Confirmed: The SPP is a plan by and for the corporate masters

See short update, below.

Thanks for passing this nugget along, Larry! Not only is it a non-democratic document created in secrecy but it is now confirmed to be created and implemented for business, which we all knew, anyway. But still, it’s nice to have that validation, innit?

CLC/CTC > It’s time to move from candid admission to a people’s agenda

April 23, 2008

All cosmetic gloss of democracy vanished at the New Orleans Summit when the president of Mexico most candidly summarized his day by saying: “This morning, the Business Leaders gave us a specific agenda to follow . . . We are here to support them through.” [emphasis mine]

If anyone out there still had doubts about the true nature of the Security Prosperity Partnership (SPP), this honest confession sets the record straight. The Prime Minister of Canada, the President of the United States and the President of Mexico take their orders from big business. The results: the well-being of working families in our three countries and Canadian control of Canada’s petroleum resources, are on the chopping block. Harper, Bush and Calderón are business’ agents.

UPDATE: Those who need to learn a bit more about the SPP ought to take a look at Creekside, where Alison, the Goddess of Opposition to the SPP, has posted repeatedly about its failings.

The Joint Statement by the leaders is here: and the juicy piece, from which the above is taken, is here.

The fascist politicians on the SPP

I’m getting pretty damned sick of this government by stealth shit.  Here’s the Feb 28 SPP Statement by Ministers from Canada Mexico and the USA.  How can they do this without the support of the elected officials and through them, the people?  All these many years, I’ve been working under the assumption that Canada was a democracy.  What a flippin’ fool I am!!!

Feb 28 SPP Statement By Ministers

Posted on Monday, March 03 2008 by sthompson

U.S. Department of Commerce                                                       Office of the Secretary
Washington, D.C. 20230                                                                   www.commerce.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2008

CONTACT: Rich Mills / Ann Marie Hauser
202-482-4883

Joint Statement by Ministers Responsible for the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America

In preparation for our leaders’ meeting in New Orleans on April 21-22, we, the ministers responsible for the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) met in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, to review progress on the five priorities identified by leaders in Montebello and to discuss cooperative approaches to common challenges and opportunities.

This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA has been a tremendous success: trade and commerce among our countries have grown exponentially. Trilateral merchandise trade is approximately $900 billion in 2007, significantly contributing to economic growth and increased standards of living in all three countries.

The SPP builds on this dynamic relationship by providing Canada, Mexico and the United States a partnership to build a safer, more secure and economically dynamic North America, while respecting the sovereignty, laws, unique heritage, and culture of each country.

In order to give guidance and achieve results in advance of the April 2008 North American leaders’ Summit, we have reviewed progress achieved since Montebello and have directed officials to:

  • Competitiveness: Continue to implement the strategy to combat piracy and counterfeiting, and build on the Regulatory Cooperation Framework by pursuing collaboration through sectoral initiatives, with an emphasis on the automotive sector;
  • Safe Food & Products: Strengthen cooperation to better identify, assess and manage unsafe food and products before they enter North America, and collaborate to promote the compatibility of our related regulatory and inspection regimes;
  • Energy and Environment: Develop projects under the newly signed Agreement on Science and Technology; and cooperate on moving new technologies to the marketplace, auto fuel efficiency and energy efficiency standards ;
  • Smart & Secure Borders: Strengthen cooperation protocols and create new mechanisms to secure our common borders while facilitating legitimate travel and trade in the North American region ;
  • Emergency Management and Preparedness: Strengthen emergency management cooperation capacity in the North American region before, during and after disasters.

We also instructed officials to consider innovative ways to advance these five priorities, to enhance our dialogue and further our cooperation.

We recognize the work of our colleagues from the various agencies and departments that have contributed and will continue to contribute to advancing bilateral and trilateral cooperation.

We acknowledge the challenges that transnational crime poses to our region and our assessment indicates that some accomplishments have been made. Nevertheless, we need to improve and strengthen our cooperative bilateral and trilateral mechanisms in order to identify innovative and committed solutions to eliminate those threats and assure the well being and prosperity of our people.

