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    MSN Acts: SW tour: Immigrant Labor Rights Tour w Coalition Immokalee Workers, etc.. MSN Chiapas Media Project/Promedios NEW VIDEO RELEASES Date: Mon, 27 Mar
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2006
      MSN Acts: SW tour: Immigrant Labor Rights Tour w Coalition Immokalee
      Workers, etc..

      MSN Chiapas Media Project/Promedios NEW VIDEO RELEASES
      Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2006 14:16:09 -0800


      Radio Ñonmdaa, The Word of the Water


      The Chiapas Media Project (CMP)/Promedios is an award
      winning bi-national collaboration that provides video and
      computer equipment and training to indigenous communities
      in Chiapas and Guerrero, Mexico. CMP/Promedios videos have
      been presented at numerous universities and film and video
      festivals worldwide.

      CMP/Promedios currently has 24 indigenous video
      productions available in either English or Spanish. Our
      English language videos can be purchased on-line at:

      For further information on purchasing videos:

      Radio Ñonmdaa: The Word of the Water
      (Amuzgo and Spanish with English Subtitles, 15 minutes,

      On December 20, 2004 the Radio Ñonmdaa, The Word of the
      Water, came on air, becoming the first radio station to
      broadcast in the indigenous Amuzgo language. Under the
      direction of the traditional authorities of
      Xochistlahuaca, Guerrero, Radio Nonmdaa serves to
      communicate and disseminate the needs of this autonomous
      This radio station covers nearly the entire territory of
      Amuzgo people and can be heard in different Afro-Mexican,
      Mixteco, and mestizo communities in the Costa Chica
      regions of Guerrero and Oaxaca. Since opening, the station
      has received constant harassment from the Mexican Military
      who have threatened to shut down the station. Radio
      Nonmdaa serves to strengthen the autonomy, identity and
      culture of the indigenous peoples of the region.

      Individual: $20 University/Institutional: $70

      The Land Belongs to Those who Work it
      (Spanish and Tzeltal with English Subtitles, 15 minutes,

      The video discusses the situation in the town of Bolon
      Aja'aw, located in the north of the state near the famous
      Agua Azul river system. The federal government sold the
      land in Bolon aja'aw to a private company to create an
      eco-tourism center without the permission of the community
      members. The video documents a meeting between Zapatista
      authorities and Mexican Government functionaries, and
      offers a critical look at the practical implications of
      so-called eco-tourism.

      Individual: $25 University/Institutional: $80

      MSN Mexico News and Analysis, March 20-26, 2006
      Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2006 21:13:09 -0800
      MARCH 20-26, 2006




      The Other Campaign spent the week in Jalisco and Nayarit.
      In Colonia Miravalle, Jalisco, Marcos expounded on
      perhaps the most pressing question of the Other Campaign:
      in the face of exploitation, repression and humiliation
      suffered by millions of Mexicans, ?What are we going to do
      now?? Marcos called on Mexicans from below and from the
      left to join together in a mass challenge to existing
      power structures, creating a new world in which everyone
      has a place. On Tuesday, Marcos joined dozens of
      internationally known intellectuals, including Pablo
      Gonzalez Casanova and Andres Aubry, at the University of
      Guadalajara. On Thursday, the Other Campaign met with
      hundreds of Nahuas in Ayotitlan, and on Saturday, the
      Other Campaign came to the state of Nayarit.

      More than 500,000 demonstrators (according to police -
      organizers claim a million) clogged downtown Los Angeles
      on Saturday demanding immigration reform favorable to 12
      million undocumented workers currently living in the US.
      The largest demonstration in the history of Los Angeles
      came on the heals of similarly historic mobilizations in
      Chicago (200,000), Milwaukee (30,000), Atlanta (80,000
      immigrants participated in a day-long strike), Phoenix
      (officially 20,000, though probably many more as the march
      closed the downtown area), Denver (50,000), Washington, DC
      (30,000), and dozens of other cities. Late last year, the
      House passed the Sensenbrenner Bill, which would
      criminalize undocumented workers, fine employers and build
      a 700-mile wall along the border. President Bush endorsed
      the bill, but has been less clear recently as he promotes
      an ill-defined guest worker program that would accompany
      the more draconian measures. Republicans are divided.
      Big business (particularly corporate farmers,
      meat-packers, hotel and restaurant owners, and
      construction companies) is demanding access to cheap
      labor, while overtly racist conservatives want to preserve
      the predominant culture. Democrats are also divided.
      Sen. Ted Kennedy (joined by Republican John McCain)
      supports a path to citizenship for undocumented workers
      who pay a fine, settle back taxes, and learn English,
      while Sen. Dianne Feinstein supports more limited reforms
      that would allow agricultural workers to harvest fruits
      and vegetables in California?s central valley. On Monday,
      the debate will be centered in the Senate Judiciary
      Committee, where there seems to be little chance for
      compromise among widely divergent opinions. President Fox
      claims the Bush administration is on the verge of
      breakthrough immigration reform, but Fox is playing to a
      domestic audience in the midst of a presidential campaign
      in which the PAN candidate trails badly. As Congressional
      elections approach in the US, comprehensive reform is
      unlikely. It may take more time for the burgeoning
      immigrant rights movement to make its weight felt in the
      halls of Congress.

