Friday, May 21, 2010 - 9:00am - Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 9:00am

Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera Delegation to Ciudad Acuña, Mexico

May 21-23, 2010

Many Texans know Ciudad Acuña as a quiet, even sleepy, town across from Del Rio, where you might enjoy Mexican cuisine and shop for crafts.  ATCF's delegation, however, will travel a short distance south of the Central Plaza into another world.  In the industrial parks and working people's colonias a grassroots movement is organizing for labor and human rights and breaking historical barriers. Our Mexican partners, the Comité Fronterizo de Obrers/os (Border Committee of Workers), have led and fostered the struggle for decades.  Since ATCF's first delegation to Acuña in 2000 the workers have welcomed us in a spirit of solidarity and trust.  

The movement centers on labor rights.  Since the 1960s, Acuña’s power structure has banned unions.  In defiance of this under-the-table arrangement, and in the middle of the financial crisis, workers launched a campaign in June 2009 to create and affiliate with a union local of the National Union of Mine and Metal Workers of the Mexican Republic (SNTMMSRM).  The Mine and Metal Workers are distinguished in Mexico as an "independent union," meaning independent of government or employers.  Our delegation will find out how this campaign is progressing, how it looks and what it means from the perspective of Mexican workers, their families, and their communities.  We must also reflect on the importance of their struggles and victories for working people on this side of the border. Learn about collective action.  Enter and celebrate a powerful cross-border solidarity relationship.

For more info or to request a registration form, write to: Judith Rosenberg, chelarose@gradecom.net or call 512-494-8377. Passports required. Delegation leaves Friday morning, 9AM (5/21), returns Sunday evening (5/23). Orientation meeting Thursday evening (5/20), 6:30. All costs, including food, lodging, transportation and translation and interpretation, covered by $225 fee.  Partial scholarships sometimes available.  Register now.  $100 deposit due May 1.

Austin Tan Cerca's 2010 New Year's resolution:  Bring focus and attention to the connections between issues of human and labor rights on both sides of the border, immigration, militarization and trade.  Build solidarity between broad constituents.  Bring people together to create alternatives.  

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