Hecate Society - Safe House Tijuana

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Raised by 15 people in 3 months
Who is Hecate Society?

Hecate Society is an art and media collective that was birthed out of necessity by a group of QTPOC* and accomplices. We aim to create a revolutionary paradigm for building collective power and healing trauma by using art and media, primarily through photography and articles. We hope to use Hecate Society as a platform that can bring decentralized support to help empower and give back agency to QTPOC and femme* voices to produce their own narratives and bring their own voices and stories to the forefront. We believe that media and art can be used not only to reframe problematic narratives and build alternative ones, but also, as a form of therapy, to heal identity and community based trauma. The content we produce is created through a mutual exchange of ideas, using casual interviews that also serve as therapeutic and healing moments that can help us and the interviewees process traumatic experiences and beautiful experiences alike. When we build our content, we are building deeper friendships. We aim to capture the totality of people’s humanity, suffering and most importantly, their resistance.

*QTPOC: Queer, Trans, People of Color
*Femme: We use the word femme as an inclusive term that includes all trans, cis and non-binary people whom identify as femme 

Find us on Social Media!
Website: HecateSociety.org
Instagram: @hecatesociety
Facebook: @hecatesociety

What is Hecate Society Currently Doing?
Currently, Hecate Society is on the ground in Tijuana working with various grassroots groups, providing mutual aid with refugees from the Central American Exodus. While Hecate Society is an art and media collective, all of our organizers come from a variety of backgrounds organizing through non-violent direct action tactics and we firmly believe that while we do media, and help elevate the stories of the people on the ground here, we must simultaneously be engaging in mutual aid, helping organize actions, and doing what is needed here on the ground. For the past three weeks, members of of group have been working with the legal collective, Al Otro Lado which provides legal support and information for those seeking asylum, prioritizing the most vulnerable populations. Additionally, collective members have been working with Enclave Caracol, an anarchist info shop/kitchen/donation/legal/medic center/event center in downtown Tijuana and Cosecha, a non-profit based out of the United States which is helping organize volunteers, non-violent direct actions and donations runs. As we spend more time in Tijuana, we hope for our core support to be going towards the LGBTQ+ safe houses that have been set up throughout the city. We have been working with the safe house coordinators to set up programming such as workshops in self defense, permaculture, political art, herbalism, de-escalation, basic NVDA, political education and anti-oppression ideology, English classes and many more. For more information about the work we are doing with the LGBTQ+ safe houses you can read our most recent post on our website. 

As a queer, femme, POC centered, anti-colonial art and media collective, we are hoping to elevate LGBTQ+ and femme voices that are being affected by resource extraction and other US government aided disasters. We are hoping to harness the momentum of this time in Tijuana with thousands of refugees and mutual aid efforts to build power around the movement for our environment, for our womxn, for our LGBTQ+ and for our indigenous leaders paving the way.  

Why do we need money?
Hecate Society is crowdsourcing money that is needed to sign a 1-year lease for a large house that is in downtown, Tijuana to provide sustainable housing for volunteers. Thousands of people have been working in Tijuana most recently with the explosion of the Central American caravans with extremely limited access to sustainable housing. Volunteers and refugees alike have been hopping from tents on the streets, to cheap hotels to air b and b’s to hostels to shelters to cheap apartments with unsafe conditions and everyone is exhausted. Hecate Society has the resources to be able to set up an actual safe living space for 20+ people daily if we have the help (from you all!) with funding.  
Having this large of a house in a safe neighborhood would drastically change the lives of those are who organizing around the survival of thousands of people every day. We are working with a non-profit that has been creating LGBTQ+ safe houses to ensure that the 1-year lease contract would be sustained, and that the house would continue to be a safe space for refugees and volunteers for at least a year, and hopefully longer than that. If people had a safe space to live in, without consistent fear of house and car windows being broken or being woken up at extreme hours and being told to leave, this would greatly increase the capacity in which people can organize effectively here. Additionally, we are hoping to use this space as somewhere our media collective and other collectives can safely function out of while simultaneously hosting weekly events. Nightlife in Tijuana can be extremely dangerous and volunteers and refugees alike have been struggling to organize meetings and events after dark. Enclave Caracol is currently the only indoor space that volunteers and refugees are able to meet across the city and does not have the capacity to handle the amount of meetings or events that are needed.
We hope that the safe house can help us build capacity for the following things (for at least a year!):
-Build more capacity for refugees and volunteers to organize by providing sustainable, safe and long term housing
-Build our media collective capacity and help us connect the dots between
 resource extraction, indigenous sovereignty and the refugee crisis
-Help create a safe space for lgbtq+, women, and volunteers and create a space where we can more freely talk about their stories and how to build powerful content if that is what they wish
-Host community meetings and events around organizing actions, donation drop
 offs, shelter needs etc.
-Provide resources such as laundry, printing (for zines, legal documents, posters
 etc.), parking spaces, sleeping spots, meeting space, art making space and
 workshop in garage
-Provide a spot for other media collectives to access wifi, charge batteries etc.
-Create a spot for art collectives to function by providing a garage to make large
 art pieces in, providing a projector and other materials etc.

Budget Breakdown:
The house is $1000 a month with a $1000 deposit. We will be signing a 1 year lease in the next few days if we can secure the funding to do so. We will need $12,000 in total (throughout the year) but are hoping that a beginning ask of $5000 can help get us rolling. 

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If you have any comments or questions please email us at caravansupport@protonmail.com.

Muchas Gracias and thank you for your support!
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