Mexican workers strengthen Tijuana Conference
Nov 27, 2011
“A social movement strong enough to force change.” That
statement could describe the Occupy Wall Street movement, but it refers to the
struggle of Mexican electrical workers and Mexican miners in Cananea, Sonora.
Leaders from these struggles will open the 8th U.S./Cuba/Mexico/Latin America
Labor Conference on Dec. 2 in Tijuana, Mexico.
Mexican Electrical Workers (SME) leader Humberto Montes de Oca and National
Miners Union Section 65 Secretary-General Sergio Tolano Lizarraga will be
joined by representatives from the Cuban Workers Central Union (CTC), the World
Federation of Trade Unions-Americas Region, the Central Workers Union of Brazil
(CTB), and the Workers Interunion Plenary and National Workers Convention of
Uruguay (PIT-CNT). Exchanges with U.S. Occupy participants and recognition of
completion of the three-day Workers School that precedes the Tijuana Conference
are also planned.
Reflecting a renewed effort to free the Cuban Five, unjustly held in U.S.
prisons for more than 13 years, this year the conference solidarity evening
with the Five is moved to Saturday, Dec. 3. A musical tribute to the Cuban Five
by young Tijuana Opera singers, a presentation by anti-war personality Cindy
Sheehan, and a viewing of the new video, “Will the Real Terrorist Please
Stand Up?” aim to inspire increased union action on this important
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