I try not to post pleas for funds for worthy causes and limit and restrain myself from posting any of the myriad urgent alerts that flood my e-mail every day — each one of them addressing one of the myriad threats to justice, to democracy, to the Earth itself and to the life she bears.
But I post this (please forgive its long read) because I am intimately involved with the International Tribunal of Conscience to convene in New York City, September 25-26; I have been named one of the Elder Guardianes de los Pueblos en Movimiento, asked to conduct the opening ceremony, and to serve on the jury for the International Tribunal for which Naom Chompsky, among other well-known voices of conscience, will bear witness and present testimony.
Asking for both your indulgence and your support for this important event in the struggle for justice, I send blessings —
PLEASE CONTRIBUTE & FORWARD TO ALL YOUR CONTACTS AND POST!
Dear conveners, jurors, complainants, supporters:
We continue engaged in intensive planning for the upcoming International Tribunal of Conscience at New York University on september 25 and 26 focused on the implications of the current human rights crisis in Mexico for U.S policy regarding NAFTA and the drug war, and their relationship to human rights issues in the U.S. PLEASE HELP US RAISE THE FUNDS NECESSARY TO SUPPORT THIS INITIATIVE, DONATE ONLINE HERE.
The Tribunal is being convened as part of international commemorations of the 1st anniversary of the forced disappearance of the 43 students from the rural teacher´s college in Ayotzinapa in the region of Guerrero, Mexico, and will focus on:
1. The current human rights crisis in Mexico (140,000 dead and 27,000 disappeared since 2007, generalized torture, extrajudicial executions; systematic persecution of migrants in transit, indigenous peoples, human rights activists, journalists)
2. The impact of U.S policy (NAFTA, CAFTA, the drug war- Mérida Initiative, military and police aid, immigration and asylum policy)
3. The relationship between human rights violations in Mexico and racial and police violence, mass incarceration, and the mass detention of immigrants in the U.S, and the militarization of the U.S-Mexico border
PLEASE JOIN US IN NY FOR AN INFORMATIONAL AND FUNDRAISING MEETING SUNDAY JULY 19 FROM 1 TO 4 PM AT 35 West 31st Street, Suite 702 in Manhattan
MANY THANKS AND WARM REGARDS
Camilo Pérez-Bustillo and Dorinda Moreno, on behalf of Fuerza Mundial Global and the International Tribunal of Conscience of Peoples in movement (ITCPM)
FUERZA MUNDIAL GLOBAL & THE INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL OF CONSCIENCE OF PEOPLES IN MOVEMENT (ITCPM)
SPONSORS AND HOSTS WITH THE HISTORY DEPARTMENT AND THE HEMISPHERIC INSTITUTE FOR PERFORMANCE AND POLITICS OF NEW YORK UNIVERSITY (NYU) AND THE NATIONAL LAWYERS´ GUILD
The 1st U.S. Tribunal Hearings on Human Rights and Migrant Justice in Mexico and Central America on Friday, September 25 (Opening session 7 p.m) and Saturday, September 26, 2015 (9-5 p.m.) at New York University (NYU), New York City. New York.
The Tribunal is timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the forced disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa in Mexico and with this year’s opening of the United Nations General Assembly and a concurrent visit by Pope Francis. The Tribunal will be dedicated in solidarity with the families of the Ayotzinapa students who have been touring the U.S. expressing their anguish and sorrow and seeking support and justice for their children and public attention to this critical human rights case. The Tribunal hearings will examine key cases of persistent human rights violations in Mexico, against immigrants of Mexican origin in the U.S., and against migrants in transit from Central America and Mexico and especially the continuing exodus of children and youth. The current human rights crisis in Mexico is unprecedented in that country´s history in terms of scale, depth, extent (over 140,000 dead and 26,000 disappeared since 2007, not including a still unknown number of disappeared migrants).
We are urgently seeking your help in bringing the Tribunal to the U.S. By holding this historic event in New York City at the time of the annual session of the UN General Assembly, we are showing that the people of the United States of America stand in solidarity with the nations of the world to hold our leaders accountable, to put an end to human rights violations and insure the safe movement of all people throughout the globe.
Please donate to this critically important cause to fund the needed travel and expenses of hosting individuals and noted international scholars and artists who place themselves in great harm speaking out against the atrocities of their governments. Your contribution will allow those who cannot afford to pay for their travel to speak and be heard by a jury of peers regarding their testimonies of violence and injustice.
In addition, the impact of your dollars will allow for us to provide technical and media support to create a meaningful discussion of the U.S. role in the aid it provides to the Mexican and Central American governments and its implications. We intend to publish and widely disseminate the findings of these hearings to the public in both English and Spanish, and seek support for an end to the violence and to U.S. aid of foreign governments who enable such travesties. Your dollars will help us do this.
1) In-kind services such as space (hosting members of the Tribunal´s jury and staff in your homes or hosting a house party to raise funds) in New York for the Tribunal dates, September 23 – 26, 2015. These include travel dates.
2) Design and printing (posters, flyers, promotional postcards or bookmarks, programs, background material) services or materials.
3) Food (for the members of the jury and staff) already prepared or catered.
4) Music, poetry or other art as donations for fundraising.
5) Spanish/English translation and interpretation services (including headsets) at the event both days.
6) Media assistance to photograph, video and document the event and publish the finding afterwards.
Please go to the Volunteer page for additional information on volunteering and to follow-up on in-kind donations.
Thank you for your generosity and support.
"Bravo Fuerza Mundial and the ITCPM! This is a worthy cause as we are ignorant of the facts and immoral in our actions towards immigration and our own humanity."