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Study in Cuba or México with the Autonomous University of Social Movements (AUSM)

Spring 2017:

Cuba (16 credits): Jan 29 – April 28, Optional Chicago re-entry program: May 1-13
App deadline: Nov 1st

Focus on the history, culture and politics of Cuba, with special emphasis on the Cuban revolution.  Program features home stays in a working class barrio of Havana, plus visits to the other cuban provinces and Varadero beach.

Mexico (16 credits): Jan 28 - April 30, Optional Chicago re-entry program: May 1-13
App deadline: June 30

Focus on the theory and practice of Mexican social movements.  Six weeks in Chiapas with the Zapatista movement, four weeks in Mexico City with housing movements, and three weeks in Tlaxcala with urban and campesino movements.


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.

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.

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.

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


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!


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?


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.