We will also explore new avenues of cooperation and convergence to address issues such as arms trafficking, terrorism, money laundering, counterfeiting, trafficking of people and smuggling, and border violence.

We also met with representatives of the North American Competitiveness Council (NACC), whose contributions and advice in building a more prosperous and dynamic North America have been invaluable.  We discussed the long-term challenges facing our three countries and how best to increase security and prosperity in North America, in order to make our region the best place to live, work and do business.  Accordingly, we reiterate our interest in maintaining an open dialogue with business leaders and other stakeholders.

We reaffirm our commitment to the objectives of the SPP.  We are convinced that greater cooperation and coordination will bring benefits to our countries.  As we prepare for the next leaders` Summit in New Orleans, we will continue to work together to ensure progress in the priority areas identified at Montebello and other areas where there is ongoing work.

From:
http://www.spp.gov/news/news_02282008.asp

Thanks to Vive le Canada for the info. 

NAFTA MUST BE RENEGOTIATED

 From the Alliance for Responsible Trade, website, the US sister organization to Common Frontiers-Canada, the Quebec Network on Continental Integration and the Mexican Action Network on Free Trade. 

NAFTA MUST BE RENEGOTIATED

A proposal from North American civil society networks

Politicians throughout North America (Canada, Mexico and the United States) are beginning to recognize what the majority of citizens already know – the North American Free Trade Agreement’s (NAFTA) promises have not been fulfilled and new policies are urgently needed. There is growing awareness that quality jobs have disappeared, only to be replaced by insecure and low remuneration employment, while income inequality has risen to almost unprecedented levels.

As a result of widespread public concern, various candidates for the Presidency of the United States recognize the necessity for major changes to NAFTA. Recently, several members of the House of Representatives have introduced a bill requiring an assessment of NAFTA, renegotiation of some provisions and providing for US withdrawal unless certain conditions are met.

The Permanent Commission of the Mexican Congress, as well as several State Governors, echoing the wide-spread demand of well-organized campesino organizations, is demanding a revision of NAFTA given the devastation it has caused for agriculture and its harmful effects on the rural population.

Similarly, a Canadian Parliamentary Sub-Committee on International Trade recommended that the Permanent Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade undertake a comprehensive review of NAFTA Chapter 11 on Investment and Chapter 19 on trade disputes.

We four civil society networks from Canada, Mexico, Quebec and the United States believe that it is absolutely necessary to profoundly revise NAFTA beginning with those aspects that have proven most damaging for the socio economic and human rights of our peoples and for the environment.

At the same time, we reject the deeper continental integration currently being negotiated under the aegis of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) by large multinational corporations and governments with no transparency or input from civil society. As such, the SPP is nothing less than the privatization of public policymaking. The citizens of North America have several ideas for bringing about real prosperity and security on this continent. Integration negotiated behind closed doors, however, will bring neither.

Any just trade agreement among our countries must consider the enormous economic inequalities that exist between Mexico, the United States and Canada as well as the growing inequality within each of our three countries. While even the World Trade Organization allows special and differential treatment for poorer countries, this is not the case with NAFTA.

The revision of the terms of this treaty must have as its objective the establishment of economic relations based on social justice and sovereignty within a paradigm of sustainable development. In this brief declaration we cannot mention all the necessary revisions. Here are ten priorities for the required renegotiation of NAFTA.

Read the full statement here.

For further information: In the United States: Tom Loudon, Alliance for
Responsible Trade, (301) 699-0042, toml@quixote.org; In Canada: John Dillon,
Common Frontiers-Canada, (416) 463-5312 ext. 231; jdillon@kairoscanada.org; In
Quebec: Pierre-Yves Serinet/Normand Pépin, Quebec Network on Continental
Integration (RQIC), (514) 276-1075/(514) 217-6529;
pepinn@csd.qc.ca/rqic@ciso.qc.ca; In Mexico: Alejandro Villamar,
(English)Mexican Action Network on Free Trade (RMALC), (52) (55) 5356-0599;
rmalc@prodigy.net.mx

NAFTA Superhighway: Fact or Myth

Updated to add this story, North American Union Drivers License Created  which quite nicely fits with this piece I posted last night.

