you can make a secure and quick donation to the SFA. All donations to the
SFA are tax-deductable.

You can also send checks or money orders made out to:

Student/Farmworker Alliance
PO Box 603 Immokalee, FL 34143

Whether or not you are personally able to donate, there are other ways to
help: You can forward this message far and wide; We have also made a
fundraising letter available that you can download
(http://www.sfalliance.org/resources/fundletterhead.doc) and use to
approach local professors, organizations, and others for donations.

Donating to the SFA at this time will help us not only to make the
Encuentro an amazing, unforgettable and worthwhile experience, but will
also help us as an organization to stay afloat for the months and years to
come. We greatly appreciate your help!

3) Solidarity

In the midst of increasing anti-immigrant hysteria, particularly in but
not limited to the southwest US, we encourage folks to check out
www.borderhack.org, www.solidarityacrossborders.org, and
www.deletetheborder.org for actions and resources this summer and
beyond... "Against borders and the wars they cause, against capitalism,
neoliberalism and empire... for freedom of movement, the right to stay,
autonomy and human dignity..."

Also, this summer, the G8 (Group of 8 imperialist countries) will be
having its meeting in Scotland. Check out www.dissent.org.uk/ and
www.noalg8.contrapoder.org.ve/ for resources and actions related to the

Last but not least, check out the SEAC Activist Training Camp and the
Roadless Summer campaign against the NAFTA Superhighway at
www.seac.org/atc/ and www.roadless-summer.org/, respectively.

We hope to see you in August, and again kindly ask that you forward this
message widely.

In unity, solidarity, and hope,

The Student/Farmworker Alliance
Immokalee, FL
(239) 657-8311

*An encuentro is a meeting, conference, or "encounter," a safe space where
participants can share ideas and experiences. Following the uprising in
Chiapas, Mexico on the eve of the signing of NAFTA, the Zapatistas called
for an international encuentro for companeros from all over the world to
gather and discuss the significance of the grassroots rebellion and
possibilities for creating a new and better world. Our call for an
Encuentro lies within this tradition.

"We declare: That we will make a collective network of all our particular
struggles and resistances- an intercontinental network of resistance
against neoliberalism, an intercontinental network of resistance for
humanity. This intercontinental network of resistance, recognizing
differences and acknowledging similarities, will search to find itself
with other resistances around the world. This intercontinental network of
resistance is not an organizing structure- it has no central command or
hierarchies. We are the network, all of us who resist..."
* [Ed. note: An antiauthotitarian social struggle initiative]

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