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Call for First Anarchist Congress in Mexico

Posted in Announcement, comunicado, Event with tags , , , on February 7, 2011 by floweroftheword

Anarchist comrades: In the twenty-first century, the barbarism of world capitalism is manifested in the increased exploitation, misery and death of millions of human beings. Exploitation, theft, violence, domination and discrimination remain the engine that drives capitalist civilization in this era of new knowledge and technologies. Meanwhile, the thirst for profit of the business generated by the increasing destruction of the planet’s natural resources. —- Dominant states of the world turn to war in order to exercise its hegemony over the countries and societies that seek to subordinate and plunder. Meanwhile, states and governments of different political use repression and seek the destruction of social movements to wipe out the flames libertarian rebellion, attempting to quell the strikes and popular uprisings with dignity and a new world fighting barbaric exploitation and domination.

 

It is then that exploitation, domination, dispossession, discrimination and a stark devastation of natural resources not only legitimate, but they do need, now more than ever, every struggle against capitalism and the state.

 

In Mexico, the exploitation and misery left a trail of 55 million poor, starvation wages, destruction of labor rights, unemployment and emigration. Hunger, exploitation and death for the Mexican people. In contrast, for the lords of wealth power and money, high profits and a growing concentration of wealth. Nevertheless, and against what they want their rulers, the Mexican people are not left to overcome, resist, and build alternative rebels against the miserable reality of hunger, deprivation and violence when they want to convict the thieves and corporate and government operators .

 

A tenacious defiance of the Mexican people, the State responds to the persecution, detention, disappearance and murder of worthy men and women who fight against every injustice and desire a radical transformation of the established system. The commitment of political and economic elites is that of state terrorism by the country’s militarization and criminalization of individuals and anti-systemic social movements. In fact, the state imposes the fear, uncertainty and repression in many social areas in order to immobilize the society. The village, away from a standstill, resist and rebel against that oppression and the terror against the dispossession of their lands; protest against the building of dams, ecosystems defends against greedy construction companies, resisting biopiracy biotech companies ; protest against the Church and conservatives of all signs that seek to impede the rights of women, gays, bisexuals and transgender people to the free enjoyment of their bodies, desires and affections against private businesses who profit from public spaces such as west superhighway, Metrobus and Metro Line 12 in Mexico City, demands freedom for political prisoners, indigenous autonomy and builds out into the streets to demand their right to health, education, housing, land, bread and freedom. In sum, while the lords of power and money spread fear, hunger and violence, the people planting freedom, autonomy and dignity.

 

State repression, but above all the strength of the Mexican people, make urgent the need for and anarchists around the country we are in a Prime Anarchist Congress to discuss how to organize, how to combat the state and capital in today, and how to accompany the rebellion of the people towards building a new world without exploitation and domination.

 

The purpose of the First Congress Anarchist in Mexico is to create a space for encounter, dialogue and action in order to practice mutual support, meet our transgressions, exchange experiences among those who agree â â wish, activities and joint actions against current exploitation and domination. Anarchist Congress does not seek to homogenize the fight and think of different ways of understanding and actions of the anarchists of the country, a claim would be contradictory to our nature libertarian. Anarchist Congress does not seek hegemony in the various anarchist forces and trends that are now scattered across the country, which would be a contradiction and would go against the most basic libertarian principles. Emphasize that the Anarchist Congress does not seek to centralize and standardize the action and thinking of libertarians, or create leaders vanguards of anything or anyone.

 

Prime Anarchist Congress in Mexico seeks to create a space for encounter, dialogue and mutual support among anarchists that would strengthen the anarchist action against the onslaught of government repression of the PAN, PRI and PRD, and create a space that allows him continuity to the social and cultural rebellion of anarchists from around the country.

 

The space of encounter, dialogue and mutual support which seeks to build with Prime Anarchist Congress in Mexico is based on anarchist ethics is based on individual autonomy, fraternity and equality of human beings.

 

Inspired by these ethical principles, various anarchist groups and individuals have made a series of meetings convened for the purpose of our sisters and brothers from ideal to attend the First Congress Anarchist in Mexico, to be held in Mexico City, on 29, April 30 and May 1, 2011, Auditorio Che Guevara.

 

Anarchist comrades:

 

The urgent need to destroy the exploitation and domination of the rotten capitalist civilization and the aspiration to build here and now a society of autonomous, free, equal and respectful of nature, summoning us to the realization of the First Congress Anarchist in Mexico.

