Thursday, November 18, 2010

Mexicans end White House hunger strike

Last week we looked at thirteen women from the U.S.-Mexico border area who took part in a hunger strike near the White House. On Wednesday the women representing La Mujer Obrera (The Working Women) organization ended their fast that lasted ten days.

According to Gina Cardenas in Global Voices:

La Mujer Obrera is critical of the Obama administration's border initiatives which they claim do not address the needs of the community or working women, and instead favor construction and security industries.

In their campaign against poverty and violence along the border, the women use social networking tools such as a campaign blog, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to share their message and generate support for their demonstration. Their efforts have been noticed by bloggers from the U.S. and Mexico.

A statement from the group said that the protest ended after receiving word that a federal commission would soon visit the border area. "The concerns of border women are not invisible anymore thanks to our efforts" said part of the letter according to the website of Mexican daily El Universal.

Image - Milenio
Online Sources - The Latin Americanist, El Universal, Global Voices

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