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  • Leila Pine
    More on Oaxaca ... From: Marc Becker To: Sent: Saturday, November 04, 2006 8:36 AM Subject: [mad-oaxaca]
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 7, 2006
      More on Oaxaca

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Marc Becker" <marc@...>
      To: <mad-oaxaca@...>
      Sent: Saturday, November 04, 2006 8:36 AM
      Subject: [mad-oaxaca] Emergency Delegation to Oaxaca, Mexico

      > Participate in an Witness for Peace emergency response delegation to
      > Oaxaca, Mexico December 1-8, 2006
      > Participate in a Witness for Peace emergency response delegation to
      > . learn first hand about the current situation and the roots of the
      > . talk to members of Mexican civil society, including prominent
      > independent Mexican human rights organizations and member
      > of the APPO
      > Then, return to the United States to:
      > . support a non-violent solution to the Oaxaca situation
      > . promote non-interventionist solutions to conflicts on both sides of
      > the border
      > . encourage economic policies that foster respect for human rights and
      > non-violent solutions to conflicts on both sides of the border.
      > Cost: The price of the 8-day delegation is $630US. The delegation fee
      > covers all reading materials, set-up, preparation, meals, lodging,
      > interpretation, and transportation within Mexico. The delegation fee
      > does not include airfare. Application and non-refundable deposit of
      > are due ASAP.
      > For more information, contact:
      > Ken Crowley, at: Ken@... or
      > 202-547-6112
      > *Background:*
      > On June 14, 2006, a yearly teachers' strike turned into a non-violent
      > popular uprising when the Oaxaca state government attacked unarmed
      > demonstrators while they slept in the central square of the city. The
      > teachers' demands included money for education, better salaries, and
      > more services for poor students. Shortly after the attempted removal
      > the striking teachers, a new popular assembly was formed, the People's
      > Popular Assembly of Oaxaca (APPO, in Spanish). The APPO includes
      > and citizens from a wide variety of Oaxaca civil organizations,
      > churches, unions and neighborhood associations, and they continue to
      > occupy the city, barricading the city streets at night to protect
      > themselves from possible attacks. The hope is to create a more just
      > political situation with participation from all areas of civil
      > It remains to be seen whether negotiations with the Mexican government
      > will be successful. Military and police forces are arriving in Oaxaca
      > City, and tensions are high. A military and/or police attack is
      > predicted, and human rights organizations are fearing the
      > worst--incredibly high levels of violence and human rights violations.
      > Oaxaca: Roots and Reality of Social Crisis
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