Tierra Y Libertad Benefit Art Show

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Florecer International Art Network says
ON CHICANO PARK DAY AND ART CRAWL
+++ BARRIO LOGAN +++


~~~~ Art and live music for a cause! ~~~~~~
MUSIC, ART FOR SALE, ZINES, SCREEN PRINTING, DRINKS

Join us during our art show which will be raising funds for non-governmental funded albergues (shelters) housing former immigrants of the United States who have been deported such as:

+Casa Del Deportado Sagrado Corazon
+Rescate del Migrante
+Juventud 2000 Tijuana

As well as donating to M.E.Ch.A De CSUN ~ Community Liasion ~ for an opportunity to bring field workers with passports from San Quintin on a caravan around California to speak about their experiences and calls to action.

M.E.Ch.A. De CSUN and Florecer International Art Network traveled to Tijuana and San Quintin, Mexico to deliver humanitarian aid to deported immigrants, homeless children and strawberry field workers on strike. Folks were able to see first hand the dire conditions that most immigrants and field workers are enduring. Former immigrants to the United States who have been deported live without family, without jobs, without hope of returning to a stable life. Many of these displaced people are victims of abuse by Tijuana police, including beatings, blackmail, and burning of their belongings and shelters. They are also targeted by drug traffickers.

Numerous shelters have been established near the border by different organizations to help those recently deported, but many of these shelters lack basic resources to keep the work going, such as food supplies and clothing.

Field workers in San Quintin Baja California Norte, Mexico only make Mex$110 a day - that's US$8 a day - and are now facing a reduction in their pay. Even though the strawberry industry has boomed. their pay hasn't increased in 15 years. The women field workers are often sexually assaulted by the foremen at work, some workers are forced to work at gunpoint and are maintained in camps that don't allow them to leave without permission of the field owner.

SAN QUINTIN FARM WORKERS HAVE HAD ENOUGH! They are facing off against the U.S market, field owners and the Policia Estatal de Baja California Norte.

They are currently on strike and are demanding higher pay and improved working conditions on the farms that grow strawberries, tomatoes and other produce for the U.S. market.
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