Monday, September 29, 2008

Protest Border Wall Construction in El Paso

From El Paso:
We have completed another week of protests against the wall at the construction site, Yarbrough and Cesar Chavez Highway (also called Border Highway).
Every day, more and more border people are joining our cause. Last Friday Oct. 26, more that 30 persons participated in the evening protest. Little by little we are building a real community movement against the wall.
On Wednesday October 1, 2008, at 6:30 p.m., we begin our campaign "ENOUGH! EVERYBODY AGAINST THE WALL!" with a vigil ceremony at the construction site. The meeting point is the park located at Yarbrough and Cesar Chavez Highway.
The vigil will be leaded by representatives of many faiths. We are inviting everybody to join us. Invite your relatives, friends and co-workers. Bring your signs and candles.
We also continue protesting at the construction site every day from about 7 a.m. to about 8 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
ESPAÑOLHemos concluido una semana mas de protestas en contra del muro en el sitio de construcción, en la carretera Cesar Chavez (también conocida como Border Highway) y Yarbrough. Cada día, mas y mas gente se une a esta causa. El viernes 26 de octubre, mas de 30 personas participaron en la protesta de la tarde. Poco a poco estamos levantando un movimiento realmente de la comunidad en oposición al muro.Este miércoles 1 de octubre a las 6:30 de la tarde, empezamos nuestra campaña "YA BASTA! TOD@S CONTRA EL MURO!" con una ceremonia de vigilia en el mismo sitio de construccion. Nos juntaremos en el parque que se encuentra en la Yarbrough y carretera Cesar Chavez. Esta vigilia estará encabezada por representantes de distintas religiones. Estamos invitando a todo mundo a que nos acompañe a esta vigilia. Les pedimos además que inviten a sus familiares, amigos y colegas de trabajo. Traigan sus pancartas de protesta y velas.
También continuamos protestando todos los dias en el sitio de construccion de como poco antes de las 7 a.m. a las 8 a.m. y de las 4:30 p.m. a las 6 p.m.
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Help us stop the construction of the border wall!
For many years we have been struggling against the atrocity being built by Bush at the US-Mexico border. Now, we are in a crucial stage of our efforts to stop the wall.
About a month ago, the government started to build the wall in our border region: El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua; the rural area of El Paso and Hudspeth counties and the Valley of Juárez (from Ciudad Juárez to El Porvenir); and Sunland Park, New Mexico and Anapra, Juárez, México. This wall of death that they are planning to construct will be more than 18 ft. high and almost 60 miles long at a cost of 7.5 million dollars per mile.
We, the border people, despite being divided by an international boundary, continue to share a social, cultural, human and family relationship born of a common history. In addition, we also inhabit and share the Desert of Chihuahua, whose ecosystem, already badly deteriorated as a result of the maquiladora model of economic development, will be further destroyed by the wall. For us, this wall constitutes a barbaric act of aggression against us, the border people.
We refuse to experience what the German people went through when they were divided by a wall and which took 28 years of struggle to bring down. We urgently need to stop the construction of this wall.
We have carried out marches and protests. The most recent march lasted four days. We walked for almost 70 miles following the trajectory of the proposed extension of this wall. This march took us from Fort Hancock, Texas to Sunland Park, New Mexico, passing by many rural communities which will be deeply affected by this wall.
Currently, we have a permanent protest at the site where construction of the wall started on September 12. We are protesting at this place daily during the mornings and evenings and are committed to intensify our protests if they intensify their construction.
We are confident that the construction of the wall can be stopped if we continue pressuring.
We intend to begin a campaign designated as “Enough! Everybody against the wall!” beginning October 1 and lasting until January 17, 2009, three days before Presidential Inauguration.
During the campaign we will carryout protests, inter-faith and cultural acts, fasts, boycotts against the wall contractors, actions of resistance and civil disobedience. We are still working on the specifics but have designated potential dates for these activities. In fact, some of these dates have already been chosen for specific actions by sister organizations, such as the Southwest Workers Union. The proposed activities are:
October 1: Vigil at the construction site.
October 12: Indigenous ceremony at construction site.
October 25: International Day of Action Against the Wall of Death.
October 26: Interfaith Action Against the Wall.
November 2: Day of the Death at the border.
November 9: Celebration of the 19th Anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall.
November 27: No Thanks we Don't Want the Wall Day.
December 18: Action for Justice for all Migrants That Died at the border.
January 1, 2009: Probable Joint Action at the border.
January 17, 2008: Human Action to Suspend the Construction of the Wall.
These are the proposed actions that still require work (and resources) for our campaign. At this point we are not making some of these actions public but we want to inform you about it to gain your support and participation. We will keep you informed of the details and developments of this campaign.
In solidarity, we send you fraternal greetings from the US-Mexico border.
Carlos Marentes

1 comment:

isa said...

What time is the protest for Nov 27- No Thanks we Don't Want the Wall Day
?? And also, is it located at Yarbrough and Cesar Chavez Highway?

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