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Call for First Anarchist Congress in Mexico

Posted in Announcement, comunicado, Event with tags , , , on February 7, 2011 by floweroftheword

Anarchist comrades: In the twenty-first century, the barbarism of world capitalism is manifested in the increased exploitation, misery and death of millions of human beings. Exploitation, theft, violence, domination and discrimination remain the engine that drives capitalist civilization in this era of new knowledge and technologies. Meanwhile, the thirst for profit of the business generated by the increasing destruction of the planet’s natural resources. —- Dominant states of the world turn to war in order to exercise its hegemony over the countries and societies that seek to subordinate and plunder. Meanwhile, states and governments of different political use repression and seek the destruction of social movements to wipe out the flames libertarian rebellion, attempting to quell the strikes and popular uprisings with dignity and a new world fighting barbaric exploitation and domination.

 

It is then that exploitation, domination, dispossession, discrimination and a stark devastation of natural resources not only legitimate, but they do need, now more than ever, every struggle against capitalism and the state.

 

In Mexico, the exploitation and misery left a trail of 55 million poor, starvation wages, destruction of labor rights, unemployment and emigration. Hunger, exploitation and death for the Mexican people. In contrast, for the lords of wealth power and money, high profits and a growing concentration of wealth. Nevertheless, and against what they want their rulers, the Mexican people are not left to overcome, resist, and build alternative rebels against the miserable reality of hunger, deprivation and violence when they want to convict the thieves and corporate and government operators .

 

A tenacious defiance of the Mexican people, the State responds to the persecution, detention, disappearance and murder of worthy men and women who fight against every injustice and desire a radical transformation of the established system. The commitment of political and economic elites is that of state terrorism by the country’s militarization and criminalization of individuals and anti-systemic social movements. In fact, the state imposes the fear, uncertainty and repression in many social areas in order to immobilize the society. The village, away from a standstill, resist and rebel against that oppression and the terror against the dispossession of their lands; protest against the building of dams, ecosystems defends against greedy construction companies, resisting biopiracy biotech companies ; protest against the Church and conservatives of all signs that seek to impede the rights of women, gays, bisexuals and transgender people to the free enjoyment of their bodies, desires and affections against private businesses who profit from public spaces such as west superhighway, Metrobus and Metro Line 12 in Mexico City, demands freedom for political prisoners, indigenous autonomy and builds out into the streets to demand their right to health, education, housing, land, bread and freedom. In sum, while the lords of power and money spread fear, hunger and violence, the people planting freedom, autonomy and dignity.

 

State repression, but above all the strength of the Mexican people, make urgent the need for and anarchists around the country we are in a Prime Anarchist Congress to discuss how to organize, how to combat the state and capital in today, and how to accompany the rebellion of the people towards building a new world without exploitation and domination.

 

The purpose of the First Congress Anarchist in Mexico is to create a space for encounter, dialogue and action in order to practice mutual support, meet our transgressions, exchange experiences among those who agree â â wish, activities and joint actions against current exploitation and domination. Anarchist Congress does not seek to homogenize the fight and think of different ways of understanding and actions of the anarchists of the country, a claim would be contradictory to our nature libertarian. Anarchist Congress does not seek hegemony in the various anarchist forces and trends that are now scattered across the country, which would be a contradiction and would go against the most basic libertarian principles. Emphasize that the Anarchist Congress does not seek to centralize and standardize the action and thinking of libertarians, or create leaders vanguards of anything or anyone.

 

Prime Anarchist Congress in Mexico seeks to create a space for encounter, dialogue and mutual support among anarchists that would strengthen the anarchist action against the onslaught of government repression of the PAN, PRI and PRD, and create a space that allows him continuity to the social and cultural rebellion of anarchists from around the country.

 

The space of encounter, dialogue and mutual support which seeks to build with Prime Anarchist Congress in Mexico is based on anarchist ethics is based on individual autonomy, fraternity and equality of human beings.

 

Inspired by these ethical principles, various anarchist groups and individuals have made a series of meetings convened for the purpose of our sisters and brothers from ideal to attend the First Congress Anarchist in Mexico, to be held in Mexico City, on 29, April 30 and May 1, 2011, Auditorio Che Guevara.

 

Anarchist comrades:

 

The urgent need to destroy the exploitation and domination of the rotten capitalist civilization and the aspiration to build here and now a society of autonomous, free, equal and respectful of nature, summoning us to the realization of the First Congress Anarchist in Mexico.

 

We hope that your heart and true word libertarian and build with all of us that freedom, rebellion and mutual support. Also, we urge the anarchists who live in the states of the Republic confirm their participation in the First Anarchist Congress as soon as possible to prepare the accommodation and to seek financial support to assist their relocation from their place of origin to Mexico City.

 

 

Health and social revolution.

 

Mexico, Planet Earth, January 2011.

 

Fraternally.

