[IWAR] More Chiapas Strategizing

From: Ann Rosenthal (rosenthal_annat_private)
Date: Fri Apr 17 1998 - 05:09:36 PDT

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    The information infrastructure of the Chiapas movement is strong and
    growing.  The English language lists and sites still contain LATAM cultural
    overtones.  Formal announcements of organized efforts intermingle with
    informal, rambling, suggested strategies such as the one below.  These
    informal postings often become the formal actions.
    Forwarded with identities removed from the NCDM list:
    Khwe friends:
    Nestle, in the form of Nescafe, is certainly a great exploiter of the
    indiginous growers and workers in the Chiapas highlands and certainly
    elsewhere. Mayan men women and children in Chiapas earning 75 cents a day
    usually can't afford to drink their own coffee  The discussion of a
    national/global boycott of multi-national corporations and the various
    products and services they provide US consumers is, I believe, extremely
    valid. They say when you want to catch a serpent, one beats the brush, and
    the neoliberal serpent's brush is his virtual deathgrip on our pocketbooks.
    its time we turned the tables on them and send the message of ya basta
    through our purchasing power. Over my writing desk, I have hung a printout
    of of all the names of the Chiapas massacre 45, to not forget. But, also in
    my daily living, and that includes how and what I consume, I've chosen to
    not buy Coca-Cola,(complicity of murders of Guatemalan union resistors) do
    my banking at BankBoston,(investments in real estate deals which displace
    indiginous populations) or consume Nestles products.(they rip off workers
    in virtual slave labor economy)  There are others, for other reasons.
    Perhaps we should consider formalizing a master list of products,
    corporations, banks, Universities, etc, who by their mercenary actions
    contribute to the brutal oppression and bloodshed in not just Chiapas, or
    Mexico, but all of Central and South America.
    In case anybody missed it, try and get a copy of today's (April 14) NY
    Times. Pg A15 is a full-page spread on the Occidental Oil project in
    northeast Columbia and its devestating effect on the U'wa, a native
    community of 5,000 people who have vowed to leap to their death if a
    planned pipeline desecrates their mountain. Sponsored by a coalition of
    pro-Amazonian human rights and environmentalist organizations, it meets the
    enemy head-on, on their own turf, in the NY Times and tosses an intriguing
    bit of counter-propanganda down.
    The interesting part of this ad is this: it informs potential investors of
    the inherant problems they may face if they become involved with
    Occidnental Oil. In other words,the intense political risks associated with
    a genocidal operation against indiginous people may not be worth the
    investment in terms of public relations. In this age of political
    correctness, remember apartheid in South Africa, and what happened after
    all those corporate giants and investors (Harvard University!!) were
    exposed in their connections with that dirty business. Think about this. If
    its really all about money, and percieved public opinion, perhaps the time
    has come to beat the brush for the serpent. We need a list of boycottable
    items and tangible, not just generally political, reasons, why.
    Also, I'd be interested to know how the cyber log-jamming of Mexico banks
    etc. went on Friday. Any noticable effects?
    In lak-ech, wuniish, laughing crow and gentle breeze

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