In response to unfounded charges of financial misdoing

by Su Docekal and José Luis Avila,
co-founders of the Libertad para Nestora/Freedom for Nestora Committee

After Nestora Salgado’s hard-won release, the Freedom for Nestora Committee met in Seattle, Washington in June 2016 to wind up our campaign. We reviewed and approved a financial summary of our work, and finalized the delivery of donations to the nine remaining community police political prisoners in Guerrero, for whom we held a benefit after Nestora’s release. At the June meeting, the committee voted to change its name to the Freedom for Political Prisoners Committee—In Defense of Human and Labor Rights in Mexico. The committee also decided to suspend meetings over the summer and come together again in the fall to decide future plans. We retained $209 in our treasury for possible future projects.

Unfortunately, we neglected at the time to change the name of our committee on this website and to take down the donate button we used during the campaign. This oversight has led to serious charges of wrongdoing by Da Nie Luna, a Nestora supporter who created the Facebook page Comité de Mujeres #NestoraLibre. Last week we were contacted by a number of people alerting us to the fact that Da Nie Luna was using Facebook to launch an international campaign accusing us of “fraud” and alleging that “the money they (the committee) collect never gets to Nestora Salgado nor her family.”

The committee wants to assure the many people who supported and endorsed the campaign to free Nestora Salgado that these charges are unfounded and completely false. The committee’s website has not received any donations through PayPal since March 2016 with the exception of one person whose donation was refunded.

For those who would like to review the final committee finance report, covering our activities from November 2013-June 2016, we invite you to do so here.

It is extremely destructive to any movement when unfounded charges are circulated and we wonder about Da Nie Luna’s motives for this attack. She failed to let the committee know there was a problem before slandering us far and wide and has since gone on to malign the Freedom Socialist Party, Partido Obrero Socialista and other groups that worked to free Nestora from the very beginning of the struggle.

Despite this latest bump in the road, we remain proud of the committee’s accomplishments in initiating the international campaign to free Nestora Salgado and all political prisoners, and in our meticulous and transparent handling of all funds that were donated towards that cause. We consider it a duty to treat workers’ money with the utmost respect because we know how hard it is to come by.

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Respuesta a las acusaciones sin fundamento de delito financiero

por Su Docekal y José Luis Avila,
cofundadores del Comité Libertad para Nestora/Freedom for Nestora Committee

Después de la merecida liberación de Nestora Salgado, el Comité Libertad para Nestora/Freedom for Nestora Committee se reunió en Seattle, Washington en junio de 2016 para concluir su campaña. Se revisó y aprobó un resumen financiero de nuestro trabajo, y finalizamos la entrega de donaciones a los nueve presos políticos de la Policía Comunitaria quienes en junio siguieron encarcelados en Guerrero, y para quienes el Comité había llevado a cabo una colecta después de la liberación de Nestora. En la reunión de junio, el Comité votó para cambiar su nombre al Comité por la Libertad de los Presos Políticos – en Defensa a los Derechos Humanos y Laborales en México. El Comité también decidió suspender las reuniones durante el verano y volver a reunirse en el otoño para decidir sus planes para el futuro. Hemos retenido $209 en nuestra tesorería para posibles proyectos futuros.

Por desgracia, en ese momento se nos olvidó cambiar el nombre de nuestro Comité en este sitio web y eliminar el botón para donar que se utilizó durante la campaña. Este descuido ha dado lugar a graves acusaciones de irregularidades financieras por parte de Da Nie Luna, partidaria de Nestora, quien creó la página de Facebook Comité de Mujeres #NestoraLibre. La semana pasada fuimos contactados por un número de personas que nos alertó sobre el hecho de que Da Nie Luna estaba usando Facebook para lanzar una campaña internacional  acusándonos de “fraude” y alegando que “el dinero que (el Comité) recauda nunca llega a Nestora Salgado ni a su familia”.

El Comité quiere asegurarles a las muchas personas que apoyaron y respaldaron la campaña para liberar a Nestora Salgado que estos cargos son infundados y completamente falsos. La página web del Comité no ha recibido ninguna donación a través de PayPal desde marzo de 2016 con la excepción de una persona cuya donación fue devuelta.

Para aquellos que deseen revisar el informe final del Comité de finanzas, el cual cubre nuestras actividades desde noviembre de 2013 hasta junio de 2016, los invitamos a hacerlo aquí.

