San Diego Maquiladora Workers’ Solidarity Network

c/o UC-AFT SD Local 2034, PO Box 12005, La Jolla, CA 92039
(619) 885-6081, maquilatijuanasandiego@earthlink.net


The San Diego Maquiladora Workers’ Solidarity Network ties together people in the nation’s largest border town who want to build an alliance between working people across that border.  We believe that US and other multinational corporations operating factories in Tijuana and other maquiladora cities have no right to pay poverty wages, require pregnancy tests of their workers, pollute with impunity, and repress unions.  We believe that union and other workers in the US will be crippled as long as they are cut off from their co-employees abroad.  And we believe that there is no better place to start solving these global problems than locally.

The Network stays in close touch with workers in Tijuana and other cities fighting for their rights.  We contribute to their struggles in ways that they agree upon, using the leverage that we have as residents of the home country of many of their employers.  We write letters, send emails, bring workers to San Diego to tell their stories, and we organize protests and pickets.  We bring attention to abuses that corporations would prefer to keep from a US audience.  We are union members, students, public health advocates, environmentalists, church people and others working toward alliances with all grassroots organizations that share an interest in our work.

We meet once a month, and meetings are open to all.  Anyone can join our Network by participating in our events, coming to meetings, getting on our email list, or all of the above.  Please join us, and help us spread our Network throughout San Diego.  Help Tijuana ’s factory workers win justice today, and help us unleash the power of workers united across borders tomorrow.

We organize tours of the Tijuana Maquiladora areas, where participants learn about Tijuana Maquiladora Workers' conditions and struggles. Our next scheduled tour will occur on Saturday, November 22, 2014. For information about this tour, or to make a reservation, click .

For up to date information on the workers' struggle in Mexico, check Ollin Calli's website http://ollincalli.org/ (Spanish) or http://ollincalli.org/english (English).

The Network has a new Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tijuana.sweatshopsolidarity

MAQUILADORA NEWSLETTER - including Maquiladoras 101, an introduction to the maquiladora system and the rights of workers in Mexico

COALITION FOR JUSTICE IN THE MAQUILADORAS (CJM) Annual Report 2010
A report on workers struggles throughout Mexico in 2010.

A YouTube video of a recent tour can be viewed at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sqkle7w8uTw

Occasionally, we conduct tours for groups such as churches, union members, or college classes.
If you have a group and can fill the bus (~ 30-40 people), please contact Enrique at maquilatijuanasandiego@earthlink.net or 619-885-6081 (text messages please) for information.

The network gratefully accepts donations. The San Diego Maquiladora Workers' Solidarity Network (SDMWSN) is a 501(C)(3) organization. Donations qualify as charitable contributions for tax purposes. All donations are forwarded to the workers' organizations in Tijuana and to the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras (CJM). Clicking the following button takes you to a secure PayPal web site to process donations .

We also have a pledge program, where you can automatically donate an amount of your choosing to the Solidarity Network each month. Click for information on how to initiate (or terminate) a monthly pledge.

The San Diego Maquiladora Workers' Solidarity Network is a proud member of CJM, the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras. Visit the CJM web site for more information.

San Diego Contacts:

Enrique Davalos           maquilatijuanasandiego@earthlink.net    619-885-6081
Virginia Franco                    vfranco22@cox.net                         619-287-5535