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Mujer Obrera: Occupy City Hall, demand stimulus funds for jobs

For at least a brief time this morning, members of La Mujer Obrera took to the 10th floor of City Hall, the offices of the city reps and the administration — word was they were heading next to the Cortes Building offices of U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes. From the NPT Inbox, here’s a news release from the organization:

Press Release—Women workers Occupy El Paso Texas City Hall! Demand Stimulus Funds for Jobs and Businesses!—Press Release

We call on all members of the community to join us in demanding that the City and Federal governments invest in a future for low-income women on the border.

(please forward to friends)

The global economic crisis has filled the news for months, but the women workers of El Paso have struggled with the profound poverty and unemployment of the border for years.

Rather than waiting with arms crossed, the women created a plan out of the ashes of the economy that was destroyed by the global economic crisis, and put it into action—through Mercado Mayapan, they created more than 100 jobs, and a strategy to create a future with dignity for the women, their families and El Paso.

But these jobs and this future are now completely at risk because up to now, government funding has been piecemeal, and inadequate, only enough to say “they helped” but not enough to genuinely create a future for women.

$3.5 million in stimulus funds are needed not only to save 106 jobs but create at least 60 more for women. This would generate at least $2.8 million in revenues, create microenterprises and establish a solid foundation for Mercado Mayapan to grow jobs, businesses and income for low-income women in El Paso.

Where are the funds to save jobs and create economic opportunity for low-income women on the border? Very few stimulus funds have come in support of women workers, and the City has strangled the use of the few resources that arrived. The Empowerment Zone has been tied up in bureaucratic fights between the City and HUD for years while families in the zone continue to suffer from some of the city’s highest rates of unemployment and poverty. President Obama has sent stimulus funds for bridges and roads, and has created bailouts for the rich bankers—where are the funds for women in El Paso?

If it is possible to bail out car dealers and auto companies, then why can’t the women on the border receive the investment they need to create a stable future. When will Obama keep his promises to Hispanics? When will Latina women on the border and their communities become a priority for him and his administration?

We want an immediate emergency meeting with federal, state and local officials responsible for stimulus funds to resolve this crisis.

La Mujer Obrera and Mercado Mayapan have done everything possible to build the basis for a new economy for immigrant women workers and their families on the border. However the city and the federal governments have failed to adequately support these efforts.

So at this time, La Mujer Obrera is suspending Mercado Mayapan and its operations to focus attention on the dire need for the government to provide the resources needed to develop jobs and businesses for Mexican immigrant women and their families.

La Mujer Obrera

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

September 3, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. This is all you need to know about this situation

    “So at this time, La Mujer Obrera is suspending Mercado Mayapan and its operations to focus attention on the dire need for the government to provide the resource”

    I might add this bit of info that would tell any person with half a brain that this project is not viable as designed.

    “$3.5 million in stimulus funds are needed to generate at least $2.8 million in revenues”

    Hysterical!

    robnelp

    September 3, 2009 at 2:07 pm

  2. What a crock the city provided some of the start up funds for this project and LMO has the balls to say the city has failed them. NAFTA was 15 years ago and this organization bit off more than it could chew by developing an operation with no real marketing and promotion and relied on the few who would venture to El Barrio to see what it was and found it to be just ok, but nothing that compared to our old mercados in Juarez. They should have gotten a liquor license and sold beer that might have helped. What a shame and embarrassment.

    Checho

    September 3, 2009 at 2:59 pm

  3. damnit mujer, you bit off more than you could chew. its sad, and i really feel for those women who just lost their jobs.

    sad

    September 3, 2009 at 3:15 pm

  4. Embrassing . . . Asking for welfare . . .

    AliceInWonderland

    September 3, 2009 at 3:57 pm

  5. Embarrassing . . . Asking for welfare . . .

    AliceInWonderland

    September 3, 2009 at 3:59 pm

  6. Were do they get the 100 jobs lost. I actually saw no more than 9 workers in the whole mercado and about 3 buying customers.
    Cindy I told Sandra, your Mkt. Director to go take a look at Mata’s Produce Market on Stanton St. That market probably sells in one day what you can’t the whole week. You are way over your overhead.
    This elephant on life support will never fly. Unplug
    the chord.

    cr

    September 3, 2009 at 5:50 pm

  7. where did the money REALY go?

    Cesar

    September 3, 2009 at 7:06 pm

  8. I would like to know where I can go to get interest free loans from the City of El Paso, and request federal funding to help support our business here in South El Paso. At some point in its existence any organization needs to stand on its own feet. We as taxpayers need to say Enough is Enough and let any entity fail.

    MARTIN SILVA

    September 4, 2009 at 9:20 am

  9. How can this place expect to succeed when they constantly need ($millions in) federal money to offset losses?

    Some investigative journalism is needed into those handling the finances of Mercado Mayapan and La Mujer Obrera. Unfortunately, they are probably considered a sort of “golden calf” in this city, and anyone questioning them would be called out as xenophobic.

    Mike

    September 4, 2009 at 9:21 am

  10. So, let’s see if I understand it right… They’re closing their money-generating business (and thus, not receiving any money) while they demand that the government gives them money? Isn’t that like shooting yourself in the foot?
    I have an idea: why not using half of your staff (50 people, for what I read) to WORK the business and make money and use the other half to do their protests.
    That way, they will see if they really need 100 people working or if they’re overstaffed.
    I’ve met with people in that neighborhood (don’t believe they have any relationship with Mayapan) and asked them why they don’t get a job or improve their businesses. Their answer? “Because if I make more than XXXX the government will take away my benefits, why would I lose my benefits?”.
    If that’s the reality among them, I believe that asking for money instead of working is not the solution.

    Another Mike

    September 4, 2009 at 10:42 am

  11. We need to support the actions of Mujer Obrera. No one else seems to care for the people or the development of that area.

    4tx

    September 7, 2009 at 12:50 am


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