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 »

“We Are Subjects of History" with Guadalupe Moshan Álvarez of FrayBa Human Rights Center

09/20/2015 - 10/03/2015
Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC, VA, & NC

“We Are Subjects of History" - Indigenous communities’ fight for autonomy and human rights in Chiapas, Mexico, and beyond
featuring Guadalupe Moshan Álvarez, attorney
with the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center

Guadalupe Moshan Álvarez is a human rights defender that works as the principal attorney that gives legal advice at the front desk of the Fray Bartolomé Human Rights Center (FrayBa) in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. As an indigenous, Tzotzil woman from the highlands of Huixtan, Chiapas, Guadalupe knows well the context of socio-political struggle against the political class' development plans that threaten communities in her state. For this reason, since she has been accompanying indigenous communities in their pursuit of justice for over 10 years. In the past year alone, Guadalupe attended to more than 1,300 denouncements of human rights violations. The work she and her coworkers do is powerful, unique, and inspiring. This 7-minute documentary gives a brief explanation of their work with indigenous communities and international solidarity activists.

1st Global Festival of Resistances & Rebellions Against Capitalism

From Dec 21st to January 3rd, the Zapatistas invited social actors from all over Mexico and the world to share and celebrate with communities in struggle against capitalism. At the end of the event, the National Indigenous Congress met to discuss the state of Mexico and the world from below and to the left.

Here are a seven brief interviews of different movement participants with subtitles in English.

Unique Master's in Community Organizing


Master's in Community Organizing with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and AUSM

Learn the theory and practice of community organizing from teachers and mentors who spent a life time at it. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee master's degree in community organizing is a unique collaborative partnership with the Autonomous University of Social Movements (AUSM). Based in the Centro Autónomo in Chicago, the program offers the only master degree in community organizing in the country. Students combine discussion-based academic classes with hands on experience and regular mentoring from experienced community organizers.

Classes include:



Spring 2016
Mexico: Jan 23-Apr 23
Cuba: Jan 31-Apr 29 
Application deadline Nov 1st

Summer 2016
Mexico: TBA soon!
Cuba: TBA soon!

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Applicants accepted on a rolling basis.


Accepting applications for Fall 2016.

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