Babylon is the isms and schisms not only within the system but within ourselves. Let's organize, unify and step out of Babylon.
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Mary Ann Tenudo, co-founder of the Chiapas Support Group...
... and Barbara
Deutch, activist went to Cuba to the Third Hemispheric Conference against
the FTAA (Free Trade Agreement of the Americas). Tenudo begins
by describing the Zapatista movement which became very public in
1992 as NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) went into effect,
threatening the well being and even survival of the indigenous peasants
in southern Mexico in the area of Chiapas. She brings us up to date
about how things are going for the Zapatistas now and the bad effects
of NAFTA on Mexico's corn farmers. Positively the Zapatistas are
organizing collective buying, democratic governments, etc.. From
the funds from this they will finance their own schools, clinics,
etc.. A very positive example of "self determination".
She also talks about Plan Puebla Panama which is in the works. Funded
by institutions like the World Bank, construction of the infrastructure
to bring tourism and "business" to the area is in process.
People protested a proposed Disneyland and, as of now, defeated the
plan to build.
Deutsch and Tenudo describe their trip to Cuba, the issues of the Conference
against the FTAA, and how these supposed "free trade" agreements adversely
affect people all over the world. International attendees shared their stories
at this conference. This was the first trip to Cuba for both of these women and
they were both very excited about their visit. It seemed to them that people
might have little, but all were fed and housed and wealth was relatively equitably
distributed. They mention CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement) and urge
people to take action to stop it. Some websites are http://www.citizen.org/trade/,
http://www.stopcafta.org/ The website
to learn more about Chiapas is http://www.chiapas-support.org/
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