Solidarity event to support indigenous brothers and sisters Raramuris of Chihuahua

January 18, 2012 at

Photo borrowed from the chronicle by Diego Osorno with his permission (spanish):

The Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations (FIOB) with a presence in Oaxaca, and Baja California, Mexico and California, USA, with the support of Mayan and Pipil communities, as well as other Mexican migrant organizations in Southern California, will hold an act of solidarity with indigenous brothers and sisters Raramuris of Chihuahua, Mexico Saturday, January 21st, 2012.

The local committees of the Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations (FIOB) and Union de Exbraceros e Inmigrantes (UNEI), will hold a press conference as an act of solidarity for our indigenous brothers and sisters Raramuris of Chihuahua. This press conference is part of a series of solidarity events happening in San Diego. Fresno, Los Angeles, in which the Mayan and Pipil communities in Southern California as well other Mexican migrant organizations are gathering to denounce the systematic violation of human rights of the indigenous Rarámuri people in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico.

We are making an urgent call for the Mexican government to respond to the needs of our brothers and sisters Raramuris. In addition, FONDO FIOB has made available the account number for donations to the general public: 2780721960 of Bank of America. When donations are made, it is important to specify that the money donated is to “Support Raramuris Indigenous” Following our transparency values, we will be posting on FIOB’s website all donations and as soon we put together a sufficient amount, the General Vice-Coordinator of FIOB, Jose Gonzalez, will be responsible for taking the donations directly to the Raramuri.

According to journalistic reports, at least six people have starved to death in the last few months as a consequence of the famine that is taking a toll in the Tarahumara region. This state of emergency that our indigenous brothers and sisters, the Rarámuri from Chihuahua currently face, demonstrate the historical disregard and lack of attention to indigenous communities from the local, state and federal governments, we demand an immediate intervention.

We, as indigenous people know through our experience that the different levels of government have not paid attention for decades –even centuries—to the deaths by famine, exposure to harsh weather conditions, curable illnesses and extermination from poverty indigenous people have been pushed to live under. However, we will continue demanding all levels of government to assume their responsibility in the systematic genocide of our indigenous peoples.

Men, women, children and elderly are suffering from malnutrition and hunger because of several factors. It is time for solidarity and support.

FIOB has made ​​available to the general public the following bank account number for donations:
2780721960 of Bank of America. It is important to specify that the money donated goes to “Support Raramuris Indians.”

Our press conferences are as follow:

Saturday, January 21st 2012
Mexican Consulate of Fresno 7435 N Ingram Ave Fresno, California 93711
10:00 Press conference
10:30 FIOB representatives will be delivering a letter of complaint addressed to Mexican president Felipe Calderon Hinijosa to Mexican Consul Reyna Torres Mendivil.

Los Angeles:
Saturday, January 21st 2012
10:00 in the morning with a press conference scheduled at 11:00 am.
2401 W. 6th Street. Los Angeles, CA 90057.
We will deliver to the Mexican General Consul in Los Angeles a letter of complaint addressed to Mexican president Felipe Calderón Hinojosa.

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