      Missing so far from the debate is a clear understanding of
      immigration dynamics. More than 500,000 undocumented
      workers enter the US each year from Mexico, a direct
      result of neoliberal policies promoted by the Bush
      administration via the World Trade Organization, the
      International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and NAFTA.
      Nearly one percent of the Mexican workforce leaves for
      the US each year because Mexico?s export-oriented economy
      provides no alternatives for millions of workers. Until
      the US ends its insistence on neoliberal policies that
      result in an upward concentration of national resources,
      immigration will be the only option for millions of poor

      Also largely missing from the debate is the extreme
      exploitation of undocumented workers. Many immigrants
      work in factories and restaurants using false
      identification. Employers deduct social security from
      their paychecks, but the workers never have the
      possibility of enjoying retirement benefits. The Social
      Security Administration has over US$30 billion in its
      coffers that cannot be linked to registered recipients.
      In effect, millions of undocumented workers are
      subsidizing the US budget deficit with these uncollectible
      contributions. In addition, undocumented workers pay
      sales taxes and real estate taxes (via rent payments), and
      often pay payroll taxes, without any possibility of
      participating in welfare programs or other social
      services. Many undocumented workers earn the minimum wage
      or less, making fruits and vegetables, hotel rooms and
      restaurant meals cheaper for the rest of the public. And
      12 million undocumented workers generate their own
      economic dynamics that provide increased jobs and wealth
      for the country.


      February 5 - May 13, 2006: Spring Study Abroad Program.
      Students and activists can earn 16 credits studying
      Mexican social movements.

      March 12-24, 2006: Women Confronting Globalization Tour:
      Militarization, Human Rights and Fair Trade Tour in PA, NY
      and Canada.

      March 26 - April 8, 2006: Women Confronting Globalization:
      Militarization, Human Rights and Fair Trade Tour in MN,
      IA, NE, KS, and OK.

      April 2 - 14, 2006: Women Confronting Globalization:
      Militarization, Human Rights and Fair Trade Tour in the

      April 17 - May 1, 2006: Socioeconomic Context of
      Immigration Today: Stories from Chicago Day Laborers in
      ND, SD, MN, WI, IL, IN, MI and MO.

      April 24 - May 3, 2006: Immigrant Rights: Ex-Bracero Tour
      in DC, MD, VA, NC, and SC.

      May 28 - July 8, 2006: Summer Study Abroad Program: Earn 8
      credits studying Mexican social movements in the context
      of the upcoming Mexican presidential election. Alternative
      Economy Internships - Develop markets for artisanry
      produced by women's cooperatives in Chiapas and make
      public presentations on the struggle for justice and
      dignity in Zapatista communities. Interns are currently
      active in Fort Collins, OR; Spokane, WA; Alexandria, VA;
      Grand Haven, MI; Chico, CA; Sacramento, CA; Stonington,
      ME; Lancaster, PA; St Paul, MN; Louisville, KY; San
      Francisco, CA; Turner, OR; Athens, GA; Chicago, IL;
      Philadelphia, PA; Guelph, Canada; Davis, CA; Tempe, AZ;
      and Madison, WI.

      MSN Southwest tour: Immigrant Labor Rights Tour with the Coalition
      of Immokalee Workers!
      Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 11:38:11 -0800

      The Mexico Solidarity Network presents:
      Immigrant Labor Rights Tour with the Coalition of
      Immokalee Workers!
      April 17th-May 2nd, 2006

      The Mexico Solidarity Network invites community, faith and
      university-based groups to host one of a series of events
      about immigrant labor rights and immigration policy. This
      tour seeks to unite community members, students and
      immigrant workers to promote better working conditions and
      normalized immigration status. The time is upon us to
      create a stronger grassroots movement in response to
      growing antagonism towards workers who form the backbone
      of this country!

      Southwest Tour: TX/AZ/NM/OK

      Immigrant community organizers and a representative from
      the Mexico Solidarity Network will:
      - Discuss corporate social responsibility in the fast-food
      industry and the immigrant farmworkers labor abuses
      - Address the demand for low-wage labor in the United
      States and the consequences of that demand on farmworkers
      who suffer under horrendous working conditions
      - Explain the modern day slavery situation that many
      farmworkers face working in the agricultural sector of the
      US economy, and how to demand rights, benefits and fair
      working conditions for this segment of the population.
      - Debate the impact of potential immigration policy on
      the lives of undocumented immigrants and those who work in
      solidarity with them.

      Today there are about 12 million undocumented workers in
      the US, constituting almost 10% of the entire workforce,
      and more than half of these workers come from Mexico.
      Recent proposals for immigration reform have fallen short
      of addressing the right for labor and human rights for
      immigrant workers, serving only to further criminalize
      individuals whose work is an essential part of the United
      States economy and who work hard to support families back
      home. If recently proposed legislation passes in the
      Senate, more specifically the insidious Border Protection,
      Anti-Terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act, or HR
      4437, that managed to pass the House in December,
      undocumented immigrants could be charged with a felony for
      living and working in this country. This bill would also
      criminalize those who work with undocumented immigrants,
      as anyone who would facilitate their continued presence in
      the country would also be accused of committing a crime.

      Joining the tour will be a representative from the
      Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). The Coalition of
      Immokalee Workers is a grassroots worker organization made
      up of over 3,000 members largely of Mexican, Guatemalan,
      and Haitian origin working in the agricultural and other
      low-wage industries in southwest Florida. The farmworkers
      who pick the fruits and vegetables which end up in fast
      food restaurants across the country earn sub-poverty
      wages, receive no benefits of any kind, and in the most
      extreme cases face situations of modern-day slavery. The
      CIW member who will be accompanying the MSN tour will be a
      farmworker elected by his peers to represent the
      organization, speak about these realities, and lead
      reflection on how communities can be involved in changing
      that reality. The CIW is an excellent example of
      grassroots resistance to the harsh labor and living
      standards immigrant workers face in this country. Their
      presentation is an opportunity for students and community
      members to learn how they can join in the struggle for
      fair wages, decent working conditions and human rights for

      To find out more about how to bring this tour to your
      area, contact the Chicago MSN office at 773-583-7728, or
      Mexico Solidarity Network http://www.mexicosolidarity.org
      Send administrative queries to
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