Occupy the Omni Commons

Documentary El Cambalache: El Valor de Inter-Cambiar (The Courage to Inter-Change)


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, CA

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The capitalist economic system has provoked a social rupture and loss of community values; such as mutual aid and bartering or exchanging. This rupture foments a sense that people and things are discardable. In El Cambalache (The Swap in English) in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, by using exchange and inter-actions we work to generate change from the personal out to those around
us and use things that appear to no longer have value. We seek to mend the rupture that we see in our worlds.
The Cambalache, with its nucleus generating group of six women involves people through their visits to exchange day by day. The idea is that we re-enforce the development of the Cambalache precisely through constructing networks with people and organizations that have similar goals. In this way we share the construction of an inclusive community through workshops where economy members
gather participants to take part in/of the knowledge, abilities and services that are in offer. We walk hand in hand with these and other social and political processes. El Cambalache is an economy built in feminism and decoloniality. As women, Mexicans, Americans, and Indigenous people we can create an economy in our own visions that is liberating from the weight and exploitation that comes with

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