Call for Volunteers- conference “Mexico-US Migration: Rural Transformation and Development”

We are looking for volunteers who will be able to assist with different jobs and take on some responsibilities during the conference “Mexico-US Migration: Rural Transformation and Development”, which will take place on April 9 and 10 (see below).
Specifically, we need people for the following jobs:
Technical Persons (in charge of making sure that power points are working, digital recorders are set and possibly digital cameras as well, and any other glitches that may arise).
Rappateurs: Persons who are able to take notes on each of the panels. Using established outlines of each of the talks, you will need to fill them in, with your notes.
Photographer
Registration people
There are a few incentives for participating in this conference:
You will get lunch on both days!
You will be able to make contacts and talk to important people from Mexico and the US working in the area of Mexican-US migration!
You can add this to your CV!
You get to attend the conference (you can do that anyway, but this way you will already be there)!
The Harrington Fellows Program
and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
present the conference
Mexico-U.S. Migration: Rural Transformation and Development
April 9-10, 2008
Harry Ransom Center, Prothro Theatre
University of Texas at Austin

Keynote Address:
Jorge Durand
Universidad de Guadalajara
Wednesday, April 9, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Mexic-Arte Museum
5th and Congress, Austin, 78701
Scholars and policymakers from the U.S. and Mexico will examine current trends in migration and their impact on rural communities in both countries.
Free and open to the public. No registration required.
For more information, please contact Gail Sanders, g.sanders@austin.utexas.edu, (512) 232-2423.
Sponsored by the Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program, Mexican Center at LLILAS
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Departments of Geography and Sociology, Population Research Center, Center for Mexican American Studies College of Liberal Arts, the University of Texas at Austin and the National Science Foundation.

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One response to “Call for Volunteers- conference “Mexico-US Migration: Rural Transformation and Development”

  1. Please join our effort to stop the misguided Merida Initiative

    Plan Mexico was hatched by Presidents
    Bush and Calderon without any consultation from the US or Mexican
    congresses.

    Officially known as the Merida Initiative, Plan Mexico,is immediately
    likened to the failures and violence of Plan Colombia that has led to an
    increase in human rights violations and cocaine production.

    Stopping Plan Mexico has been named by the Center for International
    Policy as one of the top three challenges to protect attempts to build more
    just and peaceful societies in Latin America.

    The United Steelworkers came out against it in November and issued a
    statement demanding public hearings about it after
    the police crackdowns on miners in Mexico last week.

    Plan Mexico would provide $1.5 billion in US Taxpayer monies and equipment
    to the Mexican military, police, and intelligence services.

    None of the aid contemplated in this first package of a proposed 3 year
    deal goes where it’s most needed: addiction
    prevention and rehabilitation in America, and local development financing in
    mMxico.

    Sending equipment to the Mexican police and military in the context
    of unprosecuted human rights violations encourages impunity.

    Is this what Americans want our government to do with our tax money?

    Increased surveillance, secret police and paramilitary activities endangers the civil liberties of the general population at
    risk, especially activists, union leaders, indigenous peoples.

    The invasion by U.S. military companies such as Blackwater, and direct U.S.
    involvement in Mexican military would lead to a client state relationship
    that compromises Mexican national sovereignty and would lead to increased U.S.
    interventionist and even imperial foreign policy.

    This “security” initiative is proposed in the context of opening up the Mexican economy to further
    privatization and exploitation by multinational corporations.

    Plan Mexico, emphasizes interdiction and as such expands the failed drug war in Colombia. Yet, a study conducted by the conservative RAND Drug Policy Research Center
    for the U.S. Army … found that treatment is 10 times more cost effective
    than interdiction…”.

    Plan Mexico imagines anti-terrorist measures to confront an international
    threat that does not exist in Mexico, and would reinterpret
    migration as organized crime.

    Mexico needs and deserves U.S. support, in the form of fair trade agreements which prioritize labor, indigenous and other human rights & environmental protections; Instead our government sends jobs oversees where Mexican workers and farmers rights are abused under rapacious free trade that
    reduces wages and decimates the environment. The proposal to expand militarization of Mexican society is a step in the wrong direction.

    Plan Mexico is a dangerous ploy by the Bush administration to intervene in
    the affairs of Mexico for decades to come, while ignoring the need to create good paying jobs at home.

    Tell Congress to Stop Plan Mexico.
    (The above text is not the exact final version of the video clip.)

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