Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Once more we ask you to walk with us and shout "Ya Basta! Enough is Enough."

Once more we ask you to walk with us for globalized human rights.

Once more we ask you to walk with us against the transcendence of multinational interests.

On May 31st, to June 1, 2002, EST.
Join the Electronic Disturbance Theater's

Virtual Sit-In: Against
President Fox's Support of the
"Plan Puebla Panama" in Mexico.And In Support of
Labor and Indigenous Right's In Mexico.

This Electronic Disturbance Theater Performance
Is Sponsored By
The Berkman Center For Internet & Society
At Harvard Law School.

Once more we ask you to walk with us against the policies of the Mexican government that run counter to the interests of indigenous peoples and workers in Mexico. President Fox is supporting multinationals with measures that erode civil rights, human rights and labor rights.

*On June 14, 2001, President Vicente Fox stated; "The Plan Puebla Panama is a thousand times more [important] than Zapatismo, or any indigenous community in Chiapas."*

*The Plan Puebla Panama encompasses: the construction of hydroelectric dams (42 within the conflict zone of Chiapas alone), highways, platforms for petroleum extraction, gold and uranium mines; the creation of African palm and eucalyptus plantations; and licensing for multinational corporations to engage in bio-prospecting and tree felling. These projects will not respect the rights of indigenous peoples to control and protect their land, to decide the future of their own development, nor to be consulted about any government program that may affect them (rights which are guaranteed by International Labor Organizations' (ILO) Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries, which Mexico signed).*

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The rights of Indigenous communities of Chiapas are now being overridden by the policies being pushed forward by President Fox's commitment to social control and promoting Chiapas as "a very secure market for investors." The United Nations has designated 2002 as "the year of the mountains" and at the request of the Mexican government--according to a bulletin dated March ,1 2002 from the National Forestry Council of Mexico--the UN has declared, through its Security Council, that "forests are [now] a matter of international security." This is a generic policy, meaning it could be applied to any forest area anywhere in the world. This is an extremely dangerous policy aimed at expelling people from any forest area in the globe so exploiters can get at its natural resources.

For further information on Plan Puebla Panama you can go to:

Maquiladoras in Mexico's Free Trade Zones violate Mexican labor laws with impunity, often assuming that workers will not have the resources or the knowledge to fight for their rights. In many cases, foreign companies make partnerships with "phantom unions", entities that are designed only to serve the interests of corporations by blocking the establishment of independent unions inside maquiladoras. Most recently, Pung Kook of Mexico S.A. of C.V. (that provides services for such international firms as Adidas, Lands End, Patagonia and Danna), has refused to heed the orders of the Arbitration and Conciliation Board in Tijuana to reinstate Raquel Espinoza, a woman maquiladora worker who was unjustly fired from her job at the plant.

*Raquel Espinoza has been a maquiladora worker since 1974. Since August 3, 1998, she has been an employee at Pung Kook of Mexico, S.A. de C.V. working as a computer operator.Her workday runs from 7:30am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday and 7:30am to 1:00pm on Saturdays. She was unjustly fired on June 11, 2001. At the time of her firing her salary was 50 pesos/day ($5.45 US), which is two pesos less than the minimum professional wage at that time. On April 29, 2002, at 8:50am, Raquel was notified of decision of the Local Arbitration Board dated March first, 2002, ]in which the following resolution which was unanimously supported by the Board members stated that:

*C. Raquel Espinoza, authentically verified the actions that were described in her first petition.*

*The Pung Kok of Mexico, S.A. de C.V. company is thus ordered to reinstate the worker C. Raquel Espinoza to the job that she carried out with the same terms and conditions, in conformity with this decision.*

*Weeks before the issuance of the resolution by the Arbitration Board, on the 1st and 2nd of May, the Mexican representative of the maquiladora, named Jesus Guerrero Alvarez, ordered the directors of the phantom union formed by the company and certain trusted workers, to generate a climate of violence and threats against Raquel Espinoza and Tito Piņeda, advisor to the independent Union of Workers of the Maquiladora Industry of Baja California Sur.*

It is now the end of May 2002 and we have not seeing any sign from this company that it will comply with the law for the "Peaceful Reinstatement of Raquel Espinoza".

Once more we ask you to walk with us and shout "Ya Basta! Enough is Enough."

Once more we ask you to walk with for globalized human rights.

Once more we ask you to walk with us and against the transcendence of multinational interests.