Urgent Letter Asking Help From CACITA

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To all of our brothers, sisters and friends,

We write to you one more time to share the dream that we are about to make a reality, and the importance of your participation/contribution at this very moment.

Our project, the Autonomous Center for the Intercultural Creation of Appropriate Technologies (C.A.C.I.T.A.), located in San Pablo Etla just outside of Oaxaca City, is an autonomous project based on intercultural and open apprenticeship, which does not depend on any type of government or institutional funding. We are a workspace in constant motion through experimentation and creation of appropriate technologies such as bicycle-machines, dry eco-toilets, bio-construction, and alternative fuels; just to mention a few.

In order to grow in our continued apprenticeship, we need to increase the size of our physical workspace. With all of your help, we have been able to secure an agreement for the purchase of a 25 ft x 60 ft lot next door to C.A.C.I.T.A’s current workspace. We plan on building living quarters for youth from our communities and the world, as well as anyone committed and interested in spreading appropriate technologies, sharing them, applying them and reproducing them according to our needs to strengthen our autonomous abilities.

We have raised 67% of the $90,000 pesos ($7,000 USD) necessary for the purchase of the lot. We have yet another $30,000 pesos ($2,300 USD) to raise, and we have been given a final purchase date of August 15, 2009. We will also need to raise an additional $10,000 pesos ($780 USD) for closing costs. So all in all we have $40,000 pesos ($3,100 USD) to raise urgently.

So once again we ask for your contributions to make this dream a reality. We are making an urgent call out to all our brothers, sisters, friends, collectives, organizations, spaces and people in solidarity to help us raise this final amount.

We know that these are difficult times economically, but these are also times of change, of solutions, of other ways of relating to society and nature. We believe that we share these ideas and dreams with you, and therefore we ask you to accompany us on this path of transformation of consciousness and action that we want in the world.