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7/15 TIJUANA, MX: URGENT! MACLOVIO ROJAS COMMUNITY IN STRUGGLE

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    MACLOVIO ROJAS COMMUNITY IN STRUGGLE From: maquilatijuanasandiego@earthlink.net Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, July 15, 2004 To the progressive and
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 17, 2004
      MACLOVIO ROJAS COMMUNITY IN STRUGGLE
      From: maquilatijuanasandiego@...

      Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, July 15, 2004

      To the progressive and democratic organizations and individuals receiving
      this letter:

      The community of Maclovio Rojas asks for national and international
      solidarity with their effort to end their repression and defend their autonomy.

      Since the middle of 2002, Maclovio Rojas has suffered an open repression.
      Hortensia Hernandez and more than 30 other community organizers have been
      persecuted by the police, accused of absurd or invented crimes – simply pretexts
      to arrest them. Organizers Nicolasa Ramos and Juan Regalado have been held in
      jail since December 4, 2002 and May 10, 2003 respectively. Besides the
      police, the government of Baja California has sent its provocateurs, supposed
      guerrillas who make threats to the organizers of Maclovio Rojas and interfere with
      and hinder community projects.

      The community of Maclovio Rojas is being repressed, and its crime is being a
      community of poor Mexican workers.
      The residents of Maclovio Rojas are more than 2000 families, many of whom are
      maquiladora workers. Their salaries have never been sufficient, not to buy a
      house or a condominium, not even to pay the rent for the most basic place to
      live. So the community has used federal land to build its houses. But the
      government of Baja California claims they can’t spare it – groups with ties to
      power have business plans for the land on which these working families’ houses
      now sit.

      The community of Maclovio Rojas is being repressed, and its crime is
      organizing and defending itself. For more than 16 years the government has refused to
      provide basic services such as water, sewage, electricity or schools. So the
      community has had to supply itself with water and electricity from the public
      pipes and cables, build its own schools, and it has almost finished
      constructing its own cemetery. But the government of Baja California can’t allow it –
      if the authorities say the society will not have homes or education, then the
      society should bow its head and obey.

      The community of Maclovio Rojas is being repressed, and its crime is trying
      to achieve autonomy.
      There have been many years of struggle and mobilization and the community
      knows the faces of the government, its prisons and police, its ongoing
      corruption. So the community has declared autonomy and doesn’t want the institutions of
      bad government which corrupt society. The government of Baja California can’
      t have that – society doesn’t have permission to challenge its power nor to
      snatch away its privileges.

      The community of Maclovio Rojas struggles against the privatization of water.

      Nicolasa and her husband are imprisoned and the government accuses them of
      stealing water worth 4 million pesos – the government accuses them of stealing
      the water which the whole community used from the public pipes before
      negotiations began with the government to grant water service. The absurdity of the
      charge is evidenced by the local government police using the same system of “
      robbing” water for which Nicolasa is in prison.

      The community of Maclovio Rojas asks for your solidarity in the following
      ways:

      1. Send a letter to Eugenio Elorduy, governor of Baja California, in support
      of the community of Maclovio Rojas. The legal process against Nicolasa and
      her husband is now moving forward and this is the moment to pressure the judge
      to declare them innocent and, therefore, to set them free and drop the charges
      against Hortensia Hernandez and the other organizers.

      2. Participate in the protest in Tijuana in support of Nicolasa on Sunday,
      July 25, 11am in front of the prison where Nicolasa is detained.

      3. Participate in the protest in San Diego in front of the Mexican Consulate
      on Friday 23 July at noon. Give them a letter in support of the community of
      Maclovio Rojas.

