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Periódico Comunitario del Centro Autónomo (mayo 2011)

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¡Lea nuestro nuevo periódico: número de mayo!
1. Eventos del Centro
2. Actualización de Madison
3. Convocatoria para movilizarse el 7 y el 8 de mayo
4. Nuestra carta al Cónsul de México-Chicago

NO + SANGRE campaign updates

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On May 7th tens of thousands of members of Zapatista base communities assembled in their largest mobilization in ten years. They marched thru the streets of San Cristobal to denounce the Mexican government's Drug War and militarization of the country. Join them, the Mexico Solidarity Network, and thousands of other organizations on both sides of the border as we say "We've had it up to here!

Marcha del EZLN por la Paz from Proyecto Chakana on Vimeo.

NEWS & ANALYSIS: APRIL 25 - MAY 8, 2011

1 - PROTESTS OVER CALDERON’S “WAR ON DRUGS”
2 - AFI HEAD RESIGNS
3 - GUNWALKING SCANDAL GENERATES CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIONS
4 - AMBASSADOR PASCUAL LEAVING MAY 18
5 - PAN FIELDS SEVEN PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS
6 - MSN PROGRAMS: Contact us at msn [at] mexicosolidarity [dot] org or (773) 583 7728 

Join us this Thursday, May 5th!

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We support the demands of poet Javier Sicilia, No More Blood, the EZLN, Las Abejas, the Other Campaign, and the millions of Mexicans that are taking to the streets from May 5 – 8 to stop the violence in Mexico (read the international call-to-action here).


At 11am we are going to the Mexican Consulate, located at 204 S. Ashland (Ashland/Lake stop on the Pink “El” line) to unite with the international protest against President Calderon’s war!

At 7pm: Meeting at Biblioteca Popular located at 1921 S. Blue Island Ave in Pilsen, with guest speaker Luz Rivera, from the Nacional Urban and Farmworker Council (CNUC), adherent to the Other Campaign


Together with all "Other Campaign" adherents we declare:

NO MORE BLOOD

STOP CALDERON'S WAR

WE'RE FED UP WITH THE... VIOLENCE, RACISM, REPRESSION, MILITARIZATION, POVERTY, DEPORTATIONS, NEOLIBERALISM, & _________________ (fill in with your own rage).
 

Chicago Committee for Peace and Justice in Ciudad Juarez
Mexico Solidarity Network / Centro Autónomo
La Otra Chicago

News and Analysis: April 18 - 24, 2011

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN
2 - ITALIAN JOURNALIST EXPELLED FROM CHIAPAS
3 - JUDGE ORDERS INVESTIGATION OF POLICE
4 - ARIZONA SENATORS INTRODUCE BORDER SECURITY PLAN
5 - US COMPLAINS OF CUBAN OIL EXPLORATION IN GULF
6 - NEW SECURITY LAW MAY ALLOW MILITARY INTERVENTION IN POLITICAL DISPUTES
7 - MEXICO MAY SUE U.S. BUSINESSES OVER GUN SMUGGLING

Tlaxcalan government harassing CNUC and compañera Luz Rivera Martínez

Testimony by Luz Rivera Martinez (CNUC) from Mexico Solidarity Network on Vimeo.

• Read the articles in La Jornada by Gloria Ramirez Muñoz [#1 & #2]; Silvia Ribeiro [#3]; and Ana de Ita [#4]
• See below for actions you can take to support CNUC and Luz!
 
In January 2011 the Congress of the state of Tlaxcala, one day before the legislators left office, approved the “Agricultural Law of Support and Protection of Corn, our original patrimony, in Constant Diversification and Nourishment, for the State of Tlaxcala.” [more]
 
This law, veiled by a supposed interest in “defending” native corn, approved the planting of genetically modified corn, without taking into account the wishes of Tlaxcalan farmworkers. After a very long, rhetorical introduction, the law states:
 
“The municipal authority, within its competence and in accordance with this law, authorizes the storage, distribution, and commercialization of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) of corn, with the purposes of conservation, improvement, and preservation of habitat and the earth.”
 
It should be mentioned that before occupying his current seat as Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock of the state of Tlaxcala, Jaime Jonatan Bretón Galeazzi, held a position as an executive of Monsanto.
 
The national press publicized the implementation of the law in the beginning of April, three months after it was published in the national registry, a requirement for any new law. In this way, farmworkers, who would be most directly affected by this law, found out through the press—not from their supposed representatives—about this attack on corn, source of every farmer’s livelihood.
 
