CASA offers training on social justice issues in Oaxaca and Chiapas.

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We share lessons we learn from the resistance movements in Mexico with our home communities. We publish news and analysis in our newsletter, host workshops, short-term solidarity delegations, and speaking events.

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Oaxaca Partners

Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca (ASARO) 

Diverse assembly of political graffiti and stencil artists

Center for United Community Support (CACTUS)

Grassroots organization based in the La Mixteca region of Oaxaca, works to resist oppressive economic and political policies that leave the people of La Mixteca impoverished and marginalized and promote alternatives such as solidarity economy, community banking, popular education, community high schools, and community radios. 

Committee in Defense of the People (CODEP)

Organizes rural communities and urban neighborhoods to defend their rights and create spaces of action independent from the government


Explores gender and violence including concepts of masculinity alternative to “machismo” and gives popular education workshops on related topics


Works to strengthen citizen participation in political processes including providing training for local leaders, education about citizenship rights and support for initiatives to develop local economies.      

Environmental Management Unit of Itao

Supports environmental education initiatives and provides education in and support for organic and biodynamic agriculture.

Indigenous Voices

Trains indigenous communities to build transmitters, maintain radio equipment and develop programming

Oaxacan Voices Constructing Autonomy and Freedom (VOCAL)

Activist organization that seeks to create autonomous spaces of organizing on various issues such as community-controlled media, political prisoners, and women’s rights

Mexican League of Human Rights (LIMEDDH)

Documents human rights abuses and defends political prisoners

Nueva Vida

A Zapotec women’s weaving cooperative inTeotitlán.  They are working to conserve traditions and express their cultural values in their work.  They strive to be fully respected for their creative, social and political contributions to the community.

Nueve Lunas 

Midwifery training program for indigenous youth in rural Oaxaca

Red Oaxaquena de Derechos Humanos (The Oaxacan Human Rights Network)

Investigates and reports human rights violations and works with various human rights organizations in the state of Oaxaca towards preventing and denouncing human rights abuses. 


Transmitters Uniting the People of Americas- was created by Free Radio Berkeley to empower indigenous, campesino and barrio communities in the Americas with the tools, technology, knowledge and skills to build and maintain their own community broadcast stations.

Unión de Comunidades Indígenas de la Zona Norte del Istmo (UCIZONI)

Indigenous organization in the isthmus region of Oaxaca that works against macro-development projects that exploit indigenous people and towards sustainable local alternatives.

Universidad de la Tierra

An independent initiative for alternative education for social change.  Methodology emphasizes the importance of experiential learning.

Yu Van

A women’s cooperative in the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca which produces and roasts organic coffee and honey as a means to support themselves in the face of fluctuating world coffee prices and the migration of many men to the cities and the U.S.

Chiapas Partners

The following is a list of some of the nonprofit organizations the Chiapas Peace House collaborates with in San Cristobal. These organizations are commited to supporting sustainable development, Indigenous leadership and conflict resolution.

Casa Hogar Yachil Azentik

Center for pregnant indigenous women that have been expelled from their homes or are escaping situations of abuse. The center offers workshops in literacy, needlework and artisan production, as well as, reproductive health, prenatal care, self-esteem, and assistance and translation for hospital and doctors visits.

CAPISE - Centro de Análisis Político e Investigaciones Sociales e Económicas

Center dedicated to research andanalysisto protect the collective rights of indigenous peoples particularily with regards tomilitarization issues.

Fray Bart Centro de Derechos Humanos "Fray Bartolome de las Casas", A.C.

The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center is an organization that promotes and defends human rights through monitoring, legal action,public denunciations and exposure,legal assistance and reporting.The Center also orients and places human rights observers in communities.

Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Matias de Cordoba-

Human rights center located in Tapachula, on the border of Mexico and Guatemala. They focus on immigration issues, labor rights and women’s rights within the context of a militarized and highly dangerous border region.


Centro de Investigaciones Económicas y Políticas de Acción Comunitaria Members of CIEPAC carry out research and analysis on the economic, political, social, and military situation in Chiapas in its national and international context. They also providecommunity workshops and popular education and produce and publishinformational materials

Centro de Medios Independientes/Chiapas Indymedia

Collective for alternative media and independent journalism that focuses on giving coverage to social justice struggles and movements marginalized by the mainstream media.

COMPITCH Consejo de Organizaciones de Médicos y Parteras Indígenas Tradicionales de Chiapas

(Council of Traditional Indigenous Medics and Midwifes Organizations from Chiapas). This Council is made up of 17 indigenous organizations. Their work centers on defense and development of traditional healing practices of indigenous people in Chiapas struggling against attempts at bio-piracy, bio-prospecting and patenting of traditional practices by transnational corporations and individuals. Their council has a membership of 1100 traditional indigenous medics and midwifes, apprentices and indigenous peasants.


