Border Social Forum Converges in Ciudad Juarez

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Submitted by mwsf on Tue, 2006-10-17 19:08. Themes: Social Forums

More than 900 people have gathered thus far in Ciduad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, for the first Border Social Forum. The Border Social Forum takes place on the Mexico-US border with the backdrop on millions of migrants mobilizing in the US for full rights. This same border is where President GW Bush Jr placed over 6,000 military troops of the National Guard. The Border Social Forum will take place on the ‘militarized' border which has been made very violent since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994.

The BSF commenced on Wednesday the 12th of October with a March against NAFTA and Violence on the Border. john reports: The march from a local park in Ciudad Juarez to one of the main bridges had about 500 people. Representatives from a number of local grassroots organizations, from both sides were involved. Once at the center of the bridge was reached, a rally was held, attacking NAFTA and its effects on working people, on both sides of the border.

Two HIMC Volunteers had their trip to Juarez complicated by their bus breaking down photos. The Forum continues through the 15th of October with workshops, cultural events and a march to "tear down the wall of death."