Mercado Mayapan needs your help

EPMG received this letter recently and hope that you pass it along.

Women Supporting Women!

The spirit of sisterhood is greater than any barriers that attempt to divide us.  Our grandmothers taught us to form strong bonds as women and help each other in times of need.

Mercado Mayapan is a self-help initiative by women who refuse to be pushed into poverty.  The crisis that emerged at the beginning of September and forced the layoff of 106 workers was the result of ongoing problems with local and federal governments whose bureaucratic decisions take months and years while dire community needs remain in crisis.

Despite the setbacks, the mercado is open!  It is a demonstration of commitment that working women have created as an alternative to economic dependency, not a house of cards.  Furthermore, the women who are currently working as volunteers at Mercado Mayapan and La Mujer Obrera have developed a plan to resolve the crisis and build Mercado Mayapan to its full potential.

Sisters, your time, energy, prayers and monetary contributions can help.  There are different ways that you can help right now!

Attend community celebrations like the Day of the Dead in November.
Invite your family, friends, and out-of-town guests to eat and shop at Mercado Mayapan.  The price of cooked food, fruits, vegetables, meats, groceries and souvenirs is comparable to the markets in Cd. Juárez.

Have your meetings at Mercado Mayapan and purchase food, natural juices, and snacks.
Send a tax-deductible contribution that’s within your budget to the La Mujer Obrera Emergency Fund to support the women who were laid off and are not eligible for unemployment benefits.  Checks can be made out to: LMO -Women Forging Our Future and send to 2000 Texas, El Paso, Texas 79901.
Ask relatives, neighbors, church members, co-workers, and fellow students to support the workers of Mercado Mayapan in whatever way they can.

Attend the September 22nd City Council meeting where the Empowerment Zone Advisory Board’s recommendation for funding for the Mercado Mayapan will be presented and to City Council and voted upon.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.  Your beliefs and convictions will determine how you decide to act.  Let’s support the workers at Mercado Mayapan!

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