As a means of maintaining my sanity, I have been trying to focus my blogging on the uranium issue. But this, from the Financial Post, just begs for a response (and the two issues are probably interconnected, if you dig deeply enough).

Anyway, the President of the NASCO SuperCorridor is so desperate to keep that project separate from NAFTA that he has had to denounce people like me. Apparently, by linking NAFTA and the NASCO SuperCorridor, I am perpetrating a myth. I think he is trying out a new adaptation of a trick the former Saskatchewan Tory cabinet minister and convicted murderer, Colin Thatcher, used: deny, deny, deny.

 

Highway myths

Fringe Groups Cultivate The Myth Of A Planned ‘NAFTA Superhighway,’ Diverting Attention From The Crumbling Highways That Already Exist

George Blackwood, Financial Post

Published: Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Well, if he and the Financial Post say so, then by gosh and by golly, it must be true!

Interestingly, there is a letter on a listserv archive which calls said highway the NAFTA Superhighway. That letter is dated June 1998.

My heartiest congratulations go out to the North America's Superhighway
Coalition, its Board of Directors

There is another letter just a little further down on the same archive page:

        Dear Fellow Former Colleagues at David A. Dean & Associates/Dean

International, Inc.         Founding Consultants to the North America's Superhighway Coalition, formerly

known as

        The Interstate Highway 35 Corridor Coalition

Now really, what’s a girl to think? Especially when she reads further in that letter and sees this:

the trade corridor program was funded with $700
million in Contract Authority (these are "real dollars" as opposed to a
simple authorization which must go through the appropriations process).

        The I-35 corridor is the strongest and most organized of the corridor
initiatives so, if we play our cards right, we stand to get a part of the $700
million.

One has to wonder if Mr. Blackwell is more concerned about his own pocketbook than he is about what is best for the citizens in each of the countries involved in this project. How stupid do they really think we are?

Hmm…we have the NAFTA Superhighway head honcho, the President of the United States of America, and Prime Minister Harper all in some kind of deny, deny, deny mode since their love-in in Montebello. Kinda makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

Laying out un-Welcome Mats

Oh!  I can see it now from coast to coast to coast, un-Welcome mats layed out for Dubya, PMS, and Calderon who are scheduled to gather in Quebec from August 21-23rd 2007 to sign, seal, and deliver to us the Security and Prosperity Partnership Agreement which, of course, is being done without the benefit of due democratic process in any of the three countries involved.

But that’s what fascism’s about, eh?

The Canadian Peace Coalition invites all Canadians to join the National Day of Action

The  Council of Canadians has a wealth of information including background documents, AV materials, and Teach-in resources.

NAFTA superhighway heads north

First there was the North America SuperCorridor Coalition Inc. website to keep an eye on with their plan for the great transportation corridor from Mexico to Canada’s North, to speed up North American Union.  That plan is  moving forward full speed in the USA.  And now there’s another website to watch, the Ports-To-Plains Trade Corridor.

NAFTA superhighway heads north


Posted: June 21, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

 

The Texas Department of Transportation, or TxDOT, is now moving to apply its four-football-fields-wide NAFTA superhighway plan of building new train-truck-car-pipeline corridors to the states of Oklahoma and Colorado in a design that stretches from the Mexican border at Laredo, Texas, to Denver, Colo.

The concept is for the states of Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado to apply the TTC toll road concept first developed by TxDOT for the more urban routes parallel to Interstate 35 (TTC-35) and along the route of Interstate 69 (TTC-69) into the largely rural areas along the Ports-to-Plains Corridor, creating what TxDOT calls “Rural Trans-Texas Corridors.”

