Hecate Society

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Raised by 24 people in 6 months
Who is Hecate Society?

Hecate Society is an art and media collective that was birthed out of necessity by a group of femme* QTPOC* troublemakers and accomplices. We build collective power and heal trauma through radical art and media, primarily photography, videos and articles. We currently use Hecate Society as a platform to empower QTPOC and femme migrants and refugees in Tijuana and throughout their asylum process. We elevate their voices and stories because we believe that media and art can be used to reframe problematic narratives and build alternative ones. We also use art and media to heal personal and collective trauma. The content we produce is created through a mutual exchange of ideas through casual interviews that serve as therapeutic and healing moments which help us and the interviewees process traumatic and beautiful experiences alike. When we create our content, we are building deeper friendships. We aim to capture the totality of people’s humanity, but more importantly, their inspiring spirit of resistance.

While Hecate Society is an art and media collective, all of our members are seasoned organizers, non-violent direct action trainers and practitioners. We firmly believe that while we do media, and help elevate the stories of migrants and refugees, we must simultaneously be engaging in mutual aid with autonomous migrant-led projects, provide immediate support in times of crisis and organize direct actions. We partner with a wide range of local and US based groups who support us and we invite you to join our efforts to uplift the most marginalized communities in Tijuana.

*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 who identify as femme.

Find us on Social Media!

Website: HecateSociety.org
Instagram: @hecatesociety
Facebook: @hecatesociety

What is Hecate Society Currently Doing?

For the past four months, Hecate Society has been on the ground in Tijuana working with various collectives and grassroots groups to provide mutual aid to refugees and migrants from the most recent Central American caravans. Hecate is primarily collaborating with Casa de Luz, an LGBTQ+ migrant safe house and the Contra Viento y Marea, an autonomous, refugee-run kitchen, a community garden, donation center and a resource center. 

As a queer, femme, POC centered, anti-imperialist art and media collective, we are regularly creating content to elevate LGBTQ+ and femme migrant and refugee voices directly affected by US foreign policies in Latin America and the Caribbean. At Casa de Luz, collective members have been present since it first opened its doors. We have given monetary support, brought in a migrant construction crew to help finish building the house, acted as fundraisers, house coordinators and administrators, as well as regularly delivering food, makeup, phones and clothing donations. The migrants and refugees living there continuously reach out to us for help finding legal aid with their US asylum cases, to fill out job applications, apply for Mexican work visas, and many other personal issues. 

Furthermore, Hecate Society members are always present at the Contra Viento Y Marea migrant-led kitchen and community center. In collaboration with migrants from the Contra Viento Y Marea warehouse and other grassroots groups, Hecate was one of the founders of the space. It is the only community kitchen in Tijuana that feeds 200 migrants every day, twice a day. It also has a thriving donation center, herbal medicine center, a zine library and community garden on the roof. Plus, there’s a medical clinic every other Saturday staffed by a team of US doctors. In the near future we would like to expand the amount of services/resources offered and feed more people. Our goal is to be able to feed 500+ people daily within the next few months in time for the arrival of new migrant caravans. We want to see a legal clinic offered at least once every two weeks. We’ve been working hard to find US and Mexican lawyers who will be available to give personal consultations free of charge. Additionally, we want to set up programming such as workshops and classes in sewing, permaculture, political art,  button making, herbalism, de-escalation, basic NVDA, political and sexual education, English classes, a migrant movie night, and much more.

As a collective, we provide far more than logistical, material and financial support for Casa de Luz and Contra Viento Y Marea. We act as a crisis management team that gets called to deal with very urgent issues. Hecate Society members are some of the most reliable frontline organizers of migrants and refugees in Tijuana today. We do the toughest work at all hours of the day or night in one of the most dangerous cities in the world because this is our life’s passion.   

Why do we need money?

Hecate Society members are sustained on the ground through crowdsourcing donations. We need funding to continue to live and collaborate on our ongoing projects with Casa de Luz and Contra Viento Y Marea.

Additionally, Hecate Society is crowdsourcing money that is needed to sign a 1-year lease for a collective house to provide longer term housing for ourselves, visiting organizers, trainers and activists, as well as migrant and refugee organizers. Safe, sustainable housing is really hard to find in Tijuana. Over the past few weeks, Hecate Society members and migrants/refugees alike have been hopping from tents on the streets, to cheap hotels to AirBnB’s to hostels to shelters to cheap apartments with unsafe conditions using money we have received through crowdsourcing. Hecate has been assisting with housing around 70+ migrants and refugees in apartments in addition to housing ourselves. We have the ability to set up a safe living space for 30+ people in one place if we just raise the funds for a collective house.  

Having a collective house in a safe neighborhood would drastically change the lives of those are who organizing around the survival of hundreds of people every day. If we have a steady home, it would greatly increase the capacity in which we can all effectively organize. This space will also function as a base in which our media collective and other art/media/permaculture collectives can safely operate out of while simultaneously hosting weekly events like a book club, radical movie nights, art parties, etc. Tijuana is extremely dangerous and collective members and migrants/refugees alike are struggling to organize meetings and events after dark.

This collective house will help sustain Hecate and our ongoing projects for at least a year because it will allow us to:

-Build more capacity for migrants, refugees and collective members to organize by providing sustainable, safe, long term housing.

-Expand the capacity of our art and media collective to produce more content quicker and with greater frequency. It will allow us to house more artists and workshop trainers. 

-Create a safe space for LGBTQ+ folks, women, migrants, refugees and collective members to live, hold meetings and create content together. We want a space where we can have privacy; freely talk about sensitive issues, hold confidential meetings, share ourselves without restraint.

-Think strategically about how to connect the dots between US imperialist foreign policy, the current Central American migrant crisis, indigenous sovereignty, environmental destruction and the ongoing climate refugee crisis.

-Provide more survival resources to migrants and refugees: A place to rest and recharge our mental batteries, do laundry, take a hot shower, have wifi access, charge phones, park cars securely. We desperately need to have emergency short term housing as well as stable longer term housing.

Budget Breakdown:

The house is $1000 a month with a $1000 deposit. We will be signing a 1 year lease in the next few weeks if we can secure the funds. We will need $12,000 in total (throughout the year) but are hoping that a beginning ask of $8,000 can get us started.

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Physical Donations + Contact Info

If you have any questions please email us at hecatesociety@protonmail.com or call us at (619) 535 - 6876 and leave us a voicemail. Visit our website at hecatesociety.org. To give donations using Venmo, send them to @tjrefugee-support.

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