Thursday, November 20, 2014

Message to the US Congress and President Obama


Los Comités de Defensa del Barrio
Human Rights Commission
November 20, 2014

Message to the US Congress and President Obama
Justice and Self Determination for Indigenous Peoples
As a constituency of Indigenous Peoples living in the O’otham Jeved territories of the O'otham Nations also now known as the State of Arizona, and in recognition of the historical injustices that have been perpetrated via complicity and collusion among the governments of the colonizing settler states of the Americas since their assumption by succession of the precepts of the Doctrine of Christian Discovery of October 12th 1492:

In acknowledgement that these criminal actions of complicity and collusion are marked in particular by the inter-relationship among the governments of the USA and Mexico, and the establishment of the international border between the two countries by the Treaty of  Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848;


In absolute denunciation of the regime of the narco-state that rules now in Mexico and the partnership with that criminal enterprise lent by the US Government in terms of policies, training, and supplies in particular by the Plan Mérida Mexico and the North American Free Trade Agreement;

We advise the authorities of the US government of our Indomitable Intent and Right to Exercise our Inherent Rights as Indigenous Peoples, equal to all other Peoples, including and in particular our right to the full, effective exercise of the Right of Self Determination as Peoples, Equal to all other Peoples, as is affirmed in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 13, 2007;

We shall never consent to a diminishment of the full, effective and complete exercise of these collective rights as Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala, for to do so would be tantamount to being complicit in the genocide of our peoples.

Today we call upon the leadership of the US Government all levels, and upon the general public of the US society as a whole to repudiate and DISMANTLE the dehumanizing precepts of the Doctrine of Discovery as the basis for US domestic law and policies and thus the International Relationship among the settler states of the USA and the Original Nations of Abya Yala [the Americas].


Only then, will we finally and for the first time, begin to build together in mutual respect and spirit of self-determination the world of justice and self-determination that is the legacy of our ancestors and the collective Human Right of the future generations.
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The foregoing message was presented to Jon McHatton, Director of Outreach for  Congressman Matt Salmon, Fifth District, Arizona on November 20, 2014 at the office of Congressman Salmon in Gilbert, Arizona. 

At the same time, the Human Rights Commission of the Comités de Defensa del Barrio presented a formal denunciation of the role of the US Government's role in the Violence and Impunity in Mexico.

Congressman Salomon is Deputy Chief of the Western Hemisphere Sub Committee within the Foreign Relations Committee in the US Congress.

In an email on November 17th, the following request for information was emailed to the congressman Salmon's office in conjunction with a request for a meeting. 

Subject of meeting: 

The Rights of Indigenous Peoples: UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples vis-a-vi NAFTA and the role of the US Government in support of Criminal Impunity in Mexico 1994-2014. 

We request that Congressman Salmon provide the names and particulars of the 5 individuals and trained by the US military involved in the Massacre of Tlatlaya, Mexico on June 30 where 22 youth were executed by the armed forces of the state of Mexico.


Background:




The drug war is designed to perpetuate itself. The drug war is built to fuel the drug war, not to stop drug production, trafficking or consumption, not to address real public health issues, but to create these very forms of violence, which require further military intervention.
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Democracy NOW!

LAURA CARLSEN: Good morning. Yes, the United States has a fairly direct role in what’s happening today. And as the students begin and youth begin to analyze it, it’s becoming a major issue in terms of how far they’ll be able to change the model. Besides the nearly $3 billion that’s come through the Merida Initiative, there’s also Department of Defense money, and that money is going to train police forces and armed forces, that now we find are directly involved in attacks on the people, and particularly attacks on youth. We mentioned the case of Tlatlaya, where 22 youth were—now, it seems, by all evidence available—actually executed by the armed forces. And the State Department has admitted that in that battalion, although we don’t know because they won’t give us the names, there are five individuals that were trained in the United States. So there’s been a call for a long time to stop the Merida Initiative precisely for this reason, because of what John mentioned, that the state agents, at this point, in Mexico and organized crime are one in the same in many, many parts of the country.

