We are Cosecha
The name, Cosecha, is to honor the thousands of undocumented workers that provide food to our many tables today and for the legacy of the millions of workers that were forced to become slaves to provide for the accumulation in this country.
Cosecha is a nonviolent movement fighting for permanent protection, dignity and respect for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
It has been over a decade since the Mega Marches of 2006 - and in the past 10 years, many attempts to pass "bipartisan commonsense comprehensive immigration reform" have come and gone. We have gotten on buses to march when they said to march and told our cousins to vote when they told us it was time to vote. And yet - time and again, the political parties, the presidents we've elected, and D.C. lobbyists representing our interests have failed to deliver on the promise they have made to our community for the past 20 years.
After so much sacrifice, pain, trauma, and hard work, we think it is time for our community to try something new. Sustained mass non-cooperation. Widespread boycotts. A general strike.
We come from cultures that have a rich tradition of popular struggle and movement building. Along with so much else, we bring these stories of resistance to the U.S. when we migrate. They live in each of our communities.
We are fighting for a new day of justice, reconciliation and unity for our immigrant communities. We are fighting for permanent protection, dignity, and respect.
Our Vision: A Week Without Immigrants
We are students of the thousands of farmworkers that stood up to the exploitation with the leadership of Dolores Huerta, Larry Itliong and Cesar Chavez, and students of the thousands of African-Americans that stood up to the racist Jim Crow system all over this country.
We learned that the hardships our community faces - the raids, the separation, the deportations, the exploitation - continue because we allow them to. We cooperate with these atrocities when we spend our money and when we work hard without meaningful pay. Our power lies in our bodies that are made invisible, but provide so much sustenance to this country.
So it is time to ask - what would a day without immigrants really look like? What would a week without restaurant workers feel like? This country would have to choose between continuing to exploit workers and separate families, or finally coming to terms with our racist history and giving us the protection, the dignity, and the respect we demand.
We are building the movement every day.
Our full-time organizer network dedicates 80% of their time to Cosecha, living and breathing the movement every day. Cosecha is a volunteer-led movement and has engaged more than 5000 volunteers on campaign calls. Cosecha's teams are made of 100s of part-time volunteers from across the country who take on roles to ensure crucial work keeps moving forward. Cosecha's more than 2000 allies are committing to fundraise and take action to stand with the undocumented community. Cosecha decentralized network of villages are in more than 30 cities, towns, and campuses across the country. Cosecha's training team consists of more than 50 trainers who train in Cosecha's strategy across the country.