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Letter and receipt of donation from our compas Zapatistas

Posted in comunicado, EZLN Communique with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2010 by floweroftheword

Thanks to everyone who has made a donation, attended one of our events or participated in our other fundraising efforts.

Please see below photos of a letter and receipt (plus english translation) we just recieved from the Zapatista communities we are working with.

Keep your eyes and ears open for events we have coming up this year!

Saludos Rebeldes, WZSG

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Caracol in Resistance

Hacia un Nuevo Amanecer

Good Government Council

El Camino del Futuro

Chiapas, Mexico

14 February 2010

Letter

By way of this letter we send a cordial revolutionary greeting to your group in New Zealand, on the part of the authorities of the council of good government.

We thank you for your support that has helped us here in the good government and we hope that you continue to assist us as you know well that we are not earning much money as we are in the resistance, as we work to build Autonomy. This is all that we request, and we hope this finds you well and working.

Attentively,

the council of good government

Ausencio Lopez, Rolando Gomez, Gorki Gomez

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Caracol in Resistance

Hacia un Nuevo Amanecer

Good Government Council

El Camino del Futuro

Chiapas, Mexico

Receipt

The council of good government of El Camino Del Futuro met with Julie webb Pullman of the New Zealand Zapatista Support Group .

A donation has been delivered to the council of good government of $1,000 dollars ($14,000 Mexican Pesos) and some books for the autonomous education programmes.

The council of good government received this donation and also the educational books and we thank you for your support. Your group has helped us since 2006 and we hope to continue together into the future.

Attentively,

The authorities of the council of good government

Ausencio Lopez, Enoc Guiterrez, Gorki Gomez

URGENT ACTION For David Venegas Reyes, member of the APPO (Oaxaca, Mexico)

Posted in Announcement, comunicado, denuncia, News, noticias with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2009 by floweroftheword

URGENT ACTION: (espanol sigue abajo)
SENTENCING scheduled for DAVID VENEGAS REYES “ALEBRIJE”, ex political prisoner and prisoner of conscience of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) and of Oaxacan Voices Constructing Autonomy And Freedom (VOCAL).

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY URGENTLY REQUESTED IN DEMANDING JUSTICE FROM OAXACA AUTHORITIES.

This coming April 6, 2009, after spending eleven months in prison and more than a year on parole with the obligation to report every two weeks, our comrade David Venegas Reyes will finally be sentenced in the last of two cases brought against him by the malevolent government of the killer Ulises Ruiz Ortiz in order to jail him and thereby keep him away from the APPO. On this date, he will be sentenced on the obviously trumped-up charge of possession with intent to sell cocaine and heroin, for which he was jailed on April 13, 2007.

Review of the facts:

On April 13, 1007, at approximately 12:30 in the afternoon, David was walking through El Llano Park in the city of Oaxaca with two other people when he was violently apprehended with no arrest warrant by a commando of hooded armed men riding in a red van without plates or any kind of Police Department logo. He was thrown into the van at gunpoint by agents brandishing long arms. David was then ridden around the city with his own bag placed over his head to cover his face, beaten, and threatened with forced disappeared if he didn’t talk. This went on for several hours before he was taken to the Preventive Police Headquarters, known as “los Pinos” (The Pines), in Santa María Coyotepec, Oaxaca, a place where serious human rights violations, murders and disappearances of social activists have been committed by the Army as well as federal and state police forces. At “los Pinos”, the beatings and threats continued, and he was forcibly photographed and videoed with the drugs planted on him by the police. All of this was ordered by the ex Director of the Auxiliary, Banking, Industrial and Commercial Police (PABIC), Alejandro Barrita Ortiz, well-known for his repression of the social movement. David was finally taken to the Street Sales Drug Unit (UMAN) of the Federal Attorney General’s Office, along with the drugs planted on him at “los Pinos!”.

After holding him there for two days, he was taken to the Santa María Ixcotel Prison in the City of Oaxaca, and as soon as he got there, was charged with Sedition, Conspiracy, and Arson for allegedly burning eight buildings in downtown Oaxaca on November 25, 2006. These included the State Supreme Court Building, which, as everyone knows, was burned by the killer Ulises Ruiz Ortiz’s own government to do away with evidence of the injustices committed by the judicial system and to incriminate a number of different APPO comrades. These acts of brutal repression against members of the popular movement committed by the federal police force under orders of Vicente Fox and the state police forces under orders of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, on November 25, 2006, amounted to the worst case of mass human rights violations ever seen in Oaxaca, with almost 200 prisoners being transferred to a prison in the state of Nayarit, more than a thousand kilometers away from the land of Oaxaca.

After winning two protective orders and two appeals, and having his charges “reclassified”, David was finally released on March 5, 2008, in absence of any proof whatsoever of his guilt, and totally exonerated of the offenses of arson for the buildings burned on November 25. Nevertheless, his case for possession with intent to sell cocaine and heroin has dragged on despite government misconduct including intentional delays, serious omissions, lies, and a series of contradictions in the testimony of the arresting officers, all of which should be sufficient for winning his absolute freedom.