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Plan Mérida in Mexico: US Government Complicity and Collusion with Impunity and Violence in Mexico


FACT SHEET: The Mérida Initiative/Plan Mexico
(Source: Witness for Peace)

The Mérida Initiative, aka Plan Mexico, was defined as a “new security cooperation initiative” between Mexico and the U.S. to combat drug trafficking and organized crime. While the stated goals are to “produce a safer and more secure hemisphere and prevent the spread of illicit drugs and transnational threats,” the reality of the initiative for the Mexican people tells a different story.

          The Mérida Initiative allocated over $1.5 billion to Mexico from 2008-2010. U.S. military and police aid in each of these years marked nearly a 10-fold increase over 2007 levels. President Obama and the State Department continue to extend military/police aid to Mexico beyond Mérida’s expiration date, requesting an additional $310 million for 2011 and $290 million for 2012.

          Congress put four human rights conditions on 15% of the funds: transparency and accountability in law enforcement, civilian trials for military officials accused of human rights violations, consultation with human rights groups, and prohibiting testimony obtained through torture. In 2010, the U.S. State Department decided to withhold about $26 million in Mérida funds until the Mexican state passed human rights reforms to the constitution and the Military Code of Justice. Mexico has yet to pass either measure.

          The funds will go to military aircraft and drug interdiction equipment and training for Mexican military and police. 108 Mexican soldiers were trained at the U.S. Army’s Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly the School of the Americas) in 2010. The Army “would like to see that number grow.” Members of the Mexican Congress have complained about the lack of transparency in how Mérida funds have been dispersed.

The Mérida Initiative ignores two major root causes of drug trafficking: U.S. demand and poverty in Mexico.

          Widespread drug use in the U.S. makes drug trafficking a lucrative venture. U.S.-designed trade policies such as NAFTA exacerbate Mexico’s impoverishment. Currently 50 million people live in poverty in Mexico. Deeply impoverished and unemployed people in Mexico have three options for survival: migration, tenuous and often dangerous work in the informal economy, and crime. In such conditions, organized crime and drug traffickers find easy prey amongst Mexico’s poor.

          Not one penny of Plan Mexico money is dedicated toward drug prevention or rehabilitation programs in the U.S., nor has there been complementary domestic legislation to reduce demand in the U.S., although Hillary Clinton acknowledges that the “insatiable demand for drugs” in the U.S. “fuels the drug trade.”

          It is estimated that 90% of weapons used by drug cartels come from the U.S.

          A military strategy similar to Plan Mexico has failed to produce results in Colombia. Through Plan Colombia, the U.S. has spent over $5.6 billion on military aid and coca fumigations. After a decade of trying to stamp out the coca supply, more Colombian farmers are planting coca today than before Plan Colombia began. Military solutions to social problems are proven to fail.

The Mérida Initiative affects all Mexican people by threatening their human rights.

          The Mexican military and police have historically been used to repress social movements. For example, between 2006 and 2007 security forces violently repressed peaceful demonstrations in Oaxaca. In 2006, police detained, beat and sexually assaulted over 45 women flower vendors protesting in Atenco.

          Since 2007, Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission has received 5000 reports of human rights abuses.  There was a six-fold increase in human rights violations committed by soldiers during the first two years of the Calderón administration, jumping from 182 to 1,230. There is no evidence that any of these complaints have been prosecuted.

          Documented cases of military human rights violations since 2009 include disappearances, torturing two dozen municipal officials held captive in a military base, arbitrarily opening fire on a bus of civilians, storming rural communities to torture and threaten residents and injuring dozens of journalists and teachers during President Calderon's most recent visit to Oaxaca. The Washington Post, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have all documented torture, rape, harassment, and other human rights violations committed by the police and military without prosecution.

