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

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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

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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/

Words from the EZLN Seminar

Posted in Uncategorized on May 3, 2017 by floweroftheword

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The Revolutionary Art of Zapantera Negra

Join Us on Thursday, May 11 – 7-9 pmZapantera Negra combines Black Panther art with Zapatista art. Caleb Duarte of EDELO in Chiapas, and award-winning graphic artist Emory Douglas, former Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party, will present and sign the new book, “Zapantera Negra,” about the project. The Zapantera Negra textile art will be on display at the event. WHERE? Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609. Donations welcome, but not required.

https://www.facebook.com/events/659210147613095

We need some volunteers to help with set-up and break-down at this event. Send an email to enapoyo if you can help out!!!

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

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

1. Prelude: Timepieces, the Apocalypse and the hour of the small– Sup Galeano gives his opening remarks at the Seminar “The Walls of capital, the Cracks of the Left,” in which he takes a few shots at Mexican politicians. The characters of Durito and Old Antonio re-appear.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2017/04/12/preludio-los-relojes-el-apocalipsis-y-la-hora-de-lo-pequeno/

2. Kagemusha: April is also tomorrow– Subcomandante Galeano talks about the papers that the late Sup Marcos left him regarding Cuba and Fidel. This is the EZLN’s tribute to Comandante Fidel. A very good read!

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2017/04/12/kagemusha-abril-tambien-es-manana/

3. The capitalist world is a walled plantation– Sup Moisés compares nations to fincas (plantations), with capitalism (the World Bank) as the owner that really controls them. He also describes in painful detail the cruel exploitation of the Indigenous peoples on those plantations, a few of which still existed in Chiapas at the time of the 1994 Zapatista Uprising.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2017/04/12/palabras-del-subcomandante-insurgente-moises-miercoles-12-de-abril-de-2017/

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

Posted in Uncategorized on April 20, 2017 by floweroftheword

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

The seminar opened with 5 EZLN comandantas saying “Fuck Trump” in 5 languages! Talks from the seminar continue being transcribed and translated.

1. Subcomandante Galeano: What’s coming will be worse!– Sup Galeano again urged folks to organize, and to do so collectively! He also urged people to take advantage of the CNI proposal and expanded upon Sup Moy’s analogy of the country as one big finca! He concluded with: We don’t want to choose between a cruel boss and a kindly one, we simply don’t want bosses.”

En español: http://www.proceso.com.mx/482460/lo-viene-sera-peor-subcomandante-galeano

2. EZLN: The capitalist enemy won’t let the people rule– Subcomandante Moisés says that the capitalist enemy is not going to negotiate and agree to only half exploit us! He also talks about immigrants and that we must help them. CNI announces the dates of May 26, 27 and 28, 2017 for their assembly at which they will hold workshops, name an indigenous woman as Spokeswoman, swear in members, approve agreements and issue statements. Attached is to the announcement is Appendix 2, an impressive list of the indigenous peoples that will send representatives to the Constituent Assembly.

En español: http://www.pozol.org/?p=14901

3.Peña, an overseer at the service of capitalism– This is one of my favorite speeches of this seminar. Sup Moy compares nations to fincas, with the World Bank as the owner that really controls them. Carlos Aguirre Rojas also says: “The State is also part of above, it will always be the enemy.” in his speech Arturo Anguiano gave a definition of what it means to be a leftist.

En español: http://www.pozol.org/?p=14890

4. Greetings Mister Trump– Luis Hernández Navarro participated in the Seminar and writes this excellent summary, elaborating on the immigration issue, coffee production and the concept of the nation as a finca. A good read!

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2017/04/18/opinion/017a1pol

Good News

1. Tohono O’odham tribe files petition with IACHR against the wall– The Tohono O’odham tribe is one that crosses the U.S./Mexico border, having tribal members on both sides of the border. The tribe filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, complaining that the border wall would affect the human right to life and other human rights and asked that construction of the wall be stopped.

En español: 2017/04/09/politica/013n1pol

CNI and EZLN Comunicados

Posted in Uncategorized on April 11, 2017 by floweroftheword

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CNI and EZLN Comunicados

1. Joint CNI-EZLN Comunicado denouncing repression in Arantepacua, Michoacán– The CNI-EZLN jointly denounce an armed police attack that took place in a Purépecha community of Michoacán affiliated with the National Indigenous Congress. The attack left 3 community members dead, many injured, two of them seriously and many community members arrested.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2017/04/06/comunicado-conjunto-del-cni-y-el-ezln-denunciando-la-represion-contra-la-comunidad-purepecha-de-arantepacua-michoacan/

2. Convocation of the Constituent Assembly of the Indigenous Government Council for Mexico– The CNI announces the dates of May 26, 27 and 28, 2017 for their assembly at which they will hold workshops, name an indigenous woman as Spokeswoman, swear in members, approve agreements and issue statements. Attached is Appendix 2, a list of the indigenous representatives that will send representatives, which is impressive.

En español: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2017/04/02/convocatoria-a-la-asamblea-constitutiva-del-concejo-indigena-de-gobierno-para-mexico/

3.Check out our Facebook Page and scroll down to “Fuck Trump” Zapatista Coffee!

Analysis

1. Zibechi: They assassinate journalists to discipline the media– Perhaps motivated by the recent murder of Miroslava Breach, a reporter for La Jornada, Raúl Zibechi analyzes the murder of critical journalists by delving into a little history (Vietnam, the Black Panthers). He concludes that critical journalists are murdered for their commitment to those below.

En español: 2017/03/31/opinion/018a1pol