Costa Rica: Get Involved

 

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Project inspired by the work of a young attorney in Costa Rica, Roberto Zamora, whose litigation is re-establishing the principles found in the Costa Rican Constitution supporting peace as a human right.
 
 
Campaign for Labor Rights (CLR) is an organization that works to inform and mobilize grassroots activists in solidarity with major, international anti-sweatshop struggles. CLR has been called the "grassroots mobilizing department" of the anti-sweatshop movement. Coordinating with over 500 communities in the U.S. as well as other local, national, and international anti-sweatshop groups, CLR attacks the root causes of poverty, oppression, and global economic disparity. Its campaigns and strategy are designed in solidarity and collaboration with workers struggling to gain the right to organize, the right to earn a living wage in a clean, safe work environment, and the right to bargain collectively with their bosses. CLR promotes a broad, contextual understanding of sweatshops by locating them within the current structure of economic globalization, and it promotes resistance to this structure in local communities. At a time when U.S. consumers are becoming more concerned and aware of the conditions under which their goods are produced, CLR pushes for disclosure and accountability within the current trend of economic globalization. CLR works to have the right to organize recognized as a fundamental human right.
 
 
 
Action for Community and Ecology in the Rainforests of Central America is a working project of the  Global Justice Ecology Project and a member of the Native Forest Network. ACERCA sprang from the necessity of filling a gap left when groups such as the Environmental Project on Central America (EPOCA) disbanded in the early 1990's. We emerged out of the pressing need for international response to the environmental and human rights abuses occur ring in the Central American region. We are a collective of activists, organizers, researchers, advisors, interns, and volunteers, who together develop strategies and implement ideas. We have been focused on southern Mexico and Nicaragua, having been asked by the peoples of those regions to become involved. Previous delegations to these regions have served as tools to increase awareness of the struggles of indigenous communities. Through these issues, ACERCA works to expose the power imbalance which allows most cultural and environmental destruction to take place.