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Mon Jun 20 2016 (Updated 06/22/16)
“Welcome to Oaxaca” 2016
The looming federal police attack on the people and striking teachers of Oaxaca, Mexico has begun. There are reports of between six and eight demonstrators killed on the morning of Sunday, June 19 at the highway blockade in Nochixtlán, northwest of the city of Oaxaca. They were shot and killed when police opened fire with live ammunition on the blockade. At least 45 others have been hospitalized with injuries, the majority gunshot wounds, and 22 have been disappeared.
Why won't the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) support the Driscoll's Boycott? That's one of the questions UFW Vice President Lauro Barajas would not answer after he spoke at Hillary Clinton's rally in Salinas on May 25. The UFW will not reveal when their friendship with Driscoll's began. However, a photograph from May 2013 reveals their relationship with Reiter Affiliated Companies, an Oxnard-based subsidiary of Driscoll's.
The National Coordinating Body of Education Workers (CNTE) began an indefinite strike on May 15, primarily against plans by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to implement neoliberal reforms to the country’s education system. Peña Nieto has attempted to privatize and standardize the Mexican education system, along with instituting policies to disempower Latin America’s largest union, the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE), and its dissident and more radical faction, the CNTE.
The California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard is one of the largest outdoor annual events in California that celebrates the success of the multi-billion dollar global agricultural industry. However, this success has come at the great economic, social and overall health expense to those who pick the berries. On May 22, a protest outside the Strawberry Festival challenged the industry and governmental efforts to overlook the social and environmental costs of strawberry production, and questioned the logic of charity festivals.
On two consecutive Saturdays, May 7 and May 14, farmworkers called for an international day of action to bring attention to the ongoing struggles in the berry fields in Washington State and San Quintin, Mexico. May 7 was initiated by Familias Unidas por la Justicia in Washington state, while Sindicato Independiente Nacional Democratico De Jornaleros Agricolas (SINDJA) farmworkers in San Quintin, Mexico called for a global day of action on May 14. Demonstrations took place in many locations, including Mexico City; Burlington, WA; Portland and Eugene, Oregon; and Eureka, Rohnert Park, Fairfield, San Leandro, Santa Cruz, Watsonville, and San Diego, California.
Tue May 3 2016 (Updated 05/04/16)
Driscoll’s Runs Away At Watsonville Earth Day
As the top sponsor of Watsonville's 14th Annual Earth Day / Day of the Child Festival, the philanthropy specialists at Driscoll’s were hopeful that April 24, 2016 would be a great day at Ramsay Park for promoting their brand. When a few people started speaking about the international boycott of Driscoll's and handing out flyers, the Driscoll's representatives quickly dismantled their event booth and got rid of their strawberries as fast as they could.
On Monday, April 11, 2016, around 800 State of Mexico riot police at the service of Grupo Higa laid siege to the Otomí community of San Francisco Xochicuautla, destroyed the camp set up in defense of the forest, used heavy machinery to illegally tear down the house of Dr. Armando García Salazar, and violently dragged out at least 25 men, women and children who were inside the house, including 64-year-old Isabel Hernández, a member of the Supreme Indigenous Council of Xochicuautla.
On April 3, members of Watsonville Brown Berets (WBB) traveled to Salinas to attend the annual Cesar Chavez March and Rally presented by United Farm Workers (UFW). WBB were joined by members of Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), an independent farmworker union in Burlington, Washington fighting for a union contract, and initiators of the boycott against Driscoll's. Although advocating for farmworkers' rights seems like it would be warmly welcomed by UFW, that was not the experience for WBB and FUJ members.
iCal feed From the Calendar:
3PM Saturday Jul 2 Rally: Estamos con Oaxaca
Marcha de la sección 22 en repudio a la brutal represión en el Estado de Oaxaca by El Enemigo Común (1 comment) Friday Jun 24th 4:50 PM
Section 22 march blasts brutal repression in Oaxaca El Enemigo Común (1 comment) Friday Jun 24th 4:43 PM
State Terrorism and Education, the New Speculative Sector in the Stock Market El Enemigo Común (1 comment) Friday Jun 24th 3:55 PM
Santa Maria: Vigilia por los asesinados en Oaxaca corre la voz Friday Jun 24th 12:56 PM
Fresno: Vigilia por los asesinados en Oaxaca corre la voz Friday Jun 24th 12:45 PM
Desde San José, CA exigimos: Alto a la represión en Oaxaca El Pueblo de San José Friday Jun 24th 12:36 PM
Los Angeles: Vigilia por los asesinados en Oaxaca FIOB Los Angeles Friday Jun 24th 11:45 AM
Mexico Teachers' Murders Protested In SF "Massacre Made In USA" Labor Video Project Wednesday Jun 22nd 9:01 PM
Comunicado 0.2 Oaxaca ingobernable. Junio Negro, Oaxaca de Magón El Enemigo Común (1 comment) Wednesday Jun 22nd 11:14 AM
Statement 0.2 Ungovernable Oaxaca. Black June, Oaxaca de Magón El Enemigo Común (1 comment) Wednesday Jun 22nd 11:04 AM
SF Protest at Mexican Consulate in Support of Public Education Defend Mexican Teachers & Public Education Tuesday Jun 21st 9:40 PM
Rally: Estamos con Oaxaca Claudia Haro Tuesday Jun 21st 8:26 PM
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