          There have been almost 35,000 casualties of the war on drugs in Mexico. More than 15,000 of those deaths occurred in 2010.
Mexican civil society opposes the Mérida Initiative:

“[In 2007] the army committed severe human rights violations in their supposed counter-drug operations. We are concerned that the funding from the U.S. government will ultimately make this situation worse.” --Espacio Civil (coalition of 52 Oaxaca civil society organizations)

“The Mérida Initiative, as we see it, is the U.S. implementation of its broader security agenda. It is the visible manifestation of secret negotiating under the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America…It is part of plans to further criminalize social protest, something that is already a fact of life in Mexico.” --Miguel Pickard, Center for Economic and Political Investigation for Community Action

"The Mérida Initiative is characterized by a lack of a human rights perspective, a human security approach that mistakes the security of states for the security of human beings...It is time for the international community to stop supporting short-sighted policies such as this one." --Miguel Agustin, Pro Juarez Human Rights Center

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NOVIEMBRE 20, 2014: PACTO ENTRE LOS PUEBLOS - JUSITICIA y LIBRE DETERMINACION!


PACTO
ENTRE
LOS PUEBLOS
Justicia y Libre Determinación
RESISTENCIA! REBELLION ! REGENERACION!
¡ Ayotzinapa Yolih ! VIVEN!!
Acción Directa de DENUNICA FORMAL ante las autoridades del gobierno federal de los Estados Unidos de Norte América en Arizona por su COMPLICIDAD y COLLUSION con el NARCO-ESTADO de Mexcio en el pogromo de GENOCIDIO y COLONIZACION ilegal de las Tierras Ancestrales de los Pueblos Originales de Mexico y todo Anáhuac.

Llegada al Consulado de Mexico por la tarde del día 20 de Noviembre en cumplimiento de SOLIDARIDAD con el Día de PARO NACIONAL en Mexico por aniversario de el Día de la REVOLUCION MEXICANA.

ASAMBLEA DE LOS PUEBLOS en NAHUACALLI al cumplir en la consulado de Mexico, para PACTAR ENTRE LOS PUEBLOS por la JUSTICIA y la LIBRE DETERMINACION!

No somos Mexicanos en lo extranjero, somos Mexicanos en las Tierras Originales de los Aztecas!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Lucha contra la Impunidad: Desde 1492 hasta 2014


TONATIERRA TLAHTOLLI
Phoenix, Aztlan

Donde vive el espíritu de verdad
Matt Salmon, congresista de Arizona, es jefe del Sub Comité del Hemisferio Oeste dentro del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el congreso de estados unidos.  Salmon es pieza clave no solo en fomentar la impunidad en Mexico, sino en la persecución de nuestro pueblo en estados unidos.  Nos reuniremos este aniversario de la Revolución Mexicana el jueves 20 de Noviembre a la 11:00 de la mañana frente a su oficina para denunciar el contubernio entre los dos gobiernos y la complicidad en la desaparición de los 43 estudiantes de Ayotzinapa. A las 12:00 del medio día arranca una corrida tradicional hacia el pueblo de Guadalupe en solidaridad con Mario Luna. Luna fue secuestrado por el gobierno de Sonora para silenciar la lucha del Pueblo Yaqui por retener el agua tradicional del Rio Yaqui. De Guadalupe partiremos hasta TONATIERRA (Embajada de los pueblos indígenas) para terminar en el Consulado Mexicano a las 5:00 de la tarde.




Los medios masivos de comunicación empiezan a poner atención al Estado Mexicano y los crímenes cometidos por elementos policiacos y el crimen organizado contra los 43 desaparecidos y 6 muertos el pasado 26 de septiembre en Iguala Guerrero.  Sin embargo, no hay una condena definitiva contra el Presidente Peña Nieto y el Procurador Jesus Murillo Karam por esperar diez días para intervenir en lo que claramente era un caso de crimen que  competía al Estado Mexicano.  La contestación defensiva, por el procurador Jesus Murillo Karam que “Iguala no es el estado mexicano” es pobre e insensible.  Dice el periódico El Horizonte,
 “Las autoridades federales se han empeñado en negarlo y argumentan que el estado de Guerrero no es el Estado mexicano; mucho menos el municipio de Iguala, cuyo alcalde habría ordenado, junto con su esposa, la desaparición de las víctimas.”
Sin embargo el procurador no puede decir que Guerrero no es un estado dentro del Estado Mexicano y por tal esta bajo la jurisdicción del mismo.  La PGR ahora esta a cargo total de la investigación del crimen.



