Zapatista News & Analysis

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22, 2017 by floweroftheword

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Zapatista News & Analysis

Below are 3 opinion articles that explore the social and political changes in our society. Enjoy!

!. The end of democratic societies in Latin America – Raúl Zibechi reflects on what he considers the erosion of the cultural and political bases of democracies, faced with the brutal social polarization that is being experienced and asks why a new right has emerged so reactionary that it has torn apart the social fabric from the United States to South America. He says the cause is the extractive model and the Fourth World War. A good read!

En español: 2017/10/13/opinion/021a1pol

2. Revolt and Confrontation– Gustavo Esteva expands upon the question of fascism raised by Zibechi, defines the “us” and the “them,” and has some thoughts on the concept of dignity.

En español:2017/10/23/opinion/020a1pol

3. From the end of the cycle to the consolidation of the right – Zibechi goes into more detail as to how changed in economic production contribute to changes in political alliances. He emphasizes that social movements of the left must adapt to the changes in the social subjects of their organizing.

En español: 2017/10/27/opinion/016a1pol

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Chiapas Support Committee (CSC) News & Announcements

Posted in Uncategorized on October 31, 2017 by floweroftheword

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Save the Date!

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 7-10 pm – You are invited to the Omni Commons to view a special work-in-progress screening of Zapatista Moon, a feature documentary depicting the role of women in the revolutionary Zapatista movement. The film highlights the December 2007 Meeting of Zapatista Women with the Women of the World. This focus on indigenous women coincides with the current independent candidacy of an indigenous woman on behalf of the Indigenous Governing Council. Tamales & Aguas Frescas, Zapatista Artesanía & T-Shirts available. Sponsored by the Chiapas Support Committee and endorsed by Liberated Lens.

Zapatista News & Analysis

As planned, María de Jesús Patricio Martínez (“Marichuy”) toured the 5 Zapatista Caracoles from September 14-19. Some of her talks are translated into English and published on our blog. Some news/analysis articles about her tour are below.

!. Marichuy denounces INE’s system for collecting signatures via cell phone– Chiapas journalist Isaín Mandujano reports on Marichuy’s visit to the city of Palenque, where she denounced how the system of theNational Electoral Institute (INE) system for electronically submitting the signatures necessary to get on the ballot discriminates against the poor. Mandujano also gives a description that helps us understand what Marichuy and her supporters must do to get her name on the ballot for the 2018 presidential election.

En español: 507976/marichuy-denuncia-fallas-en-sistema-del-ine-recolectar-firmas-via-telefono-celular

2. Marichuy, a very different campaign– Luis Hernández Navarro weaves together the origins of the National Indigenous Congress with the participation of María de Jesús Patricio (“Marichuy”) and her current independent campaign for the presidency of Mexico in 2018. “We don’t carry drums of war, but rather banners of peace.” An important analysis and description of Marichuy’s visit to the Zapatista Caracoles.

En español:2017/10/17/opinion/021a2pol

3. María de Jesús calls to organize the “pains and rages” of the peoples – Marichuy registered with Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (photo above) and announced that she would not accept one single peso from the Mexican government.

En español: 2017/10/08/politica/003n2pol

Chiapas Support Committee (CSC) News & Announcements

Posted in Uncategorized on October 5, 2017 by floweroftheword

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Chiapas Support Committee (CSC) News & Announcements

1. Many thanks to all of you who gave generous solidarity donations to the Chiapas Support Committee for the emergency relief of those affected by earthquakes and tropical storms in Mexico. Mil gracias. We have sent the money you donated plus our own donation to the Digna Ochoa Human Rights Center for humanitarian aid to benefit those affected by the earthquakes.

2. Waffles & Zapatismo Classes – The next class on Zapatismo is scheduled for Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the lower level (basement) of the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. Waffles and Zapatista coffee will welcome you!

Zapatista News & Analysis

!. Raúl Zibechi: What I learned from the Mexican people– Zibechi was in Mexico City when the earthquake struck on September 19. He describes what he witnessed: the solidarity of the Mexican people, the role of the State (including the Armed Forces) and the role played by financial capital. This is an excellent eye witness account and political analysis.

En español: 2017/09/29/opinion/032a1pol

2. Message from the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) and the Indigenous Governing Council (CIG)– The National Indigenous Congress (CNI) and the Indigenous Governing Council (CIG) seek emergency funds for the people affected by all the earthquakes and tropical storms in Mexico, and they designate organizations to receive these funds. They later announced a single bank account tor reconstruction and we include that account information.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2017/09/20/mensaje-del-cni-y-el-concejo-indigena-de-gobierno/

3. Schedule for the Indigenous Governing Council Tour in Chiapas – The EZLN’s Sixth Commission announces the schedule for the Indigenous Governing Council tour in Chiapas. It will be held for 3 days at Cideci in San Cristóbal and then in each of the Zapatista Caracoles. Members of the CNI, adherents to the 6th Declaration and of course the Zapatista support bases are invited.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2017/09/15/programa-de-la-gira-del-concejo-indigena-de-gobierno-en-chiapas-del-14-al-19-de-octubre-del-2017/

Solidarity with Mexican earthquake vicitms

Posted in Uncategorized on September 26, 2017 by floweroftheword

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Please Donate to Express Solidarity with Mexico Earthquake Victims

It began on September 7 off the Pacific coast of Chiapas with an 8.2-magnitude earthquake, the strongest ever recorded in Mexico. Both Chiapas and Oaxaca suffered extensive property damage and a loss of life. Homes, businesses, churches and highways are destroyed and/or damaged. Many residents of both states are now homeless and living outdoors with nothing but plastic tarps for shelter from the rain. Since then there have been continuing aftershocks and minor earthquakes, as well as heavy rain from tropical storms.

On September 9, the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) requested donations for those affected by the earthquake in Chiapas and Oaxaca. The Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN, its initials in Spanish) is a member of the CNI and has already donated money to the CNI for all the indigenous peoples and communities affected by the earthquake.

Then Hurricane Jose battered Veracruz and a tropical storm caused severe flooding in Guerrero. To make matters worse, a major earthquake devastated parts of Mexico City and its surrounding states on September 19. Many of us have seen the loss of life and collapse of buildings in Mexico City on TV, but there is also extensive property damage and loss of life in the states of Mexico, Morelos and Puebla. The town of Jojutla, Morelos, near the epicenter, is almost totally destroyed. Many indigenous communities and organizations belonging to the CNI are located in these states.

Faced with this catastrophic situation affecting its member organizations, the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) again asked for donations to help the victims of ALL these disasters. It named the official organizations for receiving solidarity donations.

Now, according to the US Geological Service, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck close to Matias Romero, Oaxaca, on Saturday, September 23. Matias Romero is located on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Both Chiapas and Oaxaca have communities that are part of the Isthmus. This is the same area affected by the September 7 earthquake! A 6.1-magnitude earthquake can cause a lot of damage. Although reporting on this new earthquake is sparse so far, there is certain to be further damage to the farming communities and towns in that part of the Isthmus.

While reports of humanitarian aid not reaching those who need it are widespread, there are also reports of heroic citizen efforts to rescue earthquake victims and provide material aid. Social justice, community and international organizations are helping to provide food and shelter. And, as noted above, the Zapatistas made a monetary contribution to solidarity relief efforts.

The Chiapas Support Committee joins in these humanitarian efforts and renews and updates our original call for donations to a human rights center designated by the CNI, the Digna Ochoa Human Rights Center (Centro de Derechos Humanos Digna Ochoa) in Tonalá, Chiapas. We will send donations directly from our business account to the Human Rights Center’s business account via secure international wire transfer. Donations can be made via the PayPal donate button on our website. We are a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization so donations are tax deductible if you itemize, and we will acknowledge receipt of donations.

We thank you in advance for your solidarity.

Chiapas Support Committee (CSC) News & Announcements – EARTHQUAKE DONATIONS NEEDED

Posted in Uncategorized on September 18, 2017 by floweroftheword

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Chiapas Support Committee (CSC) News & Announcements

1. Waffles & Zapatismo Classes – The next 2 classes on Zapatismo are scheduled for September 23 and October 21, 2017. Classes are held from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. in the lower level (basement) of the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. Waffles and Zapatista coffee will welcome you!

Zapatista News & Analysis

!. A call to support the earthquake victims of Chiapas with tenderness– The Chiapas Support Committee is asking for donations to help earthquake recovery in Chiapas. We’re sending funds to the Digna Ochoa Human Rights Center in Tonalá, Chiapas, an area that was hit hard and severely damaged. The Digna Ochoa Center works with adherents to the EZLN’s 6th Declaration and some autonomous communities in the affected area. Please read our call for details on the earthquake damage and to make your donation. Muchas Gracias/Many Thanks!

