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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

We appreciate your invitation to march in solidarity together this weekend in protest of the brutal violence on behalf of those entrusted to protect us. Unfortunately, the killing of Michael Brown is not unique. Instead, many communities of color have bore the brunt of a militarized state that consistently protects the few at the expense of the many. As movements across the country have repeatedly said, this is a systemic problem, not an accidental incident. And as systemic ills need holistic and revolutionary cures, we can only begin to respond by acting collectively and resolutely. We respect your dignified struggle to come together and demand justice.

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.

This school of "Freedom according to the Zapatistas" uses a set of textbooks on autonomy. They're compiled from interviews with Zapatistas who have participated in autonomous education, health, production, and self-government, and they're an amazing primary source on one of the world's most inspiring projects in autonomy. You can download the .pdfs with the following links:

Casas del Pueblo - ¡Presente!

Un corto video sobre nuestra lucha para la vida digna!
A short video about our fight for dignified housing!
¡Que viva Casas del Pueblo! 

Free Palestine! ¡Palestina Libre!

[en español abajo]
August 5th, 2014

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Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) attacks on the Gaza Strip have resulted in nearly 1,800 deaths, about 80% civilians. Gazans have virtually no safe place to find refuge due to the IDF's willingness to bomb hospitals and U.N. shelters. International efforts to stop the violence have been woefully inadequate, in large part because the US and Egypt are unwilling to address the legitimate demands of the Palestinian people. We demand an end to the bombing of Palestine and a just peace based on:

•   Ending the IDF siege of the Gaza Strip. This includes: opening borders between Gaza and its neighbors, extending fishing rights for Gaza residents similar to those enjoyed by every other nation in the world, and creating a Gazan port that would spur badly needed economic development.

We need some computers, compas!

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We are currently running adult computer classes twice a week in the Centro Autónomo. We would like to enroll more students, but with our current machines we can only admit 6 students per class. Our lab currently consists of 4 Linux/Ubuntu and 2 Windows machines.

We would like 6 more working computers that are no more than 5 years old. Additionally we accept most types of computer peripherals, including USB mice, USB keyboards, and flat screen monitors that are in good condition. We do not need printers or scanners.
 
If you are interested in donating a computer or parts please contact Centro [at] mexicosolidarity [dot] org or call us at 773-583-7728

Study Mexican Social Movements with MSN

Don't just study abroad, study in solidarity!

The Mexico Solidarity Network created this unique study abroad program in 2005 to introduce students to dynamic new experiments in autonomous, community-based organizing and to build solidarity with Mexico’s most important and dynamic social movements. The Chicago re-entry program was created in 2011 as an innovative tool that introduces students to social movements closer to home. The lessons you learn from organized communities in Mexico and Chicago will strengthen your social justice work back home. This program offers a truly unique opportunity to learn the theory and practice of living social movements directly from the people building those movements. You will develop lifelong, cross-cultural alliances, new analytical tools, and dynamic organizing skills that will change your life in important ways.

Apply today!

Why do a master's in community organizing?

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Most community organizers and popular educators learn their "trade" on the job, which generally leaves little time for developing coherent political analysis, comprehensive strategies, adequate cross-cultural communication, effective tactics and much more. Political formation is the single most important key to effective community work and education, and it doesn't happen spontaneously.


Learn the theory and practice of popular education and community organizing from teachers and mentors who have spent a lifetime at it. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee master's degree in community organizing - part of the Cultural Foundation of Education program - is a unique collaborative partnership with the Autonomous University of Social Movements (AUSM).

Click here to see AUSM graduate Roberto de la Riva explain the master's program.

MSN is hiring!

*New job opening* (updated Feb 2014) for full-time community housing organizer. Women, people of color, LGBT persons, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Come join a hardworking team that is dedicated to fighting for justice by building community power, long-term autonomous political projects, and international solidarity.

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The Mexico Solidarity Network has one (1) job opening, for a community housing organizer. The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:

• extensive experience in community-based organizing, particularly in immigrant communities
• Spanish and English fluency
• flexibility, creativity and accountability working within a collective that currently consists of six full-time staff based in Chicago and Mexico
• a strong work ethic founded in a political orientation that is anti-capitalist

Periódico Comunitario del Centro Autónomo (11/2013)

255 ¡Lea nuestro nuevo periódico: edición 23 (11/2013)!
1. El horario y los eventos del Centro Autónomo
2. La High School del Centro,
      por Omar Rivera Sánchez
3. Unas preguntas sobre la educación popular,
      por J. Valencia
4. La reforma de salud: Obamacare,
      por Carlas Martínez
5. Proyectos de salud en el Centro, por Yuri Carmona
6. Una convivencia y experiencia agradable en compañerismo,
       por Gabriela Ordoñez y Francisco Canuto
7. Arte para los niños, por Roberto Torres
8. La Historia de MSN: Red de Solidaridad Mexicana,
      por Yolanda M. Pereira e Isabel Valenzuela
9. Clases de inglés - en crisis, por Enrique Flores
10. El movimiento de vivienda, por Laura Sánchez Flores
11. La Cooperativa de Limpieza: Cleaning Power, por Víctor Velásquez Romero
12. Que pasa y que viene, por Tara García Mathewson
13. Clases de Zumba, por Cecilia Maya
14. Perspectiva de un estudiante, por Mauselio Estrada
15. Estudiando la Mestría, por Fernanda Mandujano

New Report- The Housing Crisis and the Working Poor

249 Casas del Pueblo Community Land Trust is excited to announce the release of a ground-breaking new report: The Housing Crisis and the Working Poor- Problems and Solutions from the Community Level

The paper is about the housing crisis, both the endemic crisis that makes decent affordable housing an unrealizable dream for one-third of all American households, and the housing bubble that burst in 2006 forcing millions of working poor homeowners into foreclosure.  It is written from the perspective of the working poor, a perspective that is sorely lacking in the national debate around housing.  We draw the following important conclusions:

• The working poor, especially people of color, suffered the greatest losses from the current housing crisis, while real estate speculators are the only winners.

• The foreclosure/eviction process sentences working poor families to lives of poverty and has negative impacts on entire neighborhoods.

• In one-third to one-half of foreclosure cases in low income neighborhoods, banks lose more by proceeding with foreclosure than by simply donating the properties to community groups.