May 19, 2015
Nestora Salgado, courageous champion of her indigenous community and a political prisoner in Mexico, is on a hunger strike. She began refusing food on May 5th and intends “to take this to the bitter end,” according to her attorney Leonel Rivero Rodriguez.
The Freedom for Nestora Committee is contacting you because we need your financial support to help win Nestora’s freedom at this critical juncture.
We will be sending a delegation to Mexico City as soon as possible to publicize Nestora’s cause and show that she has widespread support in the U.S. While in Mexico, we will meet with other free Nestora activists and attorney Rivero Rodriguez as well as lead a protest on the steps of the Secretariat of the Interior (Secretaria de Gobernación) building. If it can be arranged, we will also talk with the media, Mexican government representatives and visit the U.S. embassy. Your generous donation will help make this emergency trip possible.
This last week has seen a flurry of support actions inside Mexico, including solidarity hunger strikes begun May 13 by Nestora’s fellow community police leaders Arturo Campos and Gonzalo Molina, who were illegally jailed shortly after she was. Our delegation will join their families in calling for the release of all political prisoners.
We are also raising money toward Nestora’s legal defense. Right now she is in prison in Nayarit, Tepic, a 12 hour journey from her attorney in Mexico City. The Mexican legal system is designed to thwart prisoners’ rights to confer with their lawyers and to have speedy trials. This means a 45 minute meeting with her attorney can take days to arrange, plus travel time–and that equals spiraling legal costs.
If you are ready to act now, you can make your online contribution here. Or make out your check to the “RW-Nestora Fund” and mail it c/o New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle WA 98144.
With Nestora on a hunger strike to the “bitter end,” time is of the essence.
Read on if you need more information – or visit FreeNestora.org
After almost two years in prison awaiting trial, Nestora’s health is deteriorating rapidly. During this time, all federal charges related to her role as commander of a perfectly legal community police force were dropped and she was ordered released. However, the Guerrero state prosecutor has refused to free her and instead manufactured new charges that carry a 1000- year sentence!
In the meantime, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights ordered the Mexican government to take immediate steps to address Nestora’s serious health problems, which could include Nestora being transferred from the prison in Nayrit to one in Mexico City where the needed medical care is available. The National Human Rights Commission of the Mexican federal Chamber of Deputies also made this request—more than once.
Finally, yesterday the Secretary of the Interior, in light of the measures outlined by these two bodies, announced that Nestora will be moved to a prison with fewer restrictions and where she will have more rights. This is welcome news, but we’ve heard it all before and nothing happened. Instead the politicians, state prosecutor and court system in Guerrero have proven to be very effective at blocking her transfer–so far.
This is why Nestora is on hunger strike. She was illegally sent to a federal prison, falsely charged along with her co-leaders, and held for almost two years on the insistence of a corrupt Guerrero political and court system.
Her crime? Being elected to lead a community police force, authorized under the Guerrero and Mexican constitutions, in her hometown of Olinála—and doing her job so well she threatened the “traditional political fiefdoms,” as her lawyer puts it. A brave, independent, indigenous woman leader, Nestora is fighting for her life and her community. And she is only one of hundreds of political prisoners in Mexico!
Please make a donation today to the Freedom for Nestora Committee here or mail your check made out to “RW-Nestora fund” c/o New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118.
And many, many thanks for your ongoing support. ¡Libertad para Nestora, Arturo Campos y Gonzalo Molina!
Su Docekal, Libertad para Nestora/ Freedom for Nestora Committee
Grisel Rodriguez, Nestora’s daughter
José Luis Avila, Nestora’s husband
By Franco Ordoñez……..McClatchy Washington Bureau April 28, 2015
WASHINGTON — A federal court looks to be on the verge of delivering a significant blow to the Obama administration policy of detaining mothers and children who say they’re fleeing violence in their home countries, according to attorneys representing the detained families.
U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in California distributed a 22-page tentative ruling Friday concluding the administration policy violates parts of an 18-year-old court settlement regarding the detention of migrant children, according to memos that outline the tentative ruling and were obtained by McClatchy.
The tentative ruling was distributed to attorneys but not officially filed, to allow the two sides 30 days to negotiate an agreement. But it states the children and their mothers cannot be held in unlicensed secure facilities such as those in the towns of Karnes City and Dilley, Texas, according to the memos.
The tentative ruling also says it’s inappropriate to hold a child and accompanying parent unless there is a flight or safety risk, according to the memos describing the document.
The correspondence about the tentative ruling Read more
Press release from Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. and Migrant Defense Committee
(see below for espanol)
On April 29th, 2015, the U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL) and Homeland Security (DHS) published two new rules in the H-2B visa program that establish groundbreaking protections for transnational migrants and U.S. workers alike. The new rulemaking is in response to a court’s decision that cast uncertainty on the program’s future. Workers with H-2B visas come to the United States for a temporary period of time to work in industries such as landscaping, seafood, fairs, and hospitality. Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (CDM) has advocated for H-2B workers’ rights on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border for nearly 10 years. CDM applauds the critical worker protections provided by the comprehensive H-2B rule, which will be finalized after a 60-day comment period. However, CDM is concerned by loopholes in the H-2B wage rule, which may cut workers’ wages. Protections in the comprehensive rule for H-2B migrant workers include: