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Activists Promoting Awareness about Women, Work and the Global Economy at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Comité Fronterizo de Obrer@s ("CFO")

(Committee of Women Workers at the Border)

MORE ABOUT THIS GROUP 

CFO COORDINATOR  

www.cfomaquiladoras.org

 

 

 

                                       

Photo: "La Canasta Básica"/  Market Basket Workshop: CFO Volunteers compare actual pay stubs for maquila workers to costs of living at the border.


AUSTIN TAN CERCA DE LA FRONTERA

(a project of the American Friends Service Committee)


Statement of Purpose

The purpose of Austin Tan Cerca is to establish and maintain relationships of mutual solidarity, guided by a conscious and growing understanding of the conditions of each other's lives, between the people of Central Texas and the border region. While we work to educate ourselves and others regarding the complex structures and belief systems that lead to the particular forms of repression and exploitation in the maquiladora industries, we will always emphasize the empowerment derived from the imagination, the indomitable spirit and the collective will of working people and their representatives. Within these solidarity relationships, informed and empowered by an imaginative and engaged process of education, we will confront the dominant powers and insist on social and economic change.


Want to Go on a Delegation?: contact Judy Rosenberg  or call 512-494-8377.

 

 

 

 


CJM - The Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras 

“The CJM  is a tri-national, non-profit, non-governmental Coalition committed to democratic processes and unity of action.  CJM is composed of organizations, groups, and individuals from religious, labor, the environmental, community and women’s groups in Canada, the United States and Mexico.  Our goal is to work together on actions and initiatives to guarantee equality of opportunity for all, while being sensitive to pluralist representation and respectful towards the diverse cultures concerned.”

www.coalitionforjustice.net

Executive Director:  Martha Ojeda

COALITION FOR JUSTICE IN THE MAQUILADORAS

4207 Willow Brook Road
San Antonio, TX 78228
210-732-8957

Email: cjm_mojeda@igc.org


La Fuerza Unida

http://www.lafuerzaunida.org

Fuerza Unida's most exciting project is the Cooperativa Hilo de la Justica, which offers sewing and alterations at reasonable prices, sewing classes, accessories for the kitchen, handbags and fine cloths.

Fuerza Unida was formed in February of 1990 out of the Live Strauss and Company plant closure on South Zarzamora Street in San Antonio, TX.  When Levi Strauss and Company announced that it was moving its business to Costa Rica, 1,115 workers were left unemployed, most of whom were Mexican American women.  The events that followed devastated the workers left behind in San Antonio, who were left without severance pay, pensions, medical support or retraining programs.  The impact of Levi's action left the workers facing the trauma of unemployment, family insecurity and the inability to support themselves and their families.  Many were left permanently injured due to the work that Levi subjected them to, making it virtually impossible for many of the older workers with educational and language barriers to gain decent employment.

In response to this, a determined group of employees attended an initial meeting at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church located in the working class barrio in the southwest side of San Antonio.  It is here where many of the displaced workers banned together and created Fuerza Unida.  The majority of the displaced workers are Mexican American women who at the time of the plant closures had an average of a sixth grade education.  The majority of these workers live in the southwest side of San Antonio where the unemployment rate is 12% in a city that is considered one of the ten poorest cities in the nation.  Fuerza Unida gave the workers support and guidance through a difficult time in their lives.     Despues De Veinte (20) Años, La Lucha Continúa.

Fuerza Unida provides important educational services for immigrant workers and can always use financial assistance.  For further information contact them at

FUERZA UNIDA

710 NEW LAREDO HWY

SAN ANTONIO, TX 78211

Phone: 210-927-2294
Fax: 210-927-0500

Email: admin@lafuerzaunida.org