(en)Ninth Graders Support Chiapas

Lyn and Shawn (linjin@tao.ca)
Thu, 19 Jun 1997 11:56:19 pst


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------- Forwarded Message Follows ------- Date: Wed, 18 Jun 1997 19:43:32 -0700 (PDT) To: mexicopeace@igc.org From: mexicopeace@igc.apc.org (Mexicopeace) Subject: Ninth Graders Support Chiapas

******* PLEASE FORWARD ******** ***************************************** Chiapas School Construction Teams ***************************************** Subject: shipment of school supplies on its way Date: 18 Jun 1997 19:53:08 GMT Organization: The Brearley School, NYC

To Peter Brown, Your letter requesting school supplies was passed on to me by Ruth Hunter. Students in our 9th grade class collected school supplies at the end of our school year as part of our 'recycling' program. They had a bake sale to raise money to send the supplies. UPS will be picking up the box tomorrow. It contains paper, pencils, and some miscellaneous supplies. There were excess funds which I will send to you as soon as I can get a check cut here - $40 - which will help you send the supplies on I hope. Best of luck with this worthy venture --

Peace -- Linda Boldt, Coordinator of Community Service *************************************************** Brearly School NYC

Dear ninth graders of Brearley School,

I have received news of your wonderful recycling program and want to congratulate you on your efforts to build a world where dignity and justice echoes from the towering buildings of New York City into the highlands of southeastern Mexico - and back!

The Mayan people of Chiapas began their revolt four years in order that people like yourselves would listen and come together to make the world a better place for us all. These Indian rebels, who are called Zapatistas after a famous Mexican revolutionary, believe that powerful corporations and bad governments are harming the environment and robbing us all of our dignity as human beings. They have laid their lives on the line so their children can have a better life and they urge everyone to get involved.

I am very glad that you've heard an echo of the Zapatista cry and decided to take direct action yourselves!

The school supplies you purchased and your $40 will be handed directly to the Zapatista community leadership in Oventic Aguascalientes II and I will send you a picture of that presentation. I am now preparing to join with people from all over the world who will be living and working with the Mayan people to build the first junior high school designed and run by the indigenous people in Chiapas. It would be wonderful if some of you could join us this summer in those misty and surprisingly cold mountains of the Mayan people!

However perhaps we can keep in touch this summer and during the fall when you begin tenth grade. We are planning to build a computer laboratory In Oventic Aguascalientes II with internet access. If any of you have email addresses we'll send you several messages this summer. We're even trying to figure out how to send pictures via the internet. In any case we will send your teacher the messages and I'm sure she'll share them when you return to school next year!

Have a wonderful summer vacation, take a movement to read our email messages, and keep on struggling to make the world a better place.

Hasta pronto, Peter Brown, director

Chanobvun ta Oventic Aguas Calientes II Jkoltavanejetik ta Smeltzanel Los Equipos de Construcción para las Escuelas en Chiapas Chiapas School Construction Teams Equipes de constructions pour des ecoles au Chiapas Konjtruktionsteams fuer eine indigene Schule in Chiapas

A Project of San Diegans for Peace in Mexico 3909 Centre Street San Diego, CA 92103 USA (619) 232-2841 FAX (619) 232-0500 mexicopeace@igc.apc.org

ps. You might also check out our web page at http://www.igc.org/mexicopeace/

pps. In case you want to make additional donations to the school at Oventic Aguascalientes II, here's a dozen key items we're looking for....understanding that cash is probably the most useful donation (checks must be made out to Grass Roots Events).

1. Small used suitcases - for students to carry and store belongings from home.

2. Sleeping bags and bedding - so all our students can sleep warm.

3. Computer equipment (IBM or Mac) - the teachers and students will use these systems to send out email from San Cristóbal to people all over the world.

a. Central Processing Units and keyboards b. Key boards b. Monitors c. Printers d. Modems e. Scanners f. Zip drives g. Dust covers, surge protectors, disks, cables, etc. h. Air cleaners and dryers i. Photo deluxe or photoshop and other software programs

4. Warm clothing - remember the teenage students at Oventic are quite small. Make sure all clothing is clean and folded neatly.

5. Book bags and plastic storage boxes (waterproof)

6. Sewing, agricultural, carpentry, and leather working tools

7. Wind driven electrical generators and wind mills

8. First aid and medical supplies and water testers

10. Spanish language books, tapes, videos, and CDs- we hope to leave a library!

11. Cameras (digital and film), audio equipment, videos, VCR's and film

12. Personal hygiene items (toothbrushes, combs, soap, etc.)

ppps. remember if you want to send a financial donation it must be made out to Grass Roots Events and everything should be sent to 3909 Centre Street , Suite B, San Diego, CA 92103.

pppps. Make sure that you keep on recycling and more importantly keep on re-educating all of us adults about the kind of world you want for your children! You might even recycle this message by sending it along to someone you know!

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