Farm workers quickly mobilized to reject the law. On Friday, April 15, they organized a massive protest in the state capital, led by ejido authorities and the Consejo Nacional Urbano y Campesino (CNUC) [National Urban and Farmworker’s Council]; on April 18th, they mobilized again. After this demonstration, a campaign of persecution began against CNUC, members of La Otra Campaña, an international network of grassroots organizations struggling from below and from the left. Since then, the houses and vehicles of several CNUC coordinating members have been monitored and followed by Tlaxcalan ministerial police. When asked, the surveillance officers claimed that CNUC staff, in particular Luz Rivera Martinez, are under investigation by order of State Prosecutor Alicia Fragoso Sanchez, Office of Tlaxcala.
 
This harassment clearly demonstrates an effort to criminalize social protest by the Mexican government—an increasingly frequent and serious occurrence in Mexico. 
 
With the intent of stopping these systematic attacks on Tlaxcalan campesinos and the repression of all social movements in Mexico, CNUC is calling for a campaign of solidarity and response starting this Tuesday, April 26th.
 
In order to speak out against these actions, we ask that you do one or all of the following: 
 
1. Forward this message to everybody.
 
2. Copy, paste, and send the following message to the Tlaxcalan governor at his Facebook account: http://es-es.facebook.com/mariano.gonzalez.zarur

Soy de los Estados Unidos y estoy muy preocupado de lo que usted está haciendo a los campesinos de Tlaxcala con la <<Ley Agrícola de Fomento y Protección al Maíz como Patrimonio Originario, en Diversificación Constante y Alimentaria, para el Estado de Tlaxcala>>! ¡FUERA TRANSGENICOS DE TLAXCALA! ALTO AL HOSTIGAMIENTO CONTRA CAMPESINOS Y LUCHADORES SOCIALES!
 
3. Copy and paste the message below and tweet at Tlaxcalan Gov. Mariano Gonzalez Zarur:??
 
.@GonzalezZarur ¡FUERA TRANSGENICOS DE TLAXCALA! ALTO AL HOSTIGAMIENTO CONTRA CAMPESINOS Y LUCHADORES SOCIALES!
 
4. Leave a comment for the State Government of Tlaxcala here.
 
5. If you speak Spanish and are willing to place an international call, please let these bureaucrats know what you think! 
 
Gubernatura 
Gobernador C.P. Mariano González Zarur 
Tel. 011 52 1 (246) 465-0900 ext. 1160 
 
Sefoa 
Secretaría de Fomento Agropecuario  
Secretario Ing. Jaime Jonatan Breton Galeazzi 
Tel. 011 52 1 (246) 465-0900 ext. 2213 
 
Procuraduría General de Justicia 
Procuradora Lic. Alicia Fragoso Sánchez 
Tel. 011 52 1 (246) 465-0500 ext. 2
 
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News and Analysis: April 11 - 17, 2011

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1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN

2 - MARCOS SUPPORTS SICILIA-INSPIRED MOVEMENT

3 - MEXICAN MILITARY BUDGET EXPLODES, ECONOMY SUFFERS UNDER CALDERON

4 - AMERICA MOVIL FINED FOR MONOPOLY PRACTICES

5 - LABOR REFORM APPEARS TO BE DEAD

6 - SME PROTEST

 

News and Analysis: April 4 - 10, 2011

1 - OTHER CAMPAIGN RECOVERS DISPUTED TOLL BOOTH
2 - PRI-PAN ALLIANCE PUSHING FAST TRACK LABOR REFORM
3 - PRD BURIES ELECTORAL ALLIANCE WITH PAN
4 - NEW JUAREZ POLICE CHIEF ALREADY SUSPECT IN HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
5 - SICILIA MURDER SPARKS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN
6 - MONEY LAUNDERING TRACED TO US BANKS
7 - US CONSULATES ISSUE TRAVEL WARNING FOR BORDER STATES

NEWS AND ANALYSIS MARCH 21 - APRIL 3, 2011

1 - FIVE DAYS OF INT'L ACTION ON BEHALF OF EJIDO SAN SEBASTIAN BACHAJON
2 - ATTORNEY GENERAL RESIGNS
3 - REPUBLICANS CHARACTERIZE DRUG CARTELS AS “FOREIGN TERRORISTS”
4 - UN URGES END TO ARMY INVOLVEMENT IN POLICE ACTIVITIES
5 - MEDIA OUTLETS AGREE TO GUIDELINES ON DRUG COVERAGE
6 - POPULATION LARGER THAN EXPECTED
7 - PRD ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT
8 - SECOND “RURAL CITY” INAUGURATED IN CHIAPAS
9 - MSN PROGRAMS: Contact us at msn [at] mexicosolidarity [dot] org or (773) 583 7728

Periódico Comunitario del Centro Autónomo (abril 2011)

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¡Lea nuestro nuevo periódico: número de abril!
1. La colmena nos compartó sobre el TLC
2. Un suspiro de Madison
3. Un "high school" alternativo en nuestra comunidad