Our work is rooted in the theory that we can build progressive power through small victories, create momentum through participation in focused campaigns, and add our grain of sand to the global movement for justice. Specifically, PASO works with Colombian civil society groups to plan and carry out non-violent direct action, media strategies, political advocacy, and research to bring about social, workplace, and environmental justice. We also protect Colombian trade unionists under threat of violence using international accompaniment tactics developed in Colombia. PASO prioritizes work in ambitious-but-realistic campaigns that involve women, young people, and ethnic minorities.
Based in Bogota, Colombia, PASO combines international protection strategies with organizing models that have been successfully employed in other parts of the world to win real victories and build momentum in the movement for peace, environmental protections, and social justice in Colombia. These draw on a multipronged approach to grassroots organizing with workers and other marginalized groups, including intensive one-on-one outreach, the identificatoin and empowerment of new leaders, and creative mass communication strategies.
Activism and democratic participation is on the rise in Colombia. Only with increased numbers and confidence can we hope to bring about structural changes needed to forward a progressive agenda a country crippled by corruption, violence, evironmental devastation, and economic inequality.
A video describing our model of international solidarity can be viewed HERE.
PASO is a nonviolent, nonpartisan organization. We provide protection for Colombian organizers involved in nonviolent protests, grassroots organizing, the trade union movement, community-labor partnerships and the environmental movement. We develop collective strategies with unions, social justice organizations, students, and civil society to monitor human and labor rights. We also facilitate educational exchanges between workers and activists in which participants can share ideas about organizing and issues that affect disenfranchised communities on a global scale. A priority is placed on processes in which women and people of color have leading roles.