United States/Mexico Sister Cities Association, Incorporated achieves peace, harmony and goodwill between the people of the United States of America and the Republic of Mexico through the grassroots People-to-People relationships of our sister cities affiliations.
United States/Mexico Sister Cities Association is committed to the grassroots People-to_People initiatives established by our sister cities affiliations between the United States of America and the Republic of Mexico. This organization is dedicated to provide a broader understanding of the history and the culture of each nation.
United States/Mexico Sister Cities Association, Incorporated recognizes the following goals as important to our collective success:
* Strengthen our relationships within our membership to achieve our mutual goals;
our relationships and communication with the United States/Mexico Mexican National Board;
* Continue and expand youth and adult exchange programs;
collective resources from organizations of both countries, to assist local sister cities programs; use the collective resources from organizations of both countries to assist and enhance the local sister cities programs;
* Serve as a clearing house for information reference source affiliated members on both sides of the border;
* Sponsor annual conferences where delegates from both countries are able to discuss mutal issues of common interests, such as: student exchanges, education, environmental concerns, etc.;
* Provide information in our communities which will serve to enhance a greater understanding of the culture, history, and economy of Mexico.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Sister Cities Program
President Dwight Eisenhower, who often proclaimed that he would rather be known to history for his contributions toward world peace than for his accomplishments as a President and General, deplored the fact that thorughout history, international diplomacy had failed to keep the "People-to-People" idea. President Eisenhower enacted a Sister City program, involving hundreds of thousands of people in cities throughout the world to foster a massive form of citizen diplomacy that might succeed in doing what the nations of the world had been unable to accomplish through diplomatic efforts.
The strained relations between Mexico and the United States is obvious to all of us as we read the newspaper headlines about problems of immigrants, drug imports, trade barriers, etc. More than ever, the role that Sister Cities can play to bring people of both countries to a better understanding is evident. As members of Sister Cities, we are, perhaps, in a unique position to build bridges between the people of these two countries at a time when it is most needed. We all know that Sister Cities is a people-to-people organization we can work through to help each other, not only in providing various types of assistance, but through better under- standing of the situation in Mexico and the problems they face on a day-to-day basis. By building an even stronger Sister Cities organization and focusing on new projects, hopefully we can build more enthusiasm among the membership and achieve more accomplishments in the people-to-people bridge-building that we all so anxiously want to do.
United States/Mexico Sister Cities Association, Incorporated Four Pillars that support an enduring Sister Cities relationship.
LOVE, BROTHERHOOD, RESPECT and FRIENDSHIP
Cuatro pilares que sostienen una relacion duradera entre ciudades hermanas:
AMOR, HERMANDAD, RESPETO y AMISTAD
A mural celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the United States / Mexico Sister Cities Association donated to the City of Laredo, Texas and sponsored by its sister city of Leon, Guanajuato. The painter is roberto Rivera from Celaya, Guanajuato. This mural is on display a the Laredo International Airport.