To advance this plan, the Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor Coalition, a trade association sponsored by the consulates of Mexico and Canada, along with the TxDOT and the Colorado Department of Transportation, is co-sponsoring a “Great Plains 2007” international conference scheduled to be held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Denver Sept. 19-21, 2007.

Update on Support for Oaxaca

I’d like to suggest we have a March 8 (International Women’s Day) blog posts to support the women of Oaxaca, Mexico.  Perhaps someone who knows how to make a button or banner would be willing to create one for it…

 

This, from the Inbox…

 

2 March 2007

 

UPDATE ON SUPPORT FOR OAXACA

 

Dear friends,

 

The Global Women´s Strike thanks you for supporting our COMO/APPO sisters in struggle in Oaxaca, Mexico. The letter you have signed is on our webpage with all the signatures we received: www.globalwomenstrike.net  More signatures come in every day.

 

So far we have sent US$1,000. The women have decided to put this towards the hospital bill of the family of compañero Marcos García Macedas, who was shot by police and is struggling for his life.  The van in which he was traveling was hit 177 times, four bullets hit Marcos. The bill is US$10,000 so far. Another operation is needed which will cost about US$5,000. Please send a donation if you can.

 

As you know, in an attempt to defeat the COMO/APPO movement, the government has thrown hundreds of people into jail.  The struggle to get rid of the repressive governor Ulises Ruiz and free the prisoners continues!  On 6 January, Day of the Kings, 300 children marched to demand the release of their parents. On 17 January, marchers assembled at the Monument to Mothers.

 

The next mega-march of women has been called for 8 March, International Women’s Day.

 

Our sisters in Michoacan – who were with us when we met the Oaxaca women and who have participated in Global Women’s Strike activities for years – are also in a big struggle against violence and corruption by party officials. A separate email will give their account of the situation there and what support is needed.

 

Please send letters of protest in support of the Oaxaca movement against repression to the following politicians:

 

President Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa

Residencia Oficial de los Pinos

Casa Miguel Alemán Col. San Miguel Chapultepec,

México DF, C.P. 11850

Tel: +52 (55) 27891100

Fax: +52 (55) 52772376

We have no email for him, please send a fax

 

Licenciado Francisco Javier Ramírez Acuña

Secretario de Gobernación

Bucareli 99, 1er. piso Col. Juárez, Delegación Cuauhtémoc

México D.F., C.P. 06600

Fax: +52 (55) 5093 3414

We have no email for him, please send a fax

 

Lic. Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza,

Procurador General de la República

Av. Paseo de la Reforma #211-213 Col. Cuauhtémoc, Delegación Cuauhtémoc

México D.F., C.P. 06500

To send an email on line: http://www.pgr.gob.mx/index.asp

 

Dr. José Luis Soberanes Fernández

President of CNDH

Periférico Sur 3469, Col. San Jerónimo Lídice

10200, México, D.F.

Tel: 631 00 40, 6 81 81 25

Fax: 56 81 84 90

Free long distance call: 01 800 00 869

Emails: correo@fmdh.cndh.org.mx

correo@cndh.gob.mx

 

Lic. Ulises Ruiz Ortiz

Ex governor of the State of Oaxaca

Fax: + 951 5020530

gobernador@oaxaca.gob.mx

 

Please send us copies of your letters at:

huelgamundialdemujeres@terra.es

womenstrike8m@server101.com

codep_cnpp_oax@yahoo.com.mx

 

 

Critical support for women of Oaxaca requested

WOMEN ALL OVER THE WORLD SUPPORT THE DEMANDS OF THE WOMEN OF OAXACA

4 January 2007

In November the Global women´s Strike met with women from Oaxaca, Mexico, and we committed ourselves to spreading information about their struggle, their demands, their leading participation in the Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca (APPO) – Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca, the great unity it has achieved and the harsh repression attempting to defeat it.

