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Femicide on the US-Mexico Border: A mother speaks out against the violence in Ciudad Juarez (3/16)

A presentation by Patricia Cervantes-Pertenence, mother of a victim, and Jessica Marques, an activist of the Mexico Solidarity Network

Wednesday, March 16th
7:00pm
Stevenson Event Center, UCSC
across_bridge_to_Juarez.jpg
[image from Steev Hise]

Femicide on the US-Mexico Border: A mother speaks out against the violence in Ciudad Juárez

For more than a decade, the cities of Chihuahua and Juárez, near the US-Mexico border, have been killing fields for young women, the site of over 400 unsolved 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. Patricia Cervantes-Pertenence will speak about the disappearance of her own daughter and how we can help the current situation in Juárez.

This event is put on by Stevenson College if you have any questions or concerns please contact Kristha Lima at 459-3108 or email her at kristha (at) ucsc.edu

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JUSTICE FOR THE WOMEN OF JUAREZ AND CHIHUAHUA
MOTHERS OF FEMICIDE VICTIMS SPEAK OUT!

For more information, contact us at: msn (at) mexicosolidarity.org or 415/621-8100
- California Tour: March 13-26

Murders in Chihuahua and Juarez: For more than a decade, the cities of Chihuahua and Juarez, near the US-Mexico border, have been killing fields for young women, the site of over 4000 unsolved 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 has 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. High profile government campaigns such as Ponte Vista (Be Aware), a self defense program, and supplying women with whistles have been ineffective and are carried out mainly for public relations purposes.

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 these grassroots groups work in a climate of threats and defamation by government officials for making one simple demand: STOP THE FEMICIDE.

PROGRAM: Femicide on the US-Mexico Border, a tour sponsored by the Mexico Solidarity Network in the spring of 2005, will feature a mother of one of the murdered young women from the group Justicia para Nuestras Hijas and will:

- Educate about the femicides and the Mexican governments failure to protect women

- Educate about how US policies like free trade and the drug war compound the problem.

- Educate about the impact of corporate-centered globalization on women in border towns.

- Create strategies that strengthen solidarity between people working for social and economic justice on both sides of the US-Mexico border.

The March speaking tour will include a mother of a woman murdered in Ciudad Juarez who will share the story of her struggle for justice. A representative of Mexico Solidarity Network will discuss the economic and social context in which the femicides of Juarez and Chihuahua occur.

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The International Caravan for Justice in Juarez and Chihuahua City
October-November 2004
political.detritus.net/vid/juarez.html

This is a short 5-minute piece that summarizes the situation in Juarez and Chihuahua City, where approximately 400 young women have been murdered with virtually no action taken by the police or government. by Steev Hise. This is a study in preparation for a longer, complete documentary about this situation.

If you you don't see the video clip above, you may need to install quicktime, or a newer version of quicktime. you can get it here: www.apple.com/quicktime/download

My reports from the Caravan, with photos:
portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/11/303987.shtml

portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/11/302584.shtml

more information:
www.mexicosolidarity.org
 
 


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Re: Femicide on the US-Mexico Border: A mother speaks out against the violence in Ciudad Juarez (3/16)

If 400 men were murdered there would be a huge investigation but since the murder victims were "only" women, the killings are allow to continue.

The companies that grow rich from the labor of these women could easily afford a safe bus servce for them instead of the women having to walk to and from work in dangerous areas where men prey on them.

They dont burn us at the stake anymore but women continue to be killed because of a global woman-hating male supremacist culture. Its time for the worlds women to rise up and say ENOUGH!

A poem was written called "Hunting Season" The poem described how various birds and animals are only killed during hunting season. However. men hunt and kill WOMEN all year long.

END THE MALE DOMINATION OF WOMEN!
 

Re: Femicide on the US-Mexico Border: A mother speaks out against the violence in Ciudad Juarez (3/16)

To the male-supremacist, knuckle-walking, illiterate "debate coach" who calls women "bimbos"

According to Webster's New International Dictionary- second edition:

Femicide noun. (fem+cide) The act of killing a woman; one who kills a woman.

Maybe you should learn to read before you post such moronic blather.
 

Re: Femicide on the US-Mexico Border: A mother speaks out against the violence in Ciudad Juarez (3/16)

Elaine Charkowski replied to a sexist comment which has now been hidden.
 

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