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What's new at CASA Chapulin
CASA Strategic Plan 2009-2011
New initiatives to strengthen cross-border grassroots organizing and movement building
CASA Chapulin has recently been having a series of collective meetings to flesh out a strategic plan that charts new initiatives to strengthen and expand solidarity organizing in Oaxaca.
The plan responds to the changing political landscape after the popular movement of 2006, the need to foster new leadership, and the need to build alliances across differences of race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, geographies, and age.
To start off with, our efforts will focus on the need to do solidarity work under three specific working areas: community-based media, food sovereignty, and arts for social justice and autonomy.
Four key goals will shape CASA’s work in the next coming years:
- Building relationships and networks across borders, colors, generations, and sociogeographies
- Facilitating movement building across communities in resistance
- Building alliances with a strategic focus on: people of color, immigrants, indigenous peoples, and low-income peoples based in the U.S.; as well as communities in resistance in Central and South America.
- Cultivating strategies for grassroots organizing that are global in scope and rooted in local realities
Efforts to achieve these goals include the following:
- Expanding CASA’s Volunteer/Member Opportunites to include communities historically marginalized from solidarity work-immigrants, POC, indigenous, low-income, queer, and people from Central and South America
- Expanding CASA’s Delegation Program with the intention to cultivate a space of intercambio (mutual exchange) between communities in resistance in Oaxaca, greater Mexico, Central & South America, and immigrant, indigenous, POC, and low-income peoples based in the U.S.
- Formalizing networks with diverse collectives, communities, student groups working in the areas of community-based media and food sovereignty (as opposed to individual activists)
Other elements of the plan include creating a collective setting amongst members, staying connected to the land and practicing food sovereignty by maintaining the urban garden in our backyard, and becoming financially autonomous from institutions.