Problems Addressed

In our analysis, we have discussed the issues at an abstract level, arriving at general and common issues experienced by all the groups, collectives, and communities with which we develop our intervention. The problems can be summarized as: utilitarian relationships, institutions that make public life obsolete or nonfunctional, violent practices as a way of relating to others, and the destruction of common knowledge. We would like to further describe these issues briefly with respect to the concrete realities experienced by the groups that we accompany.

 

Intervention

In addition to the accompaniment of community groups and the work of reflection and analysis, we have organized the groups, collectives, and communities into 4 specific objectives:

  • The fragmentation of the social fabric by the exacerbated violence that was lived by rural communities in Torreon, Coahuila. This community experienced 10 years of constant fighting for the territorial control that was in the hands of the Juarez cartel and that was also fought over by los zetas and the sinaloa cartel, and that was worsened later by the arrival of the military. In the territory remains the vestiges of hundreds of disappeared people, disintegrated families, and the assimilation of hundreds of young people into gangs, which was the consequence of the the dismantling of companies and businesses in the industrial zones in la Laguna. Likewise, the war against drugs, which was driven by the federal government, was motivated by the fight for territorial control as a result of changes in the drug market. Before, these cartels only sold the raw forms of drugs , which were processed in the United States. Criminal groups advanced their methods of production in order to increase their profits, which also increased their need to grow the market. Fear and desperation were created by gaps in social organizations that had been working to resolve community problems, by the the lack of a sense of trust in communities, and by the general lack of hope for a transformation of their realities.
  • Projects of territorial exploitation, in addition to mega projects, the imposition of farming methods and transgenic seeds. In the mountains of Guerrero: open mining, and the imposition of transgenic corn. In the coast of Oaxaca: the imposition of sowing methods. In the Sierra Norte de Puebla: hydraulic mega projects, open mining, rural cities and the extraction of shale gas. The richness and natural diversity of these territories are the primary draws for transnational companies, national companies, and the government, which has propitiated the conditions for these companies to insert themselves in these territories. These companies arbitrarily despoil the communities have counted on and cared for their traditional ways of living and their resources that for many years. Instead these companies prey on the cultural diversity, despite the social and biological risk of exterminating it completely, and prey on the fragility of life that the people there inhabit.  These companies wish to privatize the resources that make possible the traditional way of life, without which it would be impossible to exist as communities.
  • The imposition of institutions that exclude or nullify the people and the women in the state of Guerrero. The exclusion of women in decision-making spaces and from upper levels of education in Guerrero. One of the primary obstacles to the betterment of community life is that women cannot participate in the community level, and conditions do not exist where they can exercise their right to make decisions. There is contempt and doubt about the ability for women to exercise leadership capabilities in social and political networks, and in the case that some women fail, they are harassed and discredited. In terms of access to leadership opportunities and education, women face obstacles from their families, who often privilege the education of men over that of women, and the domestic work of women over their personal formation. Many schools of higher levels of education are very far from their communities and some municipalities force displacements of women and families, so that they cannot meet the costs of school and the conditions of instability and danger in which they are placed. The same occurs with the incompatibility of political institutions with people and communities at a community level, with the formal political institutions in the upper levels of the government. If at the community level women participate in democracy, identifying problems and creating solutions, at the municipal, state, or federal level, they are excluded from the opportunity to participate directly in decision-making.

In addition to the accompaniment of community groups and the work of reflection and analysis, we have organized the groups, collectives, and communities into 4 specific objectives. Some are more strongly related to each of the community processes, however, all generate a set of processes that rule our intervention:

 

  • Transformation of the individual utilitarian relationships between people, and between people and the earth, in exchange for a more ecosystemic relationship
  • Transformation of the impassivity of individuals, collectives, communities, and towns into action against institutions that work against the collective life, in order to decide and construct their own ways of living
  • Transformation of violent ways of interactions, to construct possibilities for dialogue and ways of peace
  • Transformation of thinking and hegemonic practice of community beliefs to construct practices of anti-systemic ecumenism from their own spirituality

From this methodology of intervention that we have developed, a methodology that integrates transformation with the subjectivity of each person as a long-term process with the requirement and resolution of needs; as a process of transformation of immediate realities; from a human accompaniment that empowers the individual subject and the collective subjectivity; journeying through the transformation of interpersonal relationships, we have three program principles that sustain the project of strategic construction of alternatives for a full life from an appropriation of the collective rights and construction of peace:

 

  • Accompaniment of the processes of defense, use, and enjoyment of the land
  • Accompaniment of the processes of construction of a culture of peace
  • Accompaniment of the processes of vigilance and monitoring of public institutions, and of the generation, rescue, and strengthening of community political structures