|From:||Winter Siroco <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Sent time:||Thursday, October 13, 2011 7:35:05 PM|
|Cc:||Drew Hornbein <email@example.com>; Justine <firstname.lastname@example.org>; erin remick <email@example.com>|
|Subject:||Re: [september17discuss] URGENT PROPOSAL FROM MOVEMENT FOR JUSTICE IN EL BARRIO|
CONTACT: JOE SHANSKY (414) 218-3331
Voces de la Frontera In Solidarity with "Occupy Wall Street"
On behalf of thousands of members across Wisconsin, Voces de la Frontera stands in solidarity with the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations on both the national and local levels.
Today we are experiencing devastating economic inequality, at a level which is no longer sustainable for the vast majority of the country. For far too long, we've been the victims of an economic system which marginalizes the poor and working classes, including immigrant workers who have to come to the US as a result of free trade agreements which only favor multi-national corporations.
The legacy of racism in the US means that racial and ethnic groups in the US that have been historically marginalized have been especially hard hit in the wake of the Great Recession.
The recent financial crisis caused by Wall Street generated an additional 8 million to the official unemployment rolls, and has had even greater impact on African American and Latino unemployment rates.
The housing market bubble of 2006 and the recession that followed from 2007-2009 has reduced wealth of Latino households by 66% and 53% among African-American households respectively, compared to white households whose wealth also declined by 16%.
Banks such as Wells-Fargo have made record profits off of immigrant detentions and imprisonment by investing heavily in the private prison industry. The private prison industry drafted the Arizona SB1070 racial profiling law and has lobbied for similar laws in other states.
This devious collaboration of politicians, banks, and private prison companies has separated families, trampled on the civil rights of individuals, weakened local economies that benefited from immigrant communities, and created a climate of fear and demonization of Latinos and immigrants in communities where AZ copycat bills were passed.
Voces de la Frontera joins the demand for an end to this unconscionable concentration of wealth by the top 1% and the scapegoating of immigrants as a way to misdirect the legitimate anger of working people from those who are truly responsible for the current crisis we face.
It is only democratic grassroots movements from below that have led to transformational change in our nation's history.
On October 15th in Zeidler Park and beyond, Voces will stand with Occupy Milwaukee and others who are also suffering in this economy, to spread the message that Wall Street, banks, and multi-national corporations must be held responsible for record poverty and unemployment.
We demand no cuts or layoffs to the public sector, a massive job creation program on the scale of the New Deal, humane immigration reform, and saving families from foreclosures.
We should write the statement of support. This is really important.
On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 12:32 AM, <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Urgent Message from Movement for Justice in El Barrio, The Other Campaign
To Members of the OWS General Assembly:
Receive greetings and embraces of solidarity from the humble and simple
migrant community of El Barrio, NYC:
We are Movement for Justice in El Barrio – an organization of immigrants
that fights for dignity and against neoliberal displacement. We fight for
the liberation of every marginalized group, such as immigrants, people of
color, women, lesbians, gays, transgender people, and all the poor of the
world. We are part of the Zapatista-initated The Other Campaign.
Last Sunday, beneath the red sculpture that marks the entrance to "Liberty
Plaza", we shared our Declaration in Support of Occupied Wall St. As dusk
came upon us, our words found resonance in the hearts of people who, like
us, seek a world of dignity.
In addition to our Declaration, we shared with you a communiqué written 15
years ago by the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) of Mexico –
which is for many of us our homeland. In this communiqué, the Zapatistas
pay homage to all the women who fight for justice in the world.
For nearly three decades, the Zapatistas have waged a tireless and
profound struggle to build, as they say, “un mundo dónde quepan todos los
mundos”: A world in which all worlds fit. Day after day, they continue
building this world from below and to the left– outside of and against
political parties and the capitalist system. Their struggle is a kind of
poetry that has touched the hearts of dignified people from around the
world. Their vision and analysis of the world is perhaps best articulated
in the document, to which we adhere as an organization, called: La Sexta
Declaración de La Selva Lacandona (English version available here:
believe strongly that the Zapatista struggle, with its form, principles,
and aims, has shaped profoundly the resistance that is taking place on
Wall Street today.
As you know, in the world in which we live, such a struggle is neither
welcomed nor celebrated, but instead: condemned, attacked, beaten,
imprisoned, repressed, silenced, raped, tortured, executed, distorted,
At present, the EZLN support communities of San Marcos Avilés and San
Patricio in Chiapas, Mexico, are currently facing severe forms of
violence, harassment, and displacement from their ancestral lands. The
indigenous peoples who reside in these two communities have become the
targets of such violence because they, brazenly, have exercised their
autonomy and right to self-determination as indigenous peoples, and have,
to that end, developed just systems of self-governance and alternative
community institutions, such as schools, cooperative farms and health
clinics, that reflect and support indigenous worldviews and culture. They
are under attack, in sum, for living a life of dignity and for demanding
that everyone be able to do so.
For this reason, and given the gravity of the situation, we write to you
to solicit your support for our humble proposal: We propose that at this
upcoming Wednesday's General Assembly meeting, the OWS General Assembly
consider, and ultimately endorse, a statement or resolution of support for
the Zapatista communities of San Miguel Avilés and San Patricio.
Representatives from our organization will be present to discuss the
details of the situation and proposal.
In light of the demanding workloads of our members, we ask that you please
respond to us as soon as possible, no later than this Friday, if you
accept our proposal at email@example.com.
With love and solidarity,
From El Barrio, NYC,
Movement for Justice in El Barrio, The Other Campaign New York
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