Binational Conference: Nov 29 • 30

3rd Binational Conference on Border Issues
3a Conferencia Binacional en Asuntos Fronterizos

San Diego City College: Nov 29, Room D 121A
Next to the campus cafeteria
Casa del Túnel, Tijuana: Nov 30
Next to the San Ysidro/Tijuana Border Gate

design/diseño: Fernanda Vega-Huerta
Beyond Divide & Rule:
Alternative Regionalisms and Struggles for Community

 Más allá de dividir y ordenar:
Regionalismo alternativo y luchas comunitarias

$5 General ¨  $20 Faculty  Académicos
(No one turned away for lack of funds)
(Bienvenido aún si no puede dar una donación)


Organizing Committe  ¨ Comité Organizador
 Participants in the Conference Organizing Committee from Baja California Chapter of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, C.A.F.E., Colectivo Ollin Calli, Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Comité Binacional de Derechos Humanos, Mesa College, Palomar College, San Diego City College, San Diego State University, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, University of San Diego
 Participan en el Comité organizador de la conferencia integrantes de: C.A.F.E., Colectivo Ollin Calli, Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Comité Binacional de Derechos Humanos, Mesa College, Palomar College, San Diego City College, Sección Baja California del Consejo Internacional de Sitios y Monumentos Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, University of San Diego
Sponsors ¨ Patrocinadores
This conference is sponsored by San Diego City CollegePresident, Terrence J. Burgess, Ph.D., City College World Cultures Program, and the American Federation of Teachers, Local 1931.
La conferencia es patrocinada por el Dr. Terrence J. Burgess, presidente de SanDiego City College, por elPrograma Culturas del Mundo de City College, y por el federación Sindical de Maestros, Sección 1931.  




Martha Ojeda: What is going on in Mexico?: Nov 7

What is going on in Mexico? A Perspective from Maquiladora Workers:
From NAFTA to Plan Merida
Martha Ojeda

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012
9:35-11 am
San Diego City College
Room A 213

TRW Workers, Tams, Mexico

Martha Ojeda is a leader of a unique movement of union, community and religious activists, who are creating a new kind of cross-border solidarity, an answer from below to the globalization of the world's economy. As executive director of the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras, Ojeda has organized thousands of maquiladora workers in some of the poorest barrios in Mexico, a stone's throw from the U.S. border. Challenging the maquiladora border bosses, she takes on some of the world's biggest corporations, running some of Mexico's most miserable sweatshops. David Bacon, Hellraiser

You can tell straight away that Martha Ojeda is a force to be reckoned with. The passion in her ringing, rapid-fire Spanish is infectious as she describes the lives of the half-million maquiladora (a literal translation means 'assembled by machine') workers who labor in the low-wage assembly plants tucked inside the Mexican border. She has been an activist, organizer and worker in the maquiladoras herself for nearly 20 years. Wayne Ellwood, New Internationalist magazine

For Martha Ojeda, the daunting is routine; the impossible simply takes a little longer. For twenty years, a production worker and labor activist in Mexican maquiladora factories, Martha is now executive director of a remarkable transnational organization, the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras (CJM). Petra: Victories for Justice

Martha Ojeda, director of the Coalition pro Justice in the Maquiladoras since 1996 is also editor of the book “NAFTA From Below: Maquiladora Workers, Farmers, and Indigenous Communities Speak Out on the Impact of Free Trade in Mexico” together with Prof. Rosemary Hennessy.

In testimonies from scores of maquiladora workers, campesinos, and indigenous communities from across Mexico, NAFTA From Below details the impact of free trade on those it has most severely affected. These first-hand accounts of workers organizing for their rights, of farmers and indigenous peoples fighting to preserve their land, and of efforts north and south to build alternatives document the courage of ordinary people who dare to join together and stand up for decent work conditions, just salaries, a clean environment, and lives with dignity.

Taller y Foro: Derechos Laborales en Tijuana, Nov 3

No soy máquina ni mercancía.
Vendo mi trabajo pero no mi dignidad.
Antes de mi, miles murieron por nuestros derechos.
Derechos que no queremos perder.

Taller: Nuestros derechos laborales y la llamada "Reforma Laboral"
3 de Noviembre, Ollin Calli, Tijuana


Foro: Derechos Laborales y Construcción de Ciudadanía
8 y 9 de Noviembre, COLEF, Tijuana