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Welcome to the Pachaysana Blog. We open this space to further the dialogue on many themes related to our work in community development and international education. We will post 1 or 2 times a month and would love to hear your thoughts, so please reply and offer comments or questions.


We also seek out guest bloggers. Please let us know if you would like to write about any of our themes: community development, international education, arts and social justice, alternative forms of education, fair trade learning, decolonial education, cultural identity, among others.

The views expressed in our blog are those of Pachaysana and our writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or identities of our partner communities and organizations.

El Poder

In our classes this semester, we have often discussed the concept of “power,” and what it means and implicates in different contexts. Unfortunately, on a macro level—on the level of politics, countries, and multinational corporations—power almost always implicates money, and vice versa. In our current global system, those that have the most money, have the most power to enact the changes they want, and, consequently, continue to accumulate more money and power at the expense of those with less. The consequences of this system are visible in the news programs we watch nightly. The shooting that occurred a couple weeks ago in northern California marks the third mass shooting that has happen

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