720*8th Ann. Zapatista Uprising: E-Pressure Mexican Govt. Progressive Portal*
- Dec 31, 2001This January 1st 2002 affirm the 8th Anniversary of the EZLN in part by
e-jamming the Mexican Government via Progressive Portal:
Join in Estaci�n Libre's support campaign for La Red de Defensores-Chiapas
as they continue to file complaints with the International Labor
Organization (ILO) under Convention 169-Indigenous Tribal Rights &
Self-Determination. La Red is filing against the Mexican Government for
ignoring the issues of Indigenous Rights, while the Low Intensity/Dirty War
continues in Chiapas, throughout M�xico & here on our streets.
Take a moment to click on to the Progressive Portal website listed below to
send an e-letter & e-fax to dozens of Mexican Consulates around the world &
to the Mexican Federal Government, including President Vicente Fox Quesada.
La Red de Defensores expects an ILO ruling in May 2002.
Already more than 26,000 e-letters have been sent via Progressive Portal to
over 50 Mexican Consulates around the world & to the Mexican Federal
Government, including President Vicente Fox-Quesada in Mexico City. The
26,000+ e-letters sent so far already is a Progressive Portal record.
The 2 minutes you take to send this e-message to the Mexican Government can
help bring justice to the Indigenous Pueblos of M�xico. Other Estaci�n Libe
support actions for La Red de Defensores includes more hand-written
petitions to local Mexican Consulates, a media campaign, and more.
ACTION ALERT: SUPPORT INDIGENOUS RIGHTS IN CHIAPAS, MEXICO
Progressive Portal, working with Estaci�n Libre a human-rights
group based in Chiapas and other organizations, has launched this
e-letter writing campaign urging the government of M�xico to abide by
its agreements with the Zapatistas & the Zapatista Army of National
Liberation (EZLN), to respect the rights of the indigenous peoples of
*Send a letter to the Mexican President, Secretary of State,
and numerous Consulates around the world (over 50 recipients) by
visiting the following Progressive Portal Web page:
This campaign is in support of the Chiapas Community Defenders'
Network (Red de Defensores), a network of indigenous human rights
defenders from Zapatista communities. The Network is filing three (3)
complaints with the International Labor Organization (ILO) proving the
Mexican Government's violation of ILO Convention 169. That Convention is an
international agreement recognizing indigenous people's rights,
* the right to land
* the right to be consulted in decisions that affect them
* the right to respect for their own institutions and customs
* the right to manage and control their own development
Earlier in 2001, the Mexican national congress passed a sham "indigenous
rights" law that undermines previous agreements made by the
government with the indigenous people of Chiapas. Our letter calls
on President Vicente Fox-Quesada to veto this phony "reform" law, and
instead to follow through on the "three signs" his government has
agreed to (and falsely claims to have fulfilled) as a precondition
for resuming negotiations with the EZLN:
1)release all Zapatista political prisoners-9 remain imprisoned
2)complete withdrawal of the military from 7 key bases in the conflict zone
3) the implementation of the San Andres Accords via the Cocopa proposal
This last point calls for adherence to agreements the Mexican
government has previously made, in place of its present practice of
claiming to have met the agreements without actually doing so.
*Please visit Progressive Portal's Chiapas page now & send a letter:
For further information, visit on Progressive Portal's Links page and click
"Chiapas Mexico" in the left-hand column:
We've also launched an update/discussion forum. A general
background essay is there now. To join or read the discussion, see:
�Corre la Voz!
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Estaci�n Libre & Progressive Portal
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