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Zapatista News & Analysis from Chiapas Support Committee/

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2018 by floweroftheword

Zapatista News & Analysis

!. 3 Dead in Oxchuc, Chiapas violence – Armed with high-powered weapons, supporters of the mayor-in-exile attacked supporters of an Indigenous movement that wants to oust the political bosses and govern by tradition in an indigenous Chiapas municipality.

En español: 520205/miles-de-pobladores-exigen-justicia-para-indigenas-caidos-en-ataque-armado-en-oxchuc

2. EZLN: 24 years of dignity and ethical congruence– López y Rivas reminds us that when the EZLN rose up in arms on January 1, 1994, it spoke of a genocidal war. Now, he says, that war has worsened until making Mexico the 2nd deadliest country in the world, after only Syria. During all these years, the EZLN has been the incorruptible critical conscience vis a vis the State and society.

En español: 2018/01/12/opinion/017a2pol

3. The word of Marichuy – María de Jesús never speaks in her own name, but rather in the name of the peoples that elected her. “She doesn’t use the word I, but rather we.”

En español: 2018/01/23/opinion/017a2pol

4. The strategy of the 1% and ours– The preferred tactic of the 1% is electoral fraud. The 1% has has the power of money, legal and illegal weapons and the communications media.

En español: 2018/02/02/opinion/019a1pol

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Zapatista News & Analysis

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2018 by floweroftheword

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Waffles & Zapatismo Classes are back!

Waffles & Zapatismo ClassesWe’re starting up Waffles & Zapatismo classes for the New Year on Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the lower level (basement) of the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. We’ll have a report from members that attended the EZLN’s ConSciences for Humanity Festival at the end of December. Check out the flyer on our website. Below are articles about announcements and communiqués issued during the ConSciences Festival and the 24th anniversary of the Zapatista Uprising.

Zapatista News & Analysis

!. Zapatista bases of support ask: “Do you see yourselves as rebel scientists?”– The second edition of the Conciencias (ConSciences) for Humanity Festival included questioning the scientists about how to construct a scientific practice for confronting the storm and the walls of capital.

En español:

2. Sub Galeano: “The PRI always needs a terrifying crime as part of its project” – The National Indigenous Congress (CNI) and the Indigenous Governing Council (CIG) seek emergency funds for the people affected by all the earthquakes and tropical storms in Mexico, and they designate organizations to receive these funds. They later announced a single bank account tor reconstruction and we include that account information.

En español:

3. Zapatista Women convoke International Women’s Gathering – The response to our English translation of the announcement of a Zapatista Women’s Gathering was amazing! This is going to be a very big event. The Gathering is scheduled for March 8, 9 and 10, 2018 in the Caracol of Morelia and our post contains the link for registration. It’s called The First International Gathering of Politics,Art, Sport and Culture for Women in Struggle.

En español:org.mx/2017/12/29/convocatoria-al-primer-encuentro-internacional-politico-artistico-deportivo-y-cultural-de-mujeres-que-luchan/

4. Galeano: Trump, Occham’s razor, Schrodinger’s cat and the Cat-Dog– In this comunicado, Sup Galeano doubles down on capitalism, the political class and Mexico’s new Homeland Security Law. He also thinks Trump wants to start a war.

En español: 516610/la-ley-de-seguridad-interior-legitimara-al-grupo-armado-del-pri-subcomandante-galeano

Update on the territorial dispute

Posted in Uncategorized on December 28, 2017 by floweroftheword

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Zapatista News & Analysis

Update on the territorial dispute that has left thousands of indigenous people displaced in the Highlands of Chiapas: On December 1, award-winning La Jornada journalist Blanche Petrich reported on the dire conditions facing those displaced from their homes and the possible influence of drug trafficking in the Chiapas municipality of Chenalhó. On December 3, veteran La Jornada journalist Hermann Bellinghausen also sounded the alarm regarding the conditions of those displaced and the shocking inability of the government to stop the violence, control the paramilitaries or resolve the dispute. On December 11, Petrich published another article reporting that 4 children and 2 adult displaced persons had died of cold and hunger. An agrarian Court ruled in favor of Chenalhó, leaving thousands homeless as the number of dead rose to 11. Links to those articles on our blog are below, as well as links to an article on the 20th Anniversary of the Acteal Massacre and Marichuy’s visit to University City in Mexico. You can follow news about the Zapatistas, Chiapas and Marichuy on our Compañero Manuel blog and our Facebook page.

