What is a “Community Resistance Zone?”

The idea of a Community Resistance Zone is to create an area where neighbors and community members know exactly what their rights are when it comes to ICE & police and to be able to defend their rights and their neighbors’. Juntos’ Community Resistance Zone operates in the heart of South Philadelphia where a large portion of the city’s latinx immigrant community.

Photo by Harvey Finkle

Juntos’ first CRZ was launched in November of 2017 during 2 day-span. During this time over 200 volunteers descended on upon South Philadelphia to learn their rights, to teach others and to knock on doors to reach communiy and allies at their homes. In this 48 hour time period we:

  • Knocked on over 2,500 doors in South Philly
  • Trained over 1,300 people on their rights &
  • Signed up over 500 resistors

Every participant in our Community Resistance Zone made a personal commitment to stand up and defend their neighbors in South Philly against any and all abuses at the hands of police and/or ICE. They learned their rights. And we built history together by building a network of defenders.

We need each other more than ever now. One year after the presidential elections and we have seen a spike in deportations, police abuse, racial profiling, hate crimes, etc. This is not a coincidence. Our current power structure preaches violence and hate and we must unite to fight back.

How to build your own Community Resistance Zone

This guide was written and designed by Juntos with the hope that other communities and allies can take our Resistance Zone Model and replicate it within their own neighborhoods.

Community Resistance Zone participants can learn how to run a series of workshops that have been designed to not only teach individuals their rights but also learn about the history of immigration in this country, how to facilitate their own workshops and how to utilize and identify different levels of privilege that they may hold.

The workshops within this guide are:

  • Criminalization History Workshop
  • How To Prepare a Workshop
  • Effective Group Listening
  • Building Power Through Storytelling
  • Community Resistance How-To
  • Understanding Our Rights & Privileges
  • How To Talk To People At The Door

You can download the full guide here!