Es extremadamente destructivo para cualquier movimiento que se circulen acusaciones infundadas. Por eso, nos preguntamos acerca de los motivos por los cuales Da Nie Luna lanzó este ataque. Ella no informó al Comité de que había un problema antes de calumniarnos lo más que pudo y desde entonces ha pasado a difamar el Freedom Socialist Party (Partido de Libertad Socialista), al Partido Obrero Socialista de México y a otros grupos que trabajaron para liberar a Nestora desde el comienzo de la lucha.
A pesar de esta última piedra en el camino, seguimos orgullosos tanto del hecho de que el Comité haya iniciado la campaña internacional por la libertad de Nestora Salgado y de todos los presos políticos, como de nuestro manejo meticuloso y transparente de todos los fondos que fueron donados para esa causa. Consideramos que es nuestro deber el tratar el dinero de los trabajadores con el mayor respeto, porque sabemos lo difícil que es para conseguirlo.

Congressman Adam Smith’s Statement on Release of Nestora Salgado

Congressman Adam Smith joins the many of us rejoicing at Nestora’s release.

“The family and friends of Nestora Salgado have been unrelenting in their pursuit of justice for Nestora. Today, after over two years of wrongful imprisonment, and a recent UN decision calling Nestora’s detention illegal and arbitrary, the false charges against Nestora have been dropped by Mexican authorities. Nestora has been released from prison and is now able to return home to the United States.

Read the full statement here.

Report by the U.S. Delegation to Mexico from the Freedom for Nestora Salgado Campaign

By Grisel Rodriguez and Tricia Coley
August 12, 2015

August 12, 2015

In response to the Mexican government’s initial refusal to meet any of the demands of Nestora Salgado’s hunger strike, which she began on May 5th, the U. S. Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado sent a delegation of five activists to Mexico City on May 31, 2015.  The purpose of the trip was to show support for Nestora’s struggle from U.S. labor unions and other organizations. We hoped that our presence would put pressure on the Mexican government to release her from prison or at least secure her transfer to a women’s prison in the city that had better medical care and was closer to her family, attorneys and supporters.

The transfer took place two days before our arrival, but Nestora continued her hunger strike into June – holding out until the government met her demand that other political prisoners from the community police also be transferred to prisons closer to their homes, including fellow hunger striker Gonzalo Molina.

The delegation

The two of us from Seattle were Grisel Rodriguez, Nestora’s daughter, and Tricia Coley, retired electrical worker and unionist. At the Mexico City Airport, we met up with two of the other delegates, Stephen Durham who is the co-coordinator of Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado-New York City, and Acting International Secretary of the Freedom Socialist Party; and Daniel Vila Rivera, originally from Puerto Rico and host of the “La Voz Latino” radio program, WBAI, in New York City.  He is also a veteran organizer for tenants, immigrants and labor.  Also greeting us at the airport were Cuauthémoc Ruíz, a member of the Comité Nestora Libre Mexico, and the Partido Obrero Socialista, and Aidee Tasarani, Comité Nestora Libre Mexico.

When we arrived at our hotel we were united with the fifth delegate, Alejandro Hernandez, a student and immigrant rights activist from Mexico, also a member of Ayotzinapa Committee for Justice-Chicago.

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Freedom for Nestora Committee: Nestora Salgado on hunger strike! Help us win her freedom!

Dear Friend,

Nestora Salgado, courageous champion of her indigenous community and a political prisoner in Mexico, is on a hunger strike. She began refusing food on May 5th and intends “to take this to the bitter end,” according to her attorney Leonel Rivero Rodriguez.

The Freedom for Nestora Committee is contacting you because we need your financial support to help win Nestora’s freedom at this critical juncture.

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Freedom Socialist Party: Regarding the murder of Gustavo Salgado Delgado

On Wednesday, March 11, the Freedom Socialist Party’s Stephan Durham issued a letter regarding the murder of Revolutionary Popular Front (FDR) leader Gustavo Salgado Delgado. The text of the letter follows, in English and Spanish.

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Miriam Padilla – MLK day 2015 speech for Free Nestora Committee

Miriam Xiomara Padilla speaking on behalf of the Libertad para Nestora/Freedom for Nestora Committee at the Martin Luther King Day Rally at Seattle’s Federal Courthouse on January 19th following a march from Garfield High School. This annual Seattle celebration is attended by thousands of people of all ages.

Stephen Durham speaks at Union Square protest in New York City on behalf of the 43 missing Ayotzinapa students and Nestora Salgado.

On November 16, New York City FSP leader Stephen Durham spoke at Union Square on behalf of the Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado. The event was a rally to protest Mexican political oppression and the disappearance of 43 students from the Escuela Normal Rural Raúl Isidro Burgos in Guerrero, Mexico.

FSP’s open letter implores Secretary of State John Kerry to cut military aid to Mexico

On Wednesday, November 5, the Freedom Socialist Party’s International Secretary Guerry Hodderson released an open letter to Secretary of State John Kerry demanding that, while Nestora is imprisoned and the murderers of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa are still at large, the U.S. government must cease all military aid to Mexico. Below is the full text of the letter: Continue reading