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10 Reasons Why Jubilee Delegations to Mexico Are So Valuable
If you join a Jubilee Delegation to Mexico, you can join the quest for answers to the following 10 questions.
1. What do you feel when Mexicans and Mayans are the teachers and you are the student? The trip reverses the roles of the most familiar U.S. view, namely, that we are the teachers and people of other countries are the learners.
2. What does Earth-size living Mexican style look like?—The two Jubilee Circles in Mexico are keenly committed to living within Earth's capacities. They form alliances with cooperatives and Indigenous people (Mayans) who share this sense of profound interdependence with the land, the species, each other.
3. Why is jubilee a compelling practice and vision in two very different geographies and settings? The San Mateo Jubilee Circle is outside of Puebla city (in the central Mexican state of Puebla), a large, agricultural area. The San Cristobal Jubilee Circle is in the city of San Cristobal, the cultural capital of Chiapas—the southern most state of Mexico, bordering Guatemala. It is in the highlands—a large area with steep mountains, deep ravines.
4. Are Indigenous Peoples (First Peoples) treated differently in Mexico than in the U.S. The states of Puebla and Chiapas rank next to the state of Oaxaca in number of Indigenous peoples and in Indigenous languages spoken. You will visit one or more groupings of Indigenous peoples and learn about the many ways they resist the oppression from transnationals and a non-Indigenous government.
5. Do local people benefit from “development” by transnationals or are they exploited by them? Transnational corporations seek the wealth of these states as cheaply as possible. Cartels also
6. What types of resistance to oppression, injustice, and corruption have been most effective? Be sure to learn about the significance of forming autonomous or self-governing structures apart from the government. The Zapatista Movement is perhaps the best known for this type of dignified resistance. Indigenous Peoples continue to be leaders in this resistance—La Resistencia that extends from the conquest to the present.
7. What alternatives are proving most effective in empowering people marginalized by the powers—both the global capital economy and the cartel-run economy? You will see many examples of appropriate, simple technologies and low investment strategies.
8. Which expressions of religion largely support the status quo, and which do justice? The Jubilee Circles will show you example of their work to organize people left on the margins or pushed there. The innovation and courage is as inspiring as it is informative.
9. What spectrum of religious expression and spirituality do you see influencing the lives of people? You will see various expressions of people living the biblical jubilee, though they call it by other names. Look for the spiritualities rooted in living interdependently within Earth's community of life.
10. How much of what Jubilee Delegations see differs from what tourists see? Your guides from the Jubilee Circles will show you how they and the people they work with see their realities.
You will return with many ideas and examples of resistance to injustice and inspiring alternatives—all learned from another culture and from people who seek to make change from the bottom up more than the top down.
You can still be part of the Jubilee Delegation June 2-9
$950.00 is all inclusive after you get to Mexico City.
See details below
Details for the June 2-9 Delegation
We continue to invite people to be part of this Delegation. It’s not too late.
• Initial payment: Please send $400 payable to "Jubilee Economics Ministries" as the initial payment. If you can send that by April 15, it will enable the Jubilee Circles in San Mateo and San Cristobal to work on early arrangements.
• Final payment: The remaining $550 will be due by May 15. The $950 total is all inclusive from Mexico City. "All inclusive" means all travel, at least two meals per day, and nice lodging every night. The travel includes buses, shuttles, taxis, and the airfare on the Tuesday the Delegation travels from San Mateo to San Cristobal.
• Travel to Mexico City on Saturday, June 2—Whatever flight arrangements you make, plan to arrive at the MX City airport no later than 3pm Mexico City time (Central Time). If flying from the San Diego region, contact the SD Jubilee Circle. The plan is to go to the Cross Border Xpress Bridgehttps://www.crossborderxpress.com/ ($18 each way), go through customs, and board a Volaris flight by 9:14a.m. that arrives before 3p.m. Current price for the flight is $70 plus $12 for luggage. If you are flying from other points of origin, just remember to be done with customs in Mexico City no later than 3:30pm.
• Beyond Mexico City—You will be met at the airport by a host from the San Mateo Jubilee Circle. And the hosting will continue thereafter.
Three Fund-Raising Ideas—If You Need Them
1. Ask your congregation to sponsor some part of your trip.
2. You might ask people to invest in a $5.00 share in your cross-cultural education. They could buy multiple shares as their investment. A benefit to them could be that you arrange with your church (or a group of peers or a club or organization you're part of) for a date after your return when you can share what you personally gained from the trip. You could add pictures and a few mementos that you pick up on the trip.
3. Before you go, you could prepare a Taco Tuesday and ask for a donation that not only covers their food but buys a share or two in the trip.