Your support is needed:

– Sign and return this letter. We will forward it to the authorities and the media. Send protest emails and faxes to the authorities.

– Donations. We are sending $1000 to the women of Oaxaca knowing that we can count on international support. We will send everything we collect.

To send a donation in US dollars make cheques payable to Global Women´s Strike, PO Box 11795, Philadelphia, PA 19101, USA; in pound sterling to Global Women’s Strike, Crossroads Women’s Centre, 230a Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2AB, England; in euros to Huelga Mundial de Mujeres, Centro Las Mujeres Cuentan, Radas 27 Local, 08004 Barcelona, Spain or by bank transfer to Huelga Mundial de Mujeres, Caixa Penedes, IBAN: ES94 2081 0249 50 3300003442.

Please write Oaxaca on the back of the cheque.

– Circulate this information as widely as possible.

BACKGROUND

It is claimed that agriculture was born in Oaxaca (and in a few other regions of the world). Its historical has been given Humanity Cultural Heritage status. Oaxaca is a tourist city, expensive for its low income inhabitants. The majority live in Indigenous communities, poor neighbourhoods on the outskirts of the city (colonias), often headed by women whose husbands or sons have emigrated to other states or to the US in search of employment.

Oaxaca is one of the areas where Plan Puebla Panama – a huge road built for the multinationals as part of the expansion of the free trade agreement between North and Central America – is being built despite the opposition of Indigenous and rural communities.

Injustices have accumulated for many years. In the municipalities, the resources allocated to Indigenous peoples for community development, never arrive. And what arrives is tied to the political parties, or the funds are diverted by the municipal presidents in cohoot with state officers.

In 2004, Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz came to power through electoral fraud and repression was unleashed. Movement people who were Indigenous, teachers and others were attacked, detained and even disappeared. Ulises Ruiz Ortiz ´cleaned up´ the Zócalo (the main square where the government buildings are found), preventing Indigenous and other small vendors from selling as they have always done.

A PEOPLE-TEACHERS STRUGGLE

On the 1st of May, International Workers Day, the teachers unions (Section 22 of the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores – SNTE and the Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación – CNTE) presented a petition to the government. Instead of responding to these demands, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz spent millions of pesos on a media campaign which claimed that the teachers had everything they needed.

On the 22nd of May, the teachers called a strike and a people-teachers picket in the Zócalo, which was joined by grassroots and Indigenous organizations. The Indigenous communities lack all kinds of basic services, and so had a series of economic demands relating to infrastructure: drinking water, electricity, roads, schools, health clinics…The teachers demand better wages, the improvement of school buildings, and resources for the students: free breakfast, shoes, uniforms, books… The Mexican constitution guarantees free education, yet mothers are having to pay registration fees. They have joined the teachers in defense of their own economic and social demands.

On the 2nd of June, the first people-teachers Mega-march was held – 100,000 people took part. On the 7th, a second Mega-march of 200,000 people put Ulises Ruiz Ortiz on trial.

On the 14th of June, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz violently evicted the picket without any concern for the women and children on it. They killed some people, asphyxiated children and pregnant women. The tear gas and other chemicals caused women to miscarry and children to be born ill, but people were too frightened of the repression to report this.

Many people who had believed what the media was saying, realized what was happening. From that moment the demand that Ulises Ruiz Ortiz had to go became the main demand of the movement which represents the majority of the Oaxaca population.

In response to the criminal eviction of 14 June, Indigenous communities, colonias and many other sectors came out in defense of the teachers and in a few hours regained the Zócalo. The movement called its 3rd Mega-march and succeeded in reinstating the mass picket.

Between the 17 and 21 June the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO) was formed as a movement independent of all political parties, with 365 organizations of different sectors, and on the 20th of June a collective provisional leadership was chosen.

On the 22nd of June, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz called a march, which the popular-teacher movement called the ´March of Shame´ because many had been tricked into marching. There were police, undercover cops, organizations of the political party PRI brought in from other states, workers under threat of losing their jobs who marched against their will, and Indigenous communities who thought they were defending teachers and education. Still, they were only able to mobilize 3 to 5,000 people.

