Crossborder Leadership Strengthens FIOB

June 11, 2008 at

Migration: a strategic issue for the development of indigenous peoples on both sides of the border

Resolutions of FIOB’s VI General Binational Assembly
To all FIOB members
To the national and international press
To organizations in solidarity
To the general public

The delegates of the Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations, who come from Baja California, the state of Mexico, Mexico City, and Oaxaca as well as from California, gathered in the city of Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca, the heart of Oaxaca’s Mixtec region to deliberated for three days (May 30th-31st and June 1st, 2009) and agreed to the following resolutions:

Election of the new Central Binational Council:

The new leaders of the Central Binational Council of the FIOB are:
Dr. Gaspar Rivera-Salgado – General Binational Coordinator
Maura Díaz – General Binational Vice-Coordinator
Odilia Romero – Binational Coordinator of Women’s Issues
Bernardo Ricardo Rodríguez Vera – State Coordinator in Oaxaca
Primitivo Ricardo Rodriguez Vera – State Coordinator in Mexico City and the State of Mexico
José González – State Coordinator in California
Silvino Isaías López – State Coordinator in Baja California

State Coordinators:

OAXACA:
Bernardo Ramírez Bautista – State Coordinator
Centolia Maldonado Vásquez – Coordinator in the Oaxacan Mixtec region
Arturo Ortega García – Coordinator in the Central Valleys
Omar Núñez Guzmán – Coordinator in the Isthmus
Fernando Rivera Salgado – Coordinator in Santiago, Juxtlahuaca
Rubén Eleuterio Santillán – Coordinator in Huajuapan de León
Joel Martínez López – Coordinator in Juchitán
Paola Gutiérrez Galindo – Coordinator in Silacayoapam

CALIFORNIA:
José González – State Coordinator
Leoncio Vásquez Santos – State Vice-Coordinator
Nayamin Martínez – Coordinator of Women’s Issues

Reforms to FIOB Statutes:

Changes in the structure of the Binational Council were agreed upon. The Central Binational Council was consolidated in the following positions: General Coordinator, Vice General Coordinator, and Coordinator of Women’s Issues. The Regional Coordinators were also included. It was agreed to reform the statutes to guarantee transparency and accountability in all aspects.

Leadership Development:

With the intention of securing the future of our organization in the coming decades, the FIOB agreed to establish a training process for leadership development, especially for youth and women. This will be accomplished through workshops and programs levels focused on these sectors at all levels of the organization.

Economic Development:

The FIOB identified the need to improve the quality of life of our communities through organization and collective work. This will be accomplished by supporting productive binational projects, technical training and the marketing of handicrafts and local products.

Baja California:

– Will establish alliances with social and civil organizations to build a common front that will fight for the demands of indigenous migrants and non-migrants; will present this united front to state and municipal governments for their needed attention.

Oaxaca:

– Will demand that the state government comply with its obligations to the communities, without infringing upon the autonomy of our organization, in accordance with the basic principles of our organization.
– Says yes to a relationship with political and social actors that identify with the struggle of indigenous migrant and non-migrant communities that are founded on the principles of justice, liberty and the defense of national autonomy and universal rights, taking into account the different political contexts in which we organize.

California:

– Will sustain the binational struggle for the defense of migrants’ human, worker and identity rights; will make known the fight against criminalization of undocumented workers and the need for a humanitarian and just migration reform; will say no to the new proposition to reactivate the Bracero Program.

POLITICAL POSITIONS:

• The FIOB stands in solidarity with the struggles of independent unions and social organizations for greater autonomy and in defense of social rights, in Mexico and around the world — in particular the just cause of the Oaxacan teachers’ movement, Section 22. The FIOB calls on the Mexican government to intervene immediately to address their cause appropriately.
• The FIOB opposes a reform that would privatize PEMEX, in violation of Mexico’s constitution.
• The FIOB calls for a federal government public policy that addresses the underlying causes of the current food crisis and rejects short-term, populist programs.
• The FIOB proclaims itself against the North America Free Trade Agreement, which undermines food sovereignty and has increased migration.
• The FIOB opposes the militarization of the country and of the “Merida Initiative”, also known as “Plan Mexico”, because they violate human rights and individual civil rights.
• The FIOB demands a stop to violence against women in the state of Oaxaca.
• The FIOB proclaims itself in favor of a humane migration reform in Mexico that addresses the problems of internal migration and of transit toward northeastern states.
• The FIOB demands respect for the rights of Central and South American migrants who pass through Mexico.
• The FIOB proclaims itself in favor of the creation of migrant houses or centers and supports governmental assistance in the areas of health, human rights, lodging, and especially in securing migrant communication with their families in the United States and Central and South America.

“For the rights of indigenous peoples!”

The Central Binational Council
Gaspar Rivera-Salgado
General Binational Coordinator

Maura Díaz
General Binational Vice-Coordinator

Odilia Romero
Binational Coordinator of Women’s Issues
Tel. (213) 251-8481

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