La Caravana América del Valle!

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Support this historic delegation of women to the 3rd Gathering of Zapatista Communities with the Peoples of the World “Comandanta Ramona”

Author’s note: La Caravan America del Valle is a collaborative effort between various groups, collectives, and individual activists in Mexico City and Oaxaca. Marea Creciente Mexico-Rising Tide Mexico is part of these efforts. Please consider sending a donation to this extraordinary initiative to the Rising Tide Roadshow, in care of the Caravan America del Valle- see the contact and pay-pal links below.

To the free and independent media, To national and international social organizations, To all individuals: Help! us bring 20 exemplary women, social strugglers from Mexico and the world to Chiapas, southern Mexico! The América del Valle Caravan is seeking help to carryout this historic delegation to the third Gathering of Zapatista Communities with the Peoples of the World “Comandanta Ramona”, with the expressed central theme being women, which will be held the 29th, 30th, and 31st of December, in the autonomous municipal Caracol of the La Garrucha.

Women and men from various collectives and groups from Mexico City and Oaxaca have come together to organize to guarantee the transportation and accommodation for 20 women from different parts of the Mexico and the world. The women invited on this caravan are women that represent geographical regions or sectors of society with defined objectives, such as in the case of the women from Oaxaca, which many represent indigenous communities. These women do not have the economic resources to make this journey to Chiapas, and it is of vital importance for the struggle of the Other Campaign that these women meet and inter-exchange their ideas and words.

Indigenous women, students, sex-workers, women farm-workers, and political prisoners are but just a few examples of sectors of women that will come together for this gathering with the objective to create links, analysis, discussion and exchange of experiences of struggle with an end result of creating connections that will serve to let us get to know our demands, our efforts, and above all else our proposals to combat the current policy of extermination that this capitalist, neo-liberal, and patriarchal bad government maintains.

Within the process of inviting the women that will integrate the América del Valle Caravan, women of the Other Campaign meeting in preparation for the gathering in Chiapas are also participating in the proposal and invitation process. In this way, the caravan delegates will count on the recognition from as many women possible creating the opportunity and course towards the Zapatista Women’s Gathering.

We chose to name the caravan América del Valle in recognition of our friend from the Other Campaign, who currently is in political-exile from Mexico due to the events that occurred the 3rd and 4th of May, 2006 in Atenco and Texcoco, in the state of Mexico.

If you wish to join us in the effort, help us with a donation.

contact: caravanaamericadelvalle@riseup.net

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