Zapatista News & Analysis from Chiapas Support Committee/Comité de Apoyo a Chiapas

Posted in Uncategorized on September 9, 2018 by floweroftheword

On August 3, 4 and 5, the Zapatistas held a meeting of the networks that support the Indigenous Governing Council. Next, they celebrated CompArte and the 15th Anniversary of the Caracoles & Juntas from August 6 to 9. Both meetings were held in the Caracol of Morelia. Below are the words that Sup Moisés and Sup Galeano spoke in the closing ceremonies.

1. EZLN: 300, Part I: A Plantation, a World, a War, a Few Probabilities Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés, SupGaleano– Sup Moisés explains how the global economic system is like a finca (plantation) and Sup Galeano discusses how predatory capitalism organizes global society today.

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2. EZLN: 300, Part II: A Continent as a Backyard– The full title of Part II is: “A Continent as a Backyard, A Country as a Cemetery, Unique Thought as a Government Program, and a Small, Very Small, Ever So Small Rebellion.” In it, the Subcomandantes address the so-called progressive governments, their downfalls, their rightwing successors, “Left extractivism,” the capitalist machine and the indigenous peoples, and their resistances.

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3. EZLN: 300: Part2: A Challenge, Real Autonomy, An Answer, Multiple Proposals, and a Few Anecdotes about the Number 300 – This third part of the words the Subcomandantes spoke in Morelia. It distinguished between official autonomy and real autonomy. Importantly, the EZLN proposes for discussion that the CIG (Indigenous Governing Council) no longer be just for indigenous people! If approved at the December Gathering, the CIG would be for all people that “resist and rebel in each and every corner of the world…”

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Zapatista News & Analysis

Posted in Uncategorized on August 21, 2018 by floweroftheword

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Home of the Compañero Manuel blog on the Zapatistas & Mexico

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1. – Saturday, August 25, 2018 – Waffles & Zapatismo – CANCELLED – We plan to resume Waffles & Zapatismo in September and will announce it here, on our Compañero Manuel Blog and on our Facebook page.

Zapatista News & Analysis

1. Did they listen?– This opinion article questions the privilege, impunity and corruption of politicians that AMLO is appointing to top positions in his government and their ability to relate to the needs and demands of those below who voted against neoliberalism!

En español: 2018/07/24/opinion/016a1pol

2. The play on the Zapatista court – This article challenges López Obrador’s offer to fulfill the San Andrés Accords on Indigenous Rights and Culture. It posits that those rights have already been fulfilled and expanded on in Zapatista communities through art and cultural performances on the basketball court. This is an excellent article on Zapatista art and culture!

En español: 2018/07/28/opinion/008a1pol

3. The strategy of the caracol – Hermann Bellinghausen pens a tribute to the Caracoles and the Good Government Juntas for their 15th anniversary, which includes references to analyses from Andrés Aubry and Pablo González Casanova.

En español: 2018/08/06/opinion/a08a1cul

4. “A call to all those who rebel in all corners of the world”– From the Zapatista Gathering in Morelia, which included a meeting of networks in support of the CIG, CompArte III and a celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Good Government Juntas and Caracoles, Subcomandante Galeano said: “Our call is not only to Native peoples, but rather to all those who are rebelling in all corners of the world.”

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5. After 15 years of the Caracoles and JBGs, “Zapatista Hope” continues This report describes the artistic performances associated with the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Juntas and Caracoles. They emphasize that the world is not one and that you can’t follow a single scheme or concept.

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Zapatista News & Analysis

Posted in Uncategorized on July 26, 2018 by floweroftheword

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Zapatista News & Analysis

1. The Mexican government opens the door to the private concession of protected waters– The Mexican government issued new water decrees that would impact a large amount of the surface water in Mexico and could harm indigenous communities. This issue will become more and more contentious in the coming months.

En español: internacional/2018/06/19/mexico/1529362972_165665.html

2. EZLN: Invitation to a Big August Zapatista Gathering – Set against a backdrop of the World Cup and with an analysis of López Obrador’s victory in Mexico’s presidential elections, the EZLN issues a communiqué and an invitation to a Big August Zapatista celebration.

En español: org.mx/2018/07/05/convocatoria-a-un-encuentro-de-redes-de-apoyo-al-cig-al-comparte-2018-por-la-vida-y-la-libertad-y-al-15-aniversario-de-los-caracoles-zapatistas-pintale-caracolitos/

3. EZLN denies having contact with AMLO – After Father Solalinde informed the press that he had a meeting with some Zapatistas and had delivered a letter to them from president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), the EZLN issued a comunicado stating that they have had no such contact.

En español: org.mx/2018/07/17/desmiente-el-ejercito-zapatista-de-liberacion-nacional-contacto-alguno-con-amlo-comunicado-del-ccri-cg-del-ezln/

4. It’s capitalism!– Gilberto López y Rivas has written various articles for La Jornada examining the significance of AMLO’s victory in Mexico’s July 1 presidential elections. In this one he clearly identifies the essential difference that those below have with AMLO: capitalism and the corporate exploitation of natural resources and indigenous lands.

En español: 2018/07/06/opinion/019a1pol

The breaker upperers – fundraiser movie for La Garrucha

Posted in Uncategorized on June 7, 2018 by floweroftheword

One of the most talked about NZ comedy films in recent times! If you missed it, here’s a second chance to see it and for a good cause! All proceeds go to La Garrucha Zapatista Health Project in Chiapas, Mexico.

Date: 14 June 2018

Time: 6.30 pm

Location: Cuba Lighthouse Cinema, Wellington

More information here.

 
Latin American Solidarity Committee have been supporting this community for over a decade, contributing to off-road ambulances, life-saving vaccines for children, education programs in indigenous health. Committee member Grace Leung aka Chun Li will be visiting and delivering donations in person and learning more about the achievements and challenges faced by this group in August.

