AGRARIAN & WORKER STRUGGLE IN NICARAGUA:
Celebrating the ATC’s 40th Anniversary
APRIL 9 – 19, 2018
Honor the history of worker struggles for land and dignity in Nicaragua!
Nicaragua’s Rural Workers’ Association, or Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo (ATC), was founded in 1978 by landless farmworkers who, inspired by liberation theology, decided to change their lives and defend their rights in the midst of the 45-year Somoza regime. The ATC would become a major force for worker power in the Sandinista Revolution, through continuous farmworker literacy programs, collective bargaining, and women’s worker councils. The ATC is now a strong voice for food sovereignty and agroecology, both in Nicaragua and internationally as a member organization of the Latin American Coordination of Organizations from the Countryside (CLOC) and the global peasant movement, La Via Campesina.
Join the ATC as it celebrates 40 years of struggle for dignity, health, land, water, seeds and social justice. The anniversary party will take place at a site in Granada, and the delegation will also tour ATC cooperatives and labor unions in Estelí, as well as the ATC’s autonomous schools. Learn from the Via Campesina’s processes of popular peasant education, feminism and agroecology.
Don’t miss the opportunity to spend time with Via Campesina peasant organizations from Central America and the Caribbean, ATC founders and special guests who will be at the ATC’s 40th anniversary celebration. Delegates are also invited to play an important role in building international solidarity through the creation of a declaration upon conclusion of the delegation to share with the broader solidarity community in the US and beyond.
Trip fee: $1100. Trip fee includes lodging, meals, in-country transport, translation, and staff coordination. You are responsible for international arrival (or other travel plans to Nicaragua) and personal expenses.
To apply: All persons interested in participating in the delegation must fill out a delegation application and submit the $200 trip deposit. For full application & payment instructions, please visit: https://goo.gl/forms/c65XS6U3ybBm96R52. Applications are due January 22, 2018. We will notify you as soon as possible when we receive your application and deposit. For more information, please email Erika Takeo (National Coordinator of Friends of the ATC) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A delegation flyer can be downloaded here: Delegation Flyer.
FEBRUARY 17-26, 2017: HONDURAS & NICARAGUA COMPARE & CONTRAST
The ATC will be coordinating the Nicaragua-side of this important delegation. With urgent calls for solidarity with Honduras (especially with peasant and indigenous community leaders), this delegation will learn about the shared histories and distinct political realities of Honduras and Nicaragua. Meeting with sisters and brothers in peasant struggle will be a major component of this delegation.
JUNE 20 – JULY 1, 2016: FOOD SOVEREIGNTY & AGROECOLOGY IN NICARAGUA
The Friends of the ATC is pleased to announce its first delegation to Nicaragua, which will focus on the themes of food sovereignty and agroecology. This delegation is organized in partnership with the Via Campesina organizations of Nicaragua and the Alliance for Global Justice.
Dates: June 20-July 1, 2016
Cost: $1250 plus airfare. Trip fee includes lodging, meals, in-country transport, translation, and staff coordination. Scholarships are available (please contact us for more information).
Itinerary is still TBD, but potential visits include:
- Escuela Internacional de Agroecología, Santo Tomás, Chontales (central farm and school of IALA Mesoamérica)
- Escuela Campesina Francisco Morazán, Managua (the regional gathering center for Via Campesina in Central America)
- Agroecological demonstration farm, Masaya
- Cooperativa Gloria Quintanilla, Santa Julia, Carazo (a women’s cooperative formed by a beloved ATC political leader)
- Institutito Agroecológico Rudolfo Sanchez Bustos, Santa Emilia, Matagalpa (a school of agronomy and other cooperative trainings)
- Coffee cooperative, Matagalpa
- Fundación Entre Mujeres & Central de Cooperativas Multisectoriales Las Diosas, Estelí (a feminist organization and collection of cooperatives – more info can be found on p. 36 here)
- Escuela de Tabaco, Estelí (where workers are trained in cigar factory work & union organizing)
- Cigar factory, Estelí
- Unión de Cooperativas Agropecuarias de Nueva Segovia, Somoto, Madriz (a union of agricultural cooperatives along the Honduran border)