Algo que no se ha divulgado internacionalmente es la reunion con legisladores estadounidenses, el embajador de estados unidos, con el Procurador Jesus Murillo Karam.  Se reunieron el mismo día que los estudiantes en la ciudad de Mexico hicieron un plantón en la PGR donde no entraba ni salía nadie.  Al final de cuentas la reunion se llevo a cabo en gobernación y adivinen quien estaba allí.  Nuestro ilustre representante Matt Salmon quien ofreció ayuda económica y de entrenamiento a la PGR (Procuraduría General de La República) a la misma vez escribe una carta el 13 de noviembre al jefe de apropiaciones del congreso que le prohiba fondos al presidente Obama en cualquier acción ejecutiva que  autorice darles permisos a “los ilegales” de vivir y trabajar en los estados unidos.

Es por esa razón y porque sabemos que el Plan Merida, y la operación Rapido y Furioso, autoriza dinero para las armas que ha llevado la situación en Mexico de mas de 26,000 desaparecidos en los últimos seis años, que protestaremos en honor a los que lucharon y siguen luchando contra la impunidad y la maldad desde 1492 hasta hoy.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Movimiento Macehualli: MARCH FOR JUSTICE



Los Comités de Defensa del Barrio
MOVIMENTO MACEHUALLI
PRESS RELEASE

DATE: November 14, 2014
Contact: Salvador Reza (602) 446-9928

MARCH for JUSTICE
43 AYOTZINAPA DISSAPEARED STUDENTS
VICTIMS OF US WAR ON DRUGS POLICIES IN MEXICO

Phoenix, Arizona - Today members of Los Comités de Defensa del Barrio will lead a March of Solidarity and Protest from the Mexican Consulate in Phoenix to the Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The purpose of the demonstration is to bring to light the complicity and collusion of the US Government policies and funding for the atrocities of violence and human rights abuses that have become normalized with IMPUNITY in MEXICO at the highest levels of state government with US backing and technical support under the so-called "War on Drugs".

As a community based formation of Indigenous Peoples of the Original Nations of the territory going back millennia, the Comités de Defensa del Barrio are calling for comprehensive international investigation on the root causes of the Impunity in Mexico and Arizona going back to October 12, 1492 that has produced the pogrom of persecution and GENOCIDE in Mexico against Indigenous Peoples now being revealed due to the missing 43 students of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero and the institutionalized racism against Mexican Peoples in Arizona, which fomented AZ SB1070.


SOLIDARIDAD AYOTZINAPA ARIZONA
MARCH
of
Solidaridity and Protest
Friday November 14, 2014
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
from
Consulate of Mexico
320 E. McDowell Road  Phoenix, Arizona
to
ICE
2035 N. Central Avenue
Return to Consulado Mexicano
¡ Vivos los Llevaron, Vivos los Queremos !

COMPLICITY and COLLUSION
Violence, Death and Disappearances

Mexico and U.S.

From Ayotzinapa to Arizona 

The weapons that were used in the attack and disappearance of the 43 students in Guerrero originated in the type of US operations known as Fast and Furious and the Plan Florida.  At the same time, the deaths and disappearance of persons crossing the desert and the Rio Bravo since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was implemented in 1994, average 400 confirmed deaths per year

For this reason, the deaths and disappearances in Mexico have their roots in the domestic and foreign trade politicies of the United States, the Comités de Defensa del Barrio call to MARCH for JUSTICE and to expose this conspiracy between the governments of Mexico and the United States. This collusion is confirmed by the fact that at the time that the students were protesting in front of the central offices of the PGR in Mexico, the Arizona Representative Matt Salmon along with a congressional delegation was meeting with the Attorney General of Mexico Jesus Murillo Karam to commit more training, more arms and more cooperation to the suppression of Mexicans in civic uprising against the tyrannical practices and mass murder by the state.

