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Posted in Uncategorized on November 1, 2020 by floweroftheword

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The Chiapas Support Committee sends its most heartfelt thanks to everyone who has expressed their solidarity by signing our protest letter to the Mexican consulate demanding a stop to the paramilitary violence in Chiapas. We also thank those who contributed to our fundraising campaign for Las Abejas. Expressions of solidarity are also coming from other parts of the US and the world and the collective sum of all our solidarity actions matters.

On October 13, members of the Chiapas Support Committee went to the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco to deliver the letter demanding a stop to the paramilitary violence in Chiapas. And, of course, they brought some posters. To our great surprise, the deputy consul general, Guillermo Reyes, actually met with us and listened to our concerns. You can see the letter with signatures and photos here. (Reyes is the man in the black suit.)

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The EZLN started releasing a new 6-part communiqué on October 5. So far, 3 parts have been released. In accordance with Zapatista fashion, the 6th part was released first and then the 5th and, finally, the 4th. Links to those 3 parts are provided below.

1. Part Six: A Mountain on the High Seas Subcomandante Moisés announces that the EZLN will travel to continents. The tour will begin in April 2021. The first continent the EZLN delegation will visit is Europe. Their first stop will be in Madrid, Spain. Also, after describing the health measures they have taken to protect themselves from the pandemic, SupMoy reported 12 Zapatista deaths from Coved-19.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2020/10/05/sexta-parte-una-montana-en-alta-mar/

2. Part Five: The Gaze and the Distance to the DoorSubcomandante Galeano suggests that we turn our gaze to what’s happening below, referencing undocumented migrants around the world. He gazes at the murder of Samir Flores Soberanes and the megaprojects of the 4T and talks about our path, which he says is to hand down life. Plus another story from the Cat-Dog and some music videos.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2020/10/09/quinta-parte-la-mirada-y-la-distancia-a-la-puerta/

3. Part Four: Memory of What Is To Come– Old Antonio returns and poetically predicts that the Ruler will invade and cause destruction with machines, But Mother Earth will organize people to resist and prevail over the Ruler. Don Durito de la Lacandona reappears and reminds us that for purposes of struggle, nationality is merely circumstantial. From the Notebook of the Cat-Dog: Part Two: The Canoes. This is a good one from SupGaleano!

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2020/10/19/cuarta-parte-memoria-de-lo-que-vendra/

4. The “new” war of Conquest and defense of territory– Raúl Romero analyzes the murder of territory defenders in Mexico, most of them Native peoples. He says it is a “systematic and recurring practice=,” and that the offensive against them is “part of the war over territories that neoliberal capitalism has waged all over the world” in recent years. He also refers to several classic essays from the late Sup Marcos. A good read!

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2020/10/13/opinion/016a1pol

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Posted in Uncategorized on August 23, 2020 by floweroftheword

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – CompArte 2020: Shelter in Art – This year, the Chiapas Support Committee presents our 5th Annual Emiliano Zapata Community Festival in a series of 3 online gatherings. The first virtual gathering is on Wednesday, August 26. Read about how you can participate in CompArte here: https://chiapas-support.org/2020/08/17/comparte-2020-shelter-in-art-solidarity-resistance/

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There is cause for concern about what’s going on in Chiapas right now, perhaps cause for alarm! To at least some of us who vividly recall the lead-up to the Acteal Massacre, the present reminds us all too painfully of the past. Below are articles that detail the attacks, remind us of similarities to Acteal and report on one dead and one injured in Santa Martha and a l3-yea old shot in the face and shoulder, as well as extreme poverty and famine. Those affected are Civil Society Las Abejas of Acteal, civilian Zapatistas and non-Zapatistas belonging to various political parties. Press coverage in Mexico is widespread and daily, as if in anticipation of an even bigger story to come. (Compañero Manuel Blog Admin)

1. One dead and one injured as armed attacks persist in Chiapas; they fear another Acteal This post consists of 2 short articles reporting on the death of a man in central Santa Martha, Chenalhó, and the injury of another man in the same place, as well as a second article reporting the persistence of attacks on communities in Aldama municipality. Apparently, the government is accepting the line that both sides are shooting at each other, which Aldama denies. The first article, by Hermann Bellinghausen, who wrote a book on the Acteal Massacre, concludes with: “The strategic attack patterns that preceded the 1997 Acteal Massacre are repeated.”

