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Volunteer: Ways To Take Action Now

Join the ISBO Summer Project in Colombia and Jamaica
Únete al Proyecto de Verano ISBO en Colombia y Jamaica
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March, 2011

Urgent call to all who want to participate in the creation of an egalitarian new world from the people of three communities in Colombia and Jamaica

"We live in an Afro-descended community in Colombia. Most of us have to go out every day to find something to eat. Our electric bills for the month cost more than our food for the month. We need to learn to make our own electricity so we can stop paying electric bills. We need to grow healthy food in the very little space left since huge corporations have taken our land to produce bio-fuel. Is there someone out there who can come help us start this summer?"

The speaker is a young bottom-up organizer from the International School for Bottom-up Organizing (ISBO). ISBO organizers are building prototypes of self-sufficient egalitarian communities in the Americas. If you have had the opportunity of being educated or learning skills or trades, we think you have both the responsibility and the need to pass on that knowledge to the most oppressed. ISBO is based on the idea that the true genius and leadership for the creation of an egalitarian new world lies amongst the poorest and darkest among us, especially women. Bring us your minds and hearts this summer!

ISBO has planned summer projects for learning the skills of self-sufficiency in at least three communities in Jamaica and Colombia. At a planning session, another organizer from a poor Afro-Colombian community said:

If you know how to

  • Make electricity, bio-fuel from waste materials, pedal generators
  • Organic and hydroponic food production
  • Electronic communication (communication with the world via the internet)
  • Teach English or Spanish
or have other skills beneficial to creating self-sufficiency, we need you!

Volunteers will live in the community and spend 24/7 with the on-the-ground organizers - working, learning, eating and playing together. You will learn about egalitarian living and organizing from the people themselves, who are the best teachers. If you still want to go home after that, you will be taking skills and knowledge with you, as well as sharing yours with us. We're sure we will develop a long, ongoing relationship.

What if I love the idea but I can't come?

We still need your help! We have a huge need for people who can help us get the resources we need to do our work. For the summer project, we will need money for transportation, room and board for volunteers, and materials, and equipment. We also need plenty of in-kind contributions: video and still cameras, digital voice recorders, computers, scanners and printers, paper and ink, telephones, tools, medical equipment: you name it. We need people to get the word out about what we're doing. We have a world to build!

What do I do if I want to participate or help?

Contact ISBO at bottomuporganizer@gmail.com or write to ISBO at P.O. Box 7295, Port Antonio, Portland, Jamaica. Tell us who you are, why you are interested, and what you have to offer.

Click on the links below for some videos and websites that will help acquaint you with us.

Photo Galleries
Photo Gallery of ISBO Summer Project Sites

Audio-Visual Gallery > ISBO Summer Project Sites in Jamaica and Colombia

Videos
Audio-Visual Gallery > Video From the First Day of the Recent ISBO School in Colombia

Video: "Mi FinK"

Websites & Blogs
CAIS Maloka

Soporte Klan Blog



Únete al Proyecto de Verano ISBO en Colombia y Jamaica
March, 2011

Nuestras tres comunidades de Jamaica y Colombia hace un llamado urgente a todas y todos aquellos que quieran participar en la construcción de un mundo igualitario.

"Vivimos en una comunidad Afro-descendiente en Colombia. La mayoría de nosotras y nosotros tenemos que salir todos los días a buscar el sustento diario. El recibo mensual de electricidad es mucho más costoso por mes que la comida que consumimos, debemos aprender a generar nuestra propia electricidad para no tener que pagar por ese servicio. Necesitamos cultivar comida limpia de quiacute;micos en cada pequeño espacio que hayan dejado libre las grandes multinacionales ya que se apropiaron de nuestros territorios ancestrales para producir biocombustibles. ¿Hay alguien quien pueda venir a ayudarnos a comenzar este proceso en el verano?"

la frase anterior fue dicha por uno de los Organizadores de la Escuela Internacional de Organización Bajo-arriba (ISBO). Los organizadores de ISBO estamos construyendo comunidades igualitarias autosuficientes en las Américas. Nosotros creemos que si usted ha tenido la oportunidad de tener acceso a educación o ha aprendido diferentes habilidades o manualidades, entonces tienes la responsabilidad y es necesario que pases ese conocimiento a aquellos que han sido históricamente oprimidos y que están más necesitados. ISBO esta regida por la idea que el verdadero ingenio y liderazgo para la creación de un nuevo mundo igualitario se encuentra en los más pobres y de piel más oscura, especialmente las mujeres. ¡Tráenos tu mente y corazón este verano!

