Cyber-Solidarity, Art Actions Raise Awareness

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Ever wonder who made the components for your computer? Chances are it was underpaid women working in semi-legal conditions and living in squalid shantytowns along the US-Mexico border. Juarez is one of these towns, where basics such as sewage and clean water are inadequate, and anyone who speaks out is likely to be silenced. Since 1993, 800 women and girls have disappeared in Juarez. Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa (Bring Our Daughters Home) is an organization of the families of the disappeared. When they called for international support earlier this year, they found unexpected solidarity with cyberfeminist and hactivist groups. On August 14, Undercurrents, Electronic Disturbance Theater, Desktop Theater, Women in Black and Las Viejas Escandalosas supported a street march with an online petition, chatroom protests and a Floodnet action. And during November, art actions are taking place in Mexican newspapers, Mexico City, Juarez and Los Angeles. These have contributed to increased media attention and global awareness of the issue. Show your support by reading and signing the petition at http://www.PetitionOnline.com/JUAREZ/petition.html. - Helen Varley Jamieson