Help us launch the new Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera with a party and fundraiser on Sunday, September 12, 2010 from 8pm-2am at Momo’s. Music by Os Alquimistas and special guests. More acts to be announced soon.
For ten years, Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera (Austin So Close to the Border) has sought to educate Austinites about labor and human rights, fair trade, and the hidden costs of U.S. trade policy. Our trips to the Mexican border provide a unique opportunity to learn about life in the maquiladoras through direct experience. We meet face-to-face with factory workers in their homes and hear what it is like to work in sweatshop conditions and live in colonias.
The bi-national perspective that we afford is a powerful and unprecedented educational tool that illuminates a significant, but easily overlooked, component of economic globalization.
To complement our delegations, our Women and Fair Trade Festival enriches Austin’s vibrant cultural scene every November by presenting fair trade vendors from around the world, international music, artistic performances, and workshops on trade.
At this time ATCF is starting a new chapter of its work. Due to financial constraints, its long-time parent organization, the American Friends Service Committee, has been forced to close its Austin office effective September 30, 2010. ATCF moving out on its own as a full non-profit organization that will continue to serve the Austin community and border region. The educational mission and methods remain the same.
Join us as we celebrate the beginning of this new stage in our work!
"If there is no struggle there is no progress...This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them..."
Frederick Douglass, 1857