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Update on Peasant and Indigenous Mobilization for WTO in Cancun

As you can see from the following, progress is being made in raising money for busses so indigenous people and peasants in Mexico can get to Cancun for the September meeting of the WTO. But only half the money needed has been raised. We urge you give whatever you can, to ask your organization to give as well (Food First has made a substantial contribution), and to re-circulate this message.

This meeting of the WTO will mark a key watershed in the future of corporate globalization. This is our chance to derail the WTO and the economic model behind it. Please help!
Update on Peasant and Indigenous Mobilization for WTO in Cancun
Dear Friends and Supporters of Food First:

As you can see from the following, progress is being made in raising money for busses so indigenous people and peasants in Mexico can get to Cancun for the September meeting of the WTO. But only half the money needed has been raised. We urge you give whatever you can, to ask your organization to give as well (Food First has made a substantial contribution), and to re-circulate this message.

This meeting of the WTO will mark a key watershed in the future of corporate globalization. This is our chance to derail the WTO and the economic model behind it. Please help!

Thank you so much.

In solidarity,

Peter Rosset & Anuradha Mittal
Co-Directors

P.S. If you want to give on-line, Food First has arranged for a secure credit card server at:
www.groundspring.org/donate/index.cfm|2157-0

You can also give by check or wire. Instructions are at:
www.unorca.org.mx/omc/ingles/donate.html


FULL APPEAL:
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Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003
From: UNORCA-Via Campesina

[to donate money on-line, by check, or by wire, see instructions below]
www.unorca.org.mx/omc/ingles/index.html

Dear Friend of Farmer and Peasant Organizations:

Dear Opponents of the WTO and Free Trade Policies:

Our efforts to raise funds so Mexican peasants and indigenous people can get to Cancun in September to express their views of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are bearing fruit (see Appeal below). We have raised USD $47,000 so far!!!! Thank you so much to all who have given!!!! This has come from organizations that are friends of UNORCA and Via Campesina, and from many, many individuals around the world who want to contribute to the movement to derail the WTO.

Because transport is so expensive in Mexico, and Cancun is so remote, we are concentrating on making it possible for peasants and indigenous people who live in the Cancun region to get there. Because people are much too poor to pay their own transport, we must rent busses. Below you can see the areas we are prioritizing bringing people from, with the number of busses we need to bring those who want to come, and the cost of these busses. As you can see, we need to VERY QUICKLY raise another $41,200, just for busses, plus additional amounts for other costs:

From:................no. of buses...........cost of busses (US dollars)

Region 1...............34.....................$23,800
Region 2...............89.....................$44,200
Region 3...............12.....................$6,200
Region 4...............40.....................$14,000
Total........................175..................$88,200

Raised so far: $47,000
Still needed: $41,200

This is just for buses from nearby locations. More money is needed for food and a number of other logical expenses, plus getting smaller, symbolic numbers of delegates to Cancun from the rest of Mexico.

PLEASE help. Please give whatever you can as an individual or family, and please ask your organization to give too. Also, please circulate this note, adding any words you can, suggesting that others give as well.

This is URGENT. Details of the APPEAL and HOW TO GIVE are below.

Thank you so much!
Via Campesina (www.viacampesina.org)
UNORCA (http://www.unorca.org.mx)


APPEAL
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Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2003 14:21:33 -0500
From: UNORCA-Via Campesina

URGENT APPEAL

DONATE NOW ON LINE TO HELP PEASANT FARMERS GET TO CANCUN FOR WTO PROTESTS (instructions at end)

Dear Friend of Farmer and Peasant Organizations:
Dear Opponents of the WTO and Free Trade Policies:

ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE!

Mexican farmers and peasants URGENTLY need your financial support now to organize against the World Trade Organization (WTO). Any amount large or small that you can give, will help (see below for how to give on-line or how to send funds).

The next WTO meeting is in Cancun, Mexico, this September. This is the meeting after Doha, Qatar, and after Seattle. As you know, free trade policies, like those being negotiated in the WTO, are driving family farmers, peasants and indigenous people off the land, around the world, North and South, East and West. As a result, farmers, peasants, the landless, farm workers, women, forest people and indigenous people around the world have come together in the Via Campesina (www.viacampesina.org), and are demanding "WTO Out of Agriculture" and have put forth the alternative of "peoples food sovereignty."

The Mexican National Union of Autonomous Regional Farmer Organizations, UNORCA (http://www.unorca.org.mx/omc/ingles/index.html) -- one of the Mexican members of Via Campesina - has the responsibility to organize and host an INTERNATIONAL FARMERS' FORUM and Farmers' Encampment in Cancun, on behalf of Via Campesina. This Forum is a very important opportunity for farmer organizations worldwide to come together to work on alternatives to free trade policies, and to protest the WTO.

It is critical for all people who are concerned about the undemocratic nature and very negative impact of the WTO and other neo-liberal "free" trade agreements like FTAA and NAFTA on our lives, that as many Mexican peasants delegates as want to protest in Cancun can actually get there (internal travel by bus in Mexico is not cheap, and Cancun is in a remote location, more than 20 hours from the capital). Our minimum aim is to bring 10,000 delegates! It is critical that the INTERNATIONAL FARMERS' FORUM be a success.

We need your support for the transportation costs of people to the remote Cancun location. Cancun is the most expensive location in Mexico, and UNORCA cannot pull this off without financial support.

If you want to help Mexican rural social movements get to Cancun, please sponsor delegates to the INTERNATIONAL FARMERS' FORUM, Farmers' Encampment and WTO protests.

Average estimated costs for each delegate are:
transport US $48 (chartered buses)
food (3 meals) US 10 per day
lodging (encampment) US 12

Support for the Farmer Support Center: US 25 per day

You will receive a special thank you from the community your support goes to when you sponsor a whole bus for $500 from nearby states

HOW TO DONATE:

The easiest way to donate is to go to our web site at www.unorca.org.mx/omc/ingles/index.html and give using your credit card at our secure server now, or send a U.S. check or dollar-denominated international money order to Food First, who is receiving the money and transferring it to UNORCA in Mexico. Make the check or money order out to:

"FOOD FIRST, Unorca project",

and mail it to Food First/UNORCA, 398 60th Street. Oakland, California, 94618, USA. Donations are tax deductible in the U.S.

QUESTIONS:

If you have questions, contact UNORCA at forocampesino (at) laneta.apc.org and/or Food First at foodfirst (at) foodfirst.org.

Thank for your support to make ANOTHER WORLD POSSIBLE!

The farmers, peasants and indigenous people of UNORCA

Alberto Gomez Flores, National Coordinator
National Union of Autonomous Regional Farmer Organizations (UNORCA)
Juan de Dios Arias 48
Vista Alegre, Mexico DF, MEXICO
Tel/Fax +52 55 5740-0486
Tel/Fax +52 55 5741-5065
omcfueradeagricultura (at) unorca.org.mx
www.unorca.org.mx
 
 


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