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Nancy A. Naples and Jennifer Bickham Mendez

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479898992

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479898992.001.0001

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“Giving Wings to Our Dreams”

“Giving Wings to Our Dreams”

Binational Activism and Workers’ Rights Struggles in the San Diego–Tijuana Border Region

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Border Politics

Michelle Téllez

Cristina Sanidad

NYU Press

This chapter examines the activism of women's organizations along the San Diego–Tijuana border region, who are seeking to redress the injustices that workers experience in assembly factories, also known as maquiladoras. It focuses on the strategies, structure, and coalition-building efforts of three grassroots groups: the Colectiva Feminista Binacional (Binational Feminist Collective), CITTAC (Centro de Información para Trabajadores y Trabajadoras Acción Comunitaria; Support Center for Workers), and the San Diego Maquiladora Worker Support Network. Collectively these organizations address short-term needs while, at the same time, build networks and skills for the long term. Identifying their strategies offers insight to the possibilities for and implications of their work in producing a transnational space for organizing centered on relationship building and the construction of a counterhegemonic identity along the US–Mexico border.

Keywords:   San Diego–Tijuana border, maquilabdoras, women's organizations, women activists, Colectiva Feminista Binacional, CITTAC, San Diego Maquiladora Worker Support Network

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