Zapatista News & Analysis

Posted in Uncategorized on January 20, 2019 by floweroftheword

CHIAPAS SUPPORT COMMITTEE

Home of the Compañero Manuel blog on the Zapatistas & Mexico

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1. Sunday, January 27, 2019 – 5 pm (doors open at 4:30pm) – Liberated Lens and the Chiapas Support Committee present ANOTHER FORM OF LIFE IS POSSIBLE, 3 short documentary films on anticapitalist resistance in southern Mexico. Two filmmakers will be available to discuss the films and answer questions. There will be an Update on the situation in Chiapas and an opportunity for questions and discussion. Join us at the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, CA 94609. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/372069996892386/

2. Saturday, February 23, 2019 – Waffles & Zapatismo10:30 am to 1 pm – Mario Galván from the Zapatista Solidarity Coalition in Sacramento will give a Report on the Gathering of Networks in support of the CNI-CIG and the EZLN’s 25th Anniversary celebration. Mario attended both events, which recently took place in Chiapas. The presentation and discussion are from 11 am to 1 pm. Food is available at 10:30 am. Chiapas Support Committee Office, Upstairs at the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.

Zapatista News & Analysis

There are currently attacks against the Zapatistas throughout social media in Mexico and elsewhere from supporters of Mexico’s new president (AMLO) because the Zapatistas stated their opposition to and their intent to resist the mega-projects AMLO announced in Chiapas and other indigenous lands in southern Mexico. The following articles concern this polemic. We will also discuss this at both events listed above.

1. Words of the EZLN’s CCRI-CG to the Zapatista Peoples on the 25th Anniversary of the Beginning of the War Against Oblivion – Subcomandante Moisés speaks to the rebel insurgents, autonomous authorities, milicianos and civilian support base of the EZLN saying: “We are alone, just like we were 25 years ago” and thereby causing concern among supporters.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/01/01/palabras-de-la-comandancia-general-del-ejercito-zapatista-de-liberacion-nacional-dirigidas-a-los-pueblos-zapatistas/

2. The Fourth Transformation? – Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), Mexico’s new president calls his presidential project the Fourth Transformation. Gilberto López y Rivas analyzes what that claim means and critically questions it. This is an important article for understanding the current polemic.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2018/12/28/opinion/014a1pol

3. Bertolucci in the Lacandon– Luis Hernández Navarro describes the 25th anniversary celebration and compares it to an epic Bertolucci film, a show of power from a political-military force… This is a must read!

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/01/08/opinion/017a1pol?

4. Letter of Solidarity and Support for Zapatista Resistance and Autonomy– The Chiapas Support Committee signed onto this important worldwide letter of support for the Zapatistas signed by 700 intellectuals, academics, artists, activists and people of goodwill. This is an excellent letter that clearly addresses the current issues and aggressions affecting the Zapatistas.

En español: https://desinformemonos.org/ignacio-ramonet-arundhati-roy-immanuel-wallerstein-silvia-federici-otros-intelectuales-rechazan-cualquier-agresion-del-estado-los-zapatistas/

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Zapatista News & Analysis

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2018 by floweroftheword

CHIAPAS SUPPORT COMMITTEE

Home of the Compañero Manuel blog on the Zapatistas & Mexico

CSCEvents

1. Happy Holidays to all our Friends and Supporters! Thank you for attending our events, participating in our classes, reading our news and contributing to our work in Chiapas. We hope you enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.

2. Support Zapatista Parents Build Schools for their ChildrenThe Chiapas Support Committee’s annual fundraising letter asks you to make a dream come true for Zapatista parents and children by making a donation to the Las Garrucha Education Fund, a fund to help finance the construction of 4 autonomous middle schools in the La Garrucha region, one in each of the 4 municipalities that comprise the region.

Zapatista News & Analysis

1. Invitation to the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Zapatista Uprising and to a Gathering of Networks – This EZLN communiqué gives details about the New Years Eve celebration of the 25th Anniversary and the Gathering of support networks that precedes it. The communiqué includes a link for registration.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2018/11/17/invitacion-a-la-celebracion-del-25-aniversario-del-alzamiento-zapatista-y-a-un-encuentro-de-redes

2. The historical meanings of the Kurdish revolution – Gilberto López y Rivas describes how the the revolutionary experience of the Kurdish people, particularly in Rojava (northern Syria), with what is called Democratic Confederalism, together with the autonomous governments of the Zapatista Mayas of the EZLN in Chiapas, constitute highly advanced alternative emancipatory processes. This is an important piece!

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3. A qualitative leap in the storms– Raúl Zibechi uses the recent California fires as an example of the storms caused by climate change. He also discusses other examples and then spells out ways that we are destroying the environment and thereby causing the storms.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2018/11/23/opinion/020a1pol

4. The Maya Train will destroy the last lung of the Mexican Southeast – A Chiapas professor explains the environmental and cultural damage that the Maya Train (Tren Maya) can cause and exposes the enormous scope of this mega-tourism and real estate project.

En español: https://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2018/12/tren-maya-destruira-el-ultimo-pulmon-del-sureste-mexicano-especialista/

ZAPATISTA NEWS & ANALYSIS

Posted in Uncategorized on November 7, 2018 by floweroftheword
ZAPATISTA NEWS & ANALYSIS

Migrant Caravan walking from Ciudad Hidalgo to Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico on October 21, 2018

1. Donate to decolonize education for Indigenous Zapatista children– The Good Government Junta in the Caracol of La Garrucha and the regional education promoters are asking for our help to build 4 middle schools, one for each autonomous municipio (municipality) in that jungle region. You can help Zapatista children by reading about this request and making a donation.

2. EZLN: “At least 4,000 masked people” at the initiation of the “Caracol of our Life”– On behalf of the EZLN, Sup Galeano invites everyone to the 1st Zapatista film festival in Chiapas from November 1-5, 2018. According to this invite, it will be held in both Oventik and Cideci and is expected to be an annual event.

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3. The new Honduran exodus – Luis Hernández Navarro spells out the role of neoliberal globalization and the US government in the dramatic situation driving this caravan. If you hear people using the word “invaders” when referring to the caravan, please refer them to this article!

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4. The anticapitalist struggle of the EZLN and the CNI-CIG– López y Rivas analyzes the Second National Assembly of the CNI-CIG-EZLN, and says that it ratifies a political subject that cannot be made invisible by the racism of the political class.

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LA GARRUCHA EDUCATION FUND

Posted in Uncategorized on November 1, 2018 by floweroftheword
Art from the Zapatista communities. Zapatista children wearing red bandanas around their faces play soccer in front of several small school buildings. One building has a vegetable garden next to it. On the side of the building it says: “autonomous school” and below that: “without education there is no revolution.” A Casa de Salud (House of health) is in the background.

LA GARRUCHA EDUCATION FUND

Donate to decolonize education for Indigenous Zapatista children

The Chiapas Support Committee (CSC) received some long-awaited news from the Good Government Board (Junta) and the regional education coordinators in the La Garrucha region of Zapatista Territory: they are ready to begin a secondary (middle) school project. The CSC has been working with the Junta and the education coordinators on primary education for the last 7 years. Some of you have donated to support that work, and now we’re asking you to donate to this essential education project.

Many of you may be familiar with the secondary school in Oventik, which is supported economically by the Zapatista Language School project (CELMRAZ). Some of you may have learned Spanish or a Mayan language there. Or, perhaps you read Raúl Zibechi’s article reporting that the Caracol of Morelia had a secondary school in each of its autonomous counties.

Secondary schools are very important to a child’s formal education and overall learning experience. Unfortunately, the La Garrucha region does not have and has never had a secondary school. Parents throughout this region are passionate about having this educational opportunity for their children and the education coordinators have wanted to get this project underway for several years.

"SIN EDUCACIÓN, NO HAY REVOLUCIÓN"

La Garrucha is located in the Patihuitz Canyon to the east of the city of Ocosingo, in Chiapas, Mexico. It is one of five regional centers of autonomous government in Zapatista territory called caracoles and it’s also the seat of government for the Tseltal Jungle Zone. That region stretches from Ocosingo into the lowlands and mountains of the Lacandón Jungle. When the Zapatista Uprising took place in 1994, the only access to La Garrucha was via a dirt road that didn’t really deserve to be called a road. Giant ruts and potholes created by large trucks and military vehicles in the rainy season made passage very difficult for any vehicle and some communities in this zone were and still are only accessible on foot or horseback.

The difficult access discouraged teachers from reaching government primary schools in the zone’s ejidos, and there were no government secondary schools in rural areas. “Sometimes the government teachers would only come three days per week, but they were paid for 5,” a resident of La Garrucha told a Chiapas Support Committee delegation. “They taught the children in Spanish, but many of the children only spoke Tseltal and didn’t understand Spanish,” he continued. “They taught the history of the invaders from Europe,” he concluded, speaking in past tense because he also said that the government teachers stopped coming to La Garrucha and many other communities with government schools after the January 1, 1994 Zapatista Uprising.

After the Uprising, the Zapatistas prioritized the construction of their own autonomous government, which includes developing an autonomous education system that decolonizes teaching and learning. Education trainers came from the northern states to help with the development of a curriculum and the capacity building of indigenous peoples in the communities to become teachers, or education promoters as they are called in Zapatista Territory, and also to become trainers (formadores) of teachers. Each community selects its own teacher in a community assembly. The curriculum falls within four basic categories (subjects): mathematics, language, history, and environment (course information at link). The same subjects are taught in both primary school and secondary school at an age-appropriate level.

The education coordinators have asked the Chiapas Support Committee to fund the training of secondary school teachers from the four autonomous Zapatista municipios (counties) that comprise the Caracol of La Garrucha. They have also asked us to fund the construction of 4 classrooms, one in each of the four middle schools to be constructed (one in each municipality belonging to the Caracol of La Garrucha). The total cost of their request is approximately $25,000.00 US dollars and we’re asking you to make a generous contribution to that crucial project.

Your donation will help Zapatista children obtain an autonomous and de-colonial education at the middle school level. These children are the ones who will carry on the Zapatista resistance to neoliberalism and will move into positions of responsibility in another 5 or so years. It is important to maximize their potential to contribute to this alternative organizational model.

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Chiapas Support Committee Members
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Arnoldo Garcia
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Zapatista News & Analysis

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2018 by floweroftheword

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1. An invitation to: “The Impossible Movie Theater”– On behalf of the EZLN, Sup Galeano invites everyone to the 1st Zapatista film festival in Chiapas from November 1-5, 2018. According to this invite, it will be held in both Oventik and Cideci and is expected to be an annual event.

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2. EZLN: Declaration from the 2nd National Assembly of the CNI-CIG– “We bring you this urgent message because as original peoples our struggle against the profound sickness caused by capitalism means that we must weave life––this is the task given us by our ancestors.”

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3. Migrant caravan breaks through Mexico’s fence– An on the ground report of one of the migrant caravans crossing from Guatemala into Chiapas, Mexico, in the rain and sweltering heat, waiting for Mexico’s immigration authorities to process their travel permits.

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4. Pablo González Casanova urges converting dreams into reality – González Casanova spoke at an international congress called “Thinking with Marx today.” He talked about the 1968 student movement and the change in values it brought and said we are now heirs of that revolution. His points reported in this article provoke thought.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2018/10/07/politica/012n1pol

Zapatista News & Analysis

Posted in Uncategorized on October 10, 2018 by floweroftheword

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Zapatista News & Analysis

1. Governors offer AMLO support for the Maya Train project– At a meeting with these governors AMLO said that along the train’s route they will implement a reforestation program by planting 50,000 hectares of fruit and timber trees.

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2. Chiapas Earthquake victims claim abandonment by federal and state authorities– One year after the 8.2-magnitude earthquake, Chiapas victims says they have not received the funds promised to rebuild and/or repair their damaged homes and many schools have not been rebuilt or repaired.

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3. Frantz Fanon: from decolonization to critical thought– “One must put oneself on the side of the oppressed in any circumstance, even when they are wrong, without losing sight, however, that they are made of the same clay as their oppressors. Emil Cioran.” This is a must read!

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4. Fulfill the San Andrés Accords? – López y Rivas spells of precisely what the new administration would have to do to fulfill the San Andrés Accords

En español: http://www.jornada.com.mx/2018/09/07/opinion/025a2pol

Zapatista News & Analysis September 2018

Posted in Uncategorized on September 25, 2018 by floweroftheword

CHIAPAS SUPPORT COMMITTEE

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* Waffles & Zapatismo – Saturday, September 29, 2018 – 10 AM to 1 PM – “Indigenous Power & Self-Determination in the Eye of the Storm: Mexican elections and the Neoliberal Transformation.” The class will be held in the CSC office, Upstairs at the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland.

Zapatista News & Analysis

1. The Next Imperialism– Zibechi: “Towards the end of this century China will become the next hegemon, replacing the United States as the world leader, the only question being whether there will be nuclear war during the process.”

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2. CNI and CIG Convoke 2nd National Assembly– October 11-14, 2018 at Cideci-UniTierra in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. This announcement contains the program for each day and who may attend and in what capacity they may attend.

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3. Neoindigenism versus the autonomies of indigenous peoples– “What position would the brand new INPI (National Institute of the Indigenous Peoples) take if mobilizations take place against the new government’s announced megaprojects? Will the voices of the indigenous peoples be heard or will State neo-indigenism be imposed?”

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4. The Last Honeybun in the Mountains of Southeastern Mexico – Sup Galeano told this story about rebel life at the last Gathering in Morelia. It involves the Cat-Dog, Defensa Zapatista, Zapatista Hope and other characters from the Zapatista communities.

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