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.

You can make your donation online via PayPal by going to our website and clicking on the donate button.

Or, you can send a check made payable to the Chiapas Support Committee to the address below:
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The Chiapas Support Committee is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so your donation is tax deductible if you itemize. We’ll send you a receipt and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

In solidarity,

Chiapas Support Committee Members
Alicia Bravo
Carolina Dutton
Arnoldo Garcia
Roberto Martínez
Jose Plascencia
Laura Rivas-Andrade
Mary Ann Tenuto-Sánchez
Amanda Stephenson

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Zapatista News & Analysis

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2018 by floweroftheword

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Home of the Compañero Manuel blog on the Zapatistas & Mexico

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

CHIAPAS SUPPORT COMMITTEE

Home of the Compañero Manuel blog on the Zapatistas & Mexico

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

Home of the Compañero Manuel blog on the Zapatistas & Mexico

CSCEvents

* 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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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

CHIAPAS SUPPORT COMMITTEE

Home of the Compañero Manuel blog on the Zapatistas & Mexico

CSCEvents

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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