And so, today, we are mobilizing on his behalf and sending out this CALL for the solidarity of all the men and women, organizations, collectives, peoples, and labor unions of Oaxaca, Mexico, and the world to show your support for the absolute exoneration and freedom of David through protest actions and letters, phone calls, and faxes to Juez Amado Chiñas Fuentes, Juzgado Tercero de Distrito del Décimo Tercer Circuito, Avenida Juárez 709, Colonia Centro, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, CP 68000.before the sentence is pronounced on April 6, 2009, at 10:45 a.m. in the Third Federal District Court in the city of Oaxaca:

We further call on you to sign the following statement as backing for the petition for justice in this case.

We continue to demand the exit of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz from the Oaxaca state government and will do so until the last day of his deadly regime. We will not rest in the struggle to achieve a deep, radical change in our society. At the same time, we extend our solidarity to the peoples throughout the world who are also struggling for a better world.

ULISES RUIZ, MURDERER, OUT NOW!
FREEDOM FOR ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS IN OAXACA, MEXICO, AND THE WORLD!
PUNISHMENT FOR ALL THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REPRESSION AGAINST THE PEOPLES OF OAXACA!
THE APPO LIVES, THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES!
Fraternally yours,
OAXACAN VOICES CONSTRUCTING AUTONOMY AND FREEDOM (VOCES OAXAQUEÑAS CONSTRUYENDO AUTONOMIA Y LIBERTAD)

Send your endorsement to: vocal@riseup.net

Send letters to:

Juez Amado Chiñas Fuentes
Juez Tercero de Distrito del Décimo Tercer Circuito
Avenida Juárez 709
Colonia Centro
Ciudad de Oaxaca de Juárez
Oaxaca, México C.p. 68000

Call: 01 (951) 51566000
Fax: 01 (951) 51566000. Ask for tone (¿Me da tono de fax, por favor?).

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ACCION URGENTE: DICTARAN SENTENCIA JUDICIAL A DAVID VENEGAS REYES
“ALEBRIJE” EXPRESO POLITICO Y DE CONCIENCIA DE LA ASAMBLEA POPULAR DE LOS
PUEBLOS DE OAXACA (APPO) Y DE VOCAL.

SE SOLICITA SOLIDARIDAD NACIONAL E INTERNACIONAL PARA EXIGIR JUSTICIA ANTE
LAS AUTORIDADES JUDICIALES DE OAXACA QUE LLEVAN EL CASO.

El 6 de abril de este año 2009, después de permanecer o­nce meses en
prisión y mas de un año de libertad condicionada a firmar cada quince
días, por fin será dictada sentencia final al compañero David Venegas
Reyes por el ultimo de los dos procesos penales con que el mal gobierno
del asesino Ulises Ruiz Ortiz lo acuso para meterlo preso y separarlo del
movimiento de la Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca. Este 6 de
abril será dictada sentencia al compañero David por el delito de Posesión
con hipótesis de venta de cocaína y heroína, una de los dos delitos
fabricados que el mal gobierno de Ulises Ruiz hizo contra el compañero
para meterlo preso el 13 de abril del año 2007.

Rememoración de los hechos:

El día 13 de abril a las doce treinta del día aproximadamente, David
caminaba por el parque el llano de la ciudad de Oaxaca con dos
acompañantes cuando fue detenido con violencia y sin orden de aprehensión
alguna por un comando de hombres armados encapuchados a bordo de una
camioneta roja sin placas y sin logotipo de ninguna corporación
policiciaca, el compañero fue encañonado con armas largas y subido
violentamente a la camioneta. Cubierto de la cara con su propia bolsa, fue
paseado por diferentes lugares de la ciudad, golpeado y amenazado de
desaparecerlo si no hablaba. Después de varias horas de vueltas, golpes y
amenazas es llevado al cuartel de la policía preventiva estatal conocido
como “los pinos” en santa María Coyotepec, Oaxaca, lugar donde se han
cometido graves violaciones a los derechos humanos, asesinatos y
desapariciones contra participantes del movimiento social oaxaqueño por
las policías y ejercitos del estado de Oaxaca y México. En “los pinos” es
golpeado, amenazado y forzado a dejarse fotografiar y grabar en video con
la droga que la misma policía le sembró en ese lugar. Todo bajo las
ordenes del hoy asesinado exdirector de la Policía Auxiliar Bancaria
Industrial y Comercial de Oaxaca (PABIC) Alejandro Barrita Ortiz conocido
represor durante el movimiento social. Al final fue remitido a la Unidad
Mixta de Atención al Narcomenudeo (UMAN) de la PGR Federal con la droga
que le habían sembrado en “los pinos”. Después de permanecer dos días en
la UMAN es trasladado a la penitenciaria Central de Santa María Ixcotel,
en la ciudad de Oaxaca y nada mas llegar, el mal gobierno le acusa también
en otro proceso penal del delito de Sedición, asociación delictuosa y
daños por incendio contra ocho edificios del centro histórico de Oaxaca el
25 de noviembre de 2006 entre ellos el tribunal superior de justicia del
estado que es de todos conocido que fue incendiado por el mismo gobierno
del asesino Ulises Ruiz Ortiz para desaparecer pruebas de injusticias en
el sistema judicial y para incriminar a diversos compañeros de la APPO.
Hechos cometidos el día de la brutal represión contra los integrantes del
movimiento popular el 25 de noviembre de 2006 por las policías federal de
Vicente Fox y estatal de Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, día que se saldo con la
violación masiva de derechos humanos mas grave que ha ocurrido en Oaxaca
con un saldo de casi doscientos presos trasladados a un penal en el estado
de Nayarit a mas de mil kilómetros de la tierra de Oaxaca.

