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encuentro5 is a collaborative of grassroots, service and advocacy organizations sharing skills and resources. It's core functions are managed by Mass. Global Action and TecsChange:

ANSWER Coalition

The ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) formed on September 14, 2001. It is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and prominent individuals and scores of organizing centers in cities and towns across the country.

Its national steering committee represents major national organizations that have campaigned against U.S. intervention in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia, and organizations that have campaigned for civil rights and for social and economic justice for working and poor people inside the United States. Contact: boston@answercoalition.org.

Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group

One in 3 of us, roughly 2 billion people don't have basic services such as electricity, sanitation and clean drinking water. Access to these services is essential to breaking the cycle of poverty in developing countries. 

The Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group (AIDG) helps individuals and communities get affordable and environmentally sound access to electricity, sanitation and clean water.  Through a combination of business incubation, education, and outreach, we help people get technology that will better their health and improve their lives.

Black & Pink

Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. Our work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. We are outraged by the specific violence of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people, and respond through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing.

CISPES - Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador

CISPES is a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting the Salvadoran people's struggle forself-determination and social and economic justice. | Somos una organización de base popular dedicada a apoyar la lucha del pueblo salvadoreño para la autodeterminación y la justicia social y económica.

Downtown Workers Center (DWC)

The Downtown Workers Center is a non-profit, worker-run organization which educates, empowers and organizes workers in the Downtown Crossing are by mobilizing support and resources, and by promoting self-organzied actions to secure justice. Contact: standup@workr.me.

El Movimiento

El Movimiento – The Movement (www.ethnicstudiesnow.org) is a student led organization that works on improving education in Boston Public Schools. We are an organization that is about equal voices in which everyone is equally represented and heard. We are students who are tired of learning about the same history that does not relate to us culturally. We are students that are entitled to teach and learn about our own contributions to society.

Our purpose is to ensure that all students in Boston and beyond receive equal and accurate representation of world cultures, particularly those represented in our schools. We want to change our current Euro-centric education and include all cultures. Contact: Trisha (Core Advisor) tykmah@gmail.com or Fernando Rodriguez (Youth Organizer) fjrodriguez787@gmail.com 857-222-9203.

Global Potential 

Global Potential (GP) is a global volunteer-run youth empowerment non-profit founded in 2007 in New York City and the Dominican Republic, in 2009 in Boston, Haiti and Nicaragua and 2012 in France. GP empowers youth and communities to energize each other through education, international service work and cultural exchange. GP offers entrepreneurship and leadership fellowships and trainings for high school students aged 15 to 23, after school and during the summer. Through GP, urban youth from low-income communities reach their fullest potential thanks to opportunities to be proactive and transcend psychological traps of injustice that persist across generations.

GP's full program lasts a year and a half: Phase 1) 6-month weekly training on social justice, human rights, global issues, social entrepreneurship, conflict resolution and sustainable changemaking; Phase 2) 1.5 months of full immersion in an international rural village in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Nicaragua where the youth live with host families, carry out individual internships, community development projects and youth-led conferences; and Phase 3) 10.5 months social justice oriented individualized and group projects focused on the passions of youth, who have created award-winning documentaries, powerful community service projects, successful campaigns for social justice and social ventures. Contact: info@global-potential.org

Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition

The Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition is the continuation of the broad coalition of anti-war, student, and community organizations that came together to build the October 29th march and rally on Boston Common. Contact: info@stopthewars.org

IWW - Industrial Workers of the World

The IWW is a member-run union for all workers, a union dedicated to organizing on our job, in our industries and in our communities. IWW members are organizing to win better conditions today and build a world with economic democracy tomorrow. We want  workplaces run for the benefit of workers and communities rather than for a handful of bosses and executives.

MASS CARE – The Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Health Care

Mass-Care’s mission is to establish a single payer health care system in Massachusetts so that all residents of the Commonwealth will have access to comprehensive, quality, affordable and equitable health care because it is basic to life and human dignity. Mass-Care was launched in 1995 as a coalition of Massachusetts organizations sharing a deep concern about the inequities of our health care system.

Massachusetts Global Action

MGA is a statewide membership and network organization that promotes globalization from below. Current projects include Our Communities, Our Water, Jobs and the Economy, and the Campaign for Immigrant Rights.  MGA spearheaded the organizing of the Boston Social Forum, and continues to promote and support the social forum process regionally, nationally and globally. encuentro 5 is a project of MGA.

MataHari -  Eye of the Day

MataHari is committed to the principals and true spirit of collaboration, sharing, fairness and equity. Our mission is to preserve, create and mediate safe, respectful and empowering spaces and linkages across individuals, disciplines, institutions, borders, class, caste, religion, gender, age, race and color as we work toward ending violence and oppression in our communities.

Based in Boston, MataHari works with immigrants, communities of color and allies in solidarity for human rights and dignity. We have additional expertise in working with individuals and communities that are impacted by family violence, sexual violence, migrant labor exploitation and human trafficking.

MLK Jr. Bolivarian Circle of Boston

The Bolivarian Circles in the USA seek to inform the American public of the social revolution going on in Venezuela. We respect the laws of the US and we aim to improve the relations between our two countries. Contact: cbmlkboston@hotmail.com

Student Immigrant Movement

The movement's mission is to build the power of immigrant students by identifying, recruiting, and developing leaders across Massachusetts and the United States to address the problems in their own communities. Their vision is that all immigrant students have equal access to higher education, are not discriminated based on their immigration status and collectively realize their full potential, define their own identity and become fully engaged in every aspect of society that affects their lives.

TecsChange: Technology for Social Change

Beginning in 1992, participants of Computers and Social Change Conference in Boston came together to discuss a common interest in technological use in developing countries. Connecting our computer skills with our desire to support progressive grassroots organizing, we founded TecsChange. Several of the founders of TecsChange (and the inspiration for our name) came from the national organization called TecNica. TecNica recruited technical volunteers to work in Nicaragua, during the Sandinista era. Louis Proyect of New York, who was on the TecNica board of directors, recently digitized a video about TecNica, the organization that in many ways inspired TecsChange.

Urban Mama Song Project

[Coming soon]: Urban Mama Song balancing artistry, motherhood, wellness, and love.

Women's Institute for Leadership Development

The Women's Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) is an inspirational educational program that provides women with the leadership vision, confidence and skills to become more effective leaders and organizers in the labor movement and workplace in Massachusetts. We welcome rank and file union members, stewards, staff, officers, and women organizing a union or organizing around workplace justice.

Youth Action Africa (YAA)

Youth Action for Rural Africa, DBA, Youth Action Africa (YAA) is a global network of youths joining efforts to promote technological advancement in Africa as a means to alleviate poverty and improve health conditions through carefully crafted education initiatives that target specific areas of interest, and to create and implement innovative, sustainable and scalable project initiatives. We are a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt organization formed and incorporated in Boston, Massachusetts.