APPO replied with a 4th Mega-march which brought more than one million people to Oaxaca from eight regions of the state. APPO was able to unite the different sectors of the movement – Indigenous and rural people with students, teachers, social security workers, telephonists and colonias. Nuns and priests have joined in defence of the rights of those with least, though the Catholic Church hierarchy has backed Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.

The creation of APPO was a crucial step in the consolidation of the movement. At first, men were the majority of those elected to APPO’s leading collective; only 7 were women. Then other sectors and municipalities joined. And when the APPO Women’s Coordination was formed 35 women joined the leading collective, and at APPO´s first congress on 10-12 November, there was discussion about how many delegates each sector should have and it was decided that at least 30% of them should women.

On the 26 of July, APPO decided to take the three powers of the State: government house and the Secretary of Finance, the Chamber of Deputies, and the penal courts. Those who participated most in taking the Secretary of Finance were the women: housewives from the colonias, teachers, and women of all ages from community organizations. They began to get to know each other and they saw the need to have their own action. For the teachers it was an opportunity to participate directly because the unions work through delegations and those who are not delegates remain outside.

AUTONOMOUS WOMEN: HOUSEWIVES, INDIGENOUS, TEACHERS, STUDENTS, RELIGIOUS, DOCTORS, COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS…

On the 1st of August women called a great march, named the Pots and Pans March, in which 20,000 women and children participated, including 15,000 teachers: Indigenous, women from the colonias, from community organizations such as CODEP, OIDHO, CODEDI XANICA, CIPO, FPR, from the teachers unions, nurses, students and Indigenous communities. They chanted: “Take it, man, your wife is rising” and “When women move forward, no man is left behind.”

The Pots and Pans March directed itself to the fourth power – the media – and took over Channel 9 and the state radio.  About 350 women went in and the rest surrounded the building to protect them. Nobody stopped them. They asked the radio listeners for water, food and people who could operate television cameras. In a few hours they were able to broadcast. Channel 9 and the radio which they named Radio Pots and Pans, were at the service of the people, broadcasting discussions between women, their demands, and on the 2nd of August for the first time images of the repression which had taken place on the 14th of June.

The Pots and Pans March began as a proposal of the housewives of the colonias who had been brought together by the community organizations like CODEP (Comité de Defensa de los Derechos del Pueblo). The colonias women are one of the most combative sectors: mothers, grandmothers, wives, daughters, aunts and sisters, women are the primary carers of the human species and the first to struggle for justice when their children, partners and relatives are victims of repression. Before there had been no direct communication between the women from the colonias and the teachers, but now they had united and the colonias women said: “I don’t care that my children lose school because this is a lesson of struggle for life.”

This is not the first time that women have organized autonomously. In 1995, the women from CODEP held the first women congress wit the participation of various Indigenous nations, and organized joint actions with women from other organizations (OIDHO; CODEDI, FUDI), for example the International Women’s Day march on the 8th of March 1997, the first statewide mobilization of women. Now many women are part of the state council of CODEP and of APPO, and they say that many of the movement men didn’t accept this participation of women on their own behalf, and so women’s autonomy was dropped. Nevertheless on the 8th of March 2005 women demonstrated in the street again and put forward their demands as the women and as the people.

Now many women are more determined than ever. The Pots and Pans March and the occupation of Channel 9 created a space for everyone: “The repression brought us together; also the opportunity to change the situation. On the 1st of August we undid our chains. This is our moment.”

The autonomous actions of the women have changed the relationship with the men: there is more respect, more recognition of the fundamental role of women in the struggle.

THE WOMEN´S DEMANDS

On the 31st of August APPO´s Coordination of Women of Oaxaca (COMO 1st August) was formed. It raised that: “At present and due to the extreme poverty, the conditions for having so many children do not exist, in addition the struggle demands that we should be participating in other areas.”