2. CNI Comunicado on the Earthquake in Chiapas and Oaxaca– The National Indigenous Congress (CNI) asks for solidarity with the people affected by the 8.2 Earthquake in Chiapas and Oaxaca. The earthquake struck on September 7, causing at least 100 deaths, hundreds of thousands homeless and its damages affected over one million people.

En español: http://www.congresonacionalindigena.org/2017/09/09/comunicado-del-cni-la-solidaridad-los-pueblos-afectados-sismo-denunciando-la-continuidad-del-despojo-capitalista/

3.The subjects of revolutionary waves are the movements, not the States – Raúl Zibechi is interviewed about his new book “Changing the world from above,” with the subtitle The limits of progressivism. He talks about some factors leading to the defeat of several progressive governments in Latin America and also talks about revolution, concluding that revolutionary waves are always born from below; they don’t come from a government.

En español: http://www.fmlacaterva.com.ar/2017/07/raul-zibechi-los-sujetos-de-las-oleadas.html

Chiapas Support Committee (CSC) News & Announcements

Posted in Uncategorized on September 5, 2017 by floweroftheword

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Chiapas Support Committee (CSC) News & Announcements

1. A huge THANK YOU to all who attended, performed and helped out at the Chiapas Support Committee’s CompArte 2: the Emiliano Zapata Community Festival on August 12. And thanks again to the Akonadi Foundation for making it possible. We are still catching up from all the work that was involved in producing this year’s CompArte Festival, so we’re a little late getting out the news.

2. Waffles & Zapatismo Classes – The next 2 classes on Zapatismo are scheduled for September 23 and October 21, 2017. Classes are held from 10:00am to 1:00 pm. in the lower level (basement) of the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.

Zapatista News & Analysis

!. Chinga tu madre Peña Nieto… Zapatistas in the five Caracoles– “Chinga tu madre (fuck you) Peña Nieto and you too Donald Trump” is what the Zapatistas shouted from all 5 of their Caracols during CompArte 2017. In this article, Isaín Mandujano describes some of the artistic presentations at the different Zapatista Caracols during CompArte 2017 in Chiapas.

En español: https://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2017/07/chinga-tu-madre-pena-nieto-zapatistas-de-los-cinco-caracoles/

2. The Hour for Our Peoples to Flourish Has Arrived– This is a Joint comunicado from the CNI (National Indigenous Congress) and the Sixth Commission of the EZLN. It announces ANOTHER STEP FORWARD has been taken in support of the candidacy of the Indigenous Government Coouncil’s spokesperson, María de Jesús Patricio Martínez. Specifically, the legal requirement to form a Civil Association has been completed. The comunicado lists the current members of the Civil Association, which is named “The Hour for Our Peoples to Flourish Has Arrived.”

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2017/08/07/llego-la-hora-del-florecimiento-de-los-pueblos-un-paso-mas/

3.Macri’s war against the Mapuche people – Raúl Zibechi describes some history and economics related to the current struggle of the Mapuche people for autonomy in Argentina. He also describes the repression and desire to exploit Mapuche land for mono-crop agri-business (soy), oil and mining. Nevertheless, Zibechi reports that the Mapuches are winning; they have recuperated 250,000 hectares (more than 600,000 acres) of land from large landowners over the last 15 years.

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2017/08/18/opinion/022a1pol

Zapatista News & Analysis from CHIAPAS SUPPORT COMMITTEE

Posted in Uncategorized on August 2, 2017 by floweroftheword

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Zapatista News & Analysis

!. The Hour of Disobedience– Gustavo Esteva says that the need for a savior, or strong leader, has its origins in colonialism. He uses Trump as an example, as well as an example from Mexico. This is a must read!

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2017/07/17/opinion/017a2pol

2. Indigenous Me’phaa set precedent in victory over mining project– The community of Júba Wajiín in the state of Guerrero obtained a legal order protecting their territory from mining on the basis of the mining company’s failure to engage in prior consultation with the communities. Excellent article from Hermann Bellinghausen!

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2017/07/15/politica/010n1pol

3. The Pro-Capitalist Left – Another excellent analysis from Gustavo Esteva, who says: “Fighting against capital is now an issue of survival because of what it does to the environment…”

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2017/07/03/opinion/019a1pol