The disappeared in Ayotzinapa and the disappeared, stolen from their families by Sheriff Joe, ICE/Border Patrol and the police of Phoenix are one and the same.  We are the same families, the same ancestral nations who have persecuted for more than 500 years.  For this reason we reiterate that the IMPUNITY in Mexico began on October 12, 1492.  We must bring and end to the root cause of colonization and genocide. Justice and Self Determination for the Original Nations of Anáhuac.

They took them alive, we want them back alive.  Ayotzinapa Lives! Our ancestral migrants Live, Nican Tlacah - Great Turtle Island, Abya Yala by our ancestors, misnamed [America]. 

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The Wars of Petropolis:
Behind the Frontlines of Ayotzinapa

As the tragedy of the missing students continued to dominate headlines and politics in Mexico, the federal government passed the last of the regulations to allow for the privatization of Mexico's oil company and the participation of private companies in oil and gas projects in Mexico.

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DEMOCRACY NOW!

The drug war is designed to perpetuate itself. The drug war is built to fuel the drug war, not to stop drug production, trafficking or consumption, not to address real public health issues, but to create these very forms of violence, which require further military intervention.

Yes, the United States has a fairly direct role in what’s happening today. And as the students begin and youth begin to analyze it, it’s becoming a major issue in terms of how far they’ll be able to change the model. Besides the nearly $3 billion that’s come through the Merida Initiative, there’s also Department of Defense money, and that money is going to train police forces and armed forces, that now we find are directly involved in attacks on the people, and particularly attacks on youth. We mentioned the case of Tlatlaya, where 22 youth were—now, it seems, by all evidence available—actually executed by the armed forces. And the State Department has admitted that in that battalion, although we don’t know because they won’t give us the names, there are five individuals that were trained in the United States.
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 DEMOCRACY NOW! NOVEMBER 13, 2014

 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

MARCHA de SOLIDARIDAD con Ayotzinapa - Phoenix, AZ

MOVIMIENTO MACEHUALLI
Pacto entre Los Pueblos

¡ Justicia y Libre Determinación !

SOLIDARIDAD con AYOTZINAPA
ARIZONA
MARCHA
de
Solidaridad y Protesta
Viernes Noviembre 14, 2014 Friday
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
desde el
Consulado de Mexico
320 E. McDowell Road  Phoenix, Arizona
hasta
ICE
2035 N. Central Avenue
y Retorno al Consulado
¡ Vivos los Llevaron, Vivos los Queremos !

¡ Respaldo a los familiares de Ayotzinapa !

¡ Castigo a los Culpables !

¡ Ya Basta con el Narco-Gobierno!




COMPLICIDAD y COLLUSION
La Violencia, la Muerte y la Desaparición en Mexico y

los Estados Unidos es lo mismo

De Ayotzinapa a Arizona
Las armas que se utilizaron en el ataque y desaparición de los 43 estudiantes en Guerrero tienen su procedencia en operaciones como Rápido y Furioso y el Plan Florida. A la misma vez la muerte y desaparición de personas cruzando el desierto y el Rio Bravo desde que se implemento el TLC en 1994 (Tratado del Libre Comercio) es de un promedio de 400 muertes confirmadas por año.

Es por esa razón, por que las muertes y desapariciones en Mexico tienen sus raíces en la política domestica y exterior de Estados Unidos que nosotros invitamos a una CAMINATA del PUEBLO que exponga la conspiración entre los gobiernos de Mexico y Estados Unidos. Justamente a la vez que los estudiantes se plantaron frente la oficinas centrales de la PGR en Mexico, el propio representante de Arizona, Matt Salmon, junto con una delegación del congreso se reunía con el procurador de Mexico Jesus Murillo Karam para prometer mas entrenamiento, mas armas y mas cooperación.

