Tuesday, November 22, 2011

8th Conference welcomes: Cananea miners and Mexican electrical workers

8th Tijuana Labor Conference welcomes
  • Sergio Tolano Lizarraga, Sec-Gen Nat'l. Miners Union Sec. 65
  • Humberto Montes de Oca, SME
Cananea miners and Mexican electrical workers build a social movement strong enough to force change

A social movement strong enough to force change. This statement could describe the aim of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but it refers to the struggle of Mexican miners in Cananea, Sonora and electrical workers who have years of experience. Leaders from these struggles will open the 8th U.S./Cuba/Mexico/Latin America Labor Conference on Dec. 2 in Tijuana, Mexico.

National Miners Union Section 65 Secretary-General Sergio Tolano Lizarraga and Mexican Electrical Workers (SME) Humberto Montes de Oca 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 Brasil (CTB), Workers Interunion Plenary and National Workers Convention of Uruguay (PIT-CNT), and more. Exchanges with U.S. “occupy” participants and recognition for 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, the Conference solidarity evening is moved to Saturday, Dec. 3. A musical tribute to the Cuban Five by young Tijuana Opera singers and the new video “Will the real terrorist please stand up?” aim to inspire increased union action on this important campaign.

Registration and hotel information is available at the page column on the right side of this blog or email to LaborExchange@gmail.com

Sunday, November 13, 2011

8th U.S./Cuba/Mexico/Latin America Labor Conference

You are invited . . . won't you join us?
This Dec. 2, 3 and 4 workers from the U.S., Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and other Latin American countries will analyze the global capitalist crisis, its effects on workers throughout the hemisphere and with real examples showing how to combat it. Three days of intensive classes and discussion -- Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1 , with teachers from Cuba's Lazaro Pena workers' school -- will precede the conference. 

Online registration and information is at LaborExchange.blogspot.com
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Do you know that for the past four years Labor Federations in Latin America have met to develop a common program? The August 2011 meeting was in Nicaragua and will be held in Mexico in 2012. Representatives from this Encuentro Sindical Nuestra America are joining us. Youth from the Tijuana Opera are singing for the Cuban Five. Chilean singer Ismael Duran will sing songs of struggle. 

Your experience, thoughts, and ideas are important to this conference and workers' school as we progress toward working class continental integration and class-wide unity to face the bosses and bankers who are destroying our futures.

Learn more about the Cuban Five unjustly held in U.S. prisons, why they were needed in the U.S. to prevent terrorism and what unions around the world are doing for their freedom. See the Saul Landau movie, "Will the real terrorist please stand up?"

All events will be at the Hotel Palacio Azteca in Tijuana, Mexico with a special Cuba Labor Conference room rate that includes a marvelous breakfast buffet ($81 single, $116 double). Call now to reserve your rooms, toll free from the U.S.: 1 888 901 3720/

Registration -- requested by Nov. 20 -- for conference or classes and hotel information is at:

Tijuana conference to take up hemisphere’s struggles

By Cheryl LaBash

 Where is the electrifying Occupy Wall Street movement headed?

 From capitalist media pundits to the Occupy Wall Street encampments struggling to hold  public space in countless cities and towns across the U.S., this question is bubbling  underneath the daily actions and police repression.

An opportunity to discuss the experience of other such movements will take place just across the U.S. border from San Diego in Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 2 to 4 at the 8th U.S./Cuba/Mexico/Latin America Labor Conference. It will follow a three-day Workers’ School with instructors from the Lázaro Peña Cadre School in Havana, Cuba. Online registration and information are available at http://LaborExchange.blogspot.com.

Occupations, general strikes and militant marches are being renewed in th e U.S. today. On May 1, 2006, the massive immigrant rights marches were effectively general strikes in many areas. This national movement had a strong impact.

Earlier this year, tens of thousands mobilized daily to support an occupation of Wisconsin’s Capitol in Madison to challenge an anti-worker program. Through all this, the working class is learning to take action in its own name.

In Central and South America and the Caribbean, workers, Indigenous people and rural farmers have walked this path before us. They have been on the receiving end of imperialist economic domination, coup d’états, military  dictatorships and rigged elections sponsored by the United States.

Today the Mexican electrical workers are occupying the central square in Mexico City, which they have held since March. Chilean and Colombian students are fighting for education rights. Moreover, tiny Cuba has held off the imperialist giant to the north poised to destroy them for more than 50 years  with a battle of ideas and profound unity.

The Oakland call for a citywide general strike and march to the port on Nov. 2 to “block the flow of capital” states the truth: “The Oakland General Strike will demonstrate the wide reaching implications of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The entire world is fed up with the huge disparity of wealth caused by the present system. Now is the time that the people are doing something about it. The Oakland General Strike is a warning shot to the 1 percent:  Their wealth only exists because the 99 percent creates it for them.”

That is true. For those who want to discuss where this truth can take us with active builders of independent social orders, send a representative to the December conference in Tijuana. We have a world to win!