A Commission Will go to the Meeting of the Zapatista “Other Campaign” in Juárez
Migratory Status of Many Mexicans Prevents Them From Attending, “Because of Which, We Have Prepared a Video, so That They May Speak on Their Situation...”
By Damaso Gonzalez
October 27, 2006
New York – Diverse radical grassroots organizations in the United States are preparing to attend The Other Campaign Convention, organized by the Zapatista Front of National Liberation. In New York, one commission of the Movement of Justice in El Barrio will go to Ciudad Juárez with the goal of exposing the enormous difficulties that confront Mexican immigrants in the United States and to search for alternatives that reduce the massive Mexican migrations. The participation of Subcomandante Marcos and members of civil organizations is anticipated at the meeting.
“Our delegation will send a video, in which our members express their experiences in New York, criticizing the lack of participation of the Mexican political class in resolving the problems that affect Mexicans,” said Juan Haro, the organization’s leader.
He states that through the new movement, “we aspire to make visible all those who are invisible, who struggle throughout the country. We hope to demonstrate the great national problems that presidential candidates avoid naming because of their desire to occupy the political center stage.”
According to the organizers, the event will take place this coming November 1, at 9 a.m. The location is at the peek of the Laredo Bridge, in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and later will move to the Altavista Preparatory School.
During the meeting, the delegates from the United States, along with parallel ones from Mexico, will debate the principle problems that affect Mexicans on this side of the border and will look for alternatives to stop the exodus of workers to this country.
“The people will approach their problems from below. We will go to listen and speak directly, without intermediaries or mediations, with simple and humble ones from the Mexican people,” said Haro.
The leader of El Barrio indicated that they are looking to create a consolidated front to respond to the wave of attacks against the Mexican community brought about by anti-immigrant organizations.
In addition, Oscar Domínguez, spokesman of the movement, said that the migratory status of many Mexicans that live in the United States, prevents them from attending the convention, “because of which, we have prepared a video, so that they may speak on their situation. The material will be presented to those attending.” He pointed out that thanks to the solidarity of organizations and private donations, those that are attending will be able to finance the trip and lodging. “What we want to make clear at this event is that many Mexicans that work here want to return to Mexico. We hope that this will happen soon.”
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