1. Agrarian Court rules in favor of Chenalhó in Chiapas territorial conflict– An Agrarian Court in Chiapas ruled in favor of Chenalhó municipality, leaving those displaced in Chalchihuitán unable to return to their homes. In a different article, Chalchihuitán said it will appeal the ruling.

En español: 514977/tribunal-unitario-agrario-falla-favor-de-chenalho-en-conflicto-territorial-en-chiapas

2. Paramilitaries continue shooting at us, the displaced lament– This article sums up the current status of those still displaced. The fact that 2 veteran La Jornada journalists, Blanche Petrich and Hermann Bellinghausen, as well as Proceso’s Isaín Mandujano have written several articles regarding this conflict is illustrative of the high degree of concern over the re-activation of paramilitaries in this region.

En español: 2017/12/24/paramilitaries-continue-shooting-at-us-the-displaced-lament/

4. Marichuy in University City – An excellent summary by Adolfo Gilly of Marichuy’s visit to the UNAM in Mexico City. He summarizes the talk she gave about her program and the reasons for her candidacy.

En español: 2017/12/17/marichuy-in-university-city/

5. Las Abejas: The government “legalizes the war of extermination” – The communiqué that Las Abejas issued for the 20th anniversary commemoration of the Acteal Massacre criticized the recently-approved Homeland Security Law in Mexico. The law legalizes the Armed Forces doing local police work, which it has been doing for the last 11 years without legal authority, allegedly to fight the so-called “Drug War.”

En español: 2017/12/23/politica/002n1pol

Happy Holidays from Chiapas Support Committee

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2017 by floweroftheword

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It’s that time of year when we ask for your radical generosity to support our work on behalf of autonomous education projects in Zapatista communities. Please read our annual appeal letter here
and make a donation according to your ability. You can also mail a donation to the P O Box at the bottom of this email. We thank you for your support during 2017 and we’re looking forward to a very interesting 2018: Marichuy’s campaign and the presidential elections in Mexico, the Chiapas Support Committee’s 20th anniversary and, at the end of the year, the EZLN will celebrate it’s 25th anniversary! We wish all of you a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!

Zapatista News & Analysis

A human tragedy has been unfolding in the Chiapas Highlands for several months. “Armed civilian groups,” aka paramilitaries, have driven somewhere between 6,000 to 7,000 people from their homes, most of them from the municipality of Chalchihuitán, due to a long-standing border dispute with the neighbor municipality of Chenalhó. While we have not seen any reports of Zapatista or CNI (National Indigenous Congress) communities affected, 11 people have died and Chenalhó is the municipality where both Acteal and Polhó are located. It is of the utmost concern that the same paramilitaries that committed the Acteal Massacre have re-armed and re-activated! We’ll have a news summary out soon and meanwhile you can follow news about this on our Compañero Manuel blog and our Facebook page. The first news about this situation is below.

!. 7,000 displaced due to violence in Chiapas – The Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba Center) warns that another massacre like the one that occurred 20 years ago in Acteal could happen again because the paramilitaries have been reactivated in Chenalhó and are attacking Chalchihuitán residents over a border dispute. The attacks have affected 7,000 residents of the 2 municipalities.

En español: 512796/escalan-violencia-desplazados-conflicto-agrario-en-chiapas

Zapatista News & Analysis

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22, 2017 by floweroftheword

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Zapatista News & Analysis

Below are 3 opinion articles that explore the social and political changes in our society. Enjoy!

!. The end of democratic societies in Latin America – Raúl Zibechi reflects on what he considers the erosion of the cultural and political bases of democracies, faced with the brutal social polarization that is being experienced and asks why a new right has emerged so reactionary that it has torn apart the social fabric from the United States to South America. He says the cause is the extractive model and the Fourth World War. A good read!

En español: 2017/10/13/opinion/021a1pol

2. Revolt and Confrontation– Gustavo Esteva expands upon the question of fascism raised by Zibechi, defines the “us” and the “them,” and has some thoughts on the concept of dignity.

