For the past three years we have been organizing with Philadelphia-based migrant communities; seeking to engage their transnational identities to take collective action locally and internationally. We are committed to building transnational spaces in which community organizing and leadership development can take place in a reciprocal manner between Philadelphia and members’ home communities, primarily in Puebla, Mexico. Our current work on these issues centers on the creation of productive projects that will increase the price that rural farmers receive for their crops in Mexico. We are also experimenting with fair-trade initiatives that will create jobs in Mexico and in Philadelphia.
Over the years we have offered basic business workshops on how to develop transnational business initiatives; infusing fair-trade principals with practical knowledge to import cultural products from Puebla to Philadelphia.
In the coming years we hope to be able to develop and support more small business ventures within the immigrant Latino community of South Philadelphia.