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2020/08/19/politica/011n2pol | https://www.jornada.com.mx/2020/08/19/politica/016n2pol

2. Chiapas municipality suffers 30 armed attacks in three daysAldama municipality in the Chiapas Highlands is under almost constant armed attack from paramilitaries in Chenalhó municipality. “It’s not about one more dispute between campesino communities. The attackers possess high-caliber weapons and explosives, and are the direct heirs of the paramilitaries that perpetrated the Acteal Massacre in 1997; many paid with prison, but were never disarmed, and throughout all these years they have attacked members of Las Abejas de Acteal, Zapatista support bases and other political or religious groups in Aldama, Chalchihuitán and Chenalhó itself on different occasions. It is known that new and powerful weapons have been added to those weapons.”

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2020/08/18/politica/010n1pol

3. Zapatista coffee growers under attack in Chiapas– The conflict in Aldama has caused, in total and as of the date of this article, 7 deaths, 19 injuries from bullet wounds and some 2,000 people that constantly have to “intermittently” displace themselves. In other words, when the shooting starts they hide in the mountains, in a relative’s house or in shelters, and they return to their homes when calm returns. The paramilitaries shoot from Santa Martha, in Chenalhó municipality, at both the Zapatistas and non-Zapatistas alike in a dispute allegedly over 148 acres of land.

En español: https://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2020/04/cafeticultores-bajo-ataque-en-los-altos-de-chiapas/

4. Indigenous in Aldama, Chiapas, between famine and gunfire – “More than 2,000 indigenous Tsotsiles from Aldama municipality sleep and wake amidst the fear of an ambush. They have written down in a notebook the 98 times they have been shot at during the last three months from a mountain adjacent to their land. In the face of the indifference of the authorities, on July 14th humanitarian organizations brought some beans and corn, because the famine is already reflected in their bodies.” This in-depth article from a Chiapas journalist describes the hunger, the conflict and the organizations taking food to the displaced people of Aldama: Frayba and FIISANIM.

En español: https://piedepagina.mx/indigenas-de-aldama-chiapas-entre-hambruna-y-disparos/

5. Paramilitaries shoot a teenager in Aldama, Chiapas – On Friday, July 17, the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba) reported that paramilitaries shot and wounded 13-year old María Luciana Lunes Pérez while she was at home working on her loom in the community of Koko in the municipality of Aldama. She received injured to her face and shoulder. The shots came from the Santa Martha ejido in Chenalhó municipality, which is home to paramilitaries that mount armed attacks that displace people in Aldama from their homes. María Luciana received medical treatment in the Hospital of Cultures in San Cristóbal de las Casas.
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En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2020/07/18/estados/026n1est

6. 74 Armed attacks against families displaced from Aldama, Chachihuitán and Chenalhó– In a joint press conference Pedro Faro, Frayba’s director, and Ofelia Medina, an actress and activist, detail the number of forcibly displaced persons in each of the 3 Chiapas municipalities named in the title. They also list the organizations representing those displaced in each of the 3 municipalities: 1) the Permanent Commission of 115 Comuneros and Displaced Persons of Aldama; 2) Civil Society Las Abejas of Acteal (in Chenalhó); and, 3) the Autonomous Committee of Internally Displaced Chalchihuite (in Chalchihuitán). Ofelia Medina’s organization is the Trust for the Health of the Indigenous Children of Mexico (FISANIM, its Spanish acronym), which is supplying food to those displaced through donations from national and international civil society.

En español: https://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2020/07/reportan-74-agresiones-armadas-hacia-familias-desplazadas-de-aldama-chalchihuitan-y-chenalho/

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Posted in Uncategorized on July 7, 2020 by floweroftheword

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Sunday, July 12, 2020 – 2-4pm – New online film series: The Chiapas Support Committee is showing "Zapatista," a documentary on the EZLN, as the first film in its new online program "¡Viva Zapata Film Series! rebellious films | películas rebeldes" on July 12, 2020, 2:00-4:00pm. You can register here to receive the link to view the film together on July 12th. Click here to read more about the new CSC online film series.

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1. Campaign for Las Abejas: End the Famine– Please open your heart to feed displaced members of Las Abejas (The Bees), a Tsotsil campesino organization that is an adherent to the Zapatistas’ 6th Declaration and a member of the National Indigenous Congress-Indigenous Governing Council. According to the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba), 3,304 members of Las Abejas of Acteal are on the verge of famine. Frayba is asking for national and international civil society to make solidarity contributions to alleviate the hunger. Las Abejas is the indigenous campesino organization that suffered the massacre of 45 women, children and men due to a December 22, 1997 paramilitary attack. They are now displaced from their homes and lands and again under attack from paramilitary-style groups and they need our support.

2. The San Mateo del Mar Massacre – Luis Hernández Navarro discusses the June 21 murder of 17 indigenous Ikoot residents of San Mateo del Mar. A criminal group committed the massacre. Apparently, organized crime has obtained a foothold in the region and in local government, while corporations seeking to impose a wind energy megaproject are also exerting influence on local government. The perfect neoliberal storm!

En español:https://www.jornada.com.mx/2020/06/30/opinion/019a1pol

3. A Federal judge suspends work on Section 1 of the Maya Train– The same federal judge in Chiapas who granted the preliminary suspension of work on the Maya Train granted a permanent suspension on June 22, despite having her original decision overturned by a federal appeals court. She granted the permanent suspension to the Maya Ch’ol people of Palenque, Salto de Agua and Ocosingo, Chiapas. The permanent suspension is based on health concerns during the Covid-19 outbreak in Chiapas. The court prioritized the right to life. The suspension only applies to Section 1, the Palenque-Escárcega stretch of the Maya Train.

En español: https://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2020/06/hasta-que-finalice-la-pandemia-juez-federal-ordena-suspender-trabajos-del-tramo-palenque-escarcega-del-tren-maya/

4. The popular movement resists the narco– Armed criminals who define themselves as “Colombians” are harassing and threatening the Acapatzingo Housing Community in the Iztapalapa delegation (Mexico City), where 596 families live. It’s one of the popular movements that for decades has been struggling for housing, with eight housing nuclei in the city that belong to the Francisco Villa Popular Organization of the Independent Left (OPFVII, its initials in Spanish). Raúl Zibechi describes how the housing community organized to resist the drug trafficking group.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2020/06/05/opinion/017a1pol

5. The anti-capitalist left, neither liberal nor conservative Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and some in his administration consistently refer to the Zapatistas and indigenous territory defenders, as well as supporters of the EZLN and the CNI-CIG, as “conservatives” because they oppose the Maya Train and the Trans-Isthmus Corridor, claiming that these anti-capitalists are conservative because they oppose progress. Gilberto López Y Rivas addresses and debunks this political rhetoric.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2020/06/12/opinion/019a2pol

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Posted in Uncategorized on June 3, 2020 by floweroftheword

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As we prepare Zapatista News & Analysis, protests are raging across the US over the police murder of George Floyd, an unarmed and handcuffed African-American man in Minnesota. In a Chiapas prison, Indigenous prisoners are infected with Covid-19 and are not receiving proper medical care or medicine. In the Highlands of Chiapas, more than 3,000 indigenous people, members of Las Abejas of Acteal are facing famine in the face of Covid-19. All 3 of these heart-wrenching situations reveal the structural racism in our societies and the vicious inequalities inherent in the capitalist system. Support Anti-Racist Protestors! Support Political Prisoners and Feed the Hungry! Humanity needs a global redistribution of wealth! Humanity needs systemic change!

Our office remains closed and our events/activities are still on-hold. We continue to post relevant news and opinion articles on our Compañero Manuel Blog and our Facebook page. Both provide interesting anti-capitalist food for thought. Also, we’re making some progress with regard to presenting Waffles & Zapatismo classes online. Stay tuned for info on production. Stay safe, everyone! These are challenging times.

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1. More than 3,300 on the verge of famine in Chiapas, Frayba warns– The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center warns that, in the midst of a pandemic, 3,304 members of Las Abejas of Acteal are on the verge of famine and asks for national and international civil society to make solidarity contributions to the Trust for the Health of the Indigenous Children of Mexico (FISANIM), These are the folks displaced in Chalchihuitán. Las Abejas is the campesino organization that suffered the death of 45 women, children and men due to a December 22, 1997 paramilitary attack. They are adherents to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration and members of the National Indigenous Congress (Congreso Nacional Indígena, CNI). We’ll have more on how folks in the US can contribute soon.

En español: https://www.proceso.com.mx/631813/coronavirus-en-mexico-mas-de-3-mil-300-desplazados-en-el-umbral-de-la-hambruna-en-chiapas-alerta-el-frayba

2. Prison and the Pandemic– Eight indigenous prisoners in Chiapas infected with Covid-19 initiated a hunger strike and are asking for freedom. Professor Alberto Patishtán, a former prisoner himself, is counseling them. These are prisoners belonging to organizations and/or communities either adhered to, supportive of, or sympathetic to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2020/05/24/opinion/006a1pol

3. Indigenous People of Palenque win suspension of the Maya Train– A Chiapas judge granted the Maya Ch’ol people of Palenque, Salto de Agua and Ocosingo, Chiapas an order temporarily suspending work on the Maya Train due to health concerns during the Covid-19 outbreak in Chiapas. Of note was the lower court’s prioritizing of the right to life. The suspension only applies to the Palenque-Escárcega stretch of the Maya Train. Although an appeals court overturned the temporary suspension, there was a hearing on May 29 for the lower court judge to decide if the suspension should be definitive. She asked for some clarifications before making a final decision.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2020/05/09/politica/017n1pol

4. Statement of Solidarity with the Struggle against the Maya Train-The Sexta Grietas Network circulated this statement in solidarity with and at the request of the Indigenous and Popular Council of Xpujil, the CRIPX. which obtained a permanent suspension of work on the Maya Train in the municipality of Calakmul, Campeche. The CRIPX requested this solidarity statement due to ongoing threats, intimidation and pressure against those who are fighting to prevent construction of the Maya Train. The Chiapas Support Committee is one of the organizations that signed the statement.

5. Joint Pronouncement for Life. “A systemic change is necessary”This is a statement from a wide array of organizations working in Chiapas with impoverished and marginalized indigenous communities during the Covid-19 health emergency. Among the various profound understandings these organizations have is this one: “The pandemic we experience today reiterates that capitalist forms of production, in which violence, inequality and dispossession predominate, make the means for the reproduction of life precarious and diminish the possibility of living a decent life.”

En español: http://pozol.org/?p=18081

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Posted in Uncategorized on May 5, 2020 by floweroftheword

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1. Pandemic: 16 million indigenous people in absolute vulnerability– This is a comprehensive look at what indigenous peoples face in one of Mexico’s most impoverished regions. Interviews with Carlos González of the CNI-CIG and Abel Barrera of the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center.

En español: https://www.contralinea.com.mx/archivo-revista/2020/04/07/pandemia-16-millones-de-indigenas-en-vulnerabilidad-absoluta/

2. Coronavirus and imperial piracy– True to the prediction that capitalism will seek to use the pandemic in favor of its class interests, Luis Hernández Navarro writes: “While countries like Cuba selflessly send medical brigades to many countries to combat the pandemic, the imperial governments reproduce the old capitalist piracy.”

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2020/04/07/opinion/021a1pol

3. Necropolitics, collapse and the coronavirus– Gilberto López y Rivas connects the idea that capitalism will seek to use the pandemic in favor of its class interests with the Zapatista communiqué discussing the response of the political class to the pandemic. (There’s an interesting footnote about Sup Galeano.)

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2020/03/20/opinion/018a1pol

4. Cuba and the coronavirus– Luis Hernández Navarro writes about the Cuban medical team that went to Italy to help fight the outbreak of Covid-19, and all the health solidarity Cuban medical teams have offered to countries around the world over the years, despite the “inhumane and illegal” United States embargo.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2020/03/31/opinion/018a2pol

5. Coronavirus: militarization of the crisisRaúl Zibechi discusses the possible implications for everyone of the social control measures used in China to thwart the coronavirus.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2020/02/28/opinion/020a1pol

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Posted in Uncategorized on February 20, 2020 by floweroftheword

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1. SAVE THE DATES: Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, 2020 – ENCUENTRO: IN, AGAINST, AND BEYOND THE CAPITALIST HYDRAYou are invited to a Gathering (Encuentro) of the Sexta Grietas del Norte Network, a national network of adherents to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle. We’re also inviting folks who are interested in becoming adherents and joining one of the member collectives. The 2 days will consist of workshops and a celebration of International Women’s Day, as proposed by the Zapatista Women. The Chiapas Support Committee is hosting the Ecuentro/Gathering. It will be held at the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, CA. Food will be provided, so we’re asking folks to register here. We could also use some help with this large gathering. Send us an email if you are available to volunteer.

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1. The EZLN inaugurates new government centers– The government centers that were inaugurated are: Caracol 8 “The light that shines on the world,” in Dolores Hidalgo community; and Caracol 10 “Flowering the Rebel Seed,” in Patria Nueva community, both in the [official] municipality of Ocosingo. News reports indicate that Subcomandante Galeano (formerly Marcos) attended the inauguration celebrations that took place the first weekend in February. Congratulations to the new Caracoles!

En español: https://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2020/02/ezln-inaugura-nuevos-centros-de-gobierno/

2. The Chiapas Congress endorses the Pijijiapan-Palenque Highway Axis Project– This project, financed almost entirely through private investment, envisions connecting the town of Pijijiapan near the Pacific Ocean first with the state capital of Tuxtla Gutierrez, then with the existing Tuxtla-San Cristóbal Highway (a toll road) and then with a still-to-be-constructed third section from San Cristóbal to Palenque. The latter section is now being called the “Highway of Cultures.” It was formerly called the San Cristóbal-Palenque Highway and is widely opposed by residents of the region.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/12/24/estados/022n1est

3. They denounce the presence of US agents at Mexico’s Southern BorderPeoples Without Borders (Pueblos Sin Fronteras, PSF), a migrant rights defense organization, denounced the presence at Mexico’s southern border of agents from the US Department of Homeland Security coordinating the persecution and hunting of migrants jointly with Mexico’s National Guard and immigration police.

En español: https://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2020/01/denuncian-presencia-de-agentes-norteamericanos-en-la-frontera-sur/

4. United Nations-HR says: Maya Train consultation deficient – The Mexico Office of the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights (UN-HR) expressed concerns about the Mexican government’s “consulta” on the Maya Train. Specifically, the UN-HR was very concerned about very low voter turnout, the lack of information about negative impacts of the train and the concern that people from the communities expressed their agreement with the project as a means of receiving attention to basic needs like water, health, education, jobs, housing, a healthy environment, etcetera.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/12/20/politica/006n1pol

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Posted in Uncategorized on January 24, 2020 by floweroftheword

1. Words of the CCRI of the EZLN on the 26th Anniversary– At the 26th Anniversary celebration, Subcomandante Moisés asked the Zapatistas in attendance if they were willing to die in order to defend their autonomous territory. They ALL said YES! This and much more make this an important communiqué to read.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/12/31/palabras-del-ccri-cg-del-ezln-en-el-26-aniversario/

2.Words of the Zapatista Women at the Opening of the Second International Women’s Gathering– Zapatista women hosted the Second International Gathering of Women who Struggle from December 26-29, 2019 in the Caracol of Morelia. Comandanta Amada and the Zapatista women called to conquer the right to life in front of 5,000 feminists: “ The right to life and all the rights we deserve and need will not be given to us by anyone, nor by the capitalist system through the many laws and promises that it makes, but rather we must conquer them all the time and in all places…” If you’re in the Bay on February 8, join us for A Report Back from the Zapatista Women’s Gathering (See above under Activities).

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/12/27/palabras-de-las-mujeres-zapatistas-en-la-inauguracion-del-segundo-encuentro-internacional-de-mujeres-que-luchan/

3. Zapatista Women close Women’s Gathering with a proposalThe Women’s Gathering focused on violence against women. In keeping with that theme, in the closing communiqué, signed by Comandanta Yesica, the Zapatista women propose an International Day of Action to protest that violence on March 8, 2020.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/12/31/palabras-de-las-mujeres-zapatistas-en-la-clausura-del-segundo-encuentro-internacional-de-mujeres-que-luchan/

4. Zapatistas call to confront the “Fourth Annihilation” with the exercise of autonomies – This is a really good article by Isaín Mandujano, a Chiapas journalist. He records what various Zapatistas said about their autonomous processes and resistance at the Forum in Defense of Land and Territory.

En español: https://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2019/12/zapatistas-llaman-a-enfrentar-la-cuarta-aniquilacion-con-el-ejercicio-de-las-autonomias/

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Posted in Uncategorized on January 4, 2020 by floweroftheword

1. An invitation to Build Community-to-Community Solidarity & Justice– As the Zapatistas celebrate the 26th Anniversary of their Uprising, we ask each of you to remember that the new Caracoles and autonomous municipios (counties) have asked all their supporters for solidarity, either in the form of donated building materials, labor or economic solidarity. Most of us here in the US can only provide the economic solidarity, so we’re inviting you to make a donation to the construction of autonomy in the new Centers of Resistance and Rebellion, as the Zapatistas are now calling their Caracoles and autonomous municipios.

