After Mexico’s Tlatelolco Massacre: Coping with Political Tragedy

October 2, 2015 Ramor Ryan 0

On the night of October 2, 1968, 10 days before the Olympics in Mexico, Mexican security forces opened fire on a student demonstration in Tlatelolco plaza, killing and wounding hundreds of protesters. In a state of complete impunity, nobody from the ruling administration or the military was ever held accountable. Paco Taibo’s brilliant novel Calling All Heroes is placed in the aftermath of the massacre and is about coping with political tragedy.

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The Zapatistas on Elections and a Look Toward the Capitalist Hydra

August 23, 2015 Zapatistas 0

“Just so that it’s very clear and you aren’t misled about what we say and don’t say. Our idea isn’t to promote voting. Nor is it to promote abstention or casting blank votes. Nor is it to impose our thinking on others… For us, Zapatistas, what we’re interested in is knowing how to resist and confront the many heads of the capitalist system that exploits us, represses us, disappears us and steals from us… it is the people themselves who are going to make the changes that are truly necessary. That is the only way that a new system of government is going to exist.”

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Zapatista Communities: “Resistance and Rebellion Are Our Weapons”

August 12, 2015 Zapatistas 0

“We discovered that resistance is not only resisting one’s enemy, refusing its crumbs or leftovers. Resistance also means resisting the enemy’s threats and provocations…When we resist as a collective, it is done with discipline, that is, through agreement. We make an agreement regarding how we are going to deal with different types of problems…We have been developing this resistance for 20 years. At the beginning it was difficult…We began to see that resistance and rebellion gave our organization security and sustenance…We discovered that with resistance and rebellion we could govern ourselves and with resistance and rebellion we could develop our own initiatives…”

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Mexico: A Lesson in Defiance Amid the Carnage

August 5, 2015 Ramor Ryan 0

It is difficult to extract anything positive from the carnage that is the recent history of the Mexican border state of Chihuahua and its city Juárez, but “La Lucha: The Story of Lucha Castro and Human Rights in Mexico” attempts to do just that. It does so by focusing on the bravery and resilience of a few determined Mexican women — some living, some dead — who refused, in the words of the eponymous Lucha Castro, “to cooperate further with a patriarchal and unjust system.”

 

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Political Economy from the Perspective of the Zapatista Communities

July 27, 2015 Zapatistas 0

“Before the Zapatista Army for National Liberation was created, we indigenous from Chiapas didn’t exist for the capitalist system; we weren’t people to it; we weren’t human. We didn’t even exist as trash for it. And we imagine that’s how it was for the other indigenous brothers and sisters in the rest of our country. And that’s how we imagine it is in any country where indigenous people exist.” – Subcomandante Moises

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The Struggle As The Women We Are: Communiques From The Zapatistas

July 8, 2015 Zapatistas 0

From May 2nd to May 9th the Zapatistas hosted a tribute to fallen comrades, a celebration of resistance, and a seminar to “provoke thought, reflection, critique.” Comandanta Dalia as well as other compañeras took a moment to remind us of the struggles they have faced as Zapatista women and to share some of the strategies they are putting to practice to help young people understand “that they shouldn’t live exploited by the capitalist system.”

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