On behalf of everyone at La Mujer Obrera in El Paso, Texas, we would like to thank you for your support over the years as we have continued to develop an alternative to the chronic unemployment and abandonment on the U.S.-Mexico border. We hope you’ve had a chance to attend some of our free community events this year at Mercado Mayapán, our traditional Mexican market with fresh foods, fair-trade artisan goods, an active cultural events plaza, and museum.
Our three social purpose businesses: Rayito de Sol Daycare and Learning Center, Uxmal Apartments and Mercado Mayapán are part of our economic development model for El Paso. We strive to integrate culture, health, history, and social equity into our ongoing projects. This year we conducted an innovative, culturally-based health fair, nutrition workshops based on the traditional Mesoamerican diet, menu changes at Mercado Mayapán and Rayito de Sol Daycare and Learning Center, and launched the Mayapán Farmers’ Market. This model is comprehensive and has the potential to be self-sufficient amidst the great poverty of the U.S.-Mexico border.
All of our efforts are community-led and implemented, simultaneously creating meaningful jobs for local workers and a beautiful cultural gathering space for the community and tourists alike. We know we have the capacity and resilience to transition our communities from economic abandonment to vibrant neighborhoods that celebrate and honor our culture, traditions, and health.
In addition to the community development, cultural, educational, and health-related work we have spearheaded at the local level, we have also been steadfast advocates for the U.S.-Mexico border region as a whole. The area encompassed by drawing a 100 kilometer radius north of the U.S.-Mexico border is the most impoverished region of the country. In November of 2010, we went on hunger strike in Washington, D.C. to call attention to the poverty experienced by residents of the U.S.-Mexico border and call for urgent investment in peaceful and productive border development like La Mujer Obrera. This year, we sent a letter to President Obama requesting his administration’s attention to these issues and have been circulating an online petition that has received support from around the world.
We are asking all of our supporters to go above and beyond one more time as we continue to provide a unifying and creative development approach for the entire community. Together, we can improve the economic, social, educational, health and living conditions of low-income workers in El Paso. Any amount will make a tremendous difference. Your donation to La Mujer Obrera is tax-deductible and will help pay for our operating costs, supplies for our cultural events and our daycare’s vegetable patch, outreach and engagement programs, and make all of our work possible.
We know you believe in this work and understand that our efforts require investment. Please donate today to invest in the future of El Paso, border workers and our families so that we can continue to work towards our shared vision of a life with dignity for everyone.
Giving online is the easiest, fastest and most effective way to help La Mujer Obrera continue our work to improve the economic conditions and enhance the culture and health of El Paso’s Chamizal neighborhood. To make an online donation, click here.