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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 01:16 PM

Taking on powerful, controversial causes, Mexican bishop becomes high-profile social activist

Taking on powerful, controversial causes, Mexican bishop becomes high-profile social activist
CHRISTOPHER SHERMANAssociated Press
10:55 a.m. EST, December 25, 2012

MONCLOVA, Mexico (AP) The white-haired bishop stepped before some 7,000 faithful gathered in a baseball stadium in this violence-plagued northern border state. He led the gathering through the rituals of his Mass, reciting prayers echoed back by the massive crowd. And then his voice rose.

Politicians are tied to organized crime, Bishop Raul Vera bellowed while inaugurating the church's Year of Faith. Lawmakers' attempts to curb money laundering are intentionally weak. New labor reforms are a way to enslave Mexican workers.

How, Vera asked, can Mexicans follow leaders "who are the ones who have let organized crime grow, who have let criminals do what they do unpunished, because there's no justice in this country!"

In a nation where some clergy have been cowed into silence by drug cartels and official power, Vera is clearly unafraid to speak. That makes him an important voice of dissent in a country where the Roman Catholic Church often works hand-in-hand with the powerful, and where cynicism about politics is widespread and corrosive.

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http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/nationworld/sns-ap-lt-mexico-outspoken-bishop-20121225,0,2095898,full.story

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Judi Lynn Dec 2012 OP
Peace Patriot Dec 2012 #1
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 04:43 AM

1. "New labor reforms are a way to enslave Mexican workers"?

Anyone know what he's talking about?

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Response to Peace Patriot (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 05:09 AM

2. This could help, maybe: Mexico passes controversial labor reform bill

Mexico passes controversial labor reform bill

A bipartisan effort modernizes labor laws to an extent, but the country's far left says the legislation still favors employers over workers.

Alex Pearlman November 15, 2012 11:05

Mexico passed legislation Tuesday overhauling the country's 40-year-old labor laws in a bipartisan effort that many say isn't strong enough. The far left claims the new laws favor big business over workers and that true reform has yet to come.

President Felipe Calderon, who steps down from the presidency Dec. 1 and originally proposed the legislation, has said the new law would add hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and will allow women and young people to more easily access employment while boosting productivity.

However, the left is concerned about the ease with which employers can now hire and fire at will, outsource jobs, sidestep giving workers health benefits and hire part-time workers for a fraction of the pay they'd otherwise receive. The new law also does nothing to democratize the unions, which are ancient, corrupt and often led by bosses who are more closely tied to the employers than the workers are.

"It's the worst of both worlds," says Cristina Auerbach, a labor lawyer working with coal miners in the northern state of Coahuila, of the recent reforms. "It strips away rights from workers and leaves union leaders untouched."

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/rights/mexico-passes-controversial-labor-reform-bill

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:54 PM

4. Thanks for this info! This was, no doubt, one of Calderon's missions...

...in exchange for Bush Junta help in stealing the 2005 election--to transform Mexico into the U.S., with outsourcing of jobs, and a cheap, expendable workforce, etc.

I remember reading about U.S. corps ripping up operations here--and destroying U.S. communities in the process--and outsourcing the jobs to Mexico, THEN, when Mexican workers struck for higher wages (in one case, $3/hr as opposed to $2/hr) outsourcing to Cambodia, where workers have no rights at all and can be paid 25 cents a day!

The whole game is busting labor rights!

Calderon failed in his "mission" to private Mexico's oil (a constitutionally protected resource)--there was too much opposition, including within the legislature--but he has apparently succeeded with THIS. What's going on in the Mexican congress, for this to happen, I don't know--the DLC-ification of Mexico's leftist leadership, as happened here? But I imagine that this will give Calderon at least half his pay-off. No, wait! I forgot about the U.S. "war on drugs"--billions of our tax dollars from the Bushwhacks to the Mexican fascists, in 2008, to rip that society to shreds and pile up mountains of bodies--the DEA-ification of Mexico!

He gets two-thirds of his pay-off!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 05:35 PM

3. I suspect the Bishop is not long for this world. nt.

 

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