En español:2017/10/23/opinion/020a1pol

3. From the end of the cycle to the consolidation of the right – Zibechi goes into more detail as to how changed in economic production contribute to changes in political alliances. He emphasizes that social movements of the left must adapt to the changes in the social subjects of their organizing.

En español: 2017/10/27/opinion/016a1pol

Chiapas Support Committee (CSC) News & Announcements

Posted in Uncategorized on October 31, 2017 by floweroftheword

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Chiapas Support Committee (CSC) News & Announcements

Save the Date!

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 7-10 pm – You are invited to the Omni Commons to view a special work-in-progress screening of Zapatista Moon, a feature documentary depicting the role of women in the revolutionary Zapatista movement. The film highlights the December 2007 Meeting of Zapatista Women with the Women of the World. This focus on indigenous women coincides with the current independent candidacy of an indigenous woman on behalf of the Indigenous Governing Council. Tamales & Aguas Frescas, Zapatista Artesanía & T-Shirts available. Sponsored by the Chiapas Support Committee and endorsed by Liberated Lens.

Zapatista News & Analysis

As planned, María de Jesús Patricio Martínez (“Marichuy”) toured the 5 Zapatista Caracoles from September 14-19. Some of her talks are translated into English and published on our blog. Some news/analysis articles about her tour are below.

!. Marichuy denounces INE’s system for collecting signatures via cell phone– Chiapas journalist Isaín Mandujano reports on Marichuy’s visit to the city of Palenque, where she denounced how the system of theNational Electoral Institute (INE) system for electronically submitting the signatures necessary to get on the ballot discriminates against the poor. Mandujano also gives a description that helps us understand what Marichuy and her supporters must do to get her name on the ballot for the 2018 presidential election.

En español: 507976/marichuy-denuncia-fallas-en-sistema-del-ine-recolectar-firmas-via-telefono-celular

2. Marichuy, a very different campaign– Luis Hernández Navarro weaves together the origins of the National Indigenous Congress with the participation of María de Jesús Patricio (“Marichuy”) and her current independent campaign for the presidency of Mexico in 2018. “We don’t carry drums of war, but rather banners of peace.” An important analysis and description of Marichuy’s visit to the Zapatista Caracoles.

En español:2017/10/17/opinion/021a2pol

3. María de Jesús calls to organize the “pains and rages” of the peoples – Marichuy registered with Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (photo above) and announced that she would not accept one single peso from the Mexican government.

En español: 2017/10/08/politica/003n2pol

Chiapas Support Committee (CSC) News & Announcements

Posted in Uncategorized on October 5, 2017 by floweroftheword

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Chiapas Support Committee (CSC) News & Announcements

1. Many thanks to all of you who gave generous solidarity donations to the Chiapas Support Committee for the emergency relief of those affected by earthquakes and tropical storms in Mexico. Mil gracias. We have sent the money you donated plus our own donation to the Digna Ochoa Human Rights Center for humanitarian aid to benefit those affected by the earthquakes.

2. Waffles & Zapatismo Classes – The next class on Zapatismo is scheduled for Saturday, October 21, 2017, 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

!. Raúl Zibechi: What I learned from the Mexican people– Zibechi was in Mexico City when the earthquake struck on September 19. He describes what he witnessed: the solidarity of the Mexican people, the role of the State (including the Armed Forces) and the role played by financial capital. This is an excellent eye witness account and political analysis.

En español: 2017/09/29/opinion/032a1pol

2. Message from the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) and the Indigenous Governing Council (CIG)– The National Indigenous Congress (CNI) and the Indigenous Governing Council (CIG) seek emergency funds for the people affected by all the earthquakes and tropical storms in Mexico, and they designate organizations to receive these funds. They later announced a single bank account tor reconstruction and we include that account information.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2017/09/20/mensaje-del-cni-y-el-concejo-indigena-de-gobierno/

3. Schedule for the Indigenous Governing Council Tour in Chiapas – The EZLN’s Sixth Commission announces the schedule for the Indigenous Governing Council tour in Chiapas. It will be held for 3 days at Cideci in San Cristóbal and then in each of the Zapatista Caracoles. Members of the CNI, adherents to the 6th Declaration and of course the Zapatista support bases are invited.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2017/09/15/programa-de-la-gira-del-concejo-indigena-de-gobierno-en-chiapas-del-14-al-19-de-octubre-del-2017/