On the basis of documents from the conference and what the women told us, we have assembled the following demands.

l Equal participation of women and men. l Reclaim the Indigenous traditions, unless they undermine the human dignity of women. l The right to land for Indigenous women: the majority do not own their homes because as women they don’t inherit their land. l To struggle against violence: many are beaten by their husbands; many married whom their parents chose for them. l  Literacy: many women over 40 years old don´t know how to read and write and don´t speak Spanish. l Compulsory teaching of the languages of the original cultures of the state of Oaxaca. l The formation of brigades to go to Indigenous communities, villages and colonias to let people know about our experience of struggle. l To struggle against discrimination. l To struggle against the economic system – women are the poorest – and to create an economy based on sustainable development. l No to losing your job because of pregnancy. l Abolition of provisional contracts. l Health services: many women die without having seen a doctor. l Decent housing.

And therefore:

1. Create communal kitchens for each colonia and each block. 2. Form food collectives. 3.  Establish comprehensive education programmes. 4. Eradication of alcoholism and drug addiction. 5. Form cultural collectives that enable the Indigenous communities to have cultural interchanges by means of workshops, training courses and forums. 6. Promote projects for production, with adequate economic support, in terms of tools and other material resources for their functioning that enable community development and economic independence of the peoples of our state. 7. Hold study groups about our roots. 8. Promote a massive literacy campaign. 9. Develop programmes for radio and television to broadcast organizing experiences from one people to another.  10. Training on gender equity for boys and men. 11. Develop a project to reclaim Indigenous languages. 12. Stop Channel 13 for two hours and inform people about what is really happening in this grassroots struggle. 13. Contact groups of women in other states to let them know about the problems that we face in this state. 14. Hold an Indigenous Women´s Forum for which the call will be in Indigenous languages. 15. Open an email for COMO 1st August to let people know about our activities.

THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES

On the 21st of August, the women were evicted from Channel 9 and the repression hardened.  Ex-president Fox sent the military police (Preventive Federal Police) to Oaxaca, to support Ulises Ruiz Ortiz in spite of the rejection of the population, because they don’t want Oaxaca to set an example for other states. House raids are continuing and many people have been disappeared and killed, among them Brad Will, an Indymedia US journalist. A number of women have been detained and tortured, raped by the police and the paramilitaries.

In response to this latest attack, on the 19th of November, hundreds of women marched to the Zócalo. They protested the sexual assaults by holdings mirrors which said: “I am a rapist, I am a murderer,” so the police and military could see themselves. They were attacked with gas and water cannons.

But they have not given up. On the 18th and 19th of November in Mexico City, on the initiative of the women and men of APPO, the Popular Assembly of the People of Mexico (APPM) was formed to initiate a government of the people for the people. APPO explained to the organizations present which had come from all over Mexico, that the point of the assemblies is to return to consensus, that each person gives their view and commits themselves in front of everyone, if they don’t keep their word it becomes clear who is committed and who isn’t. Women highlighted their leading role in taking over Channel 9 and in building the barricades, and were warmly applauded.

The Global Women´s Strike in Mexico, England and Venezuela were present at the formation of APPM. We were applauded when we spoke about the struggle of the Venezuelan people for the reelection of President Chávez, and when on offering our support we commented: “As women we want all our work of survival and care to be recognized, from making the coffee to caring for the children along with justice work in the movement where women may be the majority, even tough we may not be visible. In a world that kills us with hunger and bullets, the work of survival that we women do is revolutionary. No one knows this better than Indigenous women.”

On the 25th of November the 8th Mega-march took place. In order to justify the most brutal repression, the federal government in co hoot with Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, got police, paramilitaries and PRI infiltrators to set fire to buildings and cars, and to assault the demonstrators. They have arrested 141 people, among them 34 women who have been treated outrageously – their heads have been shaved. Many men and women are still disappeared or in different prisons, especially in Nayarit.

