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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

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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

Solidarity and Analysis

Posted in Uncategorized on July 24, 2017 by floweroftheword

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Solidarity and Analysis

!. Letter from Kurdish Women to Marichuy– In a letter of solidarity, Kurdish women send revolutionary greetings and deep respect to their sister, María de Jesús Patricio Martínez (Marichuy), spokeswoman for the National Indigenous Congress (CNI).

En español: https://www.centrodemedioslibres.org/2017/06/19/carta-del-movimiento-de-mujeres-de-kurdistan-a-maria-de-jesus-patricio-martinez-vocera-del-consejo-indigena-de-gobierno-cig-cni/

2. The Racist Contempt of the Wise– Sergio Rodríguez Lascano analyzes the various racist criticisms that some “intellectuals” use against the Zapatistas.

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2017/04/26/politica/003n1pol

3. The colonial State and Revolution – Raúl Zibechi reasons that political dominance in Latin America not only relates to class, but also race, because the dominant political class is a white minority dominating and repressing Indian, Black and Mestizo majorities.

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2017/06/23/opinion/017a1pol

4. Seven reasons to support the CNI-EZLN proposal– López y Rivas gives seven simple and straightforward reasons to support the Indigenous Government Council and its spokeswoman. This is an important read and something to think about!

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2017/06/30/opinion/017a1pol

CHIAPAS SUPPORT COMMITTEE UPDATES

Posted in Uncategorized on June 30, 2017 by floweroftheword

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Repression and Militarization

!. The Offensive of above, versus the Movement below– The National Indigenous Congress (CNI) denounces the escalation of repression against its member communities, tribes, nations and barrios. It gives a number of examples, including some from Chiapas. Two of the articles below report increasing militarization in and near Chiapas.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2017/06/10/la-ofensiva-de-arriba-ante-el-movimiento-de-abajo/

2.The Southern Command will support vigilance on the Mexico-Guatemala Border– The US Southern Command will join the Guatemalan Army in displacing indigenous peoples from the Guatemalan side of the Lacandón Jungle, right across the river from the Lacandón Jungle of Chiapas, Mexico, near Zapatista Territory! The pretext is “securing the border” and catching drug traffickers! The reality is they are forcing indigenous communities out of the Jungle using the same “environmental” excuse they used in Chiapas not so long ago.

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2017/04/26/politica/003n1pol

3. Construction of new military base in Chiapas advances rapidly – The Mexican Army is constructing a huge new military base in Chicomuselo,Chiapas near Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala. Mexico says it is for “securing the border.”

En español: http://www.proceso.com.mx/490740/avanza-a-marchas-forzadas-construccion-base-militar-en-chicomuselo

The National Indigenous Congress and the Indigenous Government Council

Posted in Uncategorized on June 15, 2017 by floweroftheword

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The National Indigenous Congress and the Indigenous Government Council

The National Indigenous Congress met over Memorial Day weekend to form an Indigenous Government Council for Mexico, an anti-capitalist governing council of those below and to the Left based on the same governing principles that the Zapatistas follow. The newly-formed Council named an indigenous woman as its spokesperson, and as a candidate in Mexico’s 2018 presidential elections. The articles below describe and analyze these events.

1. Marichuy, the independent candidate close to the EZLN– Isaín Mandujano reports that the Indigenous Government Council named María de Jesús Patricio Martínez (“Marichuy”) as its spokesperson and independent candidate to run for president in Mexico’s 2018 elections.

En español: https://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2017/05/marichuy-desde-1994-cerca-del-ezln-y-una-de-las-fundadoras-del-cni/

2. María de Jesús Patricio, the CIG’s Spokesperson– Luis Hernández Navarro comments on Marichuy, the indigenous woman selected as spokesperson for the Indigenous Government Council (Consejo Indígena de Gobierno, CIG), and discusses her qualifications.

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2017/05/30/opinion/021a1pol

3.Indigenous Government Council– Magdalena Gómez talks about the number of delegates that make up the CIG and some of the other discussions that took place at the Assembly.

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2017/05/30/opinion/020a1pol

Counterinsurgency/Repression/Dispossession

At the end of the Assembly, the National Indigenous Congress and the EZLN issued a communiqué entitled “CNI-EZLN:The Time Has Come,” describing the war that they live and confront. It denounces recent counterinsurgency actions against organized indigenous communities, several of them in Chiapas.

“The Walls of Capital,the Cracks of the Left”

Posted in Uncategorized on May 21, 2017 by floweroftheword

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“The Walls of Capital,the Cracks of the Left”

Three more talks from the seminar have now been transcribed and translated.

1. Organized Coffee Against the Wall– Sup Moisés describes the process of organizing the tons of coffee that the Zapatistas are donating to benefit immigrants. He also describes what life was like on the plantations (fincas) for indigenous peoples.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2017/04/13/palabras-del-subcomandante-insurgente-moises-jueves-13-de-abril-de-2017/

2. Lessons on Geography and Globalized Calendars– Subcomandante Galeano comments on capitalism, U.S. politicians, Mexican politicians and makes reference to “Sir Durito,” while talking about Defensa Zapatista and the Cat-Dog.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2017/04/14/lecciones-de-geografia-y-calendarios-globalizados/

3. Closing Words of the Seminar– Sup Moisés says: “Organize without asking permission!”

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2017/04/15/palabras-del-subcomandante-insurgente-moises-viernes-15-de-abril-de-2017/