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Resources for more information on Latin America

Madison-Area Solidarity organizations

Wisconsin Coordinating Council on Nicaragua (WCCN) is a nation-wide, non-profit, membership-supported organization working in partnership with Nicaraguans to promote social and economic justice through alternative models of development and activism.
Madison-Arcatao Sister City Project (MASCP) and its Salvadoran partners provide mutual support and raise awareness about our common struggle for peace, justice and democracy.
Colombia Support Network (CSN)
Madison Camaguey Sister City Association (Cuba)
Madison Fair Trade Action Alliance (MADFTAA)
Madison-Oaxaca Solidarity
SOA Watch seeks to close the US Army School of the Americas through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work. For local Madison contact, email

Organizations serving Latinos in Madison

Centro Hispano, Building and Preserving Latino Culture in our Community
Centro Pastoral Guadalupano
Workers' Rights Center
Union de Trabajadores Inmigrantes (UTI) represents the interests of immigrant workers in the area.

Local Information Resources and Media

Rainbow Bookstore, 426 West Gilman, Madison
Madison Infoshop, 1019 Williamson Street, Madison
Labor Radio's Workers Independent News is broadcast on WORT in Madison.
WORT Community Radio Station! Check out Third World View, A Public Affair, and En Nuestro Patio local news in Spanish. Madison Independent Media Center, local news and list hosting

Local Fair Trade Coffee

Equal Exchange
Just Coffee, local fair trade roaster
Two Degrees Coffeeshop, inside Room of One's Own Bookstore, 307 West Johnson Street, Madison
Fair Trade Coffeehouse, 418 State Street
Willy Street Coop page on Fair Trade Products in Madison.

Education Programs

UW-Madison Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program
UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center
Edgewood College Human Issues Program, (see Community Partners, Esperanza club)

Read more about:

Immigration issues
About the US Border Patrol The book Enrique's Journey is about a Honduran boy who travels to the US to reunite with his mother who came seeking work.
American Immigration Lawyers Association advocates for reform of immigration laws.

Venezuela issues
Hands Off Venezuela
Venezuela Analysis (news)
Carol's Venezuela Reading List online

CAFTA - Central American Free Trade Agreement
Stop Cafta web site:lots of info and links
Citizens Trade Campaign

NAFTA - North American Free Trade Agreement
The Development Group for Alternative Policies has several articles.
Unite Union web site on NAFTA

FTAA - Free Trade Area of the Americas
FTAA talking points from American Friends Service Committee
Global Exchange on the FTAA

ALBA - Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas
Summary of ALBA
Cuba-Venezuela Agreement under ALBA

WTO - World Trade Organization
Global Exchange on the WTO
Global Trade Watch page by Public Citizen

World Bank
Fifty Years is Enough
World Bank Bonds Boycott

IMF - International Monetary Fund
Resistance to IMF Policies in Poor Countries

News on Central America
La Jornada Mexico newspaper (in Spanish)

World Social Forum
On February 7, 2006, CALA hosted a report back from local folks who attended the Polycentric World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela. We've gathered some of their reports and resources here.

- Read Marc Becker's written report online
here. (260k PDF) and his blog on his experience here.
- Stephen Bartlett writes about his Agrarian delegation to the WSF here (PDF).
- The official web site of the forum (English version)
- Liz DiNovella of the Progressive magazine has a blog on her experiences at the Forum