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Zapatista News & Analysis from CHIAPAS SUPPORT COMMITTEE

Posted in Uncategorized on February 20, 2020 by floweroftheword

CHIAPAS SUPPORT COMMITTEE

Home of the Compañero Manuel blog on the Zapatistas & Mexico

CSCActivities

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.

Zapatista News & Analysis

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

Zapatista News & Analysis

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/

Zapatista News & Analysis

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/

Zapatista News & Analysis

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/

Zapatista News & Analysis

Posted in Uncategorized on August 5, 2019 by floweroftheword

1. The family of Toñito will seek extradition of US agent that killed him– A16-year-old Mexican boy was walking home in the border town of Nogales, Mexico when he was shot by a US Border Patrol agent, who was on duty at the time. The boy’s name was José Antonio Elena Rodriguez, affectionately known as “Toñito.” Since his death, the family has tried to obtain justice, which has been denied in the United States. So, family members now hope the new government in Mexico will seek the agent’s extradition to Mexico. Award-winning La Jornada journalist Blanche Petrich pens a comprehensive and interesting article about this tragic case.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/07/17/politica/010n1pol

2. CIPOG—EZ denounces murdersThe CIPOG-EZ denounces more murders and threats against its promoters and delegates to the CNI and says impunity, corruption and omission continue at all 3 levels of government. This communiqué describes the murders, threats and general situation in the municipality of Chilapa, Guerrero, where 6 CIPOG-EZ members have been murdered between May and July.

En español: https://chiapas-support.org/2019/07/16/cipog-ez-denounces-murders/

3. CNI-CIG: 4 more dead in Guerrero, caravan suspended– The CNI-CIG denounces that 4 more members of the CIPOG-EZ have been murdered in Chilapa, Guerrero by the same narco-paramilitaries that murdered 4 of its members in May. Consequently, it announces the suspension of the caravan to Chilapa. They also urge supporters to continue contributing food, medical supplies and money for the CIPOG-EZ communities.

En español: https://www.congresonacionalindigena.org/2019/07/12/comunicado-por-la-suspension-de-la-caravana-por-la-paz-la-vida-y-la-justicia-en-la-montana-de-guerrero/

4. AMLO in Guadalupe Tepeyac– AMLO sends message to the Zapatistas expressing his respect for the rebels and calls for unity. Luis Hernández Navarro reminds us of the historical importance of Guadalupe Tepeyac to the EZLN.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/07/09/opinion/017a1pol

5. Surrendering to la migra, “the new normal” at the southern border of Chiapas– Hermann Bellinghausen reports from Tapachula, Chiapas that the National Guard apprehends migrants who cross into Mexico at the official border station and are forced to surrender to immigration authorities.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/06/22/politica/004n1pol

Zapatista News & Analysis

Posted in Uncategorized on July 1, 2019 by floweroftheword

CHIAPAS SUPPORT COMMITTEE

Home of the Compañero Manuel blog on the Zapatistas & Mexico

1. Industrializing: the plan for Tehuantepec – This report announces the Mexican government’s intention to replace the Special Economic Zones, which apparently were not very popular, with six industrial parks located on land across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. A railroad train would cut across the Isthmus transporting freight from the port of Coatzacoalcos on the Gulf of Mexico of Veracruz to the port of Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, on the Pacific Ocean, thus creating an alternative to the Panama Canal. A graphic shows that the entire industrial area would affect 46 municipalities of Oaxaca and 33 in Veracruz with 11 indigenous and Afro-Mexican peoples living there. The plan also includes tax breaks for corporations. The CNI-CIG and the EZLN have denounced this project and I think it’s safe to anticipate strong resistance.

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/04/24/economia/018n1eco

2. Farewell to neoliberalism?Raúl Romero discusses whether AMLO’s decree that neoliberalism is ended in Mexico is realistic by examining the structural (legal) adjustments that were made to accommodate neoliberalism. Sadly, he concludes that AMLO’s declaration is not correct. This is an excellent article!

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/06/16/opinion/010a1pol

3. CNI-CIG-EZLN Call to Join the Campaign for Life, Peace and Justice in the Mountains of Guerrero– The Zapatistas and the CNI-CIG make a call for donations of food, medicine and money for the CIPOG-EZ communities that are currently surrounded by the narco-paramilitaries that murdered 4 of its members in May. A Caravan will leave Mexico City for Chilapa on July 12 with the food, medicine and money collected.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/06/12/convocatoria-del-cni-cig-y-el-ezln-a-la-campana-por-la-vida-la-paz-y-la-justicia-en-la-montana-de-guerrero/

4. Individualized Support: counterinsurgency or social containment?– Peter Rosset discusses the consequences of AMLO’s new plan to give individual members of social organizations cash support through bank cards, rather than giving the money to their social organization to distribute as has been the past practice.

En español: https://chiapas-support.org/2019/06/23/individualized-support-counterinsurgency-or-social-containment/

5. Kana’antik k-lu’umo’ob: The Maya Horizon– Francisco López Bárcenas reports on meetings of Mayas and their social and cultural organizations held on the Yucatan Peninsula to analyze and express their resistance to the Maya Train. An important article!

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/06/27/opinion/024a1pol

Zapatista News & Analysis

Posted in Uncategorized on June 19, 2019 by floweroftheword

1. They’ll build 3 National Guard barracks in Chiapas– These new barracks will be build in areas used by migrants as a result of AMLO’s promise to Trump to send National Guard troops to Mexico’s southern border in order to curb migration. This, of course, adds to the militarization of an already militarized state.

En español: https://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2019/06/en-chiapas-construiran-3-cuarteles-de-la-guardia-nacional-en-zonas-de-paso-de-migrantes/

2. For life and against war in the Zapatista communitiesGilberto López y Rivas analyzes the dangerous situation in Chiapas and other indigenous regions in resistance: militarization, counterinsurgency, paramilitary groups, federal troops entering communities saying that war is coming, and the National Guard. He concludes that there is a danger of another Acteal. A good read!

En español: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/05/31/opinion/021a2pol

3. CNI-CIG-EZLN communiqué on the violence against the original peoples– This communiqué denounces a number of violent aggressions against indigenous communities, some deadly, including the narco-paramilitary circle around communities in Chilapa, Guerrero belonging to the CIPOG-EZ, a member organization of the CNI-CIG. They call on us to be attentive to the situation in Chilapa where 4 people have already been murdered.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/06/04/comunicado-del-cni-cig-y-el-ezln-ante-la-violencia-desatada-contra-los-pueblos-originarios/

4. Marichuy: Militarization, to assure dispossession against indigenous peoples– María de Jesus Patricio Martínez (Marichuy) says that the main objective of Mexico’s new National Guard is to assure the imposition of megaprojects and the subjection of the indigenous peoples. She talks about her campaign and the fact that indigenous peoples have not yet seen any change since the new president took power. Excellent interview!

En español: https://www.contralinea.com.mx/archivo-revista/2019/05/07/militarizacion-para-asegurar-despojo-contra-los-pueblos-indigenas-marichuy/

5. EZLN—CNI-CIG: Stop the narco-paramilitary war against the CIPOG-EZ – The EZLN-CNI-CIG denounce the murder and dismemberment of 2 more compañeros of the CIPOG-EZ in Guerrero and name the paramilitary groups that are terrorizing that region of Chiapas.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2019/05/25/alto-a-la-guerra-narcoparamilitar-contra-el-cipog-ez-comunicado-urgente-del-cni-cig-y-el-ezln/