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I am writing a book about Casa de los Amigos, a 60-year-old Quaker Center for Peace and International Understanding in Mexico City.
I am writing a book about Casa de los Amigos, a 60-year-old Quaker Center for Peace and International Understanding in Mexico City.
147 backers pledged $12,100 to help bring this project to life.

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About the Casa - sobre la Casa

Casa de los Amigos is a Quaker Center for Peace and International Understanding in Mexico City, founded by the Quaker community in Mexico in 1956. For over a half-century, the Casa has served as a visible, living example of Friends' peace witness and values in action. It is a space of convergence and connection, of asylum and activism, of social concern and celebration. The history of the Casa begins with the first American Friends Service Committee workcamps in 1939, and goes right up to the Casa's vibrant programs today.

Casa de los Amigos es un Centro Cuáquero de Paz y Entendimiento Internacional en la Ciudad de México fundado por la comunidad cuáquera en México en 1956. Por más de medio siglo, la Casa ha servido como un ejemplo vivo y visible de la acción social cuáquera. Es un espacio de convergencia y conexión, de asilo y activismo, de reflexión y celebración. La historia de la Casa inicia con los primeros campamentos internacionales de trabajo en 1939, y llega hasta los actuales programas.

About the book - sobre el libro

This book about the Casa will cover the rich history of Friends' social action in Mexico, and the profound impact that this work has had in the lives of so many people. After the many years I've spent at the Casa, I believe in the value of this place.

The book will be organized both chronologically and thematically, with sections on topics like the Volunteer Program, the Casa's Youth Committee, the historic building, the Central American Refugee Assistance Program, the 1985 earthquake, and much more.

There will be one bilingual edition of this book, and it will have an emphasis on photographs and selections from oral interviews with people whose lives have been influenced by this work. 

Este libro cubre la historia de la acción social de los Amigos en México y el impacto profundo que este labor ha tenido en las vidas de tantas personas. Después de tantos años en la Casa, realmente creo en la importancia de este lugar.

La historia estará organizada tanto cronológicamente como temáticamente, con secciones sobre el Voluntariado, el Comité Juvenil de Casa de los Amigos, nuestro edificio histórico, el Programa de Asistencia a Refugiados Centroamericanos, el sismo de 1985, y mucho más. 

Habrá una sola edición bilingue que tendrá un énfasis en fotos y citas de historias orales con personas que han sido parte de la Casa.

 About the budget - sobre el presupuesto

The total cost of researching, writing, editing, designing, printing and distributing this book is more than this campaign's goal of $11,500. I will also be seeking one modest grant and using my Casa finiquito (final paycheck) to finance this project! I will be working full-time to have the book ready for the Casa's 60th anniversary celebrations this fall. 

El costo total de la investigación, redacción, edición, diseño, impresión y distribución de este libro es más que la meta de esta campaña de $11,500 dólares. También buscaré una beca modesta y usaré el finiquito que recibiré al dejar la Casa para poder financiarlo. Estaré trabajando de tiempo completo para tener listo este libro para las celebraciones del 60 aniversario de la Casa en el otoño.

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About me - quién soy 

My name is Nico and I first arrived to the Casa as a guest in 2001. I am from California. I live in Mexico City and I am a member of Mexico City Friends Meeting. 

Soy Nico y llegué por primera vez a la Casa como huésped en el 2001. Soy de California en Estado Unidos. Vivo en la Ciudad de México y soy miembro de la Junta de los Amigos de la Ciudad de México. 

About the video - sobre el video

Like this video? Me too. It was made by Leilani Rapaport (leilaniare@gmail.com) and JD Cruz (fantasmavagabundo@gmail.com).
Like the music? Me too! It's from the David Wax Museum. 

Este video fue creado con cariño porLeilani Rapaport (leilaniare@gmail.com) y JD Cruz (fantasmavagabundo@gmail.com). 
La música es del grupo David Wax Museum.

Thank you friends - Gracias compañerxs

Risks and challenges

A project like this generally takes longer than you think it will. I'm raising these funds so that I will be able to dedicate myself full-time to this book, a long-time dream of mine, and have it finished up by the Casa's 60th anniversary celebrations in the fall.

I also recognize the challenge of presenting a "definitive" history of something that is so many things to so many people. Additionally, the Casa has lived through moments of great tension and difficulty. However, I feel capable of presenting the broad meaning of the Casa and some of the trials it has overcome with an even hand and a deep appreciation for all those who have given of themselves here over the decades. Where there are open questions about this dynamic history, I wish to present those questions, not my own answers.

Un proyecto como éste generalmente toma más tiempo de lo planeado. Estoy recaudando estos fondos para poder dedicarme de tiempo completo a este libro y tenerlo terminado para el aniversario de la Casa en el otoño.

También reconozco el desafío de presentar una versión 'definitiva' de la historia de algo que ha representado tantas cosas para tantas personas. Además, la Casa ha vivido momentos de tensión y dificultad. Sin embargo, me siento capaz de presentar con sensibilidad el significado amplio de la Casa y algunos de los retos que ha superado. Tengo un profundo respeto y aprecio por todas las personas que han aportado tanto a la Casa a través de los años. Esta historia es tan dinámica y contiene preguntas abiertas. Mi meta es presentarlas como son y no tratar de resolverlas.

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    Every bit helps, and for decades Casa projects have been 'crowdfunded' by small donors who believe in this work. I will personally thank you for your gift. // ¡Cada donativo ayuda! Por décadas los proyectos de la Casa han sido sustentados por apoyos modestos de muchas personas. Te agradeceré personalmente.

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    Breakfast in the Casa. Made with love for 60 years. Offer does not expire. Not found elsewhere on Earth. You've got to come here to redeem it, but that's a good idea anyways. // Desayuno en la Casa. Preparado por voluntarixs, con amor desde hace 60 años. Este vale no caduca. Hay que visitar la Casa para canjearlo, pero esta es una buena idea de todos modos.

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    Desayuno en la Casa, más un separador de libros hecho por la Cooperativa Flor de Mazahua. // The Casa breakfast, and a beautiful cloth bookmark made by the Flor de Mazahua women's sewing Cooperative.

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    Casa t-shirt! The perfect gift. S, M and L, regular and V-neck. // ¡Una playera de la Casa! Esa sí la necesitas. El regalo perfecto. Chico, mediano y grande; cuello redondo o V-neck.

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    Casa mug! White on blue, with the Casa logo and a beautiful sketch of the famous glass tile facade. // Una taza de la Casa. Azul sobre blanco, con el logo y un bello dibujo de la famosa fachada de azulejos.

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    El libro. Así es. Un donativo de $100 dólares o más te garantizará una copia de pasta dura de este libro. // The book. That's right, a $100 donation will get you a hardcover copy of this book.

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    The book, the shirt, the mug, and breakfast? That's amazing! // ¿El libro, la playera, la taza y el desayuno? Pareciera mentira...pero es verdad.

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    Five hardcover copies of the Casa book. Because you know everybody's going to want this. // Cinco copias de pasta dura del libro de la Casa. Porque todo mundo va a querer esto.

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    A copy of the book, plus two nights for two in the wonderful Casa apartment, with breakfast. // Un ejemplar del libro, más dos noches para dos personas en el bellísimo departamento de Casa de los Amigos, con desayuno.

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    El paquete completo: el libro, la taza y la playera, más las dos noches en el Departamento con desayuno, más una cena y un buen agradecimiento escrito a mano. // Everything: the book, cup, shirt, two nights in the apartment with breakfast, a home-cooked dinner, and a very special thank-you letter.

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