Los desaparecidos en Ayotzinapa y los desaparecidos, arrebatados de sus familias por el Sheriff Joe, La Migra, y la policía son los mismos. Somos las mismas familias, los mismos pueblos ancestrales perseguidos por mas de 500 años. Por eso decimos que la IMPUNIDAD empezó en Octubre 12, 1492. Hay que arrancarlo desde su raíz la maldad de la colonización y el genocidio.  Justicia y Libre Determinación para los Pueblos Originales de Anáhuac! 

Vivos se los llevaron, Vivos los queremos. Ayotzinapa Yolih! VIVEN! Nuestros ancestros migrantes tambien VIVEN, vivimos no en lo exterior pero en la tierra ORIGINAL que los ancestros llaman La Gran Isla de La Tortuga, Abya Yala, mal llamada [América].

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COMPLICITY and COLLUSION
Violence, Death and Disappearances

Mexico and U.S.

From Ayotzinapa to Arizona 

The weapons that were used in the attack and disappearance of the 43 students in Guerrero originated in the type of US operations known as Fast and Furious and the Plan Florida.  At the same time, the deaths and disappearance of persons crossing the desert and the Rio Bravo since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was implemented in 1994, average 400 confirmed deaths per year

For this reason, the deaths and disappearances in Mexico have their roots in the domestic and foreign trade politicies of the United States, the Comités de Defensa del Barrio call to MARCH for JUSTICE and to expose this conspiracy between the governments of Mexico and the United States. This collusion is confirmed by the fact that at the time that the students were protesting in front of the central offices of the PGR in Mexico, the Arizona Representative Matt Salmon along with a congressional delegation was meeting with the Attorney General of Mexico Jesus Murillo Karam to commit more training, more arms and more cooperation to the suppression of Mexicans in civic uprising against the tyrannical practices and mass murder by the state.

The disappeared in Ayotzinapa and the disappeared, stolen from their families by Sheriff Joe, ICE/Border Patrol and the police of Phoenix are one and the same.  We are the same families, the same ancestral nations who have persecuted for more than 500 years.  For this reason we reiterate that the IMPUNITY in Mexico began on October 12, 1492.  We must bring and end to the root cause of colonization and genocide. Justice and Self Determination for the Original Nations of Anáhuac.

They took them alive, we want them back alive.  Ayotzinapa Lives! Our ancestral migrants Live, Nican Tlacah - Great Turtle Island, Abya Yala by our ancestors, misnamed [America]. 

 Soundcloud:
7 de noviembre
"No podemos permitir la impunida con la que se gobierna en Mexico."
Que Renucia Peña Nieto
Los 10 puntos del acuerdo firmado en los Pinos:

"Enrique Peña Nieto ha fallado en todo."


Facebook:
MOVIMIENTO MACEHUALLI
MARCHA de SOLIDARIDAD con AYOTZINAPA
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Padres asisten al Basurero y desmienten a las autoridades. 

 
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Los Comités de Defensa del Barrio 
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The Wars of Petropolis:
Behind the Frontlines of Ayotzinapa
As the tragedy of the missing students continued to dominate headlines and politics in Mexico, the federal government passed the last of the regulations to allow for the privatization of Mexico's oil company and the participation of private companies in oil and gas projects in Mexico.


SOLIDARITY MESSAGE FROM  THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE PHILLIPINES 


For the Defense of Ancestral Domain and for Self Determination



The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) from the Philippines and the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) are in solidarity with you in condemning in the strongest terms the abduction and enforced disappearance of the 43 students of the Ayotzinapa School in Guerrero, Mexico. We are one with you in the urgent demand for justice to the victims and their families and communities and the call to ensure State accountability and an end to impunity of narco-government agents who are responsible in the enforced disappearance of the 43 students of Ayotzinapa.