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Indigenous Strategies for Community Liberation

October 5, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

These can be depressing and scary times in the USA, but this is also a really good opportunity to dissect our realities and begin to figure out what we are going to do to build the world in which we do want to live. This workshop/presentation will help us learn from one another while pushing one another towards self determination, self defense, and autonomy.

Suggested Donation $5-$25

This workshop will begin by defining and clarifying our understanding of 3 basic concepts for community based liberation: Self determination, Self Defense, and Autonomy. These key terms will be a recurring theme throughout the process of the workshop/presentation.

We will look at several examples of traditional forms of self governance taking place in Mexico. We will begin with the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas and working our way through different examples in Oaxaca, Guerrero, and Michoacán. These examples will include general assembly structures and practices; an overview of necessary attitudes and world views necessary to carry out these forms of self governance; and an analysis of power, powerlessness, and the exercising of collective power as strategy of attaining self determination.

A common theme through out mesoamerica has to do with a living list of indigenous principles for unity and resistance. These principles are a toolbox for day to day community organizing as well as for moments of resistance or direct action. We will go over the principles in detail and review how we can apply them to the set of goals we set up for ourselves earlier in the discussion.

To conclude we can go over the 3 basic concepts for community liberation: Self determination, Self Defense, and Autonomy once again, and begin to discuss what forms of traditional self governance we can translate into our community goals and aspirations in neighborhoods, the workplace, and in our hood.

Brought to you by…
NWIC Trio Club

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Simón Sedillo has contributed to the production of a wide variety of documentary films, which focus primarily on the effects of neoliberalism and militarism on indigenous communities, immigrant communities, and communities of color in the US and Mexico. Sedillo tours universities and community centers throughout the USA screening films and facilitating discussions and workshops on political economy and geopolitics in Mexico and the USA.

Simón also teaches geopolitics and political economy and is the Coordinator for Independent Studies at SURCO for a summer and a winter study abroad program in Oaxaca, Mexico. He has been teaching geopolitics in the US and community based media production in communities in the US and Mexico for the last 15 years. Simón has a growing archive of workshops, lectures, articles, and documentary films about community based resistance to neoliberalism, militarism, and white supremacy.

Join us for unique, engaging, and intentional steps towards our liberation!


October 5, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm