LASC is primarily a campaigning organisation aimed at organising solidarity in Ireland with the people of Latin America and the Caribbean in their struggle for independent development and control of their resources.
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY SOLIDARITY?
LASC’s solidarity is an expression of empathy and common purpose with the popular movements that in the countryside, slums, poor communities, workplaces and educational centres struggle for social justice, equality and genuine freedom. This empathy is demonstrated through active engagement as equals with these popular movements in Latin America and Ireland and we rejoice with them in their achievements. Our actions must be led by them, responding to needs identified by individuals and communities, especially ones that experience poverty and marginalisation.
We recognise that our activities are not taken only “on behalf of” oppressed people in Latin America and Ireland, as we understand that a fairer, more egalitarian world is better for everyone: materially, psychologically, morally and spiritually, enabling us all to achieve our full potential as human beings and as moral agents. But we acknowledge the huge opposition that we face from privileged sectors that benefit from the current injustice, and for this reason, our solidarity goes primarily to people who experience oppression and exploitation.