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.”



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


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.”


Fracking Expands Under the Radar on Mexican Lands

June 29, 2015 Emilio Godoy 0

“People don’t know what ‘fracking’ is and there is little concern about the issue because it’s not visible yet,” said Gabino Vicente, a delegate of one of the municipalities in southern Mexico where exploration for unconventional gas is forging ahead. […]

Mexico’s Grassroots Caravans for Water, Land, Work and Life

June 23, 2015 Victor M. Quintana 0

The three contingents of the Caravan in Defense of Water, of the Land, and of Work and Life converged in Mexico City on May 22. The Yaqui tribe led the caravans, heading out May 11, to traverse the entire country from three routes: northwest, northeast and the south. When they arrived at their destination, their numbers had swelled with hundreds of grassroots activists from many different causes, organizations and locations. […]

“Our Struggle Has No Borders:” Ayotzinapa’s Caravana 43 Circulates Through South America

June 11, 2015 Armando Carmona 0

The Caravana 43 has emerged as a strategy to circulate struggle, disrupt misinformation, and create a context for a deeper discussion on how state violence and repression has become systematic in Mexico and in other parts of the world. The Caravana 43 has travelled throughout the United States, Canada, several countries in Europe and most recently has crossed through Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.


A Gathering in New York: Ayotzinapa, El Barrio and San Sebastián Bachajón

June 2, 2015 Jessica Davies 0

Toward the end of the visit of Caravan 43 to the United States, a remarkable gathering of dignified struggles took place in New York. Representatives of the relatives of the 43 disappeared students of Ayotzinapa met in an exchange with Mexican migrants from Movement for Justice in El Barrio, and, through video messages, also with the indigenous Tseltal ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón in Chiapas.


Mexico: Ayotzinapa Caravan Forges European Alliances

May 27, 2015 Richard Arghiris 0

“We are here to say that the struggle around the 43 students is a live struggle, it is alive today, and it’s not something that’s staying in the past and that they’re dead. This is a live struggle.” – Román Hernandez, a human rights defender from the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center in Guerrero, Mexico.


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