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(en) Mexico-US, Solidarity Network Fall Tour

Date Wed, 19 Jul 2006 14:23:22 +0300

Mexico Solidarity Network FALL TOUR 2006 November 5-18: Speaking
tour – Building autonomy in Zapatista communities, with a discussion
of the Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona in the context of
organizing in the US, featuring a speaker from Chiapas, Mexico.
New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Activists from Chiapas will speak about Zapatista
women’s collective strategies of resistance while
discussing the impacts of globalization on women
in Mexico and the leadership role that women play
in the movement for Fair Trade and social and economic justice.

Mexico Solidarity Network seeks university, cultural and
community-based sponsors to host presentations on
our Fall Tour 2006 in NY, NJ. PA. Dates are scheduled on a first come,
first-served basis and fill up fast, so please contact us as soon as possible.

-Discuss the threats that neo-liberal policies
pose to indigenous communities in Mexico.
-Discuss human rights abuses in Mexico, their
relationship to globalization and how indigenous
communities are working to end the abuses and impunity.
-Discuss the political context of the 6th
Declaration of the Selva Lacandona and the Other
Campaign in terms of how it relates to the
development of alternative economies.
-Discuss the intercontinental encounter and how
to become involved in it’s celebration.
-Promote a sustainable model of international trade based on economic justice
-Discuss the leadership of women in fair trade cooperatives
-Offer weavings and traditional handicrafts made
in women's cooperatives for sale to raise money
to improve living conditions in communities.

Since the Zapatista uprising began on January 1,
1994, (the first day that NAFTA went into effect)
the Mexican military and paramilitaries have
waged a counter insurgency war against Zapatista and sympathizer communities.
Twelve years after the uprising, human rights
abuses and a low intensity war against organized
indigenous communities are happening.
But these communities are developing new
collective strategies of resistance. Women are playing
leading roles on all fronts in the struggle to build alternatives.

Fair Trade Cooperatives impart a fundamental
space for women through what has traditionally
been unwaged work, by combining productive and
cultural functions. Fair trade cooperatives provide a space
for women to engage in decision-making and
leadership roles, while organizing with other women.
Fair Trade allows community cooperatives to
raise money to improve living conditions for
their communities, control the production and marketing of products,
construct a just economy in which women can be
central participants, maintain ancestral
knowledge, support sustainable agriculture, and
provide much needed funds for community development projects.

Mexico Solidarity Network asks for an honorarium
based on the means of the host
organization to help continue the work of MSN.
Please check our web site: www.mexicosolidarity.org/site for more

For further information, please call MSN at 773-583-7728 or
e-mail us at
celeste @ mexicosolidarity.org
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