Our dear friend Dobie recently wrote a post in which she lamented that morale is flagging in Rebalsito, where people have been valiantly fighting to keep Tenacatita libre. The battle has been going on for decades, but the past three years (since the development group Rodenas closed access to the beach) have been especially rough for local residents. People have been brutally beaten, arrested, and cut off from their land and their major source of income, but they have continued to attend protests, sit through endless meetings, visit politicians, donate money, devote time, and challenge the Rodenas group at every opportunity. This can get very discouraging, as you might well imagine. The Tenacatita Fund has raised quite a bit of money to help support the fight to return Tenacatita to the public. This money has been spent on transportation to protests, signs, bumper stickers, roads, food boxes, legal fees, and morale-boosting entertainment. Recently a decision was issued to reserve the rest of the available funds for a final legal/media push.
Dobie, who lives in Rebalsito, believes that it is essential to continue providing local people with moral support. In response, Dobie has set up a blog where she solicits ideas on how we might provide support and encouragement for the people of Rebalsito. She invites your comments, ideas, and suggestions.
Her first idea is as follows:
“I’m soliciting donations for a brand new netbook which one of the people camping here wants to sell. It’s a good deal, $200. I’ve ordered extra memory and a case for it, and then I’ll have the basic programs put in Spanish. The total cost will be about $250. I’ve already had donations of $120.The netbook will go to a young woman in high school whose mother has been very active in the caso Tenacatita. She’s been borrowing friends’ computers to get her school work done, I’d love it if we could get together enough money to give a laptop to the top student graduating from the middle school this year. Hopefully this would be an incentive.
Computers are much cheaper in the US than in Mexico and much more available – most libraries have computers that can be used for free. That’s not the case here, and they’re getting to be indispensable for students. I’ll be in the US for 2 weeks (April 6-20) and then again in August. If anyone is interested in donating to this cause, let me me know. This is separate from the Tenacatita Fund. Also if anyone is upgrading, think about donating your old one. I can help you out with logistics.”