Cosecha is the Spanish word for “harvest”. The Cosecha movement is described on its website as “a nonviolent movement activating the migrant community and the public at large to fight for permanent protection, dignity, and respect for all immigrants in the United States.” Publicly launched in 2015 over deep concern over the failure of Congress to adequately address immigration reform, the Cosecha movement “views non-cooperation as our best tactic for building popular support and securing real victories for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.”.
Erica Chenoweth, PH.D., Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, studied all major nonviolent and violent campaigns to overthrow governments and liberate territories since 1900. She found that nonviolent civil resistance was not only twice as likely to achieve desired results and more frequent and effective over the past 50 years, but has never failed when there has been active and sustained participation of 3.5% of the population. By the way, in the U.S., that’s 11 million people! Watch Dr. Chernoweth’s TEDx Boulder talk “Civil Resistance and the 3.5 Rule” to learn more (below at the end of this post).
Cosecha is planning a strike on May 1, 2017 in over 50 cities in 25 states. It is hoped that a series of strikes will culminate in a week without immigrants. Supporters of Cosecha join or create a local Circle or Action Team. An Action Team in Western Massachusetts can be accessed at www.lahuelga.com. (Click on “Join A Local Team”). There is a Facebook Group: Un Dia Sin Immigrantes.
Organizers of Cosecha explain, “Let’s be clear. We are not striking to make the Republicans like us or to pass legislation that is in our favor. We are not striking because we want to remove Trump’s oppressive executive orders. We are striking because our fight is not in DC–it’s in every home, business, and industry that takes advantage of our labor and consumption. By striking, we make it clear that this country cannot function without immigrants.”