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(en) US, Boston: Justice for the Women of Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico!* CALL FOR ACTION & SOLIDARITY*

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Date Fri, 25 Mar 2005 19:15:23 +0100 (CET)


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FRIDAY, APRIL 1ST 12 Noon The Mexican Consulate 20 Park Plaza, Boston
Justice for the Women of Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico!
We in Boston must refuse the borders that the
capitalist state constructs to separate and weaken us.
These are gender and class based crimes against humanity, and the La
Rivolta! Collective* stands in international solidarity to say NO MORE!
WE MUST MAKE DEMANDS AND TAKE DIRECT ACTION!
List of Demands:
1. A legitimate investigation into the crimes against
the women of Juarez and Chihuahua,
2. Real protection for the women of Juarez and
Chihuahua from both public authorities and the
maquiladora owners,
3. Dropping of the false charges against David Medez
Aguerta,
4. An end to the use of torture to coerce false
confessions and an end to the intimidation of
individuals and their families who fight for justice,
5. STOP THE FEMICIDES AND CULTURE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST
WOMEN.

The representatives of the Mexican government must
know that we are serious about getting these demands
met, and therefore we will show up in person. Meet at
12 noon in front of the consulate. Tell as many people
as you can, bring signs, and be ready to make noise.
We will not be ignored!

JAM THE PHONES of the Mexican consulate! Consulate
phone number: 617.695.1957 If you cannot attend the
protest you can still take part in the day of direct
action, Friday April 1st. We want to barrage the
consulate with phone calls from people expressing
their outrage at the Mexican government’s shameful
inaction. When you call, read them the above list of
demands and tell them there will be no rest to your
efforts until the women of Juarez and Chihuahua live
in safety and peace.

For more than a decade, the cities of Juarez and
Chihuahua, near the US-Mexico border, have been
killing fields for young women—the site of over 400
reported femicides. Despite the horrific nature of
these crimes, authorities at all levels exhibit
indifference, and there is strong evidence that some
officials may be involved. Impunity and corruption
have
permitted the criminals, whoever they are, to continue
committing these acts, knowing there will be no
consequences.

A significant number of victims work in the
maquiladora sector - sweatshops that produce for
export with 90% destined for the United States. The
maquiladoras employ mainly young women at poverty
level wages. In combination with lax environmental
regulations and low tariffs under
the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the
maquiladoras are amassing tremendous wealth. Yet
despite the crime wave, they offer almost no
protection for their workers. Small advances in the
struggle for justice are due to the perseverance of
victims' families who cannot be silenced despite the
efforts of state and federal authorities to keep them
quiet. Campaigns by local, national and international
non-governmental organizations are also important.
Often
grassroots groups work in a climate of threats and
defamation by government officials for making one
simple demand - STOP THE FEMICIDES!

CALL TO ACTION! CALL TO ACTION! CALL TO ACTION! CALL
TO ACTION! CALL TO ACTION! LA JUSTICIA PARA LAS
MUJERES DE LAS CIUDADES DE JUAREZ Y EL CHIHUAHUA!

Women in Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico are under siege.
Since 1993, hundreds have been abducted, murdered and
mutilated and still today women’s lives are
perpetually in danger. Although the exact reasons and
perpetrators behind the horrific acts remain obscure,
the larger context that allows them to occur and
continue is blatantly clear. They are
extreme manifestations of the everyday culture of
violence and oppression inherent to the patriarchal,
imperialistic, capitalist system.

Half of the murdered women worked in the maquiladora
factories, which are set up by U.S. corporations just
south of the U.S.-Mexico border to extract labor at
poverty level wages in intolerable working conditions
for the sake of their own profit. After long hard
hours of labor, many of the
women who work in the maquiladoras must walk or ride
the bus to their homes in the shantytowns at the edges
of the cities where there is often no clean water or
electricity. They are poor and therefore they are
expendable in the eyes of the patriarchal ruling
class. Neither the police nor the factory bosses are
willing to launch serious criminal
investigations or offer truly effective safety
programs.

Adding odious insult to the victims and their
families, the women are often accused of having begged
violence by dressing or acting too provocatively or
staying out too late at night. This sexist,
rape-apologist mentality cannot and will not be
tolerated, not in Juarez, not in Chihuahua, not in
Boston, not anywhere!

The femicides in Juarez and Chihuahua are yet another
brutal reminder that the ruling class and their
security forces never act of their own accord in the
name of justice and human rights for all.

One ramification of the femicides is that innocent men
are being made scapegoats while the real crimes go
unsolved and the murders continue. David Medez
Argueta, cousin of Neyra Cervantes, a women murdered
in Chihuahua, is one such victim of the corrupt
system. Despite the fact that he was in the state of
Chiapas when his cousin disappeared, he is accused of
killing her (likely because he is a progressive
activist who attempted to break through the lies and
cover ups). During interrogation he was tortured into
making a false confession, and is incarcerated
indefinitely.

Recently, while David's cousin Elizabeth was on a
speaking tour with a member of Mexico Solidarity
Network in the U.S., including a stop at La Rivolta!
festival in Boston on March 5th, David was moved from
one prison to an undisclosed location. Days passed
before family and friends knew of
his whereabouts and well-being. This was possibly
direct retaliation for Elizabeth's efforts to draw
international attention to David's case and the murder
of their cousin. David has since been returned to his
original location, but he awaits sentencing and his
situation remains grave.

Realizing that they could rely on no one else to do
it, the concerned women of Juarez and Chihuahua are
organizing themselves and demanding the release of the
wrongly accused and an end to the killings of their
sisters, daughters, cousins, friends and neighbors.
They fight to get their voices heard in Mexico, the
U.S. and other parts of the world, in
order to pressure the Mexican authorities to take
legitimate action.

We in Boston must be among those who show these brave
women of Mexico that they are not alone. Refuse the
border that the capitalist state constructs to
separate and weaken us. These are gender and class
based crimes against humanity, and the La Rivolta!
Collective stands in international solidarity to say
NO MORE!

WE MUST MAKE DEMANDS AND TAKE DIRECT ACTION!

LA JUSTICIA PARA LAS MUJERES DE LAS CIUDADES DE JUAREZ
Y EL CHIHUAHUA!

For more information on the femicides and what you can
do to help stop them go to: www.mexicosolidarity.org

For more information on the La Rivolta! Collective go
to: www.larivolta.org
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* [Ed. Note: Antiauthoritarian anticapitalist initiative]


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