      4. Form a group and take your letters of support to the Mexican Consulate in
      Los Angeles or San Francisco or Washington DC between the 20th and 28th of
      July. See example letters below:


      Sincerely,

      Solidarity Organization of the Community of Maclovio Rojas: CITTAC, FZLN,
      Border Art Workshop, San Diego Maquiladora Network, Bi-National Feminist
      Collective




      Example letter for the governor of Baja California

      Lic Eugenio Elorduy Walter
      Gobernador del Estado de Baja California
      Correo electrónico: gobernador@...
      e.gobernador@...
      Fax: (686) 558-11-79


      We have received information that Nicolasa Hernandez and Juan Regalado,
      residents of the town Maclovio Rojas Marquez (Carretera Tijuana – Tecate km 29½,
      Baja California) have been held in jail since December 4, 2002 and May 10, 2003
      respectively. La Asociación Civil Unión de Posesionarios de Maclovio Rojas
      has explained that Nicolasa and Juan are community organizers and they were
      accused of stealing water from the public pipes which pass near the town. They
      have also informed us that arrest warrants are out for other members of the
      Unión de Posesionarios, including Hortensia Hernandez, for the same charge and for
      other false and invented charges.

      As for the issue of the water, the Unión de Posesionarios have presented a
      document explaining the following:

      “Setting Nicolasa Ramos and her husband free is a moral duty of the federal
      justice system, as they are already some of the the victims of the crimes of
      the civil servants who would not supply potable water to the more than 20,000
      inhabitants adjacent to the Tijuana-Tecate aqueduct, putting their health in
      danger by forcing them to use contaminated water because they cannot afford to
      pay the 25 pesos per unit of piped water, a huge business controlled by the
      authorities who supply the potable water (CESPT).”

      Given this information, we ask of you:

      1. Your intervention in obtaining the immediate release of Nicolasa Ramos
      and Juan Regalado and the cancellation of arrest warrents for Hortensia
      Hernandez and the more than 30 other members of the Unión de Posesionarios de Maclovio
      Rojas Márquez.

      2. A reply to this letter with information about the situation of Nicolasa
      Ramos, Juan Regalado, Hortensia Hernandez and the more than 30 other members of
      the Unión de Posesionarios de Maclovio Rojas Márquez who have oustanding
      warrants.

      Sincerely,

      (Name)




      Example letter for the Mexican Embassy

      Carlos de Icaza González
      Mexican Ambassador to the United States

      Luis Cabrera
      Mexican Consul General in San Diego, CA

      Rubén Beltrán Guerrero
      Mexican Consul General in Los Angeles, CA

      Alfonso de Maria y Campos Castello
      Mexican Consuls General in San Francisco, CA


      We ask that you present our concerns to the government of Baja California in
      relation to the events happening to the town of Maclovio Rojas Marquez
      (Carretera Tijuana – Tecate km 29½, Baja California). We have received information
      that Nicolasa Hernandez and Juan Regalado, residents of the town Maclovio Rojas
      Marquez (Carretera Tijuana – Tecate km 29½, Baja California) have been held
      in jail since December 4, 2002, and May 10, 2003 respectively. La Asociación
      Civil Unión de Posesionarios de Maclovio Rojas has explained that Nicolasa and
      Juan are community organizers and they were accused of stealing water from the
      public pipes which pass near the town. They have also informed us that
      arrest warrants are out for other members of the Unión de Posesionarios, including
      Hortensia Hernandez, for the same charge and for other false and invented
      charges.

      As for the issue of the water, the Unión de Posesionarios have presented a
      document explaining the following:

      “Setting Nicolasa Ramos and her husband free is a moral duty of the federal
      justice system, as they are already some of the the victims of the crimes of
      the civil servants who would not supply potable water to the more than 20,000
      inhabitants adjacent to the Tijuana-Tecate aqueduct, putting their health in
      danger by forcing them to use contaminated water because they cannot afford to
      pay the 25 pesos per unit of piped water, a huge business controlled by the
      authorities who supply the potable water (CESPT).”

      Given this information, we ask of you:

      1. That you present our concerns to the government of Baja California and
      demand the immediate release of Nicolasa Ramos and Juan Regalado and the
      cancellation of arrest warrents for Hortensia Hernandez and the more than 30 other
      members of the Unión de Posesionarios de Maclovio Rojas Márquez.

      2. A reply to this letter with information about the situation of Nicolasa
      Ramos, Juan Regalado, Hortensia Hernandez and the more than 30 other members of
      the Unión de Posesionarios de Maclovio Rojas Márquez who have oustanding
      warrants.

      Sincerely,

      (Name)




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