Cherán K’eri is an indigenous pur’épecha community located in the state of Michoacán, México. In 2000 organized crime began to appear in the community. Over time the presence of drug traffickers and their control over the community began to grow substantially. They began to illegally log precious forests in the community. When community member attempted to defend their foresta they were assassinated and disappeared. The forests were devastated and and the community was tormented; everyone felt as if their lives were in danger. At sunset Cherán would turn into a ghost town.The 15th of April, 2011, a group of women decided to end this situation: they began to blockade streets in order to stop the loggers. The entire community quickly reacted and joined the uprising, burning vehicles and erecting barricades at every entrance to the community. The local police and politicians fled the community out of fear. The community took control of all government offices, police vehicles, and the police’s weapons. in order to take charge of their own security. Simultaneously the community decided to expel all political parties from the community and return to a traditional form of self governance.Today, four years after the uprising, community members speak to us about the different phases of building their new reality, in which the people truly have a voice that is heard though a general assembly which leads as the government must obey. This is the beginning of a process of building autonomy from which all of us can learn.