 

We hope that your heart and true word libertarian and build with all of us that freedom, rebellion and mutual support. Also, we urge the anarchists who live in the states of the Republic confirm their participation in the First Anarchist Congress as soon as possible to prepare the accommodation and to seek financial support to assist their relocation from their place of origin to Mexico City.

 

 

Health and social revolution.

 

Mexico, Planet Earth, January 2011.

 

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Anarchist students of the Faculty of Sciences UNAM

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Evento Dia De L@s Muert@s

Posted in Announcement, Event, Uncategorized on September 6, 2010 by floweroftheword

It’s that time again, the annual Wellington Zapatista Solidarity Group Day of the Dead event. All proceeds go to community directed education and health projects in the Zapatista municipality of La Garrucha. Muchas gracias to the musicians and everyone else involved – who are all helping out for free.

The Wellington Zapatista Solidarity Group invites you to join us for:

Celebraciòn Día De Los Muertos – Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life

Saturday 6 November 2010

Street Procession

Mariachi, music, food, face painting and a traditional ofrenda

Meet 4pm at Wellington Museum of City and Sea

Fiesta

With Bella Cajon, Koledsky, Café Tango, Newtown Community Choir, Sudakanz, DJoe, DJ Cut Loose. PLUS tango lesson & demonstration with Viva Latina, spot prizes and more!

8pm til late at Ruby Lounge, Bond Street

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an annual festival observed throughout Latin America originating in pre Columbian culture which celebrates life by honouring the dead. It’s believed that on this day each year the spirits of the dead return to Earth to reconnect with the living, and re-experience the sensory world. Friends and family honour the deceased by celebrating in cemeteries, homes, and public spaces with food, flowers, music, and prayers. Colourful paper cut-outs called papel picado decorate churches and cemeteries. Fancy dress, especially skeletons and other deathly outfits, is the norm.

Ofrenda’s – or altars – often have a photo of the deceased, and are elaborately-decorated with flowers as well as objects, foods and drinks that the dead prized or enjoyed while they lived. It is believed that displaying their favourite things entices their souls to return to take part in the remembrance celebrations.

A traditional ofrenda will be on display at the Museum of Wellington City and all are invited to gather there from 4pm for face painting, music and food. A Mariachi will lead the procession, which will arrive at Ruby Lounge in time for the fiesta. Fancy dress is encouraged, as is colourful memorabilia of deceased loved ones.

This year the Ruby Lounge will host the celebrations: an evening of performances on the theme of life and death, from the Gyp-Hop-Ruski-Roots Reggae of Bella Cajon, to the glorious harmonies of the Newtown Community Choir and Koledsky’s rousing Gypsy, Polish, Mexican, and Middle-Eastern numbers.

Audience members are invited to take part in a short tango lesson with dancers from Viva Latina, and then show off their new moves on the dancefloor to the sound of urban latin ensemble Café Tango.

But the party doesn’t stop there. After the bands, DJs DJoe and Cut Loose will spin a heady mix of global beats to keep the dancefloor grooving til the wee hours.

All this for only $10 on the door, and all proceeds go direct to the Zapitista municipality of La Garrucha in Chiapas.

So bring your friends and join us for a celebration of life, death, and beautiful music!

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Abejas to march on International Women’s Day

Posted in Announcement, comunicado, Event, News, noticias, protesta with tags , , , on March 3, 2010 by floweroftheword

On February 12 the Abejas Civil Society Organization of Acteal extended an invitation to a march they are organizing to mark International Women’s Day on March 8.

The Abejas commemorate the Acteal massacre on the 22nd of each month. This past February 22, the Abejas published a press release in which they shared their analysis of the current situation in their municipality, in light of the recent release of several prisoners accused of the massacre. They also remarked on conflicts taking place in other parts of the state.

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Day of the Dead/Dia De los Muertos Celebration this Sunday!

Posted in Announcement, Event with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2009 by floweroftheword

dayofthedead09revised*The Wellington Zapatista Support Group invites you to join us for:

 

*Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life** *Sunday Ist November 2009 –

two events!*

 

*4pm MUSEUM OF WELLINGTON CITY AND SEA* (Queens Wharf Jervois Quay)

 

*OFRENDA and Face-painting/Preparation for the STREET PROCESSION*

through Wellington’s streets to *Bar Bodega* (departs 6PM)

 

*7.30pm **BAR BODEGA *101 Ghuznee Street.

 

*DIA DE LOS MUERTOS* *Fiesta – featuring: Bella Cajon, Julie Bevan,

Carlos Naverrette, Te Kupu, Sam Kelly, German Renthel, and other

performers – **plus music, poetry, dance, and SPOT PRIZES!!*

 

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an annual festival observed

throughout Latin America originating in pre Columbian culture which

celebrates life by honouring the dead. It is believed that on this day

each year the spirits of the dead return to Earth to reconnect with the

living, and re-experience the sensory world. Friends and family honour

the deceased by celebrating in cemeteries, homes, and public spaces with

food, flowers, music, and prayers. Colourful paper cut-outs called papel

picado decorate churches and cemeteries. Fancy dress, especially

skeletons and other deathly outfits, is the norm.

 

In recent years Mexicans living locally have brought this festival alive

for New Zealanders, and once again invite Wellingtonians and visitors

alike to share in their celebrations of this traditional cultural – and

colourful – event.

 

At *Museum of Wellington City and Sea/Te Waka Huia o Nga Taonga Toku Iho

*there will be a *Traditional Ofrenda *on display*, *as well as

*Face-painting and Preparation for the Procession.*

 

Ofrenda’s – or altars – often have a photo of the deceased, and are

elaborately-decorated with flowers as well as objects, foods and drinks

that the dead prized or enjoyed while they lived. It is believed that

displaying their favourite things entices their souls to return to take

part in the remembrance celebrations.

 

This year’s ofrenda is dedicated to Emiliano Zapata, Commandante Ramona,

Subcommandante Marcos, and the people of Honduras. It will be on display

from 4pm, and remain in place 1- 7^th November. (Photo of Diego Rivera

Ofrenda in Mexico City in 2006 attached, as an example)

 

There will also be face-painting and preparation for the street

procession, which will leave at 6pm. The public is encouraged to join

in, wear fancy dress, and carry colourful memorabilia of deceased loved

ones. The procession will wind through Wellington streets to end at *Bar

Bodega*.

 

Inside *Bar Bodega (*$10 cover charge) there will be performances* *on

the theme of life and death by a variety of acts, from poet Mercedes

Webb-Pullman to musicians such as Bella Cajon and Te Kupu, to Latin

dancers, and more.

 

All proceeds from the Bodega event will go to the community of La

Garrucha in Chiapas, Mexico.

 

 

Film Screening and Raffle Draw – Friday 3 July

Posted in Announcement, Event with tags , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2009 by floweroftheword
A Big Noise Film

A Big Noise Film

Wellington Zapatista Solidarity and the Latin American Solidarity Committee proudly present

A screening of ‘The Fourth World War’ (2004, 75 minutes) and Raffle Draw

Friday 3rd July, 6-8pm

Newtown Community Hall, Daniell St, Newtown, Wellington

All proceeds go to the Latin America Solidarity Committee

The Wellington Zapatista Solidarity Committee and Latin America Solidarity Committee are organizing a raffle draw and film screening to raise funds for the people of Atenco, to aid them in their ongoing legal battle for the release of citizens wrongly imprisoned since 3 May 2006.

The screening will take place at the Newtown Community Hall on Daniell St on Friday 3rd of July, 6-8pm. The prize for the raffle will be a $50 voucher for Flying Burrito Brothers restaurant on Cuba Street.

The Fourth World is a documentary about the struggles of men and women around the world resisting global conflict across five continents. Shot on the front lines of struggles spanning five continents, this film is the untold story of men and women who resist being annihilated in the current global conflict. While our airwaves are crowded with a talk of a new world war, narrated by generals and filmed from the noses of bombs, the human face of war is rarely seen. The Fourth World War weaves together the images and voices of the war on the ground – from the front line struggles in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Palestine, Korea, ‘the North’ from Seattle to Geneva and the “War on terror” in New York and Iraq.

This is not about some distant foreign people dealing with equally distant and foreign problems; it’s about struggle and oppression, which can happen anywhere that people try to protect land and resources from the powers that be.

Raffle tickets ($2 for one ticket, $5 for three) will be available for purchase on the night.

For more information please email zapatistasolidarity(at)gmail.com

Or visit http://www.floweroftheword.wordpress.com

Film and Speaker – Sat 6 December

Posted in Announcement, Event with tags , , , on November 28, 2008 by floweroftheword

The Zapatista Solidarity Committee is supporting a talk and a showing of the latest Hands Off Venezuela campaign film “No Volveran”.

Where: Newtown Community Center,corner of Colombo and Rintoul St.

When: 5-8pm the Saturday the 6th of Dec.

The Speaker—

John Peterson is one of the founders of the Workers International League and Chief Editor of the Marxist journal Socialist Appeal. He is an Americas correspondent for the popular “In Defence of Marxism” website (www.marxist.com). In addition, he is also the National Secretary for the U.S. Hands Off Venezuela Campaign. He is active in the local and national anti-war, immigrant rights and Latin America solidarity movements and has spoken on these and other subjects across the U.S. as well as Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Canada, Spain, Britain, Italy, Belgium and France.

The Film—

‘No Volverán – The Venezuelan Revolution Now’, an exciting feature length documentary about the Venezuelan Revolution. In this in-depth investigation the film makers take us on a journey through the fervor of the Presidential Elections in December 2006, traveling deep into the shanty towns (barrios), and to several factories under workers’ control, to find out why there is a movement to over-through Capitalism, what Socialism of the 21st Century is, and how it is changing people’s lives. Community activists show us around their neighborhoods in the barrios to see first hand how difficult life is for the urban poor. Residents tell us how they used to struggle daily against poverty, crime and police brutality. They felt abandoned by previous governments, and when they tried to organise they were often oppressed. But life here has clearly changed.

Following these workers and others, the film takes us on a journey through the politics of past and present. Francisco Rivero, National Director of Ideology of the Movement for Direct Democracy, takes us through the different stages of the revolution, and explains that Socialism of the 21st century is a complete break from many of the previous so-called socialist ideologies. These were run from above by bureaucracies. Socialism of the 21st century is democratic socialism, where political power is transferred to the common people. Here ordinary working people must take over the running of society.

The Talk—

The talk will be from 5 to 6pm, film showing from 6 to 7:30pm and will have time to answer questions and discuss afterwards.

There will be refreshments provided,

Entry by Koha
All proceeds to support Zapatista health care provision in Chiapas, Mexico

Hope to see you all there!

Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life

Posted in Announcement, Event with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2008 by floweroftheword

The Wellington Zapatista Solidarity Group invites you to three events in celebration of Dia de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead – Sunday 2 November 2008.

Summary of Events

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FIESTA, SUNDAY 2 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM, HAPPY

NO OLVIDADO/ DON’T FORGET EXHIBITION
AT WELLINGTON MUSEUM OF CITY AND SEA

OPENING EVENT SATURDAY 1 NOVEMBER, 12PM-4.30PM

SUNDAY 2 NOVEMBER- PROCESSION FROM EXHIBITION TO FIESTA AT HAPPY DEPARTS 6PM

**

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an annual festival evolving from both pre Columbian culture and the Catholic religion it is observed throughout Latin America and celebrates life by honouring the deceased. The festival surrounds the belief that spirits briefly return to Earth in order to maintain a connection with the living and to re-experience the sensory world. During the festivity, friends and family often honour the deceased by visiting cemeteries. They bring with them food, flowers, music, and prayers. Colourful paper cut-outs called papel picado decorate churches and cemeteries.

In Wellington, there are two THREE great events to let people in the Capital City join in the celebrations and to learn more about Mexican culture;

AN EXHIBITION, A PROCESSION AND A FIESTA

* Event 1*

No Olvidado / Don’t Forget

An exhibition by William Franco & Miki Seifert

Museum of Wellington City and Sea

Te Waka Huia o Nga Taonga Toku Iho

November 1 – December 1 2008

This art installation honours the hundreds of unnamed Mexicans who die each year trying to cross the border into the United States of America. Most of these people risk death in order to improve their economic fortune.
The opening event on *November 1, 12noon-4:30pm* will feature live models displaying traditional clothing of the various countries which celebrate the Day of the Dead. Food and drinks provided

*Event 2*

On November 2, 6pm a Day of the Dead Procession will begin from the City and Sea Museum carrying colourful memorabilia of deceased loved ones. The public is invited to join and remember their own deceased loved ones. The procession will end at Happy Bar for the Day of the Dead fiesta – a fundraiser for indigenous communities in Mexico.

*Event 3*

Day of the Dead fiesta

A fundraiser for Zapatista Indigenous Healthcare

Happy Bar (corner of Vivian and Tory St )

Sunday November 2, 7:30pm

Entry by koha
Featuring Mexican Folk dance and Flamenco performances, Wellington bands Head and Mr. Sterile Assembly and poetry from Mercedes Webb-Pullman and more performances on the theme of life and death, this will be a fun celebration where participants can also remember deceased loved ones and celebrate their lives.

All proceeds from this event will go towards assisting the community of La Garrucha in Chiapas Mexico to deliver basic health services.

Brought to you by the Wellington Zapatista Solidarity Group