We are a non-profit association which has been organizing social, cultural and political exchange projects between Europe and Latin America since 2006. Our aim is to get to know and support progressive social processes.
Currently, living in Latin America is marked by poverty and marginalization. During the last decade, Venezuela, Boliva and Ecuador, however, have elected governments which have initiated programs for the struggle against poverty ("misiones") and established wide-ranging participatory possibilities for the people. We align ourselves behind these developments and intend to contribute to them with social work in both a spirit of solidarity but also a spirit of critical analysis.
Each year brigades (so-called "brigadas") are sent to Venezuela and Bolivia, which make it possible for participants to gain some general insight into the sociopolitical reality of Latin America. Therefore, every brigade begins with a political tour in which the participants acquaint themselves with the various actors involved in the present changes, such as the "misiones", the homeless and landless movements, municipal councils and local radio and television stations.
Following that, we travel to factories and municipalities in rural or urban regions in order to establish direct exchange and dialogue in the framework of theoretical and practical courses and projects. The principle goal of this work is to further democratic stuctures of self-management and production.
Also in the opposite direction, i.e., from Latin America to Europe, activists are regularly invited to communicate their experiences. Together with our "compañeros" we have realized a number of meetings, events and exhibitions (for instance also political graffiti art). In doing so, we intend to contribute to alternative reporting on the processes in Latin America, which are often portrayed in manipulative and biased ways by the dominant media. That is also our motivation to publish articles, interviews and press releases. With those we hope to draw some more attention to the important occurrences and tendencies on the South American continent.