ISBO ha planeado los proyectos de verano para aprender estas nuevas habilidades para la autosuficiencia en al menos tres comunidades en Jamaica y Colombia. En una de nuestras secciones de planeación, otro organizador de una comunidad pobre Afro-Colombiana dijo:

"Primero que todo, deben saber que somos un solo pueblo. Segundo, que esto es una clase de proceso muy diferente: nosotros no tenemos intereses propios sino colectivos. Tercero, estamos en un proceso que lleva mucho tiempo, y la filosofía es igualdad para todos y todas sin discriminación por color de piel. Nuestro trabajo debe ser construido con la participación de todo el mundo en nuestra comunidad. Nosotros estamos dando todo lo que tenemos y le pedimos que contribuya con sus capacidades mentales y económicas. Su participación es de optima importancia."

Otro de nuestros organizadores piensa en los adultos mayores que participaron en los viejos movimientos revolucionarios los cuales también querían construir un mundo igualitario: "Yo creo que hay muchos adultos mayores en el mundo, los cuales se mueren por participar en este mágico proceso que estamos desarrollando. Deben estar por ahí sentados, de pronto en sitios donde hubo el experimento socialista. No queremos que su conocimiento muera con ellos - no es justo con ellos ni para nosotros! Nosotros les podemos decir, ustedes obtienen acceso a nosotros y a nuestro espíritu organizativo, lo que los hará sentir que no les importaría morir maņana; nosotros conseguimos acceso a su conocimiento para poder construir el mundo que todos queremos!"

Si usted sabe como:

  • generar electricidad, biocarburantes; hechos de residuos orgánicos, generadores eléctricos de pedal
  • producción de comida orgánica e hidropónica
  • generar y construir comunicación electrónica (comunicación con el mundo vía Internet-satélite)
  • Enseñar idiomas, o si tienen cualquier otra habilidad para la construcción de la autosuficiencia, nosotros te necesitamos!

Los voluntarios y voluntarias vivirán con las comunidades y estarán todo el tiempo con los organizadoras y organizadores, trabajando , aprendiendo, comiendo y jugando. Aprenderán sobre el vivir igualitario y a organizar desde el punto de vista de las personas en las comunidades, los cuales son las mejores profesoras y profesores. Si usted aun quiere irse a casa después de esta experiencia, regresara con nuevas habilidades y conocimiento de la misma forma que nosotros quedaremos con nuevas habilidades y conocimiento. Estamos seguros que desarrollaremos un larga amistad.

Los voluntarios y voluntarias vivirán con las comunidades y estarán todo el tiempo con los organizadoras y organizadores, trabajando , aprendiendo, comiendo y jugando. Aprenderán sobre el vivir igualitario y a organizar desde el punto de vista de las personas en las comunidades, los cuales son las mejores profesoras y profesores. Si usted aun quiere irse a casa después de esta experiencia, regresara con nuevas habilidades y conocimiento de la misma forma que nosotros quedaremos con nuevas habilidades y conocimiento. Estamos seguros que desarrollaremos una larga amistad.

Pero que si me gusta mucho la idea pero no puedo ir?

Aun así necesitamos su ayuda! Tenemos la gran necesidad de gente que quiera ayudarnos a recolectar los recursos que necesitamos para nuestro trabajo. Para el proyecto de verano, necesitamos dinero para el transporte, acomodación y alimentación de las voluntarias y voluntarios, materiales y equipos. También necesitamos mucha ayuda en especie (material): cámaras de video y fotográficas , dispositivos para grabación de vos, computadores, scanners y impresoras, papel, tinta, teléfonos, herramientas, equipo medico: todo lo que se pueda imaginar. Necesitamos que lleven nuestro mensaje de lo que estamos haciendo. Tenemos un mundo por construir.

Que debo hacer si quiero participar o ayudar?

Contacta a ISBO en bottomuporganizer@gmail.com o escribir a ISBO a P.O Box 7295, Port Antonio, Portland, Jamaica. Cuéntanos quien eres, por que estas interesado y que nos puedes ofrecer.

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Haga clic en los siguientes enlaces para algunos videos y sitios web que le ayudarà a familiarizarse con nosotros.

