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Children outside of the school that CBN and CETRAC helped build Economic globalization, driven by unaccountable transnational corporations and an ethic of competition, is driving down living standards of workers around the world, despoiling communities, and weakening institutions which foster democracy and protect human rights.

The Cross-Border Network for Justice and Solidarity believes that an alternative to this type of globalization must be created by building international bridges of solidarity and mutual aid between workers and communities of working people. In order to educate and organize for social and economic justice, we will develop ties with workers and communities across borders, with a particular focus on maquiladora workers in Mexico. -May 5, 1997

La globalizacin econmica, manejada por las corporaciones trasnacionales, en las cuales tica es la competitividad en el mercado, est bajando los niveles de vida de trabajadores en todo el mundo, despojando y privando a las comunidades saboteando a las instituciones que apoyan a la democracia y protegen derechos humanos. 

La Red de Justicia y Solidaridad a Travs de la Frontera crea una alternativa a este tipo de globalizacin. Esta Red ha sido creada para construir puentes de solidaridad y ayuda mutua entre los trabajadores y sus comunidades. Para educar y organizar por una justicia econmica y social, nosotros desarrollaremos lazos con trabajadores y sus comunidades a travs de fronteras internacionales, con un enfoque especial a los trabajadores de las maquiladoras en Mxico. -5 mayo, 1997





Upcoming events!

Life and Death: The Children on our Doorstep
A Panel Discussion on the Crisis of Unaccompanied Minors Fleeing Central America
Sept. 17th at 7:00 pm



Join us to learn more about what is happening on our border as thousands of women and children arrive from Central America. Find out why they are coming from people who have recently traveled to Central America.

UMKC Miller Nichols Learning Center Room 451
800 East 51st Street. Park in lot bordered by curve at 50th and Rockhill. The MNLC is the new addition to the Library, south of the parking lot. For more directions: bit.ly/1ucA2Xq

A panel discussion, speakers include:
- An Unaccompanied Minor
- Angie Williams Immigration attorney, who recently spent a week assisting mothers and children detained in New Mexico
- Judy Ancel with CBN and UMKC Labor Studies Professor on how US policy contributes to the dislocation in Central America
- Vanessa Crawford with Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates
- Jessica Piedra with CBN and Latino Coalition of Kansas City
- Luis Morales UMKC Honduran foreign student



Colombian Flower Worker Speaker Tour

Witness for Peace- Upper Midwest is honored to host two inspiring speakers this October to discuss the human rights crisis in the Colombian flower industry. Flowers are one of Colombia?s biggest exports (with 76% imported to the US) ? and a priority sector in the Labor Action Plan created as part of the US Free Trade Agreement; US consumers and tax payers have a direct relationship to Colombian flower growers, and you'll be shocked to hear about their working conditions.

A few of the details: The workers, 65% who are female, have few protections. They are often forced to take pregnancy tests and birth control to avoid the common birth defects. Workers are exposed to 127 different pesticides, three of which the World Health Organization has labeled as extremely toxic. 20% of pesticides are known carcinogens or toxins and use is prohibited or restricted in the U.S. Pesticides are sometimes sprayed directly onto workers. During the busy season, workers can be forced to work 12-16 hour days, 6 days a week.