Latino Activist from Across U.S. to Protest Carlos Slim
Nearly 1,000 Latino leaders, students, community activists and concerned citizens from across the United States will descend on the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Sunday, May 20th, 2012 to protest the presentation of Carlos Slim – the richest man in the world – with an honorary degree from George Washington University during its graduation ceremony. The coalition, Two Countries One Voice, is committed to exposing Slim’s monopolistic practices with which he has amassed his fortune.
The coalition sent a letter to George Washington University officials requesting that it sever all ties with Slim and refrain from honoring a man who made his billions on the backs of the Mexican poor. The University declined the request.
This action is just the first of many actions planned to bring attention to Slim’s predatory monopolistic actions and to call on American institutions and corporations to sever ties with Slim.
DATE: Sunday, May 20, 2012
TIME: 9:00 am
WHERE: 15th Street Knoll (15th and Madison)
National Mall, Washington DC
WHO: Juan Jose Gutiérrez – Vamos Unidos USA
Andres Ramirez – The Ramirez Group
1,000 Latino leaders, students, and community activists protesting Carlos Slim
BACKGROUND: Carlos Slim’s power and fortune is made up primarily from his monopoly on the Mexican telecommunications system. According to the independent and highly respected Organization for Cooperation and Development (OECD), Slim’s company, America Movil, which controls nearly 80% of the total Mexican telecom, cell and internet industries, charges exorbitant prices and provides inadequate services. Their report also shows that Slim has price-gouged Mexican customers billions of dollars for basic telephone and Internet service. They point out that those specifically and most profoundly affected by these business practices are rural and poor communities.
The impact of Carlos Slim’s monopoly has resulted in Mexico ranking LAST in public investment in telecommunications compared with the 33 other OECD countries while Slim’s company Telemex had a profit margin of 47% – one of the highest of the OECD countries.
The Coalition has 40 more leaders and organizations, and includes a mix of American and Latino community-based organizations. All groups are banding together to give a voice to all those who cannot speak out, and are working to defend them from the tactics being used to make the richest man in the world richer.
Coalition members include the following leaders who are affiliated with leading organizations:
Chair, Latin Chamber of Commerce (Nevada)
Radio Host, Asi se Habla Radio
Vicenta Montoya (NV)
Founder, Si Se Puede Democratic Caucus
Familias de Juarez Project
President, Casa de la Cultura Maya
Adelita Grijalva (AZ)
Board Member, Tucson University School District
President, Dream Big Vegas
New Mexico State University / Hispano Chamber of Commerce
Hispanic Student Union – UNLV
MeCHA – UNLV
Executive Director, Hermandad Mexicana
President of the Board, Luz Coalition
Executive Director, Community Services of Nevada
Co-Founder, Nevada Alliance for Latino Education and Justice
President and Co-Founder,Nevada Youth Alliance
President, Hispanics in Politics
Southern Nevada Director,Nevada Reform Immigration for America
Day Labor program (East coast coordinator)
President, Association ofSalvadoran Attorney from DC.
Camilo J. Quila
Legal Aid Justice Center
Community activist, Washington D.C.
Director, SHARE EL SALVADOR
Las Americas News
SOL – UNLV
MeCHA – CSN
Hispanic Student Union – CSN
Juan Jose Gutierrez
President, Vamos Unidos USA
Director, CBO Comunitarias (Asociacion de Puebla)
Director, Union de Emigrantes Guatemaltecos (UGE)
President, Mesa Redonda Centroamericana
President Hondurenos Unidos (HULA)
Director, Collective Space
President, Club Juarez, Chihuaha
President, Asociacion deex-braceros de Los Angeles
Treasurer, Salvadoran Corridor
Ricardo Amado Castillo
GeorgeWashington University Student Alumni Association
Juan Garcia – California
Sandra Ramos — Texas
Ramona Houston — Texas
Federacion Jalisciense DeNevada
Source: Two Countries One Voice