Welcome To COLA
**COLA will begin transitioning to CIMA (Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Accion) in the upcoming months, so stay tuned when the change happens.**
We are excited to announce that COLA will be moving!!
By May of 2015, couple of months from now, COLA will be moving in with Firestorm Café and Books at their new location in West Asheville. This is an exciting move since we will be sharing the space with 2 organizations, CPC (Center for Participatory Change) and Firestorm, which do great work in the area. Our location will move from downtown Asheville to West Asheville.
During this time the name change will have been done from COLA (Coalición de Organizaciones Latino-Americanas) to CIMA (Compañer@s Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción).
The Coalición de Organizaciones Latino-Americanas (COLA) connects, strengthens and organizes communities to take action for immigrants rights in Western North Carolina.
COLA strives for inclusive communities with justice, freedom, and equality for all.
- COLA believes grassroots communities have the wisdom and experience to direct their future
- COLA believes that the coalition is best guided by full participation of it’s members
- COLA believes that all people should be treated with respect and dignity
- COLA believes in equal opportunities, equal rights and in fair and just laws
- COLA believes in the strength of diversity and multi-lingual spaces
- Stop anti-immigrant laws and policies, including state-wide hate bills and police-ICE collaboration.
- Obtain equal access to drivers¿ licenses in North Carolina.
- Stop workplace abuse and mobilize for workplace justice.
Based in Asheville, COLA (Coalición de Organizaciones Latino-Americanas) formed out of a need for Latino-led organizations in rural Western North Carolina mountain counties to connect, learn from each other, and work together. The Center for Participatory Change, an organization that supports grassroots organizations in the region, realized that although they were working with several Latino organizations, it seemed these groups were not working with one another. In some cases, these groups did not even know that other regional Latino organizations existed.
In October 2002, these groups came together for the first Encuentro, or gathering. Today, COLA is a regional network connecting and strengthening organizations that empower Latino communities in Western North Carolina. To date, about 25 organizations actively participate in the coalition.