We lead by inspiring and suggesting, never by commanding. Our leaders are but trusty servants; they do not govern. We all take initiative and respect those of others. It’s not about one idea; it’s about many good ideas. As we continue embodying/living out movement values, we remember that principles come before personality.
WE ARE ALL A FAMILY
This movement welcomes everyone from different countries, ethnicities, races, genders, sexual orientations, religious and spiritual beliefs. We know the wisdom of our movement comes from the voices that are often the most silenced. Since the dominant language can take over a space and silence the people who don’t feel comfortable with the words, we have the “multilingual-rule” which is about making every space open to multiple languages. We operate in the languages that come easily to our community.
THERE IS NO COVER FOR THIS PARTY
You don’t need permission to participate in this movement. Our “3-activist rule” says that once 3 people decide to join Cosecha or take an action, they can form a circle and get full support from the movement. Circles make the decisions that affect their work. We choose to participate in actions that we are most excited about. We can party together as long as we follow the principles of Cosecha and there is no dress code. Our movement needs musicians, artists, dancers, creatives, mothers, daughters, workers, street-intellectuals, poets, academics, students, etc. We encourage risk-taking because the diversity of our creativity will help us find the most effective strategies, tools, and actions for the movement.
WE DON’T DANCE WITH POLITICAL PARTIES
We are tired of broken promises by political parties. They want our phone numbers for their elections but never call us after they’re elected. Our work is on the streets and with the people — we are not focused on politicians. We will only engage politicians and their supporters to get them to take a leave of absence from their parties. We don’t have external representatives or advocates; we speak for ourselves. If the political leadership (President and Congress) make a commitment to pass legislation that might give us permanent protection, we will use the 60 day rule. This rule says that everyone in Cosecha will give the parties a 60 day deadline in order for them to enact legislation and if this doesn't happen after 60 days, Cosecha will continue non-cooperating.
OUR WEAPON IS NON-COOPERATION
We know our power is rooted in non-cooperation with the current political, social and economic systems. Without working hands, there is no labor. We will continue to non-cooperate until this country recognizes it depends on us.
OUR SHIELD IS NONVIOLENCE
Non-violence keeps our movement alive. It is our shield that reflects the true perpetrators of the state violence that our people suffer from daily. It is our strategy to bring light to the injustice that we suffer every day. We feel pain from the abuses of the police and others, and we will keep exposing their violence through our discipline.
THE SOIL OF OUR HARVEST IS RESPECT AND RECIPROCITY
The ground on which this movement stands is on the relationships of its participants. We will work every day to build trust, respect and reciprocity among all of us. We assume all [email protected] have good intentions and also react immediately against disrespect. We use conflict resolution techniques to deal with conflict in a healthy way that will bring growth to our movement. We ground our work in dialogue, healing, and collective transformation. We won’t tolerate shaming of each other and bullying towards the many organizations and leaders of the immigrant rights movement.
OUR SEEDS COME FROM THE TREE OF SACRIFICE
We honor the hard work of all the people who bring their gifts to the movement. We believe that people’s work in Harvest is for the collective well-being of everyone and not for personal gain or to advance individual interests. While most of the work of the movement is not financially compensated, there are some positions that movement leaders can sponsor in order to create more support for the movement. Those positions will be compensated based on needs and not by a market employment rate. They are temporary and only meant to support the movement at key moments.
ALL WE NEED IS ALREADY WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY NOW
We know that when we get BIG money it’s because they want to control our movement, that is why we are always self-sustaining. We know that all the resources we need, including financial, are already in our community.
YOU CAN WEAR OUR COLORS AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW OUR PRINCIPLES
Any organization can use the Cosecha flag as long as they follow our principles. Formal organizations (outside of Cosecha) can join support circles with other [email protected] as long they accept our strategy and story of the movement. No formal organization can request resources in the name of Cosecha unless they are resources distributed among our villages.
ONE HARVEST, MANY FRUITS
There are thousands of ways to be part of the Coescha strategy. We encourage daily autonomy and creativity in how to implement the movement based on people’s conditions. At the same time, our movement unity depends on all our teams working together and following our greatest agreement: our Cosecha principles. The principles are the music score of our Cosecha orchestra and all the instruments are the creativity of our activist.
WE ARE ONE OF MANY HARVESTS
We know the injustices of our community cannot be undone with just one movement. We know that the systems of domination require multiple cycles of movements that are working for many decades to bring reciprocity and balance to our communities. Cosecha is just one piece of a larger justice puzzle.
THIS SWARM NEEDS ALL ITS BEES
This movement will take all of us. While some of us are more focused on taking care of our community, others are more called to be prophetic voices to bring people into the movement. We all have different callings and roles that we want to take on. Our spirit of coordination comes together as we affirm, “If you’re stuck, buzz”. This means that if you need help, just ask for it. We can only be a movement if we support each other. We also know people are part of various organizations and that people can be in and out of Harvest and we make a distinction between the participation of individuals and organizations.
AN INJUSTICE SOMEWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE
We know the undocumented community is not the only one facing oppression and that this system of inequality has been going on for a long time. We believe that our movement’s mission is to be active in other movements for racial, gender and economic justice.