Después de ganar dos amparos y dos revisiones de amparo y de haber sido
reclasificados los delitos de David para mantenerlo en prisión, ante la
falta de pruebas para demostrar su culpabilidad por fin sale libre el 5 de
marzo de 2008, totalmente exonerado de los delitos de la quema de
edificios el 25 de noviembre pero aun bajo proceso por el delito de
Posesión con hipótesis de venta de cocaína y heroína, el cual hoy por fin,
después de retrasos a propósito por parte del gobierno, de graves
omisiones, mentiras y faltas y de una serie de contradicciones entre los
policías aprehensores de David que deberían ser suficientes para obtener
su libertad absoluta, es que HOY NOS MOVILIZAMOS Y CONVOCAMOS:

A LA SOLIDARIDAD DE TODOS LOS HOMBRES Y MUJERES, ORGANIZACIONES,
COLECTIVOS, PUEBLOS Y SINDICATOS, DE OAXACA, MÉXICO Y EL MUNDO PARA QUE SE
MANIFIESTEN POR MEDIO DE CARTAS, LLAMADAS TELEFONICAS, FAXES U OTRAS
ACCIONES DE PROTESTA, DIRIGIDAS AL JUEZ AMADO CHIÑAS FUENTES, JUEZ TERCERO
DE DISTRITO DEL DÉCIMO TERCER CIRCUITO CON DOMICILIO EN AVENIDA JUÁREZ
709, COLONIA CENTRO, CÓDIGO POSTAL 68000, TELEFONO DE ESTA CIUDAD DE
OAXACA DE JUÁREZ, OAXACA, PARA EXIGIR QUE DAVID SEA SENTENCIADO LIBRE
TOTALMENTE. ESTAS ACCIONES PROPONEMOS QUE SE HAGAN ANTES DE LA SENTENCIA
FINAL QUE SERA EL DIA 6 DE ABRIL DE 2009 A LAS 10:45 DE LA MAÑANA EN EL
JUZGADO TERCERO DE DISTRITO FEDERAL DE ESTA CIUDAD.

TAMBIEN A FIRMAR ESTE COMUNICADO PARA FORTALECER LA PETICION DE JUSTICIA
EN ESTE CASO.

ASI MISMO SEGUIMOS EXIGIENDO LA SALIDA DEL ASESINO ULISES RUIZ ORTIZ DEL
GOBIERNO DE OAXACA, COMO LO SEGUIREMOS HACIENDO HASTA EL ULTIMO DIA DE SU
NEFASTO GOBIERNO Y NO DESCANSAREMOS EN LUCHAR PARA LOGRAR UN CAMBIO
PROFUNDO Y RADICAL DE NUESTRA SOCIEDAD, ASI MISMO NOS SOLIDARIZAMOS CON
LOS PUEBLOS QUE EN TODO EL MUNDO TAMBIEN LUCHAN POR UN MUNDO MEJOR.

¡FUERA ULISES RUIZ POR ASESINO!

¡LIBERTAD A TODOS LOS PRESOS POLITICOS DE OAXACA, MEXICO Y EL MUNDO!

¡CASTIGO A TODOS LOS RESPONSABLES DE LA REPRESION CONTRA LOS PUEBLOS DE
OAXACA!

¡LA APPO VIVE, LA LUCHA SIGUE!

FRATERNALMENTE

VOCES OAXAQUEÑAS CONSTRUYENDO AUTONOMIA Y LIBERTAD

Para firmar este comunicado enviarlo firmado al correo de vocal
(vocal@riseup.net)

Para enviar cartas, al Juez Amado Chiñas Fuentes enviarlas al Juzgado
Tercero de Distrito del Décimo Tercer Circuito, con domicilio en Avenida
Juárez 709, Colonia Centro, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, CP 68000.

