The Autonomous University of Social Movements (AUSM) is an alternative educational program focused on the study of social movements in Mexico, socialism in Cuba, and community organizing in Chicago. AUSM combines rigorous theoretical study, participatory action research, and experiential learning with powerful social actors struggling for justice, autonomy, and democracy. Find out more »

New era in Cuba-US relations? We'll see.

In 1992, a ragtag group of 106 caravanistas confronted some 400 federal officials at the US-Mexico border in Laredo, Texas. Under the leadership of the late Rev. Lucius Walker, this was the first public challenge to the US blockade of Cuba. We were loaded with medicines, school supplies and used bicycles bound for Havana.
It was a time of fear and boding – for us, for Cuba, and for the Left in general.

Solidarity with Ferguson

Solidarity with Ferguson

October 10th, 2014

To the Sisters & Brothers of Ferguson & St. Louis, MO
To Hands Up United, Organization for Black Struggle, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, and your partners in Ferguson
To all communities struggling against state violence

The Escuelita Zapatista

Members of CNUC at registration for La Escuelita (Aug 2013)

The Escuelita Zapatista is a bold and inspiring project: under the guidance of thousands of indigenous women and men who have become spokespeople for Zapatismo, it invites allies from all over the world (around 7,500 so far) to come to Chiapas to live with and learn from these spokepeople and indigenous families, and create the largest, most impactful school the world has ever seen for teaching autonomy.

Study Abroad

Spring 2015
(Jan 25 - May 16)
Chiapas, Tlaxcala, Mexico City, Chicago
app deadline extended to Dec 5th (3 spots left!)

Summer 2015
(June 21 - July 18)
in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas
app dealine April 1st

Participants accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now!

AUSM Master’s Program

Autonomous University of Social Movements Master’s Program in Community Organizing

Accepting applications for Fall 2015. Find out more!