The following organizations (listed in alphabetical order) are allied in their efforts in some manner with the endeavors of Global Community Communications Alliance.
ARANNOGALES (ASOCIACION DE REFORESTACION EN AMBOS NOGALES)
A joint effort of various organizations from both Nogales, Sonora and Nogales, Arizona who are dedicated to improving the quality of the air and the environment by re-establishing native vegetation.
BORDER ACTION NETWORK
A human rights organization, based in Tucson, Arizona (about an hour north of the U.S./Mexico international border) whose mission is to establish safety, equality, dignity, understanding, and respect across cultures in border/immigrant communities. Executive Director Juanita Molina.
BORDER PATROL VICTIMS NETWORK
This Arizona-based activist group’s intentions are to connect the families of people who have died during incidents with Border Patrol agents, calling for justice for families in the United States and Mexico. The organization is not focused solely on incidents in Southern Arizona, but across North America.
A grassroots effort to maintain and enhance biodiversity in the Sky Island borderlands in Arizona/Sonora by first restoring physical processes, like stream flow, and then focusing on native plants and their pollinators that form the base of the “food chain” on which all other species depend.
BUENOS AIRES NATIONAL
Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge is 117,500-acre landscape that is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System in Altar Valley, focused on protecting and restoring habitat for wildlife. Prescribed burning, controlling exotic and invasive plants and animals, and erosion control are just some of the efforts taking place. Students from Global Schools for Starseed and Urantian Children and Teens have their environmental education booth at the Grasslands Fair at Buenos Aires annually in November.
COCHISE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
College students, as part of their “Sustainability Course,” have come for several years for their education and credits for workshops.
Global Community Communications Alliance (GCCA) has been listed in the Communities Directory since 1993. Articles from GCCA Co-Founder Niann Emerson Chase and other members of the community have been published in Communities magazine. Some GCCA members have attended gatherings hosted by The Federation of Egalitarian Communities (the parent organization of Communities magazine).
COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA
The University of Ascension Science & The Physics of Rebellion participates in events and farmers markets as community foods consignment program, as well as networking with them to improve community food security by promoting, demonstrating, advocating for, and collaboratively building an equitable and regional food system. The Community Food Bank supports farms, home gardening, farmers’ markets, and youth programs that provide nutritional locally-grown foods and know-how to individuals and families interested in growing their own food.
Cosechando Bienestar (Harvesting Wellbeing) is a new initiative in Nogales, Arizona to promote the production, consumption, and awareness of local, healthy foods. The program promotes home and community gardens, the new Nogales Mercado, and other food enterprises. Community Garden Leaders work closely with staff at Mariposa Community Health Center (MCHC) to educate Nogales residents about vegetable gardening and food production.
EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
The Global Community Communications Schools for Teens & Children have participated in the Earth Day Festival at Reid Park in Tucson every year since 2009. We also have our Global Change Tools booth at the event annually.
FORGOTTEN POLLINATORS CAMPAIGN
Founded by Gary Nabhan, faculty member at the University of Arizona and an internationally-celebrated nature writer, food and farming activist, and proponent of conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity. In 1995, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, where Gary served as Director of Science, launched the Forgotten Pollinators Campaign, which helped focus international interest on threatened interactions between plants and their pollinators.
FRIENDS OF THE SANTA CRUZ RIVER
Two community members of Global Community Communications Alliance (GCCA) sit on the Board of Friends of the Santa Cruz River (FOSCR), which is a highly respected Southern Arizona organization dedicated to preserving the flow, water quality, and banks of the Santa Cruz River. FOSCR does river advocacy through educational outreach programs as well as organizing river clean-ups of trash along the banks. Their River Watch program has been gathering and publishing scientific data on the Upper Basin of the Santa Cruz River since 1990 that is used by state & federal agencies to define the health of the river. GCCA has co-hosted events with FOSCR, including Celebrate the River, Junior Ranger Day (at Tumacacori National Historical Park) and the annual Celebrate the River Picnic and Youth Art Contest. Students from the Global Community Communications School’s Bio-Regional Activism class participate in many FOSCR events, including presenting an educational outreach booth at events and assisting in the annual Fish Survey of the Santa Cruz River.