Galerías de Fotos
Galerìa de fotos del ISBO Sitios Proyecto de Verano

Galerìa de Audio-Visual > ISBO Verano Sitios proyecto en Jamaica y Colombia

Videos
Galerìa de Audio-Visual > Video Desde el primer dìa de la Escuela ISBO recientes en Colombia

Video: "Mi FinK"

Pàginas web y blogs
CAIS Maloka

Soporte Klan Blog


Hey all you ISBO organizers and friends:

The International School for Bottom-up Organizing has made an amazing start. Since October, when organizers from five countries met in Caracas, we've been fighting and organizing! We had to fight just to get everyone to the meeting, almost creating an international incident at the Colombia-Venezuela border. That struggle built a spirited, unified collective that understood we have to be radical in order to build a school to train revolutionary organizers.

Since then, ISBO international organizers have traveled to Colombia to visit the local ISBO group, which is organizing in a mountain community of African- and indigenous-descended people. They met with three other groups connected to the ISBO organizers, all in Afro-Colombian communities. In one of these communities, slavery was still practiced in the 1920s, and just in the last month, we've organized international support to help them confront the racist landlord who was trying to evict them from their community center. We sent a strong letter denouncing racism, which gave them a morale-boost. It also resulted in a flurry of e-mails internationally about racism and militancy, which was a good learning and teaching opportunity. The end result was a large, long and militant confrontational meeting which forced the landlord to back down. The Colombian ISBO group will soon have a retreat to process and consolidate this victory, which will involve people from at least three organizing projects.

Meanwhile, in Jamaica, our organizing project has made several qualitative steps, on the heels of months of work which included a spirited roadblock protest demanding water that resulted in the arrest of an ISBO organizer. In recent months, the community group has overcome the tribalism of a few who wanted to divide in two by village. We've organized a highly successful Afro-Jamaican cultural activity that involved nearly two dozen costumed youth dancing through the community to everyone's delight. A solid collective of people from the bottom has taken the reins of leadership and is facilitating meetings, doing house visits, and has a fundraising party, a community workday, and a protest for the return of the post office planned all in the next month. It has roofs under construction at two community centers and has established a relationship with a professor at a major university who will be sending students to the area on fieldwork assignments to help with the organizing work.

Things are moving so fast in Colombia and Jamaica it is taking our breath away.

In England, a dedicated group of young immigrants has been working hard to organize fundraising events for their ISBO friends in Colombia and for ISBO in general. They have stepped up, along with supporters in Chicago, to get our book published: it will be out within a couple of weeks, in English and Spanish.

At this moment, ISBO is focusing on our next scheduled session, planned for May. The Jamaican comrades are researching a way for us to carry out our agreement from last October to take a radical action against slavery during this session of the School. People held as chattel are the bottom of the bottom, and we are committed to organizing a new Underground Railroad! Our international representatives are about to embark on travel in Central and South America to recruit for the School.

However, all of this work and planning are in jeopardy. ISBO has a desperate need for financial and organizational support. Unlike the 1960s, when everyone was aware of the profound organizing and struggle going on in the South, today ISBO is still in its infancy, and many people, instead of looking to the bottom for inspiration and hope are looking to the president of the United States. Simultaneously, the financial crisis is drying up sources of donations, lowering the prices of many things in the US (but not air travel!), while in places like those where our front-line organizing is occurring, the currency is devaluing rapidly, causing immense hardship and difficulty.

We need people who can see the profound nature of this work and will step up and help. Just to pull off this meeting, we need to raise an additional $15,000 to $20,000 US in the next few weeks. And that will just get us through May! So we have a huge need for fundraising. Because current ISBO membership is still small, our main organizers are on the ground in local organizing projects, which leaves us without anyone to effectively organize communication, publicity, translation, web support - and on and on!

We are asking you to step up in any way you can. Can you donate a few months, weeks or even days of your time and skills? Can you take on a piece of the work on an ongoing basis? Can you volunteer a few hours a week to help with translating, web design, phone calls, list serves, a newsletter? Can you throw a fundraising party, solicit friends, or give a donation? You name it: the people need you! And need you URGENTLY!

When a visitor from the university recently asked one of our organizer-trainees, a blind man who raises a few dozen chickens in Jamaica, what he envisioned five years from now in his community, he expressed vividly the power of what ISBO is doing. He said, "My vision is the youth recognizing their self-worth and getting educated. I don't mean pencil and paper educated, I mean educated in their history and struggle. My vision is the people on the bottom recognizing their power and putting the wealthy and so-called educated on the bottom. My vision is that the bottom will rise."

Please look at the list of needs above, and the budget and see what you can do to help. The bottom needs and deserves the skills and resources of those of us who possess them!

In hope and struggle,

International School for Bottom-up Organizing
773-675-2017

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