Para hacer llamadas o enviar faxes, favor de llamar al 01 (951) 5156600 y
pedir el numero de fax.
http://vocal.lahaine.org/articulo.php?p=230&more=1&c=1

EZLN announces 1st Global Festival of Dignified Rage

Posted in Announcement, EZLN Communique with tags , , , , , on September 22, 2008 by floweroftheword

Communiqué from the of the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee-General Command, of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation

Sixth Commission-Intergalactic Commission of the EZLN

Mexico

September 15 and 16 of 2008

To the adherents of the Sixth Declaration and the Other Campaign:

To the adherents of the Zezta Interazional:

To the People of Mexico:

To the Peoples of the World:

Compañeras and Compañeros:

Brother and Sisters:

Once again we send you our words.

This is what we see, what we are looking at.

This is what has come to our ears, to our brown heart.

I.

Above they intend to repeat history.

They want to impose on us once again their calendar of death, their geography of destruction.

When they are not trying to strip us of our roots, they are destroying them.

They steal our work, our strength.

They leave our world, our land, our water, and our treasures without people, without life.

The cities pursue and expel us.

The countryside both kills us and dies on us.

Lies become governments and dispossession is the weapon of their armies and police.

We are the illegal, the undocumented, the undesired of the world.

We are pursued.

Women, young people, children, the elderly die in death and die in life.

And there above they preach to us resignation, defeat, surrender, and abandonment.

Here below we are being left with nothing.

Except rage.

And dignity.

There is no ear for our pain, that is not like what we are.

We are no one.

We are alone, alone with our dignity and our rage.

Rage and dignity are our bridges, our languages.

We must listen to each other then, learn to know each other.

So that our courage and rage grows and becomes hope.

So that our dignity takes root again and births another world.

We have seen and heard.

Our voice is small to be the echo of that word, our gaze small for so much dignified rage.

The process of seeing each other, looking at each other, speaking to each other, listening to each other, is still lacking.

We are others, the other.

If this world does not have a place for us, then another world must be made.

With no tool other than our rage, no material other than our dignity.

We still must encounter each other more, know each other better.

What is missing is yet to come…

II.

Now, three years after the Sixth Declaration of the Lacondon Jungle, the EZLN has undertaken a collective reflection, nourished by the broad horizon that our compañeros of the Other Campaign in Mexico and in the Zezta Internazional across the world have given to us.

It is not little that we have seen and heard, sometimes directly, sometimes through the words and the gaze of others.

The rage that we felt and the dignity that we found was so great that we think now that we are smaller then we thought before.

In Mexico and on the five continents we have found what we intuited when we began our sixth step: there is another world, there is another path.

If the catastrophe that is coming can be avoided and humanity is to have another opportunity, it will because these others, below and to the left, not only resist, but are already drawing the profile of something else.

Something different than what is occurring above.

In the impossible geometry of political power, the fundamentalists are distributed evenly: the right becomes ultra-right and the institutional left becomes the impossible cultured right. Those who make up the progressive media complain that the fanatics of the mainstream press censure them, twist their words and slander their cause, but they at the same time censure, twist the words, slander, and silence any movement that hasn’t bowed down to the dictates of their ringleaders. And without shame they condemn and acquit to the rhythm of a senseless media rating. Fanatics on all sides fight over lies dressed as truths and crimes are measured by the media time that they occupy. But this is nothing other than a pale reflection of what is happening in politics.

Weariness of the cynicism and incompetence of the traditional political classes has been converted into rage. Sometimes this rage is oriented toward hoping for change in the same paths and places as always, and it is there immobilized by disillusionment or trampled by an arbitrary force. The unsettled and brutal north goes back to its old ways. When it is not sponsoring electoral fraud (like in Mexico), it is promoting, encouraging, and financing state coups (as attempted now in Bolivia and Venezuela). War continues to be its primary and favored form of international diplomacy. Iraq and Afghanistan burn, but, to the despair of those above, are not consumed.

The impositions of hegemony and homogeneity on a global scale find in nations, in regions, and in small locales, their witches’ apprentices that try for that impossible historic return to a past where fanaticism was law and dogma, science. Meanwhile, the governing political classes have found in the world of bright lights an adequate disguise to hide their full participation in organized crime.

Sickened by so much greed, the planet begins to pay the unpayable bill of its destruction. But “natural” disasters are also class issues and their devastation is felt most by those who have nothing and are no one. Faced with this, the stupidity of Power has no limits: millions and millions of dollars are dedicated to manufacturing new weapons and installing more military bases. The Power of capital does not worry about training teachers, doctors, engineers, but rather soldiers. It doesn’t prepare constructors, but rather destructors.

And those who opposed this are the pursued, incarcerated, murdered.

