A Call to Action: Stop the War against the Zapatista Communities

National Call to Action in Response to attack on Zapatista Community, murder of Zapatista civilians and destruction of school and clinic.

WHAT: In response to an armed attack by the CIOAC-H on unarmed Zapatistas in La Realidad, Chiapas, the killing of Galeano (a teacher of the Zapatistas’ “Little School”), the wounding of 15 other Zapatista civilians, and the destruction of a Zapatista school and clinic, the below signatories call for a week of nationwide actions.

WHEN: Actions will take place starting May 18th and continue until May 24th with a day of remembrance on May 24th.

WHO: A large group of intellectuals, artists, and organizations (including Noam Chomsky, Junot Diaz, Alice Walker, Mike Davis, Cornel West, Rebel Diaz, Angela Davis, The IWW, David Harvey, Robin Kelley, Chris Hedges, Emory Douglas and many more) have issued the following denunciation and call to action.


The denunciation and call follows below. The denunciation in English and Spanish as well as information about planned events can be found at: http://www.anattackonusall.org/ There is also a Facebook page, and people can follow @AnAttackOnUsAll on Twitter and Instagram, and promote the hashtags #AnAttackOnUsAll and #ZapatistasNoEstanSolxs

Call to Action in Support of the Zapatistas
Week of Action: May 18-24 (Day of Remembrance May 24)

Justice for Galeano; stop the war against the Zapatista communities!


Summary of recent events:
On May 2, 2014, in the Zapatista territory of La Realidad, Chiapas, Mexico, the group CIOAC-H, planned and executed a paramilitary attack on unarmed Zapatista civilians. An autonomous Zapatista school and clinic was destroyed, 15 people were ambushed and injured and Jose Luis Solis Lopez (Galeano), teacher at the Zapatista Little School, was murdered. The mainstream media is falsely reporting this attack on the Zapatistas as an intra-community confrontation, but in fact this attack is the result of a long-term counterinsurgency strategy promoted by the Mexican government.

Given the experience of the 1997 massacre at Acteal, we are concerned about the mounting paramilitary activity against Zapatista bases of support. It is clear that if we do not take action now, the current situation in Chiapas may also lead to an even more tragic end.

Why this matters to us:
Since 1994, the Zapatistas have shown us the bankruptcy of the world that dominates us and, most importantly, the ability to organize ourselves into self-determining communities autonomous from the political class and capitalism. It is this capacity to show that another world is possible in the here and now, one not rooted in exploitation, dispossession, repression and de-valorization, but rather in liberty, democracy and justice, that has inspired us all. An attack on the Zapatistas is an attack on the other world that we have all tried to build along with them for the past 20 years.

What we should do:

We strongly denounce the murder of Compañero Galeano and the attacks against our Zapatista brothers and sisters. We denounce the deliberate destruction of the Zapatista clinic and school. We denounce the disinformation from the press regarding these attacks.

To denounce these aggressions and in support of our Zapatista brothers and sisters, the signatories below call on all Zapatista supporters, students, anti-prison activists, artists, intellectuals, teachers, academics, LGBTQ groups, anarchists, communities of faith, prisoners, communities and organizations of color, indigenous peoples, Chicanos, migrants and all those seeking a more just, non-capitalist world, to pronounce themselves against these attacks by the Mexican government on the Zapatistas and to hold events starting Sunday May 18th (e.g. demonstrations at Mexican consulates and Embassies, corporate subsidiaries, and banks supporting the Mexican government, teach-ins, discussion groups, concerts, informational sessions, or other civil actions that people deem appropriate for their city) and culminating with a day of remembrance on May 24th called by the Zapatistas in honor of the late Compañero Galeano.

Let’s make our dignified pain and rage another building block towards a movement that will directly participate, along with the Zapatistas, in creating this new world.



See Signatories Below:

[At http://www.anattackonusall.org/, read the full Denunciation and Call to Action in Spanish and English along with current signatories, sign on in support, and find or plan actions/events in your city.

Please make sure to send all information about events or actions around the country to the Enlace Zapatista webpage: laotra@ezln.org.mx and invitaciones.escuelita.srl@gmail.com.

“Like” the Facebook page, follow @AnAttackOnUsAll on Twitter and Instagram, and promote the hashtags #AnAttackOnUsAll and #ZapatistasNoEstanSolxs]


Noam Chomsky

Angela Davis

Junot Díaz

Alice Walker

Chris Hedges

Rebel Diaz

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW-ISC)

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

David Harvey

Cornel West

Mike Davis

Prison Radio

Robin D. G. Kelley

Tom Hayden


Rosa Clemente

A.R.M.A. Collective

Iris Morales

David Graeber

Karla Quiñonez

El Kilombo Intergaláctico

James and Grace Lee Boggs Center

Emory Douglas

Glen Ford

Schools for Chiapas / Escuelas para Chiapas

Mexico Solidarity Network

Rick Rowley

Peter Brown

Fred Moten

Michael Hardt

Henry A. Giroux

Michael Taussig

Greg Ruggiero


Midnight Notes Collective

George Caffentzis

Laura Gottesdiener

Catherine Walsh

Arturo Escobar

Rebecca Solnit

Harry Cleaver

Angel Luis Lara

Andrej Grubacic

Alvaro Reyes

Zuccotti Park Press

Marco Amador

Brian Holmes

J. Kehaulani Kauanui

Bill Mullen

Peter Linebaugh

Antonia Darder,

Richard Stahler-Sholk

Peter McLaren

Hans Widmer

Joseph Nevins

Annemarie Jacir

Johanna Fernandez

Jeff Perlstein

Steven Salaita

David Riker

Emilio del Valle Escalante

Adelante Alliance

Beth Baker Cristales

Revolutionary Autonomous Communities – Los Angeles

El Hormiguero

Bikesan@s del Valle

Bay Area Intifada

Alumno@s de la Escuelita from California

Alumn@s de la Escuelita (from the ancestral lands of the Duwamish & Suquamish)

Adherentes a la Sexta (from the ancestral lands of the Duwamish & Suquamish)

Decolonial Food For Thought

Shades of Silence

Los Angeles Palestine Labor Solidarity Committee

Mujeres De Maiz

Acción Zapatista de Humboldt

Acción Zapatista South Bay

Universidad de la Tierra Califas

Inside-Outside Alliance, Durham

3Cs Counter-Cartographies Collective

Michel Khleifi

Steven Colatrella

Cynthia Franklin

David Shorter

Dean Saranillio

Judy Rohrer

Samia Halaby

Stanley Heller

Internationalist Prison Books Collective

Just Coffee Cooperative

Puente Arizona


Corazon del Pueblo

Neferti Tadiar

Maria Elena Garcia

Tony Lucero

Donald Monty Neill

Shelley Neill

RJ Maccani of The Foundry Theatre

Upside Down World

Ben Dangl

Workers Solidarity Movement

Colectivo Zapatista de San Diego

Eastside Café Collective

Young Communist League

Cafe Intifada

Dragonflyhill Urban Farm

The We Project

Project Allende

Coyote Radio

Wayne Au

Adam Sanchez

Jesse Hagopian

Kathy M. Xiong

Solidarity Farm

Mujeres en Resistencia

Dr. Dennis Hong

Chivis Martinez

Periclean Scholars at Elon University

Tom Arcaro

Kevin A. Trapani

Gabriela Kovats-Murillo

Stan Karp

Zapatista Solidarity Coalition, Sacramento

Grass Roots Events, INC

Lindsay Naylor

Chandan Reddy

Dan Coughlin


Worcester Roots

Stone Soup