Activities to raise public awareness that say "END Violence Against Women & Girls!"


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Press Contact:      Kim McMillon  (510) 681–5652 Kimmac@pacbell.net

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010, 12 Noon

Steps of San Francisco City Hall

Gathering of Healers, Artists & City Officials

In Recognition of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Towards Women


SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 16, 2010) — On Tuesday, November 23rd, at 12 Noon, on the San Francisco City Hall steps, city officials, poets, healers and artists will speak out on the need to recognize the violence inherent in our culture. The Mayor will announce a proclamation for November 25th, to be recognized as San Francisco’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Towards Women and Girls, which is a UN mandated day commemorated globally since 1999.

The Mayor’s proclamation will be read by Joaquin Torres, the Latino Community and District Liaison. Cynthia Vasquez of the San Francisco Dept of the Status of Women, and City Supervisor Avalos will also speak, as well as notable community, bi-gender, immigrant and indigenous representatives and poets.

The rally and press conference will kick off a 16-day series of events throughout the Bay Area and the world with a multicultural cast of artists, healers and activists, to transform the culture of violence throughout the globe. From November 25th through December 10th, the public is invited to attend and/or create healing ceremonies, dance performances, and workshops that seek to eliminate violence towards women in our families, our communities and throughout the world.

On December 17, 1999, the United Nations’ General Assembly designated November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to launch activities to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.

Women activists have marked November 25th as a day against violence since 1981, in remembrance of the brutal assassination of the three Mirabel sisters, political activists, in the Dominican Republic on November 25, 1960, on orders from Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo. More information can be found at http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/violence

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October 31, 2010 at 11:29 pm

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  1. FNS: Labor News Border Women Call Washington Hunger

    November 5, 2010

    Labor News

    Border Women Call Washington Hunger Strike

    As the marimba band rolled out its sounds and the marigolds honored the departed at a recent Day of the Dead annual celebration in El Paso, visitors to the lively festivity at Centro Mayapan were greeted by a
    petition and a flyer. In part, the flyer read:

    -More than 28,000 people have perished in Mexico’s drug war since 2006

    -Since 2005, armed vigilantes known as the Minutemen have perpetuated fear in the region

    -Tea Party members recently told two border Congressmen from Texas to “go back to Mexico”

    -Excluding San Diego, the 2000 mile border is the poorest region in the United States

    -Border women have had enough!

    The statement from El Paso’s La Mujer Obrera (LMO), the founding organization of Centro Mayapan, announced a hunger strike in front of the White House beginning Monday, November 8, to protest economic and security conditions in the US-Mexico border region.

    Spearheaded by 12 women hunger strikers, the action seeks less emphasis on military and law enforcement solutions to the border’s problems and greater attention on addressing pressing social needs, especially for women residents. Concretely, LMO is demanding the formation of a border development commission.

    “Women workers have a right to community development,” said Lorena Andrade, Centro Mayapan coordinator, in an interview with Frontera NorteSur. Despite President Obama’s past experience as a community
    organizer, Andrade said her group wasn’t sure border women were on the White House’s radar screen.

    While the El Paso activist credited federal stimulus monies for helping community colleges and other institutions, she said many other layers of
    society were being ignored by the government rescue.

    “We’re invisible. That’s why we have to go to Washington, because nobody’s turning around to look at our community,” Andrade added. “We’re not asking
    for handouts. We’re asking for investments in our ideas, in our communities.”

    LMO’S upcoming hunger strike follows a recent wave of news reports on how El Paso has fared relatively well during the Great Recession.
    For instance, an October 31 story in the El Paso Times cited the ongoing expansion of Fort Bliss, the construction of the Texas Tech Medical
    Center and reinvigorated trade with Mexico as among the reasons for El Paso’s good economic performance.

    Yet women workers, including many who were in the ranks of the Texas border city’s estimated 40,000 garment and other manufacturing workers displaced by the North American Free trade Agreement and other international trade pacts, have not generally benefited from the new capital infusions, according to Andrade.

    “We have women that are older and who worked in the factories, but we also have young women who have been dropping out of high schools, or even if they leave the high schools they can barely read and write,”
    Andrade said. “It’s been a struggle to find stable jobs ever since the factories left. Before, you could get a job and you could be there since you were 16 until you retired. Those kinds of jobs don’t exist anymore.”

    Overall, El Paso’s unemployment rate of more than 10 percent is above the national average. Many of the workers impacted by global trade shifts are immigrant women from Mexico.

    Representing displaced workers, LMO is attempting to create an alternative local and regional economy. In addition to the 18-month-old Mercado Mayapan, the ambitious initiative encompasses a daycare center and
    Micro-enterprise incubator among other projects.

    Built in an old clothing factory, Centro Mayapan is an example of the vision LMO has for reviving border communities, Andrade said.

    “We are able to pick up our heads from that machine and plan for the future…and that’s worth defending, because as women we’ve never had that opportunity,” she added. “We were meant to be behind a machine in that
    building, not having a Day of the Dead celebration and learning about our culture and our history.”

    In an October 21 letter announcing the Washington hunger strike, LMO Executive Director Irma Montoya said her group has additional plans for schools, housing, senior services and links to farms. “All for
    Real security, jobs and community self-sufficiency,” Montoya wrote.

    As part of its campaign, LMO is calling for a border economic summit where non-governmental organizations, private foundations and government agencies can sit down at the table to chart an investment path.

    Meanwhile, the Washington hunger strike, which is expected to last at least a week, is planned to include daily programs, press conferences and other activities in the shadow of the White House.

    The action has received the endorsement of several national and regional organizations and communities. According to LMO, the initial endorsers include the Piscataway Indian Nation, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, the Washington, D.C. branch of the Gray Panthers, Tierra del Sol Housing Development Corporation of New Mexico, and the Las Cruces-based Colonias Development Council.

    “It’s not just about La Mujer Obrera in El Paso, Texas,” Andrade affirmed.
    “It’s about all women on the border, and our right to a better future for our community.”

    -Kent Paterson

    Frontera NorteSur (FNS): on-line, U.S.-Mexico border news
    Center for Latin American and Border Studies
    New Mexico State University Las Cruces, New Mexico

    For a free electronic subscription email: fnsnews@nmsu.edu


    November 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm

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