A Mesoamerican network that focuses on building independent media and training community members in radio, video production and journalism.

CORECO - Comisión de Reconciliación Comunitaria

Created by a network of human rights organizations to work towards peaceful resolution to community conflicts in Chiapas. The military and government response to the Chiapas conflict and the ongoing strategy of low intensity warfare have destroyed many social structures and made community unity difficult. Offering workshops, trainings and accompaniment for communities they work towards peacefully resolving their conflicts to continue their efforts towards unity, justice and dignity.

DESMI - Desarrollo Económico y Social de los Mexicanos Indígenas

(Economic and Social Development of the Mexican Indians) was founded in 1969 to support and strengthen the peasant organizations in Chiapas with a vision ofjust economy, gender equity, diversity, dialogue, respect for the environment and social change build by consensus. DESMI works with indigenous and non-indigenous (mestizo) peasants that have chosen to participate in ajust economy model (co-operatives and collectives) and the use of sustainable agriculture.

Estacion Libre

People of color organization that offers delegations and resources on the Chiapas situation and radical organizing

FOMMA - Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya

The group is a pioneer in theater and social justice in Mexico. Maintaining the belief that literacy and theater are powerful tools in building self-confidence, the group works to empower displaced Indian women and children through literacy programs and original theatrical productions designed to raise awareness of indigenous women's concerns in Mexico.

INESIN Instituto de Estudios e Investigación Intercultural (Institute for Intercultural Studies and Research)

INESIN is an ecumenical organization that promotes dialogue as a conflict resolution strategy, from an intercultural and inter-religious perspective based on the mutual respect to diversity.

Indigenous Photo Archive

Union of Indigenous photographers.

Jolom Mayaetik

Jolom is a cooperative of 350 Tzotzil- and Tzeltal-speaking indigenous Maya weavers from six different highland communities in Chiapas. Its focus is economic and political autonomy for indigenous women, and community literacy, education and health. Cooperative organization provides the women members with economic and learning opportunities


Short term affordable housing for peace campers.

Kinal Antzetik

Women’s organization working in a range of women’s empowerment issues in rural and urban indigenous communities. Most of their emphasis is in women’s health, literacy, capacity building and financial security through cooperatives.

Maderas del Pueblo

An ecological orgqanization with a social focus, Maderas provides information, training and advice to indigenous communities in the areas of self-sustainable food production, natural resources management, agro-ecology, food security and their collective rights as peasants and indigenous communities.

Maya Vinic Unión de Productores

Maya Vinic is a cooperative of over 700 small-scale coffee growers from the municipalities of Chenalhó, Pantelhó and Chalchihuitán, in the Highlands of Chiapas. Keeping with their ancestral traditions, the members of Maya Vinic have chosen to utilize a portion of the entire coffee revenue to develop their business with all remaining earnings distributed to farmer families and their communities. Fair trade revenues, nearly three times the price given to farmers then the conventional market, is providing Maya Vinic with a much deserved income.

Melel Xojobal

Melel works with children living in the streets of San Cristobal de las Casas, single mothers as well as mestizo people who have been displaced, expelled from their communities or forced to migrate, through alternative educational processes and alternative forms of communication to strengthen their cultural identity and autonomy.

OMIECH & CEDEMM Organización de Médicos Indígenas de la Selva de Chiapas & Centro de Desarrollo de la Medicina Maya

The Organization of Indigenous Physicians of the State of Chiapas (OMIECH) is an organization of physicians, traditional indigenous midwives, farmers, traditional practioners, Mayan health promoters and mestizo advisors. Currently they have 600 members from 13 communities, in six municipalities, representing the highlands, the jungle, and the northern and central regions of Chiapas.

Organic Hortelizas

Groups that provide workshops and manual labor to develop organic and sustainable agriculture techniques in communities.

Potable Water Projects

Group which helps construct potable water systems in the autonomous communtities

ProMedios/Chiapas Media Project

Media training for autonomous communities, video production, popular education.

La Red Red de Defensores Comunitarios por los Derechos Humanos

Indigenous organization dedicated to the promotion of human rights which trains people to be legal defenders of their own communities.The Red has 26 defenders in 8 regions who are trained in human rights law in order to provide appropriate “self defense” for their peoples.

S!PAZ Servicio Internacional para la Paz

SIPAZ supports the search for nonviolent solutions that contribute to the construction of a just peace through building tolerance and dialogue among the actors in Chiapas as well as, increasingly, in other areas in México (Oaxaca and Guerrero). SIPAZ serves as a bridge for communication and the sharing of information and experiences among organizations and networks that work toward the building of a just and lasting peace at a local, national, regional and international level