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Mexico’s Zapatista rebels, 24 years on and defiant in mountain strongholds

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Members of the Zapatista national liberation army (EZLN) in La Garrucha, Chiapas, stand in front of a mural showing the revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata. Photograph: Eduardo Verdugo/AP

The peasant rebels took up arms in 1994, and now number 300,000 in centres with their own doctors, teachers and currency, but rarely answer questions – until now

by John Vidal, The Guardian,

Diners in the Tierradentro cafe in the southern Mexican town of San Cristóbal de las Casas can choose between a variety of omelettes. The “Liberty” has the most ingredients, the “Democracy” looks the best, but the “Justice” costs the most – possibly because it comes with cheese. Read the rest of this entry

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Women’s delegation to International Women’s Gathering in Chiapas

thumbnail_jan20pic“Revolutionary struggles cannot achieve collective liberation for all people without addressing patriarchy, nor can women’s freedom be disentangled from racial, economic, & social justice.” -Victoria Law

The Zapatista women will host the First International Gathering of Politics, Art, Sport, and Culture for Women in Struggle in Chiapas, Mexico from March 7-11, 2018. A delegation of women from all walks of life, racial, social-economic, and cultural backgrounds strongly feel that we could learn much from our Zapatista sisters. Their indigenous perspectives and willingness to decolonize and reshape the political landscape into something that works for all people speaks to us as we look at the challenges we face in the US and Canada. Read the rest of this entry

Counter-power and self-defense in Latin America

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Children form a line during a march of Indigenous Guards in Colombia.

Against the backdrop of state and gang violence, some of the continent’s most affected communities have taken radical measures to defend themselves and build new social counter-powers from below.

by Raúl Zibechi, ROAR Magazine, January 29, 2018

In much of Latin America, the state does not protect its citizens. This is particularly true for the popular sectors, indigenous peoples, people of color and mestizos, who are exposed to the onslaught of drugs trafficking, criminal gangs, the private security guards of multinational corporations and, paradoxically, from state security forces such as the police and the army. Read the rest of this entry

How To Establish An Autonomous Zone

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Top: Juan Popoca / Bottom: Ángeles Torrejón. EZLN guerrillas circa 1994.

by The Decolonizer, September 1, 2017

An autonomous zone or “liberated” zone is an area or sphere of influence where the people can successfully govern themselves and can defend themselves against an oppressor’s military forces.  Read the rest of this entry

Oso Blanco’s Sentence Could be Reduced!

oso-blancofrom Free Oso Blanco, via Earth First! Newswire, May 17, 2016

[Background: Oso Blanco (Byron Shane Chubbuck) is a wolf clan Cherokee / Choctaw raised in New Mexico. His Cherokee name is Yona Unega and he became known by the authorities as “Robin the Hood” after the FBI and local gang unit APD officers learned from a CI that he was robbing banks to send thousands of dollars worth of supplies to the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in Mexico on a regular basis during 1998 and 1999.] Read the rest of this entry

Chiapas, Mexico: Tourist Development Behind State Repression of Indigenous Movement

Mexico chiapas bachajon 1by Martha Pskowski, cipamericas, via Earth First! Newswire, Feb 10, 2015

“We organized to take this land. Why? Because we know that the government is dispossessing land all over the country. On December 21stwe woke up at 6am to recuperate this land. Four hundred of us compañeros and compañeras from the community arrived.”

The masked representative of San Sebastián Bachajón, Chiapas, describes in a Jan. 1 interview how residents of this Tzeltal indigenous community reclaimed the entrance to the Aguas Azules waterfalls on Dec. 21, 2014. Government officials at the tollbooth handed over the building without resistance to the non-violent indigenous movement led by the residents of San Sebastian Bachajon. Read the rest of this entry

Mexico: Joint Declaration from National Indigenous Congress and EZLN on Ayotzinapa and for Liberation of Yaqui leaders

Zapatistas rally in San Cristobal, Chiapas, for the students disappeared in Ayotzinapa, October 2014.

Zapatistas rally in San Cristobal, Chiapas, for the students disappeared in Ayotzinapa, October 2014.

by National Indigenous Congress and EZLN, Oct 29, 2014

Joint Declaration from the National Indigenous Congress and the EZLN on the crime in Ayotzinapa and for the liberation of the Yaqui leaders

(Note: this text was read by CNI members in one of the mobilizations held in Mexico on October 22, 2014, and not by EZLN representatives, as some of the paid press reported.)

Mexico, October 22, 2014

To the students of the Normal Rural[i] Isidro Burgos, in Ayotiznapa, Guerrero

To the Yaqui Tribe

To the National and International Sixth

To the peoples of the world

Because those of us below hurt with rage and rebellion, not with resignation and conformity.” —EZLN, October 19, 2014

From our peoples in struggle, from within our resistance and rebellion, we send our words as a reflection of this part of the country that we have constitute and call the National Indigenous Congress. We are gathered by the pain and the rage that call to us because it is a pain and rage that we share. Read the rest of this entry

“Practice First, Then Theory:” The Zapatista Little School Shares Lessons Learned During 19 Years of Self-Governance

By Kristin Bricker, CIP Americas, September 5, 2013Zapatista youth fists
The first night of my homestay during the Zapatista Little School, my guardian and her husband asked if their students had any questions.  My classmate and I both had experience working with the Zapatistas, so we politely limited ourselves to the safe questions that are generally acceptable when visiting rebel territory: questions about livestock, crops, local swimming holes, and anything else that doesn’t touch on sensitive information about the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN). Read the rest of this entry

The Zapatista Army of National Liberation Announces Next Steps

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Compañeros and compañeras:
This past December 21, 2012, in the pre-dawn hours, tens of thousands of indigenous Zapatistas mobilized and we took over, peacefully and in silence, 5 municipal seats in the Mexican southeastern state of Chiapas. Read the rest of this entry