The Latin America Solidarity Coalition (LASC) is an association of national and local US-based grassroots Latin America and Caribbean solidarity groups, many of which have long histories of working with grassroots organizations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. LASC’s goal is to define common goals and shared strategies for these groups. LASC’s work circles around several hemisphere-wide issues as well as country-specific topics.
We operate and structure our work from a solidarity model: we operate on the principle of self-determination; it is not up to us to determine what our partners in the Global South should or should not do. Nor is it up to us to determine the strategies and methodologies they use. We determine our strategies based on the needs of our partners in Latin America and the Caribbean.
As a movement we must have ongoing critiques of our internal power dynamics, especially regarding the issues of race, class and gender. In our research and analysis, and in presentation of that research and analysis, we will take into account the affects on men, women, and society distinctly, recognizing that most research and analysis of “society” excludes the experience of women.
We must always attempt to put a “human face” on our work – that the policies we are working for or against affect real people to whom we have a connection.
We recognize how many issues are inter-connected and that there is potential to make links between Latin America solidarity issues and the work of local community groups.