Caravana de 2 semanas de campesinos de San Quintín

Submitted by hermandadmex on August 2, 2017


#Trabajadores Agrícolas del Valle de San Quintín

Urgent Support Needed for San Quintín Farmworkers 2-Week Caravana

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

I just received a letter from the leaders of the farmworkers' movement in the Valley of San Quintín (Baja California, Mexico) requesting our financial support to help them bring hundreds of their members to a binational action at the border crossing in Tijuana on March 5 to protest the Wall of Shame, Trump's travel ban / anti-immigrant offensive -- and to bring attention to the struggle of the San Quintin farmworkers on the second anniversary of their strike for improved wages, working conditions and an enforceable collective-bargaining agreement.


Their trip to Tijuana is part of a two-week national "Caravana" that will take these workers all the way to Mexico City. [See English translation below and PDF original in Spanish attached.]

Given that this Caravana is being launched only a few days before International Women's Day (March 8), the leaders of the Alianza and of SINDJA are hoping to bring a large number of women farmworkers, in particular, to this cross-border protest.

As you know, the Mumbai World Conference on November 18-20, 2016, called for international support to the San Quintín farmworkers and also for actions worldwide on or around March 8 to highlight the role of women workers in the struggle against war and exploitation on this 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution (which was sparked, in February 1917, by the mass strike of women workers for bread, peace and freedom).

Over the past two years, I have called upon you to request funds for the farmworkers in San Quintín, who are still demanding that the bosses, beginning with Driscoll's (through its subsidiary, BerryMex), sit down with the union at the negotiating table and sign a collective-bargaining agreement guaranteeing improved wages and working conditions for the farmworkers. Your moral and material support have been key to helping these workers win some initial victories -- including the legal recognition of their new union: the SINDJA.

But their struggle has not abated -- in fact, the repression against them has continued. On Feb. 20, 2017, the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) in Mexico City issued a report documenting the "arbitrary detentions and excessive use of force, among the verifiable illicit actions that have taken place and continue to take place in San Quintín." (La Jornada, Feb. 21)

So, again, these workers need our help. I hope you will join in this urgent one-week fundraising effort to help support their Caravana. We need to raise US$1,000 in the next five days. With your help we can make this attainable goal.

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LETTER REQUESTING FUNDS FROM ALIANZA AND SINDJA IN SAN QUINTIN

Alianza de Organizaciones Nacional, Estatal y Municipal for the Justicia Social

Sindicato Independiente Nacional Demócratico de Jornaleros Agrícolas

Dear sisters and brothers who participated in, or otherwise supported, the World Conference Against War, Exploitation and Precarious Labour in Mumba, India.
We send you greetings from the San Quintín Valley. We are aware that our struggle was addressed at your [Mumbai] conference. We also want to tell you that we, in turn, are at your side in your different movements.

March 17 marks the second anniversary of the historic strike of more than 80,000 farmworkers in the San Quintín Valley, led by the Alianza de Organizaciones Nacional, Estatal y Municipal for the Justicia Social. This mass strike brought to public attention the exploitation that millions of workers throughout Mexico are subjected to. Out of that historic movement -- which continues to this day -- we obtained one of our major victories: our new independent trade union federation (Sindicato Independiente Nacional Demócratico de Jornaleros Agrícolas), together with which we will not rest until we obtain a collective-bargaining agreement.

We would like to count on your support in terms of financial contributions to be able to transport women farmworkers from San Quintín to the border with the United States in Tijuana for a binational meeting, and for their continuation in a national "Caravana" to Mexico City. The national tour will take place on March 4 - 17. It will start in San Quintín and end in Mexico City, uniting in a single struggle the workers of the whole country.

We have been informed that the World Conference in Mumbai called for protests on March 8 in the framework of International Women's Day to commemorate and continue the fierce battle waged by Russian women 100 years ago in defense of their labor rights, so we know that we will be able to count on you to support the just demands of women fieldworkers fighting for their labor rights in the San Quintin Valley. They struggle day by day against low wages, modern-day exploitation, exposure to chemicals, and sexual harassment, among other outrages.


The cost of each bus to transport these workers is US$350. We would like to be able to take four buses to transport the sister and brother farmworkers. We are sure we will have your support.

Receive our combative greetings.
For a better future and a new homeland (Patria Nueva)!

CARTA SOLICITANDO FUNDOS DE ALIANZA Y SINDJA EN SAN QUINTIN

Estimados compañeros y compañeras que participaron en la Conferencia Mundial Contra la Guerra, la Explotación y la labor precaria llevada a cabo en Mumbay, India, reciban un cordial saludo desde el valle de San Quintín.

