Ciudad Juarez, MX/El Paso, U.S. - On June 4th, 2011 a caravan led by activists rallying against the violence in Mexico began a journey from Cuernavaca, Mexico and ended on the border of Mexico and the United States in the sister cities of Ciudad Juarez and El Paso Texas on June 11, 2011.     

    The two cities which make up the largest borderplex in the world and have for a long time shared intercultural relations have been torn apart in recent years due to the escalating violence of Mexico.  In marked contrast, El Paso was recently awarded the second Safest City in the nation while Juarez now holds the title of one of the deadliest cities in the world for per capita murder.

    The following accompanying video is a short documentary about the caravan’s arrival in both Juarez and El Paso as it made its final stop in the U.S. to announce a pact for peace and end to the Mérida Initiative.

“Caravan For Peace”...Makes Final Stop in Borderlands.

Short documentary produced by OFN and

Movimiento Hunab Ku

“Caravan For Peace,” RT:16:56 mins Produced by OFN/REBIRTH MULTIMEDIA rebirthmultimedia.com and MOVIMIENTO HUNAB KU organization - movimientohunabku.org. Advisory: Due to the HD format and length of video, please allow a few minutes for the file to download.  If you do not have Quicktime, you can download a free copy at apple.com.

    The Initiative is a plan put into operations by the U.S. government to give financial aid as well as training and equipment to the Mexican government to fight the drug cartels widespread violence that has claimed 40,000 lives since 2006. 

    Organizers of the Caravan for Peace, criticize the plan claiming it only worsens the situation by providing funding and weapons to a corrupt system of police, politicians and even the cartels themselves.

    Movimento Hunab Ku is a artist collective with members from different parts of the world in the mediums of music, film, visual art, poetry, writing, dance and other.  The collective focuses on using art as a means to educate and inform people of their heritage and culture.

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Old Bartering Ways Make for New Green Strategy

produced & directed by John De Frank

Barcelona, Spain - Tall jesters fill children’s eyes as adults sort through used goods. It’s what in America we would call a swap meet, The Mercat D’intercanvi de Cornellá, (international exchange market), and it is held quarterly on Saturdays by the municipality of Cornellá in partnership with La Fragua Organization.  People bring their used goods to exchange with each other rather than throwing them away to produce more waste.  What may appear as the old system of bartering, to this city is a green answer to preventing waste as well as the cost of waste collection.

      Virgínia Vallvé Cádiz works for the Department of Environmental Sustainability for the City of Cornellá and explains that by weighing the items brought to the market, the city can account for how much waste is being prevented and therefore how much expense could be saved.

     For Pep Ruiz of La Fragua Organization, the market represents something else -an opportunity for better living in a time of escalating unemployment and declining economy.  By participating in markets like this, Mr. Ruiz hopes that people will see the value in trading goods without currency as well as reestablishing a place of gathering. 

      Such are the old ways of bartering, so is the communication and dialog that comes at the market place with the return to the concept of the plaza or town center.

To find out more about the Mercat D’intercanvi de cornella visit www.lafraguaweb.org.