tilde Language Justice Cooperative

tilde Language Justice Cooperative is a Latine-owned language collective providing translations, interpretation, and capacity building to further language justice for our communities and movements. Our goal is to help create multilingual spaces that foster a more diverse sense of community, participation, and collaboration. We continue to work towards a community in which we can all fully participate and communicate in the language that we are more confident in, and that we are more authentically ourselves.

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Our Vision

tilde envisions a multilingual world in which all languages are respected, language work is valued, and all people can fully participate in movements for social justice and collective liberation.

Our Mission

tilde is a cooperative that creates a sustainable livelihood for language workers, and advances language justice by providing high-quality interpreting, translation, training, and consulting in the North Carolina Triangle region and beyond.

Our Values

tilde core values guide how we approach our work and the way we relate to one another and our contractors. tilde believes in Empathy, Self-Determination, Transparency, Inclusion, Collaboration, Integrity, and Courage.

We Support & Promote Language Justice

Language justice is when each one of us is able to exercise our fundamental right to express ourselves in the language we feel more powerful. Moreover, language justice is an ever-evolving framework and set of practices to ensure that people can lead, communicate, and participate fully in their communities, regardless of the languages or linguistic variants they use.

Language justice helps us build and sustain multilingual spaces where people can be heard, understand and be understood in their own language. It rejects the notion of one language having supremacy over any other language and acknowledges how language can -and has been- used as a tool of oppression. As such, implementing language justice throughout our social justice organizations and movements helps us build a diverse society in which we all work together towards collective liberation.

Language justice pairs interpretation, translation, language learning, and other tools with an understanding of how power operates through language. In the U.S. context, our goal is to create multilingual institutions that decenter English and build solidarity beyond linguistic borders.

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