Join a Labor Solidarity Delegation
to the Mexican Border
Reflection of Pamela Brouker, Reynosa Delegation (March 12-14, 2010)
For over ten years (1999-2009) Austin
Tan Cerca de la Frontera, a close ally of Women on the Border, has been organizing delegations to visit
maquiladora communities and maquiladora workers in Mexico. You are invited to be a part of this powerful experience.
The delegations are hosted by a maquiladora workers' organization,
the Comite Fronterizo de Obreras (Border Committee of Women Workers
or CFO) based in Piedras Negras, Coahuila (next to Eagle Pass, Texas). The CFO's mission is to empower workers through knowledge of their rights under La Ley Federal del Trabajo (Mexico's federal labor law). Visiting delegates may not only meet with workers in their communities
and homes to hear their stories but also can observe the training of workers in the midst of active struggles or strategic planning to confront a specific employer. Social events with workers provide opportunities to form closer bonds and to see the human face of NAFTA at work along the U.S.-Mexican border.
The border delegation provides a truly unique opportunity for anyone interested
in understanding the role of the maquiladoras in today's increasingly globalized economy. The intimate
nature of the delegation provides both insight and a direct relationship
to those in the front lines of the struggle against corporate led
globalization. Join us for a trip that not only informs, but
personally connects you to this struggle.
SLIDESHOW (Reynosa Delegation 2006) (.mov) QuickTime Player Download
Email contact for Austin Tan Cerca de La Frontera or WOB Director
Reflections by visitors from Past Delegations
NIU Delegation 2005 (ppt)
- Elvia Arriola,"The delicate balance between life and death..." (an essay on meeting a maquiladora worker struggling with the care of a hemophiliac child) (Oct. 2007).
- Judith (Hoodeet) Rosenberg, "Doing
Justice Work in Mexico," a
letter written in the form of an essay written
for the benefit of the members of St. Hildegard's
Church in Austin, Texas, which supported the project to deliver
food and material goods to the fired workers and their families in Ciudad
following the Christmas fundraiser held in Austin, in Dec. 2001
to Reynosa, Tamaulipas and Visit with the CFO,"
June 6, 2001
(Hoodeet) Rosenberg, "Personal
Report of Judy Rosenberg," Post Delegation by Austin
Tan Cerca de la Frontier to Piedras Negras and Ciudad Acuņa,
Coahuila, October 12-14, 2001
- Christina Murray,
Report from the Border 7/15/04
A Great Debate About What It Means to Be American
Political Affairs Magazine - New York,NY,USA
... University. Rieger is just back from a trip to the Texas
border area, where he investigated the situations of Maquiladora
Line Between Us
Rethinking Schools Online - Milwaukee,WI,USA
... The mother works in a maquiladora and wants to stay
living in the shantytown so that she can save money for the trek to
the United States. ...
- Norma Iglesias Prieto, Beautiful Flowers
of the Maquiladora: Life Histories of Women Workers in Tijuana 8-9
(Michael Stone & Gabrielle Winkler trans., 1997).
- Devon G. Peņa, The Terror of the Machine:
Technology, Work, Gender and Ecology on the U.S.-Mexico Border 46-51(1997)
- Luis Alberto Urrea, By the Lake of the
Sleeping Children: The Secret Life on the Mexican Border (1996)
A powerful critique of the impact of American consumerism and free trade
policy in the lives of Mexico's poorest of the poor, those who end up
living off the dump of the city of Tijuana (sister city to San Diego,
- Luis Urrea, Across the Wire: Life and
Hard Times on the Mexican Border (1993)
- Kathleen Staudt and Irasema Coronado, Fronteras
No Mas: Toward Social Justice at the U.S.-Mexico Border (2002)
"Maquilas: A Tale of Two Mexicos"
Documentary film by Saul Landau and Sonia Angulo
on the Study of Gender, Globalization and Human Rights
Comite Fronterizo de Obreras (cfo)