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"A Message To The People Of Mexico From People In The United States"

WASHINGTON - Soon after the election in Mexico, the RootsAction network in the United States launched an online petition titled: “A Message to the People of Mexico from People in the United States.” Within six days, more than 14,000 members of the U.S. public had signed the petition, and thousands of them added supportive personal comments. https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13430 

“Many people in the U.S. are saying loudly and clearly that ‘Trump does not speak for us,’” commented Jeff Cohen, cofounder of RootsAction.org and the RootsAction Education Fund. “A politician like Trump rules by division and scapegoating, but we totally reject the idea that Mexicans are to blame for major social and economic problems in our country.” 

Cohen continued: “This petition has been sent – in both English and Spanish – to civic and political organizations in Mexico, and we hope it circulates widely. It’s people-to-people diplomacy – a way for members of the U.S. public to send good wishes to the people of Mexico in the wake of their recent election and to say we oppose U.S. meddling in Mexican political affairs.” 

Below is the message in English; the Spanish version is here

A Mexican news media report about the petition can be found here.

A Message to the People of Mexico from People in the United States

Unlike President Trump, we wish you well. Not ill. And we send good wishes to your incoming, progressive president, Mr. Lopez Obrador, whom you've elected in an historic landslide to carry out your will to reduce inequality, corruption and violence.

Unlike President Trump, we do not scapegoat you for problems in our country. Unlike President Trump, we are proud to be a multiracial country and proud of the contributions made to our country by generations of Mexican immigrants. We are appalled by the separation of children from their parents at the border. And we do not support erecting a wall between our two countries.

Unlike President Trump, who received only 46 percent of votes cast and three million votes less than a competing candidate, we recognize that your incoming president earned the support of a strong majority of Mexican voters.

We vow to do our part to allow you, the people of Mexico, to determine your own political future. We know the dreadful history of our government’s bullying interventions in the internal affairs of Latin American countries – and that our government has used phrases like ‘human rights,’ ‘pro-democracy’ and ‘war on drugs’ to prettify interventions that have brought corporate exploitation, militarism, chaos, and even dictatorship to other countries.

We send good wishes to the people of Mexico and to President-Elect Lopez Obrador. 

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