Last push for The Reality Fund and the beginnings of reconstruction
Dear Friends of Schools for Chiapas,
Sign in La Realidad reads "Compañero Galeano, justice not revenge"
We’re writing to update you about The Reality Fund, a special fund that Schools for Chiapas established and dedicated to rebuilding the school and health clinic in La Realidad.
As many of you know, on May 2, 2014 paramilitaries murdered the Zapatista teacher José Luis Solís López "Galeano" as he rushed to defend the school and health clinic in La Realidad. Fifteen other Zapatistas were seriously injured and both buildings were
In response to the Zapatistas’ call for an international campaign to rebuild the school and clinic, Schools for Chiapas established The Reality Fund. After initial fundraising, (also using a few loans) in June 2014 a team travelled directly to La Realidad to make our first donation of 30,000 Mexican pesos to the Zapatista authorities. In July, Schools for Chiapas participated in the national convention of the National Education Association (NEA) releasing a new video about Zapatista education (made possible with support from Metabolic Studio) and gathering funds for the reconstruction in Chiapas.
Now the Zapatistas have announced in a communiqué that they have reached their goal in collecting funds to build the new building, and that any additional donated funds will be used to purchase furniture, medicines and schools supplies.
Therefore, Schools for Chiapas will continue collecting for The Reality Fund throughout the month of July; the in early August we will again send a team to La Realidad to make our final donation of 100% of the money collected. So now, there’s only a few days left to join in this historic effort!
Please consider donating today to give the school and health clinic a strong financial foundation!