GLOBAL ECOVILLAGE NETWORK
Global Community Communications Alliance has been involved in the Community Sustainability Assessment process since 2001.
Provides education regarding the health risks of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) in our food supply. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are plants or animals engineered to contain foreign DNA, usually from non-related species. They're in 80% of processed food in America. Global Community Communications Alliance works with activist and educator Jaime Hall and others at GMO-Free Tucson to help promote higher food choices.
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DE NOGALES
In collaboration with Professor Diane Austin, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, at the University of Arizona, civil engineers using recycled paper learn the theory and application of Papercrete, which provides affordable housing in Mexico.
Charter school in Nogales and Tucson that emphasizes Montessori philosophy, interculturlism, character leadership skills, and traditional dance. The children of Global Schools for Starseed and Urantian Children and Teens have interacted with their children and put on youth forums together.
Conserves, distributes, and documents the adapted and diverse varieties of agricultural seeds, their wild relatives, and the role these seeds play in cultures of the American Southwest and northwest Mexico. UASPR has participated in several experiments and projects with Native Seeds/ SEARCH.
CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS)
Administers conservation programs in order to reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters.
NOGALES COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Providing support for commercial revitalization and entrepreneurs, and affordable housing for families and individuals in Nogales, Arizona and Santa Cruz County.
(Patagonia Area Resource Alliance)
The Patagonia Area Resource Alliance is a group that is working to protect the Patagonia Mountains from corporate mining. Members of Global Community Communications Alliance have attended their events and supported their efforts through networking and by publishing articles in local papers about the mining threats to the Patagonia Mountains.
Rancho Feliz has worked on the border since 1987 and is a multi-national, secular, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of volunteers committed to bucking the odds. However, Rancho Feliz is not welfare. Rather, they believe in the democratic redistribution of opportunity and the view that the best way to improve our own circumstances is to serve others. Thus they have changed thousands of lives on both sides of the border, with about 94% of every dollar raised going directly into their programs.
SABORES SIN FRONTERAS - FLAVORS WITHOUT BORDERS
A regional, bi-national and multi-cultural alliance to document, celebrate, and conserve farming and food folkways that span the U.S./Mexico borderlands from Texas and Tamaulipas on the east to Ambos Californias on the west.
SAHUARITA HIGH SCHOOL
Through a unique program, entitled Project Inspire, autistic students from Sahuarita High School (in Sahuarita, Arizona).
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
The Santa Cruz Community Foundation (SCCF) identifies current and emerging border issues and mobilizes and strengthens community resources to solve these issues. The Foundation assists this unique border region to prepare for the future by strengthening, through grants and training, nonprofits (NPO) on both sides of the border. There is a diverse set of NPOs on the border ranging from job training programs, community centers, boys and girls clubs, arts groups, environmental restoration, agriculture, indigenous arts and culture, humane societies, libraries, children’s homes, domestic violence abuse programs, migrant shelters, and soup kitchens that exist to alleviate the many inequalities and social and economic problems of the region.
SANTA CRUZ VALLEY CITIZENS COUNCIL
Santa Cruz Valley Citizens Council, Inc. (SCVCC) is a non-profit Arizona corporation whose purpose is to inform and educate its members about local and regional issues affecting the region. This is a group of citizens that really gets genuinely involved in local issues, and they have worked in the past to safeguard the region from overdevelopment and many other worthy causes. Some members of Global Community Communications Alliance belong to SCVCC and have been attending meetings and participating since 2008.
SAVE THE SCENIC SANTA RITAS
Save the Scenic Santa Ritas is a non-profit organization working to protect the Santa Rita and Patagonia Mountains from environmental degradation caused by mining and mineral exploration activities. Current activities are centered around the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine in the Santa Rita Mountains. Members of Global Community Communications Alliance have been supporting this organization since 2006 by tabling, participating in letter-writing campaigns, and engaging in the NEPA process to stop the Rosemont Copper Mine.
