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Mercado Mayapan puts out call for Tuesday City Council meeting, other actions

From the NPT Inbox:


The next critical step in keeping the Mercado Mayapan open is the approval of the EZ funding recommendation by the Empowerment Zone Advisory Board scheduled for discussion and action next Tuesday, September 22nd at the City Council meeting. Please mark your calendars and JOIN US in showing your support for the women workers!!

Attached you will find a call to attend the City Council meeting, as well as, “Hidden Casualties: Trade, Employment Loss and Women Workers”, an informative report on the devastating impacts of free trade on women manufacturing workers and the government programs that have failed to transition them back into the workforce. Additionally, you will find a script in English and Spanish you can send to your friends to get them involved and a letter to send to the Obama Administration and the Department of Treasury to request that the pending NADBank funding request be expedited.

In order to raise awareness of this struggle a Women Workers Rally will be held at UTEP at 10 a.m., tomorrow, Thursday, September 17, 2009 at the corner of Oregon and University Avenue. We ask that you attend and distribute the attached press advisory.

Please circulate this call widely and remember:

* Invite your family, friends, and out-of-town guests to eat and shop at Mercado Mayapan. The price of cooked food, fruits, vegetables, meats, groceries and souvenirs is comparable to the markets in Cd. Juárez.

* Have your meetings at Mercado Mayapan and purchase food, natural juices, and snacks.

* Send a tax-deductible contribution that’s within your budget to the La Mujer Obrera Emergency Fund to support the women who were laid off and are not eligible for unemployment benefits. Checks can be made out to: LMO -Women Forging Our Future and send to 2000 Texas, El Paso, Texas 79901.

* Ask relatives, neighbors, church members, co-workers, and fellow students to support the workers of Mercado Mayapan in whatever way they can.

The Time to Act is Now!! Thank you for all of your support!!

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

September 17, 2009 at 8:08 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. just make sure their executive director doesn’t spend it all in one of her “ego lunches”. someone keep an eye on that lady!


    September 17, 2009 at 9:28 am

  2. I have been to lunch meetings there and it is a great, centrally-located place to hold meetings and the food is wonderful! They even have audio/visual equipment for speakers.


    September 17, 2009 at 2:17 pm

  3. i saw them protesting today at UTEP, not really sure what they were yelling out ties to what the flyers and what this website says.


    September 17, 2009 at 3:54 pm

  4. Centrally located with not enough parking!


    September 17, 2009 at 3:59 pm

  5. viva mata’s produce,ruidosa market. and silva’s grocery.

    you kicked the socialistic store in the ass.


    September 17, 2009 at 7:21 pm

  6. These women keep asking for government money but cannot run a self-sustaining business. Just months after they get an interest-free loan from the city, they SHUT DOWN!! Anyone with business sense knows you can’t depend solely on “emergency funding”. BY THE WAY, where are the numbers? How many monolingual women now speak English? How many displaced factory workers now have a job? They claim to train these women for better jobs but I’ve never seen their nubmers. I’ll tell you what numbers I HAVE SEEN. Cindy Arnold makes about $130,000 a year and Irma Montoya makes about $100,000. Is that where my city taxpayer dollars are going to???!!!! THAT’S PLAIN DISGUSTING!!! NO MORE MONEY FOR LA MUJER OBRERA. GET A REAL BUSINESS MODEL AND STOP “DEMANDING” TAXPAYER MONEY!!!!


    September 18, 2009 at 9:42 am

  7. NPT should throw a fundraiser and raise the funds needed if they care so much.
    NPT should do a write up on Mata’s Produce success. This guy didn’t get a red cent to open his mercado yet THEY are really helping sustain the neighborhood, contribute to economic development and show a huge profit.
    My suggestion:
    Keep Cafe Mayapan going and if this elephant(MM)can’t fly on its own then pull the plug.
    NPT, Please no more write ups on this.


    September 18, 2009 at 8:34 pm

  8. Now I am disgusted!

    Just curious, does anybody really now how much they pay their workers?

    Do they have any type of health care coverage?

    Will Cindy and Irma be willing to give up half of their hefty salary to keep some of the poor ladies working?

    I really doubt it.

    It has always been, Me Me Me give ME, with Cindy.


    September 18, 2009 at 9:59 pm

  9. what mujer is doing to these women really makes me sad. what started out as an idea to help empower displaced women workers has turned into entirely something else. please, please fully audit them before you give them any more money. someone needs to regulate them because they act out of control within their own walls. they intimidate, decieve and use these women with a “they owe us” mentality. what on the surface looks like empowerment is actually weakening them even more. they are using those women. they have a weird sick power structure, ask those who know. i wish it could be different and i could be saying otherwise, but something smells really bad there. really bad.


    September 19, 2009 at 9:00 am

  10. This organization has been a ripoff since the day it began. Good riddance.

    Texas Avenue Entrepreneur

    September 19, 2009 at 3:50 pm

  11. Just to clear the record. None of the top management of La Mujer Obrera or Mercado Mayapan have EVER made more than $20,000 annually, and in fact several months in various years, they have volunteered (worked for free or gone on unemployment) while other employees have been able to stay on the payroll.


    September 21, 2009 at 6:09 pm

  12. Well, well well. How misinformed we are! Mayapan is more than a business and self sustainment is part of the goal. But there is much more, a Media Center for Parents and Kids that don’t have internet access. Classes, Museum, etc. They are a social service agency that provides service through grants and yes some grants are federally funded, like so many other agencies. No one complains about all the other agencies that do nothing for self sustainment. Last week City Council gave $200,000 to an agency from gity general funds, you didn’t complain. Now where is the $50 Mil earmarked for Chamizal Revitalization? Why did Dyer get a center when Chamizal is the 11th poorest area in the Nation and that helped bring the federal money. So is Chamizal not supposed to protest whem Money coming into the city to help that neighborhood is being diverted by the city to projects that continue to not make any changes. Is this not called the good old boy network? So please get informed and realize why nothing changes for the better. New programs are strangled to death to continue giving to the good ol boy network. That is why I will support Mayapan. I am from Ysleta and they are the only ones offering hope to me at Mayapan. Ysleta is Enterprise but no other agency is offering anything for Ysleta. Mayapan offers me a chance to set up shop therr.


    September 21, 2009 at 8:26 pm

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