Tickets are $25, please deposit into Kiwibank account
38-9017-0382675-00 Zapatista, with your full name.
Concessions/unwaged rates available! Please message or email whenua.libertad@gmail.com

Chiapas Update

Posted in Uncategorized on May 31, 2018 by floweroftheword

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Zapatista News & Analysis

1. Organized Peoples of Chiapas against the extractive model– A joint statement from 20 Chiapas organizations involved in resisting dispossession and environmental damage due to mining, mega-projects and the capitalist extractive model. Some of these organizations are members of the CNI and the CIG and are, therefore, adherents to the EZLN’s 6th Declaration.

En español: https://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2018/04/encuentro-de-pueblos-organizados-de-chiapas-anunciaron-resultados-concretos-en-su-lucha-contra-el-extractivismo/

2. Women a key piece in capitalist exploitationLa Jornada reports on a talk given by Mercedes Olivera Bustamonte, an important women’s rights advocate in Chiapas. She discusses the changing roles of poor women in Latin America in today’s capitalist society.

En español: 2018/04/27/politica/014n2pol

3. Collapse– Gilberto López y Rivas discusses a book by Carlos Taibo, “Collapse: Terminal capitalism, eco-social transition, eco-fascism.” This book was mentioned various times by Sup Galeano during the recent roundtable at Cideci in Chiapas. Consequently, it has become very popular among folks in CNI and CIG circles. This article is an interesting read!

En español: 2018/05/18/opinion/016a2pol

CSC Events

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17, 2018 by floweroftheword

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1. Friday, May 18, 2018 – 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm – Indigenous Women Inspire the World! – A panel of women that attended the Zapatistas’ “1st International Gathering of Women That Struggle” will present video footage from the Gathering, share their experiences, answer questions and encourage discussion about that amazing event, which some 7,000 women attended! Omni Commons Ballroom, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, 94609. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2048714808751290/

2. Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 10 am to 1 pm – Waffles & Zapatismo – The next Waffles & Zapatismo class will be on May 26 at the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. This class will explore the Zapatista Revolutionary Women’s Law.

3. Saturday, June 9, 2018 – 6:3- to 10:30 – Duamuxa Palestine Report Back Concert – Duamuxa will present a musical suite, video and a panel discussion in collaboration with MECA and the Chiapas Support Committee. For more information see: https://www.facebook.com/events/1849032698729938/

Zapatista News & Analysis

!. What’s missing is missing – The CNI, the CIG and the EZLN’s Sixth Commission issue this joint comunicado regarding the upcoming July 1 elections. This is an important statement on political power and also explains their position on alliances, endorsements and voting in the July 1 election. A must read for all who want to understand this issue!

En español: org.mx/2018/05/02/falta-lo-que-falta/

2. Reconstructing Hope– This is Gustavo Esteva’s comprehensive analysis of the national socio-economic and political situation that Mexico faces: poverty, violence, global warming, militarization, corruption, etcetera. He rejects the notion that voting for a certain candidate is the answer. This is an excellent summary of Mexico’s current condition!

En español: 2018/04/23/opinion/025a2pol

3. Comandante Contreras– Gilberto López y Rivas defines the culminating moment of the Roundtable “Looks, Listens, Words: prohibited thinking?” as the moment when Pablo González Casanova became a member of the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee (CCRI, its initials in Spanish). This is an awesome piece.

En español: 2018/05/04/opinion/020a2pol

4. Prohibited thinking?– Luis Hernández Navarro writes a tribute to Guadalupe Vázquez Luna (“Lupita”), a survivor of the Acteal Massacre and now a CIG council member. He also describes some of the other thinking presented at the Roundtable “Looks, Listens, Words: prohibited thinking?”

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2018/04/24/politica/017a2pol

Zapatista News & Analysis from CHIAPAS SUPPORT COMMITTEE

Posted in Uncategorized on April 18, 2018 by floweroftheword

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!. Zapatista Women’s Gathering Opening Words – A few of the opening words at the Women’s Gathering in Morelia: “We are all women. But we know that we are of different colors, sizes, languages, cultures, professions, schools of thought and forms of struggle. But we say that we are women and what’s more we are women in struggle. So we are different but we are the same.”

En español: org.mx/2018/03/08/palabras-a-nombre-de-las-mujeres-zapatistas-al-inicio-del-primer-encuentro-internacional-politico-artistico-deportivo-y-cultural-de-mujeres-que-luchan/

2. Zapatista Women’s Gathering Closing Words– The closing words of the revolutionary Zapatista women that sponsored an international women’s gathering to inspire and be inspired with women that struggle. A must read!

En español: 2018/04/02/zapatista-womens-gathering-closing-words/

3. Frayba denounces new forced displacement of 90 families in Chiapas-In March,paramilitary groups in the Highlands displaced a total of 235 families from their homes in the municipality of Aldama. These paramilitary groups are made up of the same paramilitaries that committed the Acteal Massacre and that the Supreme Court released from prison. They have re-grouped, added some new members and are armed. According to Frayba, there are also some Zapatista families in danger of displacement.

En español: 527678/el-frayba-denuncia-nuevo-desplazamiento-forzado-de-90-familias-en-chiapas

4. UN condemns deaths due to the attack on displaced Tsotsils in Chiapas Highlands– 3 indigenous civilians died in an armed paramilitary attack in the municipality of Aldama in the Chiapas Highlands. The Mexico Office for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said” “It is unacceptable that armed groups continue to operate outside the law.” And much more…

En español: https://www.proceso.com.mx/528869/onu-dh-condena-muerte-por-ataque-de-tzotziles-desplazados-en-los-altos-de-chiapas