"The right to know is very important to us
because it allows us to monitor the actions of the government,
ensure that resources reach communities
and are used for the welfare of our people;
The right to know is the right to our territory, to exist
to our identity "
Voces Mesoamericanas conceives Transnational Community Citizenship (Abbreviated CCT in Spanish) as the exercise of specific rights - at the individual and community level - in various aspects and areas related to the citizenry, having as its main articulating axes the rights to identity and territory.
From this perspective, the latter is no longer understood as a mere "neutral" geographic space, but as a living place of political enunciation that expands and acquires multiple meanings as a result of migratory processes.
The Development of Transnational Community Citizenship (CCT) has two main objectives:
Works as a space for visibility and active denunciation of the processes of exclusion and marginalization that migrants experience both in their countries of origin and in the countries of destination.
It reveals and accompanies the multiple - and creative - strategies that migrant subjects deploy to defend and exercise their rights throughout their migratory cycle (origin-transit-destination-return). Throughout this process, networks and organizational spaces are built that, while interpreting the deep link of migrants with their communities of origin, function and expand beyond national, state, and / or community boundaries.
Community citizenship is a construction "from below" by migrant protagonists. It is necessary to understand the formation and creation of new social and territorial networks that modify institutions and organizational forms in places of origin and destination; But above all, to encourage the emergence of migrants as social and political subjects that involve civic and political participation in communities of origin and destination, the requirement to governments to fulfill their obligations, and the building of alliances with other actors to defend the lives of the people.
From this perspective, the team of Voces Mesoamericanas carries out initiatives of research, formation, and transnational political action that attempt to:
Encourage and strengthen the informed participation of social and civil actors in migrant communities and municipalities in the Highlands of Chiapas by developing technical, political, and connecting capacities to monitor government programs that have an impact on local development and migration, and influence public decision-making for its improvement.
Build new languages and strategies to encourage citizen participation, especially among young people in Highlands communities. New participatory spaces of political expression, culturally sensitive, and of great impact at community level, are generated to reflect on the exercise of citizenship in the migratory contexts.