Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera Delegation to Piedras Negras, Mexico, October 8-10, 2010…
where we will meet maquiladora workers in their homes and communities, find out about current conditions of life and work and learn what strategies they are using to advocate for themselves. Our Mexican partners, the Comité Fronterizo de Oberas/os (the CFO), continue to find innovative, often bold ways of organizing despite the intense anti-labor climate of Mexico—and the world—that they and we are facing.
At the same time this delegation will pursue a fair trade theme. Piedras Negras is not only the home city of CFO, but also the site of the Dignity and Justice Maquiladora, a unique business model at the border - a worker-owned sewing collective, technically structured as a maquiladora in order to be able to export and sell in the US.
As we head south through Texas, the delegation will visit another worker-owned, woman-led sewing collective: Hilo de Justícia (Thread of Justice) a project of Fuerza Unida in San Antonio. Fuerza was formed in 1990 in protest, when Levi Strauss closed their San Antonio plant without notice or severance pay.
For more info or to request a registration form, write to: Judith Rosenberg, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-494-8377. Passports required. Delegation leaves Friday morning, 8:30AM (10/8), returns Sunday evening (10/10). Orientation meeting Thursday evening (10/7), 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. September 1, remainder on October 7.
For more information please see about Austin Tan Cerca, please see: http://afsc.org/office/austin-tx and about the CFO:
http://www.cfomaquiladoras.org/english%20site/index_en.html (This is a huge website - note articles in the CFO in the media section.)
For more info or to request a registration form, write to: Judith Rosenberg, email@example.com or call 512-494-8377.