Tenemos conocimiento que se abordó nuestra lucha en esta conferencia, y sepan que también estamos en lucha con ustedes en sus diferentes movimientos.

El 17 de marzo se cumplen 2 años del histórico paro laboral de más de 80 mil jornaleros en el valle de San Quintín encabezado por la Alianza de Organizaciones, con esto se dio a conocer la explotación de la que son víctimas millones de trabajadores en todo el país.

De este histórico movimiento el cual continúa, hemos obtenido una de nuestras mayores victorias, el Sindicato Independiente Democrático de Jornaleros Agrícolas (SINDJA) con el que no descansáremos hasta obtener un contrato colectivo.

Quisiéramos contar con su apoyo en recursos económicos para trasladar a un grupo de hermanas jornaleras hasta la frontera con Estados Unidos en Tijuana para un encuentro binacional y para el recorrido que realizará la caravana nacional que estamos preparando para los días del 4 al 17 de marzo partiendo desde San Quintín hasta la Ciudad de México para unir en una misma lucha a los trabajadores de todo el país.

Es de nuestro conocimiento que en la conferencia en Mumbay se hizo un llamado para realizar protestas el 8 de marzo en el marco del Día Internacional de la Mujer para continuar la feroz batalla emprendida por las mujeres rusas en defensa por su derechos laborales, por ello sabemos que contaremos con su respaldo a la justas demandas de las mujeres que luchan por sus derechos laborales en el valle de San Quintín, que luchan día a día contra los bajos salarios, la explotación moderna, la exposición a Químicos, el acoso sexual entre otros atropellos.

El costo de cada camión es de 350 Dolares. Estamos pensando en llevar unos 4 camiones entre jornaleras y jornaleros. Estamos seguros que contaremos con su apoyo. Reciban un saludo combativo. Por un futuro mejor y una patria nueva. Cuenta Interbancaria. 012180001086003682

Bancomer Account. 012180001086003682

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SAN QUINTIN "CARAVANA" SUPPORT COUPON
[   ]  I pledge $ _____ to support the San Quintín Caravana. I will send a check , to The Organizer in San Francisco, to be forwarded to San Quintín.
[   ]  I pledge $ _____ to support the San Quintín Caravana. I will send a bank transfer, care of the Telephone Workers Union, to their Bancomer account in Mexico City.

NAME
UNION/ORG
CITY
STATE
COUNTRY
EMAIL

(Please fill out and return to theorganizer@earthlink.net.)

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There are two ways you can make your financial contribution:
(1) Send your check, payable to The Organizer, to The Organizer, P.O. Box 40009, San Francisco, CA 94140 (please write San Quintín on the Memo line of your check). We will then forward your contribution to San Quintín. Given the short span of this campaign, I urge you to fill out the coupon below to let us know that your contribution is in the mail; this way we can send the full amount pledged, even though your check may not have yet arrived.
(2) Send your bank transfer contribution to the bank account of their trade union sponsor (Telephone Workers Union) in Mexico. This is what you need to do (as you also fill out the coupon to let us know that your contribution has been sent).
Beneficiary Institution:
BBVA BANCOMER S.A
AVENIDA UNIVERSIDAD 1200
03339 MEXICO, MEXICO
Beneficiary's Name (Final Recipient of Funds)
SINDICATO DE TELEFONISTAS
DE LA REPUBLICA MEXICANA
Beneficiary's Account Number:
0108600368
Clave Interbancaria, IBAN: 012180001086003682
CODIGO SWIFT: BCMRMXMM

Again, please make a contribution, large or small, and please fill out the coupon to let us know that your contribution is on its way.
I thank you, in advance, for your support.
In solidarity,
Alan Benjamin
Member, Continuations Committee

Mumbai World Conference Against
War, Exploitation and Precarious Labour

San Francisco, California

Send your bank transfer contribution to the bank account of their trade union sponsor (Telephone Workers Union) in Mexico. This is what you need to do (as you also fill out the coupon to let us know that your contribution has been sent).
Beneficiary Institution:
BBVA BANCOMER S.A
AVENIDA UNIVERSIDAD 1200
03339 MEXICO, MEXICO
Beneficiary's Name (Final Recipient of Funds)
SINDICATO DE TELEFONISTAS
DE LA REPUBLICA MEXICANA
Beneficiary's Account Number:
0108600368
Clave Interbancaria, IBAN: 012180001086003682
CODIGO SWIFT: BCMRMXMM

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