[www-features] PROPOSED - Border Social Forum
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.
a contributor to Santa Cruz IMC
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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
> apparently wasn't true) this is being submitted a bit late &
> hastily ... I
> can work on improving / updating it later this week.
> feature picture -
> <p>More than 800 people from 150+ organizations gathered in Ciduad
> 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
> mobilizing in the US for full rights and increasing militarization
> 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
> American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994, Ciudad Juarez has
> become the
> Mexican border city with the most <i>maquiladora</i> factories. The
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> <a href="http://houston.indymedia.org">Houston<http://
> 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
> Carlos Slim, among others. Within a month, the Frontier Forum
> 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
> Frontier Forum</a> | <a href="
> Union-Tribune story</a>
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