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Austin Tan Cerca De La Frontera

Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera promotes opportunities for people in the U.S. to learn from Mexican women who work collectively to transform their lives within the challenging realities that transnational "free" trade policies have created.

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Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera provides an opportunity for those on the U.S. side of the border to  learn from the women organizing for justice in the maquiladoras of  northern Mexico (Comité Fronterizo de Obrer@s - CFO), Fuerza Unida women cooperative  members in San Antonio who saw their jobs outsourced, and indigenous women in Chiapas (Jolom Mayaetik) whose  communal lands were stripped of protections as a result of NAFTA.  We typically provide three delegations each year to the border.

We ground our work at the community level both at home and abroad in  partnership with those who suffer the conditions we seek to change and  informed by their strength and vision.  We work to transform conditions and relationships,  both in the world  and in ourselves, which threaten to overwhelm what is precious in human  beings.  We encourage collaboration in social transformation towards a society that recognizes the dignity of each person.

ATCF also recognizes the  need to promote alternatives to free trade.  Since 2004, ATCF has held the annual Women and Fair Trade Festival in Austin as a way to learn more about community-driven alternatives.

Conectando Hilos de la Justicia (Connecting Threads of Justice) brings together two of the festival’s women’s collectives, Jolom Mayaetik and Fuerza Unida.  Together they share marketing and technical  skills as well as organize annual traditional medicinal workshops.

The GEMA (Género y Empoderamiento de la Mujer para la Acción, which translates as Gender and Empowerment of Women towards Action) program includes  six modules per year for women maquiladora workers in three border towns  in the state of Coahuila, Mexico.