A Brigada is a volunteer work group of at least 5 people who are committed to operating the coffee project in their area and educating themselves about the Zapatista Struggle as defined in the 6th Declaration as well as others.
The must also commit themselves in this project to The 7 Tasks and the 4 Questions. ANYONE who adheres to these ideas may form a Brigada. There can be more than one Brigada in any one area, and though they may collaborate, each is responsible for its own work.
Particpating in Cafe Para La Vida Digna - A Meaningful Experience
In doing this work we understand that many people will want to participate and support this project at different interest levels, ability, and time availability. Given this we offer three levels of participation that has been defined by this project.
THE THREE LEVELS OF PARTICIPATION
COLLABORATOR/CLIENT - These are individual people and/or businesses, cooperatives, coffee collectives that purchase and/or sale coffee while being fully aware of its political/economic goals and objectives.
BRIGADISTAS - These are individuals who volunteer their time and energy to operating this project in their area of the country, taking on the tasks associated with the promotion, distribution, education, and general operation of this coffee project.
RESPONSABLE - This individual is a Brigadista that has the additional responsibility of directing the work of other members of the Brigada, organizing communication between members and collaborators/clients, and answering for the work of the Brigada to the Principal Speaker of the project. However this is not the person on top, but rather a person that has responsibility.
Through these levels of participation it is our intention to enter the coffee market in the United States using our collective politics to outreach to individual consumers and social networks of conscience consumers who have an emerging political awareness about the situation facing small communities like Municipio Ricardo Flores Magon. Through a vigorous campaign of education together with a high-grade, quality coffee grown by autonomous producers, we will set up accounts of demand-sized portions of coffee throughout the areas where Brigadas have chosen to work. We will strive to use grass-roots organizing skills to build a solid base of people committed to sustaining this market, and therefore, communities in struggle.