SIERRA CLUB - RINCON GROUP
The Tucson chapter of the Sierra Club, the Rincon Group, hosts many interesting events that members of Global Community Communications Alliance (GCCA) have attended. GCCA members also work with the Sierra Club in supporting certain campaigns that affect the regional physical and social environment.
Inspiring and enabling community decisions and public policies that respect the land and people of western North America; supporting resilient environmental and economic systems. Members of Global Community Communications Alliance (GCCA) work with the Sonoran Institute on the annual fish survey of the Santa Cruz River and other projects. The Sonoran Institute invited GCCA to contribute to the Santa Cruz County Water Harvesting Guidance Manual, which lists Water Harvesting Projects in Southeastern Arizona.
SOUTHWEST MARKETING NETWORK
The network’s purpose is to help Southwestern producers and communities develop new and improved markets and enterprises and to rebuild local food systems.
TOHONO O’ODHAM NATION
We have an alliance with Bernard & Regina Siquieros of the Tohono O’Odham Nation. Bernard is the Educational Curator of the Tohono O’Odham Nation Cultural Center (in Sells, Arizona) and Regina is the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the O’Odham Nation.
TOTAL IMMERSION SCHOOL
Started by activist and actor Russell Means (one of the Co-Founders of A.I.M./American Indian Movement), the school is located at Porcupine, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation in Shannon Count - the poorest county in the United States. The concept of Culture Total Immersion Education has now spread worldwide. Indigenous peoples in Hawaii and Canada are creating their own Immersion Schools. The T.R.E.A.T.Y. Total Immersion School is the first for American Indians in the United States. Russell and Pearl Means have been good friends with Global Community Communications Alliance for many years. After Russell passed on in October 2012, his wife Pearl has continued her friendship with our community, including presenting “the Russell Means Legacy” at The Sea of Glass in Spring 2014.
TUCSON MEET YOURSELF
A Tucson tradition, “folklife” festival with a focus on presenting artists and communities that carry on living traditions rooted in a group's own definition of identity, artistry, and cultural significance. Since 2007 Global Community Communications Alliance has participated every year in this event, facilitating educational booths and workshops.
TUCSON WATER FESTIVAL
The Global Schools for Starseed and Urantian Children and Teens is a participant in the Tucson Water Festival. We share our educational displays on water with Friends of the Santa Cruz River and our Children’s Choir has performed water songs at this unique event focused on water issues.
The mission ruins sites of San Jose de Tumacacori, Los Santos Angeles de Guevavi, and San Cayetano de Calabazas are administered by Tumacacori National Historical Park. GCCA & UASPR are right across the river from Tumacacori National Historical Park, and we have enjoyed many events with our neighbors at The Mission, including participating in the annual Fiesta and co-hosting Celebrate The River in 2009. Additionally our Spirit Steps Tours company accompanies guides and visitors to all tours of the Guevavi & San Cayetano mission sites.
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
Faculty and students have been to our campus for workshops to share and receive information, including with exchange students from South America.
WATERSHED MANAGEMENT GROUP
Watershed Management Group (WMG) develops community-based solutions to ensure the long-term prosperity of people and health of the environment, providing people with the knowledge, skills, and resources for sustainable livelihoods. Global Community Communications Alliance has enjoyed many activities with WMG, including assisting with the development of a watershed management project at Guy Tobin Trailhead in Rio Rico, Arizona.
WINDSONG PEACE & LEADERSHIP CENTER
An environmental education center fostering the connection between pressing environmental and social issues through state-of-the-art leadership and social issues training and focusing on reducing its impact on the environment. Global Schools for Starseed and Urantian Children and Teens attended a Social Justice Workshop at Windsong as well as a Me-To-We Activities Day.
Empowering 8,000+ community-based groups nationally, linking with international organizations advocating basic rights to food, land, water, & sustainable livelihoods. Founded in 1975 by the late musician Harry Chapin and Bill Ayres. Jen Chapin, Harry Chapin's daughter, has been to UASPR many times and presented workshops.