23 Million Mexicans living in the United States generate an economy equal to that generated by all Mexicanos south of the Río Grande. Part of our money goes down south to support our families and keep them from extreme poverty. Our families buy basic products and pay rent and services with that money, and in doing so, pay taxes to the Mexican government.
Another portion of our money goes to 2x1 and 3x1 matching programs, to improve our impoverished communities, and more than once, our money has ended up „lostš and its intention has never been fulfilled.
Even worse, we pay for all services provided to us by our government: matrículas consulares (truly a „Mexican credentialš,) birth certificates, passports, health insurance for our families abroad. Only us, Mexican nationals, have to deposit between US$200 and US$400 to drive our cars into our own country while on vacation.
We invest on phone cards to call our families at home, and we are defrauded in the amount of minutes used; we send money to México and are charged exorbitant fees for the transaction.
Another part of our money goes to buy Mexican products, tortillas, food and beer, when trying not to miss our country so much.
In exchange, we get nothing.
Almost 70 years ago we demanded the right to vote from abroad, to participate not only economically but politically in our country, and we have only obtain a partial victory: we could vote, although only for president, whiteout electing congressmen, governors or mayors (although we support our counties and states,) but it is not clear when that vote would take effect.
Millions of us are undo-cumented. We need doc-ments in the land where we sweat, where we produce, where we serve clients at hotels and restaurants, where we clean executive offices, where we fish, plow and harvest, where we get burnt producing steel and plastic, where we get up in unsafe scaffolds products in exchange of poverty wages.
We need driver licenses to go to and from work; Social Security numbers to for our pensions, to build a credit history, to earn better wages and send more money to our families; we need residency to be able to send our children to school, so they can earn scholarships for colleges and universities. But the Mexican government is only interested in sending us here for sis months periods so we don‚t starve in our country.
They hold secret negotiations, without informing anything to us, the objects of their talks, Nobody has asked us what do we need to be negotiated, what do we need, what do we want, what are we willing to accept to live better in this country and, therefore, for our families to live better in México.
Therefore,the undersigning organizations call all to the National Conference of Mexican Organiza-tions, to be held on May 18 and 19, at the Mexican Culture and Education Institute (2829 16th. Northwest, ph: (202) 728-1628), in Washington, D.C., under the following:
1. Amnesty and regularization: Freedom Act, Democrats proposal, tasks in this movement.
2. Money Transfers: Cheaper ways to send money to México; invest-ments in our commu-nities with the profits our transfers.
3. Political Rights: Our right to vote from abroad, the Sixth District; Creation of a National Association of Migrants and their families, to participate in Mexican elections in the year 2003.
4. Our Voice: unification of Mexican organizations, groups and movements in the United States, to demand participation and to be taken into account when deci-ding our future.
The conference will have the following
a) Participation will be free
b) Each participant will have one vote
c) One President, one Secretary and three vocals will be elected to preside the Conference
d) Time of participation will only be limited if the Presidency considers to do so because of time constraints
For more information, please contact any of the undersigning organizations, send e-mail to CIMEChicago@aol.com <http://mx.f148.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=CIMEChicago@aol.com> , or call Jorge Mújica, at (773) 852-8815