In Mexico, farmers who have defended their land are in prison (San Salvador Atenco); in Italy those who opposed the installation of military bases are pursued and treated as terrorists; in the France of “liberty, equality, and fraternity,” humans are only free, equal, and brothers if their papers say so; in Greece being young is a vice that must be eradicated; again in Mexico, but now in that city of the same name, young people are criminalized and murdered and nothing is done because it is not on the agenda that those above dictate. Meanwhile, a legitimate referendum is converted into a shameful way for and assassin-governor to wash his hands of a situation. In the Spain of the modern European Union, publications are closed and a language, Euskera, is criminalized-they think that by killing the word they can kill those who speak it; in that Asia that is so close, the peasant demands are answered with armored injustices; in that arrogant American Union, born in the blood of migrants, the “other colors” that work there are pursued and killed; in the long wound that is Latin America, the brown blood that sustains it is despised and humiliated; in the rebellious Caribbean, a people, the Cuban people, are forced to live under an imperial embargo that is nothing other than a punishment without crime.

And in all of the corners of the world’s geography, and in all of the days of its calendars, those that work, those that make things run, are plundered, despised, exploited, and repressed.

But sometimes, many times, as many times as a smile sets it off again, rage looks for its own paths, new paths, other paths. And the “no” that these multiple rages raise now not only resists, but begins to propose, to become.

Since our appearance in public, now almost 15 years ago, it has been our goal to be a bridge on which the many rebellions in the world can walk back and forth.

Sometimes we have achieved this, sometimes we haven’t.

Now we see and we feel not only the rebellious resistance that, as sister and comrade, stays at our side and encourages our steps.

Now there is something that before wasn’t there, or that we weren’t able to see before.

There is a creative rage.

A rage that paints all of the colors of the paths of below and to the left on the five continents….

III.

FOR THESE REASONS, AND AS PART OF THE ACTS COMMEMMORATING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF THE ZAPATISTA ARMY FOR NATIONAL LIBERATION, THE 15 YEARS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR AGAINST OBLIVION, THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GOOD GOVERNMENT COUNCILS, AND THE THIRD YEAR OF THE OTHER CAMPAIGN AND THE ZEZTA INTERNAZIONAL, THE MEN, WOMEN, CHILDREN, AND ELDERLY OF THE EZLN CONVOKE ALL OF THE REBELLIOUS OF MEXICO AND THE WORLD TO THE:

FIRST GLOBAL FESTIVAL OF DIGNIFIED RAGE

WITH THE THEME OF:

ANOTHER WORLD, ANOTHER PATH: BELOW AND TO THE LEFT

TO BE CELEBRATED ON THE FOLLOWING PLACES AND DATES

THE OTHER MEXICO CITY, FEDERAL DISTRICT, December 26, 27, 28, and 29, 2008. IN LIENZO CHARRO OF THE ASSOCIATION LOS CHARROS REYES DE IZTAPALAPA, Frente Popular Francisco Villa Independiente-UNOPII, Avenue Guelatao # 50, Colonia Álvaro Obregón, Delegación Iztapalapa, close to the metro station Guelatao, where an exposition will be presented. AND IN THE HEADQUARTERS OF UNÍOS, Dr. Carmona y Valle street #32, colonia Doctores, close to the metro station Cuauhtemoc, where other activities will be held.

THE CITY OF SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, CHIAPAS, on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of January,  2009, IN CIDECI located on the Camino Real de San Juan Chamula s/n, Colonia Nueva Maravilla.

SOME OF THE SUBTHEMES OF THE FESTIVAL WILL BE:

AN OTHER COUNTRYSIDE AN OTHER POLITICS

AN OTHER CITY AN OTHER SOCIAL MOVEMENT

AN OTHER COMMUNICATION AN OTHER HISTORY

AN OTHER ART AND AN OTHER CULTURE AN OTHER SEXUALITY

THE FESTIVAL “ANOTHER WORLD, ANOTHER PATH: BELOW AND TO THE LEFT” WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERISTICS:

1. In Mexico City, a national and international exposition will be installed where every struggle, every experience, every rage, will have a space where it can set up and show its struggle and its courage. This way we can all see, hear, and know each other.

2. In zapatista territory, dignity and rage will become art and culture, music and song, because rebellion also dances. And with words, pain will become hope.

3. In San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, the word will go back and forth in order to give birth to new words and give strength and reason to rage.

4. The national and international groups, collectives, and organizations that participate in the festival will be only those who are invited to do so. To this end, the Sixth Commission of the EZLN has initiated consultations with political and social organizations, as well as with groups and collectives of anarchists, libertarians, alternative communication workers, human rights defenders, sexworkers, intellectuals, social activists, ex political prisoners, all adherents of the Sixth Declaration; and with groups, collectives, and organizations of other countries, all part of the Zezta Internazional. The criteria for invitations and participations will be made after these consultations.

5. For the roundtables, the EZLN will invite social organizers, thinkers, and leaders of anticapitalist projects from Mexico and around the world. The list of invitees will be released later.

6. More details about what we are thinking the festival of dignified rage could be will be made known at earliest convenience (that is, when we have an approximate idea of the problem we have gotten ourselves into).

