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Demand Justice for the Women and Families of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

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    Demand Justice for the Women and Families of Ciudad Juarez Date: 8/14/2002 2:37:48 PM Pacific Daylight Time From:
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      Demand Justice for the Women and Families of Ciudad Juarez
      Date: 8/14/2002 2:37:48 PM Pacific Daylight Time
      From: pazvic@...

      Demand Justice for the Women and Families of Ciudad Juarez

      Since 1993 more than 320 young women have been abducted,
      raped and murdered in the Mexican border city of Juarez.
        Despite the number of victims and the audacity of the
      killers, authorities have failed to stop the killings or
      jail the murderers. A culture of violence against women
      reigns in Juarez.

      Today, August 14th, a procession of mothers of the victims
      of this violence has been organized by The Women in Black
      Art Project and New York artist Coco Fusco to raise
      awareness about the 800 women who have been murdered or
      "disappeared" in and around Ciudad Juarez, State of
      Chihuahua, Mexico, over the past decade.

      The mothers from Mexico, the costumed Women in Black
      figures and other participants will walk in silence to the
      offices of the OAS' Interamerican Commission on Human
      Rights several blocks away.

      The mothers will deliver a letter to the Commission
      Chairperson of the Interamerican Commission on Human
      Rights urging that body to intervene on behalf of the
      families of the murdered and missing women. To date, the
      local, state and federal government in Mexico have not
      responded to the crisis in Juarez.

      YOU CAN SUPPORT the demand for justice in Juarez women in
      four special ways:

      1) Fax a letter of solidarity with the families of victims
      to the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights (see
      sample letter at the bottom of this note.) Cut and paste
      the letter onto a page, sign it, and fax to: 202.458.3992
      or 202.458.6215

      2) Sign on to an on-line petition in support of the
      families:
      http://www.PetitionOnline.com/JUAREZ/petition.html

      3) The Electronic Disturbance Theater will launch a
      virtual sit-in against the Organization of American States
      and the government of the state of Chihuahua, Mexico on
      August 14 in solidarity with the families of the
      disappeared and murdered young women of Juarez. Click to:
      http://www.thing.net/~rdom/ecd/ecd.html to take part.

      4) Watch TV! Señorita Extraviada, a 70-minute documentary
      about the women in Juarez and their struggle for justice
      will screen on PBS stations on August 20 at 10pm.

      To learn more about activities in support of the families
      of the murdered and missing women, log on to
      http://www.geocities.com/pornuestrashijas.  To learn more
      about The Women in Black Art Project log on to:
      www.artwomen.org/current.htm

      The Women in Black Art Project, which is part of the
      international feminist peace movement active in 30
      countries, has been conducting vigils since March, 2002,
      to raise awareness of the worldwide pandemic of violence
      against women, and the exacerbating effect of wars and
      other conflicts effect on this pandemic.


      LETTER IN SUPPORT OF MAY OUR DAUGHTERS RETURN HOME
      Fax to:
      Organization of American States
      Human Right Comission
      202.458.3992 or 202.458.6215

      August 14, 2002

      We, the undersigned, join the members of the Mexican
      organization, MAY OUR DAUGHTERS RETURN HOME, to call on
      the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Mexican
      government, and human rights activists worldwide to use
      all measures possible to bring an end to the violence in
      Juarez, México, that has resulted in nearly 300 deaths and
      500 disappearances of young women since 1993.


      We also take note that the murdered and disappeared young
      women of Juarez are also victims of the negligence of
      their local, state and federal government, in that to this
      day, no adequate response to this tragic violence has been
      made by Mexican politicians or law enforcement. We also
      note that law enforcement in Juarez has actually attempted
      to repress the efforts of those in Juarez who are
      organizing protests in solidarity with MAY OUR DAUGHTERS
      RETURN HOME.

      Finally, we also want to make known that the murdered and
      disappeared young women of Juarez lived and worked in
      highly unsafe conditions without proper public services.
      Many of them worked in maquiladoras, or assembly plants,
      owned by multinational corporations that pay no taxes to
      the Mexican government. The maquila industry currently is
      being used by 70% of the labor intensive Fortune 500
      companies expanding between 10% and 20% per year and
      currently accounts for over 3,107 businesses employing
      over 1,056,284 persons with an annual business volume in
      excess of $37 billion of inputs and supplies of which 98%
      is of U.S. origin. About 90% of the maquilas are located
      along the US- Mexico border with over one third
      concentrated in Juarez.

      There are currently 340 maquiladoras in Juarez that employ
      over 220,000 people. Among them are many American
      companies such as Ford, Alcoa, General Motors, DuPont, and
      Contico. These corporations do not provide any protection
      to their largely female workforce when employees are
      travelling to and from work, very often in the middle of
      the night. We request that these multinational entities
      that are reaping millions of dollars in the state of
      Chihuahua to provide financial assistance for the
      insurance of public safety. We call these companies to
      assist the Mexican government and human rights
      organizations and to stop the killings of these innocent
      women once and for all.
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