Giordano: Marcos in Tijuana Speaks a Little English
October 20, 2006
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"Everybody talks about how many millions of Mexicans made it into the United States," writes Al Giordano. "Baja
California, on the Mexican side of the border, is where millions who were kicked out or turned back ended up."
Subcomandante Marcos has arrived at perhaps the most eagerly anticipated stop on his tour of the Mexican republic: the
famous border city of Tijuana, Baja California. There, he held his first meeting with Other Campaign adherents from "the
Other Side" - Mexican immigrants and their decedents in the United States.
Giordano reports from Tijuana:
"How do Mexicans in the United States endure the heaps of hardship and discrimination upon them? The truth is that many
had plenty of practice before arriving: they were already treated badly before they crossed over.
"The perverted irony in which the native peoples of América are classified as outsiders has permeated the Other Campaign
meetings of recent days here. Subcomandante Marcos, in his role as Delegate Zero, heard from Baja Californians on
Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, he held a euphoric meeting with Mexicans and Chicanos from 'the Other Side' who
traveled down from Los Angeles and other parts of the United States to take their place in the Other Campaign. On
Wednesday, he heard twice (because sweatshop workers slave in shifts) from maquila workers who staff the factories of
US, Japanese and other foreign electronics, food product and other companies on the Mexican side of the border that
exploit cheap labor and regulatory impunity."
"Prior to Thursday's meeting with those from the Other Side, none of the dozens of Other Media reporters or militants in
political organizations that travel with the Other Campaign caravan knew what to expect. Would the vices of gringo-style
"activism" where talkers talk, sectors compete in a hierarchy of victimization, and more energy is often devoted to
telling others what they can't do or say than helping each other do what they can, come to blows with the 'listen first'
doctrine of the Other Campaign in Mexico? Such fears turned out to be unfounded. The Raza from the Other Side, much like
the adherents from Tijuana and the Mexican side of the border, turned out to be among the best organized, and better
listeners to each others' diverse testimonies, that have been seen and heard along most of the Other Campaign trail to
date. The events in Tijuana, in fact, may mark a new model for local organizing of the struggle against the capitalist
system that the Other Campaign foments. Other political movements in the United States have a lot to learn by listening
to them, as occurred here on Thursday."
Read the full report in The Narco News Bulletin, and stay tuned as more reports continue to come in from the border:
From somewhere in a country called América,
The Narco News Bulletin