That’s all for now.

LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ATENCO!

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.

For the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee-General Command, of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation.

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.

Mexico, September of 2008.

Translated by el Kilombo Intergaláctico

THE EQUILIBRIUM OF POWER

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , , , on August 19, 2008 by floweroftheword

by David Venegas Reyes “alebrije”
Participant in the APPO (Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca)
member of VOCAL (Oaxacan Voices Constructing Autonomy and Freedom)
11 July 2008

translated by: bojobita

POWER, this monster of one thousand faces of politicians, businesspeople, bishops, and military men, that in 2006 was at the point of being squashed beneath millions of feet in the people’s victorious march for freedom; that was burned by the magnificent heat of the millions of good hearts set alight with the fire of rebellion and hope; that hid itself, terrified when cornered by the thousands of barricades; that was deafened by millions of throats that shouted like never before the slogans of justice, freedom, dignity and peace, words that are naturally opposed to power. That same power that was humiliated and mortally wounded by the insurrectionary action of the peoples of Oaxaca, today is rapidly regrouping its forces and rises furiously from the ground, with a thirst for vengeance.

Where in 2006 power had as its ultimate refuge the space bought on TV screens and the covers of a few daily papers, the only spaces where it could feel safe, and from there it performed a false show of strength. Today power goes out in the streets to demonstrate its renewed cynicism. The faces of businesspeople and politicians of all the parties that in 2006 looked with skepticism or open disdain at the more violent and authoritarian face of power, of the repressive and murderous governor (Ulises Ruiz Ortiz). In their hypocrisy these faces of power that in 2006 publicly criticised the fascist face of power, negating their common origin, today have reconciled and renewed their agreement to keep their power alive at whatever cost.

Power licks the deep scars left in its skin by thousands of anonymous hands of the people that hastened its deafening collapse, painting slogans of freedom and justice on its reptile body to the bewilderment of those who thought that power would never succumb, and the happiness of those who thought it was already dead. For this affront power feels a renewed appetite for the blood of the working people, an appetite stimulated by its desire for revenge.

Revenge disguised as reconciliation, power knows that it should show its friendliest faces in order to get its claws within reach of the distrustful and rebellious public, and once captive, it will return to feeding on their obedience, fear, admiration and their blood. For this, power counts on its most hypocritical faces, faces of leftist politicians, of legitimate deputies, senators and presidents, of leaders of falsely revolutionary social organisations, of bishops, of painters, “philanthropists”, of union leaders, of parrot-journalists and even the faces of some that are called “Leaders of the APPO” that with their long serpent tongues speak magnificent discourses of surrender and spit the venom of the demagogy at those that are within reach of their treacherous tongues, fulfilling the vile task of attracting the people that rose up in 2006 to the jaws of power so that they may be devoured by this monster of a thousand faces.

The leftist faces of power in 2006 sought eagerly to put themselves at the front of the valiant actions of the people in the struggle, and when they spoke at rallies or on occupied radio stations they gave speeches so inflammatory in their revolutionary vehemence that they squeezed with emotion the hearts of thousands of brave and honest men and women.

Leftist faces of power including those who encouraged people to engage in direct confrontation with the police and military face of power. Today they don’t lose the opportunity to label as “radical, violent and police” the people from the struggle in the streets who dare to denounce their treason and opportunism for becoming once again efficient servants of power. There is a powerful rationale behind these accusations of the leftist faces of power: To discredit, defame and eliminate those members of the social movement that refuse to serve power, those that continue fighting for freedom.

The power which in 2006 showed its most fascist and repressive face, which provoked the forceful action of the people to deeply and mortally wound its ghastly body, has learned the lesson and is ready to include however many faces may be necessary, even many faces of the left, so that this monster – devourer of peoples, nature, culture and future – may continue living. There are many faces of the left, many of those self-described leaders of the APPO who don’t hesitate to become part of the body of power and sate their appetites, to this day they rehearse the gestures, the solemnity and the demagoguery necessary to form part of this monster.

They forget and ignore that the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca is naturally opposed to power. Since horizontalism, respect for consensus and respectful dialogue are the fundamental principles of the assembly, inheritances from the assemblies our indigenous peoples have practised for millenia, the assemblies are precisely the reason for the indigenous peoples’ survival through the successive invasions, plunder, attacks, colonialism, capitalism and neoliberalism with which the owners of power have attacked them for centuries. Today the assembly remains in force as the communities own form of self-government, but above all as a political proposal of national and international reach. The APPO is that historic paradigm where the experience of struggle of the peoples of Oaxaca and the different peoples of the world that have struggled for freedom, justice, dignity and peace is combined, in a moment in history where savage capitalism is found in terminal crisis, and power, its bastard son, has shown its most criminal faces.

