Write for more information for our upcoming labor delegation to Colombia, planned for August or September: James@AFGJ.org
Support the Centro Pazífico, a human rights and popular movement center in Cali, Colombia, that partners with regional agricultural workers unions and popular movements to provide meeting, office, and educational space, and to provide temporary lodging for rural and urban workers and their families who have been displaced by political violence.
The Worker to Worker Solidarity Campaign (WWSC) supports internationalist, mutual solidarity between workers and unions across the planet. We believe that direct worker to worker, farmer to farmer, union to union, and popular movement to popular movement solidarity is the only way to go! We know that international labor relations have at times been taken advantage of by Empire and big transnational corporations to undermine movements for labor rights and participatory democracy. Therefore, we advocate for US unions to develop international solidarity programs independently of government funding and direction. Worker to worker internationalism is the road we must take if we truly want peace, justice, and a fair shake for all laborers, both in factory and field.
The WWSC prioritizes solidarity efforts with unions and labor movements that are: 1) threatened by US government and/or transnational corporate policies and activities; 2) seeking political and economic liberation from such policies; and, 3) not yet receiving the full measure of solidarity needed from US labor and popular movements.
The WWSC and AfGJ have an especially close relationship with Colombia’s National Unitary Federation of Agricultural Workers (FENSUAGRO). Fensuagro is one of the most repressed labor organizations in Colombia and the world. We have been part of notable successes in building awareness in the US of their struggles, having brought their leadership on a tour of the US, including participation in the Labor Notes conferences in 2016 and 2018, and helping them secure and build important relationships with US labor organizations.
We have also worked with coalitions of eco-defenders and miners unions in both Mexico and Peru fighting for workers rights and against environmental contamination. In Mexico, we have supported teachers unions in their struggles against privatization and educational reforms that hurt communities and undermine workers and their right to organize. In the past, the WWSC has helped successfully to build US relations with the CTH (Haitian Workers Union).
For more information, send an email to James@AFGJ.org or Maya@AFGJ.org