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La Coalición de Taos facilitates educational experiences to inspire informed community action that benefits the land, water, people, and historical cultures of Taos. La Coalición does this by presenting and amplifying the work and voices of local wisdom-carriers who understand the history, cultures, traditions, environment, and present-day context of Taos County. These include community leaders, grassroots experts, scholars, artists, healers, scientists, historians, teachers, farmers, elders, and youth. Our work aims to develop understanding, facilitate connections, and promote conscientious decision-making that benefits the environment, people, and historical cultures of Taos.
La Coalición (now over a year old) has hosted community forums related to gentrification and housing, and two candidate forums prior to the municipal elections in the spring. Anita Rodriguez, the founder/animator of La Coalición is, among many other things, an enjarradora/an adobe finisher and one of those "local wisdom carriers" whose work we want to present and amplify. Currently, there is collaboration with TrueKids1 around adobe architecture videos/workshops, and discussion with Veteran's Off Grid about developing a laboratory/university/workshop for earth building.
Future projects include supporting discussions about the history of the people who lived in this area before it was a part of the United States and the creation of an elder's council in cooperation with the Mayor and City Council.