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Announcement :: Human Rights
Justice for the Women of Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico!
25 Mar 2005
CALL FOR ACTION & SOLIDARITY

FRIDAY, APRIL 1ST
12 Noon
The Mexican Consulate
20 Park Plaza, Boston
Justice for the Women of Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico!

CALL FOR ACTION & SOLIDARITY

FRIDAY, APRIL 1ST
12 Noon
The Mexican Consulate
20 Park Plaza, Boston

We in Boston must refuse the borders that the capitalist state constructs to separate and weaken us. These are gender and class based crimes against humanity, and the La Rivolta! Collective stands in international solidarity to say NO MORE!

WE MUST MAKE DEMANDS AND TAKE DIRECT ACTION!

List of Demands:
1. A legitimate investigation into the crimes against the women of Juarez and Chihuahua,
2. Real protection for the women of Juarez and Chihuahua from both public authorities and the maquiladora owners,
3. Dropping of the false charges against David Medez Aguerta,
4. An end to the use of torture to coerce false confessions and an end to the intimidation of individuals and their families who fight for justice,
5. STOP THE FEMICIDES AND CULTURE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.

The representatives of the Mexican government must know that we are serious about getting these demands met, and therefore we will show up in person. Meet at 12 noon in front of the consulate. Tell as many people as you can, bring signs, and be ready to make noise. We will not be ignored!

JAM THE PHONES of the Mexican consulate! Consulate phone number: 617.695.1957 If you cannot attend the protest you can still take part in the day of direct action, Friday April 1st. We want to barrage the consulate with phone calls from people expressing their outrage at the Mexican government’s shameful inaction. When you call, read them the above list of
demands and tell them there will be no rest to your efforts until the women of Juarez and Chihuahua live in safety and peace.

For more than a decade, the cities of Juarez and Chihuahua, near the US-Mexico border, have been killing fields for young women—the site of over 400 reported femicides. Despite the horrific nature of these crimes, authorities at all levels exhibit indifference, and there is strong evidence that some officials may be involved. Impunity and corruption have
permitted the criminals, whoever they are, to continue committing these acts, knowing there will be no consequences.

A significant number of victims work in the maquiladora sector - sweatshops that produce for export with 90% destined for the United States. The maquiladoras employ mainly young women at poverty level wages. In combination with lax environmental regulations and low tariffs under
the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the maquiladoras are amassing tremendous wealth. Yet despite the crime wave, they offer almost no protection for their workers. Small advances in the struggle for justice are due to the perseverance of victims' families who cannot be silenced despite the efforts of state and federal authorities to keep them quiet. Campaigns by local, national and international non-governmental organizations are also important. Often
grassroots groups work in a climate of threats and defamation by government officials for making one simple demand - STOP THE FEMICIDES!

CALL TO ACTION! CALL TO ACTION! CALL TO ACTION! CALL TO ACTION! CALL TO ACTION! LA JUSTICIA PARA LAS MUJERES DE LAS CIUDADES DE JUAREZ Y EL CHIHUAHUA!

Women in Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico are under siege. Since 1993, hundreds have been abducted, murdered and mutilated and still today women’s lives are perpetually in danger. Although the exact reasons and perpetrators behind the horrific acts remain obscure, the larger context that allows them to occur and continue is blatantly clear. They are
extreme manifestations of the everyday culture of violence and oppression inherent to the patriarchal, imperialistic, capitalist system.

Half of the murdered women worked in the maquiladora factories, which are set up by U.S. corporations just south of the U.S.-Mexico border to extract labor at poverty level wages in intolerable working conditions for the sake of their own profit. After long hard hours of labor, many of the
women who work in the maquiladoras must walk or ride the bus to their homes in the shantytowns at the edges of the cities where there is often no clean water or electricity. They are poor and therefore they are expendable in the eyes of the patriarchal ruling class. Neither the police nor the factory bosses are willing to launch serious criminal
investigations or offer truly effective safety programs.

Adding odious insult to the victims and their families, the women are often accused of having begged violence by dressing or acting too provocatively or staying out too late at night. This sexist, rape-apologist mentality cannot and will not be tolerated, not in Juarez, not in Chihuahua, not in Boston, not anywhere!

The femicides in Juarez and Chihuahua are yet another brutal reminder that the ruling class and their security forces never act of their own accord in the name of justice and human rights for all.

One ramification of the femicides is that innocent men are being made scapegoats while the real crimes go unsolved and the murders continue. David Medez Argueta, cousin of Neyra Cervantes, a women murdered in Chihuahua, is one such victim of the corrupt system. Despite the fact that he was in the state of Chiapas when his cousin disappeared, he is accused of killing her (likely because he is a progressive activist who attempted to break through the lies and cover ups). During interrogation he was tortured into making a false confession, and is incarcerated indefinitely.

Recently, while David's cousin Elizabeth was on a speaking tour with a member of Mexico Solidarity Network in the U.S., including a stop at La Rivolta! festival in Boston on March 5th, David was moved from one prison to an undisclosed location. Days passed before family and friends knew of
his whereabouts and well-being. This was possibly direct retaliation for Elizabeth's efforts to draw international attention to David's case and the murder of their cousin. David has since been returned to his original location, but he awaits sentencing and his situation remains grave.

Realizing that they could rely on no one else to do it, the concerned women of Juarez and Chihuahua are organizing themselves and demanding the release of the wrongly accused and an end to the killings of their sisters, daughters, cousins, friends and neighbors. They fight to get their voices heard in Mexico, the U.S. and other parts of the world, in
order to pressure the Mexican authorities to take legitimate action.

We in Boston must be among those who show these brave women of Mexico that they are not alone. Refuse the border that the capitalist state constructs to separate and weaken us. These are gender and class based crimes against humanity, and the La Rivolta! Collective stands in international solidarity to say NO MORE!

WE MUST MAKE DEMANDS AND TAKE DIRECT ACTION!

LA JUSTICIA PARA LAS MUJERES DE LAS CIUDADES DE JUAREZ Y EL CHIHUAHUA!

For more information on the femicides and what you can do to help stop them go to: www.mexicosolidarity.org

For more information on the La Rivolta! Collective go to:
www.larivolta.org

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