2. Zapatista Women’s Gathering Begins – Zapatista women hosted the Second International Gathering of Women who Struggle from December 26-29, 2019 in the Caracol of Morelia. Comandanta Amada and the Zapatista women called to conquer the right to life in front of 5,000 feminists: “ The right to life and all the rights we deserve and need will not be given to us by anyone, nor by the capitalist system through the many laws and promises that it makes, but rather we must conquer them all the time and in all places…” If you’re in the Bay on February 8, join us for A Report Back from the Zapatista Women’s Gathering (See above under Activities.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/12/28/politica/007n1pol

3. Report from the EZLN-CNI Forum in Defense of Territory and Mother EarthFor 2 days (December 21 and 22) the EZLN and the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) held this Forum in San Cristóbal de Las Casas at Cideci (now the Jacinto Canek Caracol). They discussed how they can organize against the capitalist projects that threaten their territory and Mother Earth and how they organize against these projects. They also agreed to form an economy parallel to that of capitalism. Informative article.

En español: https://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/nacional/2019/12/indigenas-acuerdan-conformar-modelo-economico-paralelo-al-capitalista/

4. The Whale Dances – In a communiqué from the Sixth Commission of the EZLN, Sup Galeano (formerly Marcos) describes the different dance styles performed at Dance Another World (CompArte for Dance) in the new Caracol of Jacinto Canek (Cideci). The Festival took place from December 15-20, 2019.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/12/15/baila-una-ballena/

5. What is the gringo’s interest in Sonora: drugs or lithium? – This article explores why Trump was so anxious to send security forces to Sonora following the murders of people with dual US-Mexican citizenship in northern Sonora. Was it because of organized crime gangs connected to drug cartels (blamed for the murders) or the large deposits of lithium? Very interesting article!

En español: https://www.contralinea.com.mx/archivo-revista/2019/11/27/cual-es-el-interes-de-los-gringos-en-sonora-el-narco-o-el-litio/

6. A Whale in the mountains of the Mexican Southeast – Sup Galeano describes the scenario for the PUY TA CUXLEJALTIC Zapatista Film Festival, held from December 7-14 in the new Caracoles of Tulan Ka’u and Jacinto Canek.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/12/05/una-ballena-en-las-montanas-del-sureste-mexicano-creadors-y-creaturas/

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Posted in Uncategorized on September 14, 2019 by floweroftheword

The Zapatistas issued a series of communiqués during August leading up to the August 17 announcement of their 3rd expansion of autonomy. Below are links to these communiqués on our Compañero Manuel blog..

1. Communiqué from the EZLN’s CCRI—CG And, We Broke the Siege – After more than 7 months of reporting on the increased militarization and para-militarization of Zapatista Territory, the EZLN commanders make the exciting announcement that the Zapatistas created 7 new Caracoles and 4 new autonomous municipalities (municipios). In this 5th and final communiqué the commanders also inform us that there will be a gathering in October, that CompArte and the Film Festival will resume, as well as seminars and meetings; and, we will hear from the Zapatista women. This indicates that more communiqués are forthcoming. An important communiqué!

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/08/17/comunicado-del-ccri-cg-del-ezln-y-rompimos-el-cerco-subcomandante-insurgente-moises/

2. Sonata for Violin in G Minor: MONEYIn the 4th communiqué, Sup Galeano discusses how MONEY buys souls, and also the new assistance programs of the Fourth Transformation government – the so-called 4T. A link to the videos is enclosed at the end of the communiqué.

En español: https://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/08/15/sonata-para-violin-en-sol-menor-dinero/

3. Adagio—Allegro Molto in E Minor: A Possible Reality (from the Notebook of the Cat-Dog) – The 3rd communiqué in the series is a humorous essay by Galeano about the current president of Mexico and his government, the Fourth Transformation (4T). Videos attached by Pink Floyd, Kansas and Panteón Rococo.

En español: https://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/08/13/adagio-allegro-molto-en-mi-menor-una-realidad-posible-tomado-del-cuaderno-de-apuntes-del-gato-perro/

4. The Overture: Reality as enemy– This is the second in the recent series of communiqués from the EZLN, also signed by Sup Galeano. He talks about how the media, including social media, make it possible to create a reality different than that experienced by those below. There is also a note from the cat-dog and a link to some videos.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/08/11/obertura-la-realidad-como-enemiga/

5. EZLN: The Opening Act– After “testing… testing…” etcetera, Sup Galeano says the Zapatista communities reappear. This is, as the title indicates, the first of many comunicados in the series that analyzes the current situation in Mexico and announces new Caracoles and autonomous councils in Chiapas. The communiqué includes 3 videos by Nirvana, Ojos de Pancha and AC/DC

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/08/10/enter-el-telonero/