Power has suffered more than the superficial wounds left on its body by the people’s insurrectional action of 2006, and even though it may be adorning its hideous body with words of social peace, reconciliation and development, it will not be capable of curing itself of the most profound wound caused by the people in 2006, the wound created at the source of its strength by the consciousness gained by our peoples of their unsustainable situation and the need to fight tirelessly for true justice, freedom, dignity and peace. It is this mortal wound that remains in the heart of power and from this it will never heal.

See also: http://vocal.lahaine.org

JUNE 2008 CHIAPAS / ZAPATISTA NEWS SUMMARY

Posted in News with tags , , on July 2, 2008 by floweroftheword

1. TWO Zapatista Political Prisoners Released! – On June 2, Francisco Perez Vazquez and Angel Concepcion Perez Gutierrez, father and son, Zapatista political prisoners in Yajalon, Chiapas, were freed after nearly 12 years in prison. The 2 Zapatista support bases were incarcerated in Tacotalpa, Tabasco, in July 1996, accused and declared guilty of a murder which they did not commit. (Witnesses placed them in another village at the time of the murder.) As a move preliminary to their release, on April 24 of this year they were transferred to Yajalon after mobilizations in Chiapas, Tabasco, nationally and internationally to free them. Francisco is in his seventies and Angel has had an untreated infection for years. Both are in poor health. Francisco and Angel are the two prisoners Subcomandante Marcos was allowed to visit during his 2006 Other Campaign tour. They were included in the petition the Chiapas Support Committee circulated in March and April as part of the campaign to free political prisoners in Chiapas. On behalf of both men, don Angel thanked all those who took action to obtain their freedom.

2. Army and Police Incursions in La Garrucha Region – On June 4, a convoy of 200 Mexican Army troops in tanks and trucks, together with state and local police, attempted to enter the Zapatista Caracol of La Garrucha, autonomous municipality of Francisco Gomez in the canyons of the Lacandon Jungle. After La Garrucha’s residents turned them away, they painted their faces black and tried to enter the nearby Zapatista ejido of Hermenegildo Galeana, saying they were “looking for drugs.” Galeana’s residents came out to meet the troops and, armed with only their machetes, sticks, stones and slingshots, drove the convoy away. Another attempt to enter a Zapatista community took place at the village of San Alejandro on recuperated land just down the road from La Garrucha. Again, San Alejandro’s residents met the troops armed with only their machetes, sticks, stones and slingshots and turned the soldiers and police away. The commander in charge of the troops threatened that they would return in 15 days. That time has elapsed and no troops have returned yet. The EZLN considers this move against a Caracol to be a serious provocation.

3. Final Version of “Plan Mexico” Approved – On June 26, the authorization of funds for the Merida Initiative (H.R. 6028) passed the United States Senate. The Senate appropriated $465 million: $400 million for Mexico and $65 million for Central America to combat drug trafficking in the first year of a 3-year plan. The Merida Initiative is dubbed “Plan Mexico” by critics because of its similarity to the failed Plan Colombia which only increased both drug production and violence. The plan authorizes $1.6 billion dollars for equipment to fight drug trafficking over the next 3 years, although each year of the plan requires a separate appropriation of funds. The original Senate version attached conditions that would require Mexico to correct some of its most egregious violations of human rights. The two differing versions were “reconciled” by removing the strict conditions and, instead, calling for “consultations” in the case of human rights violations committed by troops who receive the military aid. Much of the funding appropriated will go to U.S. defense contractors for helicopters and equipment. The rest is for Mexico’s security forces. On June 30, President Bush signed the Merida Initiative into law along with the Iraq War Funding Bill. “Plan Mexico” was attached to the war funding bill as an amendment. Some analysts believe that this legislation is a foot in the door for the secretive Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) which seeks to secure NAFTA’s economic space through militarization.

4. Plan Puebla-Panama is Renamed the Mesoamerica Project – At the end of June, the presidents of Mexico and the Central American countries, plus the Prime Minister of Belize, the presidents of Colombia and the Dominican Republic, as well as the governors of the Mexican states of Puebla, Veracruz, Tabasco, Guerrero, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo and Campeche and Yucatan met together in the Mexican city of Villahermosa, Tabasco, for the 10th Tuxtla Summit on the Plan Puebla-Panama (PPP). They all agreed to rename it the Mesoamerica Project and to reduce the 100 points for development to 5 megaprojects: electricity, highways, telecommunications, cybernetic information and health. Launched in 2001 by former Mexican president, Vicente Fox, the PPP generated tremendous controversy and opposition in civil society throughout the region encompassed by the plan. Indeed, its critics organized national and international conferences to coordinate opposition to the PPP. The addition of a social aspect (health) to the project may be to soften the impact of its more controversial aspects, like electricity and highways, both of which imply the displacement of indigenous people.
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Compiled monthly by the Chiapas Support Committee.

The primary sources for our information are: La Jornada, Enlace Zapatista and Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Center.

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