Another Mega-march took place on the 10th of December, to demand the release of all those who are being held arbitrarily and illegally, that all those who have been disappeared be returned alive, and the cancellation of the arrest warrants.

On the 22nd of December, APPO called for an open public dialogue.  See their enclosed letter in Spanish.

OTHER STRUGGLES IN THE MEXICAN CAPITAL

Many struggles are going on all over the country. We only mention that during the months of mobilization in Oaxaca, millions of people all over the country were protesting the electoral fraud committed by Felipe Calderón and proclaiming that Andrés Manuel López Obrador is the president elect. On the 20th of November, the Global Women´s Strike was in the Zócalo of México city when López Obrador was proclaimed president elect by hundreds of thousands of people.

JUSTICE AND FREEDOM FOR OUR SISTERS AND BROTHERS IN OAXACA

Since August, according to information released by the CNDH (human rights commission) and published in the paper La Jornada, 20 people have been assassinated, 349 are being held, among them 34 women, and 370 have been wounded. And it is well known that many people have disappeared. According to APPO´s 22 December letter, since Ulises Ruiz Ortiz took power 71 people have been murdered, 150 raped or tortured in other ways, more than 100 disappeared, and more than 500 detained.

Together with our sisters in Oaxaca, we demand open public dialogue. Justice for women and all our loved ones. An end to rape and other torture. An end to repression. All those who have been detained or disappeared must be returned alive and released. Out with Ulises Ruiz Ortiz. Withdrawal of the Preventive Federal Police. Implementation of APPO´s popular government. Implementation of women’s demands. Invest in caring not killing.

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It will be circulated internationally and sent to the women and men of APPO, and to the Mexican authorities and consulates.

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Lockheed Martin, China, & the NAFTA Highway

I’ve been following this North American SuperCorridor Coalition, Inc thing for a few months now and it continues to become more and more interesting.  It seems that now the Chinese are getting into it, too!  They have ownership in U.S. cargo monitors through a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin.

What I learned from the article below is that Hutchinson Whampoa (about whom I’ve written before and with whom our Premier and Minister of Industry & Resources have met) and Savi Technologies, a Lockheed Martin Company have hooked up.  Hutchinson Whampoa, Ltd. is the holding company of billionaire Li Ka-shing. Lockheed Martin is the biggest player in the military industrial complex, and was a key player onboard the Superhighway organization.  William N. (Nick) Steele, the President of Lockheed Martin Sygenex, Inc. was once  a Board Member of NASCO (but has since disappeared from the NASCO web pages.  I’m certain some capable blog reader will find that old page hiding somewhere.)

So, it makes one wonder if this project is simply another that will line the already overstuffed pockets of those running the corporate world…

Chinese have ownership in U.S. cargo monitors
Firm tied to communist regime involved in deal to set up high-tech sensors


Posted: December 7, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

A Chinese company with close ties to the communist government owns 49 percent of the Lockheed Martin subsidiary that is negotiating a contract with the North American SuperCorridor Coalition, Inc. – the Dallas-based trade association – to place cargo monitoring sensors along as superhighway stretching from Mexico to Canada.

China’s Hutchinson Port Holdings entered into a $50 million joint venture in 2005 with Savi Technology, a Lockheed Martin wholly-owned subsidiary, to form a new company called Savi Networks LLC. Savi Technology owns 51 percent and Hutchinson Port Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Chinese holding company Hutchinson Whampoa Limited, holds the rest.

Lockheed Martin spokeswoman Leslie Holoweiko confirmed to WND that Savi Networks LLC is the company named in the contract currently being negotiated with NASCO to provide cargo sensors all along the NASCO I-35 super-corridor. If successfully negotiated, the contract would appear to give Hutchinson Holdings operational involvement all along the emerging I-35 NAFTA superhighway. Hutchinson Holdings also operates the port at Lázaro Cárdenas, Mexico.

It’s just all so interesting, isn’t it?  Read the full article.