[www-features] PROPOSED - Border Social Forum

Bradley Stuart bradley at riseup.net
Tue Oct 17 18:16:27 PDT 2006


I think that someone is also working on a feature about the BSF for  

Perhaps the two of you could collaborate on this.

Don't forget to propose a title as well.

this outline may be helpful too:

also note that this working group (www-features on indymedia.org) can  
not update features after translations have been posted.



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On Oct 16, 2006, at 8:16 PM, Reclaim The Commons wrote:

> Hey all,
> I was at the Border Social Forum in Mexico this weekend. Because I  
> was told
> that other folx were drafting & submitting the Indymedia feature  
> (which
> apparently wasn't true) this is being submitted a bit late &  
> hastily ... I
> can work on improving / updating it later this week.
> feature picture -
> http://houston.indymedia.org/uploads/2006/10/marching20001.jpg
> <p>More than 800 people from 150+ organizations gathered in Ciduad  
> Juarez,
> Chihuahua, Mexico, for the first <a href="
> http://www.forosocialfronterizo.com/">Border Social Forum</a>. The  
> BSF took
> place on the Mexico-US border with the backdrop of millions of  
> migrants
> mobilizing in the US for full rights and increasing militarization  
> after
> President GW Bush Jr's recent assignment of over 6,000 military  
> troops of
> the National Guard to "secure" the border. Since the signing of the  
> North
> American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994, Ciudad Juarez has  
> become the
> Mexican border city with the most <i>maquiladora</i> factories. The  
> systemic
> violence of neoliberal globalization has <a href="
> http://political.detritus.net/juarez/">manifested locally in an  
> epidemic of
> femicide</a>, as hundreds of poor young women have been brutally  
> raped and
> murdered in Ciudad Juarez since 1993.<p>
> The BSF commenced on Wednesday the 12th of October with a March  
> against
> NAFTA and Violence on the Border. <i>john reports:</i>  The march  
> from a
> local park in Ciudad Juarez to one of the main bridges had about  
> 500 people.
> Representatives from a number of local grassroots organizations,  
> from both
> sides were involved. Once at the center of the bridge was reached,  
> a rally
> was held, attacking NAFTA and its effects on working people, on  
> both sides
> of the border. [<a href="
> http://houston.indymedia.org/news/2006/10/53009.php">Full Story with
> Photos</a>]
> <p>
> The BSF continued through the 15th of October with workshops, cultural
> performances, and a march to "tear down the wall of death." It  
> concluded by
> passing a 23-point Final Declaration that included resolutions to  
> promote
> Latino desertion from the US Army, resist the US-Mexico planned  
> Wall in
> solidarity with Palestinians fighting the Apartheid Wall built by  
> Israel in
> the West Bank, set up border city networks against labor abuse, and  
> nurture
> human rights like health, education and access to water by blocking
> privatization schemes. <br> <a href="
> http://houston.indymedia.org/news/2006/10/52997.php">Photo from Friday
> Morning</a> | <a href="
> http://houston.indymedia.org/news/2006/10/53019.php">Report from  
> the opening
> ceremonies</a> | <a href="
> http://houston.indymedia.org/news/2006/10/53061.php">Photos from  
> March to
> tear down the wall of death</a>
> <p>There was online Radio Coverage from <a href="
> http://portal.radiobemba.org/">RadioBemba</a> of Hermosillo Mexico  
> and  <a
> href="http://www.radiobilingue.org/">Radio Bilingue</a> of Fresno  
> Califas.
> <a href="http://houston.indymedia.org">Houston<http:// 
> houston.indymedia.org">houston/>Indymedia</a>
> covered the story as well.
> <p>Meanwhile, border-area capitalists were also organizing. October  
> 12 and
> 13, hundreds of Mexican and foreign business leaders and government
> officials gathered at the exclusive <a href="
> http://www.lafronteranorte.com/">"First Forum: The Northern  
> Frontier"</a> in
> Mexicali, a Mexican border city in Baja California state. Hosted by
> Mexicali's Business Coordinating Council, an influential umbrella  
> group, the
> capitalists presented their ideas to an audience that included current
> Mexican President Vicente Fox and billionaire owner of the TelMex  
> monopoly
> Carlos Slim, among others. Within a month, the Frontier Forum  
> organizers
> plan to present a document to Mexico's next president Felipe  
> Calderón that
> lists the priorities they see for the northern border, including the
> building of an east-west highway from Tijuana to Laredo and  
> strategies for
> drawing more tourism development to the border. <a href="
> http://www.lafronteranorte.com/eng/structure.htm">Schedule of the  
> Northern
> Frontier Forum</a> | <a href="
> http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/mexico/tijuana/ 
> 20061013-9999-1n13border.html">SanDiego
> Union-Tribune story</a>
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