Chiapas/National/International: Seminar on “Critical Thought amidst the Capitalist Hydra” ends

May 16, 2015

Seminario "Pensamiento Crítico frente a la Hidra Capitalista", mayo de 2015 (@SIPAZ)

Seminar on “Critical Thought amidst the Capitalist Hydra,” May 2015 (@SIPAZ)

From 3 to 9 May, the seminar entitled “Critical Thought amidst the Capitalist Hydra” was held at the Center for Comprehensive Indigenous Training (CIDECI) in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, as the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) had called for.  Over the course of the week, more than 1,500 people from Mexico and other countries participated in the event.  Many interventions were made physically, by writing, or audiovisual means, produced both by intellectuals and activists.  The work sessions were facilitated and closed by the Zapatistas present at the event, including Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés, Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano, Comandanta Miriam, and Commanders David and Tacho, among others.

At the conclusion of the event, Subcomandante Moisés noted that “Our tasks, obligations, and thoughts are grand, so our comrades will leave with much to think about and to imagine.  Go forth and speak to the rest of your comrades wherever you live, as we will have to find new ways of working together in the future to come.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Cobertura audios, fotos y primeros escritos (Radio zapatista, mayo de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: EZLN renders homage to the philosopher Luis Villoro Toranzo and the Zapatista teacher Galeano (14 May 2015)

Chiapas: New communiques from the EZLN (21 March 2015)

Chiapas: threats against families sympathizing with the EZLN(29 December 2014)


Chiapas: Communiqué from Sup Galeano

April 10, 2015

Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano. Foto de archivo @ SIPAZ

Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano. Photo @ SIPAZ archive

On 19 March, Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano, or Sup Galeano, published a communique “On Homage and Seminar,” in which he reports on the homage to Luis Villoro Toranzo and the Zapatista teacher Galeano, who was murdered on 2 May 2014.  This homage will take place on 2 May in the Oventik caracol, an event to which relatives of the “46 who are missing from Ayotzinapa,” as the communique notes, “as well as relatives of the comrade teacher Galeano and autonomous Zapatista authorities from the 5 zones.”  Furthermore, Sup Galeano reminded his readers of the forthcoming seminar “Critical Thoughts in light of the Capitalist Hydra,” as organized by the CIDECI-Unitierra and the Sixth Commission of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), planned for 3 to 9 May.

Galeano also mentioned “the notable rise in military activity in the vicinity of the Zapatista caracoles (aggressive patrols, intimidating checkpoints, threatening overflights), particularly in the La Realidad and Oventik caracoles.”  He further affirmed the lack of will on the part of the State to initiate a dialogue with the EZLN “since 2001.  That is to say, no federal official has approached the EZLN for the past 14 years without seeking to assassinate the Zapatista leadership; no, the federal and state governments are not seeing the lives of the indigenous of Chiapas improving, but instead they seek to divide communities.  The only governmental approaches that can be noted by Jaime Martínez Veloz have not been toward the Zapatistas but instead toward the paramilitaries they support.  Before, this was done by Luis H. Álvarez, Juan Sabines Guerrero, and Felipe Calderón Hinojosa; now it is done by Manuel Velasco Coello, Rosario Robles Berlanga, and Enrique Peña Nieto, one of whose shock-groups (CIOAC-H) is materially responsible for the murder of our comrade teacher Galeano.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Sobre Homenaje y Seminario. El SupGaleano (Enlace Zapatista, 19 de marzo de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: new communiques from the EZLN (21 March 2015)

Chiapas: threats against families sympathizing with the EZLN(29 December 2014)

Chiapas: EZLN requests support for the reconstruction of the autonomous school and clinic in La Realidad (13 June 2014)

Chiapas: EZLN pays tribute to murdered Support-base and announces organizational changes (10 June 2014)


National/Chiapas: Program of the First Global Festival for Resistance and Rebellion against Capitalism

December 15, 2014


Imagen @ Mujeres y la Sexta org

Image @ Mujeres y la Sexta org

On 26 November, the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) announced the general program of the forthcoming First Global Festival for Resistance and Rebellion against Capitalism, which will begin in the community of San Francisco Xochicuautla, in Mexico State, on 20 December, to continue in the state of Morelos in the community of Amilcingo on 22 December, the day that will also commemorate 17 years since the Acteal massacre.

In Mexico City, the Grand Cultural Festival will be held from 24 to 26 December, while the third “sharing” will take place in Monclova, Campeche, on 27 December.  From 31 December to 1 January 2015, the Festival of Anti-Capitalist Rebelliousness and Resistance will be held in the caracol of Oventic in Chiapas.

Lastly, on 2 and 3 January, the plenary of conclusions, agreements, and pronunciations will be held at CIDECI-UniTierra Chiapas in San Cristóbal de Las Casas.  In this way, summaries of each sharing will be provided, as will the conclusion.

For more information (in Spanish):

Programa del Primer Festival Mundial de las Resistencias y las Rebeldías Contra el Capitalismo (Enlace Zapatista, 26 de noviembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: EZLN and members of CNI united against the plundering of their peoples (29 August 2014)


Chiapas: South-Southeast Forum on analysis and construction of alternatives: Land Tenancy, Use, and Usufruct of land for women in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

August 5, 2014

Foro Sur-Sureste de análisis y construcción de alternativas: Tenencia, Uso y Usufructo de la tierra para las mujeres (@pozol.org)

From 24 to 26 July there was held the “South-Southeast Forum for analysis and construction of alternatives: Land tenancy, use, and usufruct of land for women in Chiapas,” which counted with the participation of approximately 300 indigenous and campesina women from Chiapas and other states, as well as researchers and female human-rights defenders.  Upon conclusion of the event, participants expressed their opposition to policies that seek to deprive them of their natural resources by means of oil, mining, eco-tourist, wind-energy, hydroelectric, highway, and airport-seaport construction projects and by denying their traditional knowledges.  Participants denounced that these projects are being carried out without any sort of consultation or authorization from indigenous peoples themselves, but are instead blessed by governmental institutions.

Participants demanded, among other things, that the political and agrarian policies at the federal, state, and community levels respect their rights to land tenancy, use, and usufruct, as well as to their right to participate in decisions regarding land use and territory, without the denial of such using the argument of traditional uses and customs.

Lastly, they reported that they would seek to organize a broad movement of women to unite their strength with the people in resistance to demand their rights as women to land.  They affirmed that “we also call on the populace at large to also affirm our demands, to organize, and unite forces to arrest the offensive being waged by neoliberal patriarchal capitalism which, with the support of the government, threatens to remove campesino peoples from our natural and cultural goods to benefit national and transnational corporations, which threaten all forms of life.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Mujeres en Chiapas y otros estados, reivindican su derecho al uso y usufructo de la tierra (Chiapas Paralelo, 29 de julio de 2014)

Realizan foro por derechos de mujeres indígenas y campesinas (CIMAC Noticias, 28 de julio de 2014)

Pronunciamiento final (28 de julio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Pronouncement  from the women’s gathering “Saving Our Mother Earth” (20 June 2014)


Chiapas/National: The National Indigenous Congress reappears with more strength

September 13, 2013

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Photo @Sipaz

On 17 and 18 August more than 200 delegates pertaining to different indigenous peoples and tribes of Mexico met at the Center for Comprehensive Training (CIDECI) in San Cristóbal de las Casas to attend the “Trailblazing Lectures Tata Juan Chávez,” an initiative launched by the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) in June.The lectures represent an invitation to indigenous peoples from the American continent to publicly discuss their struggles and forms of resistance, with this being the continuation of the First Meeting of Indigenous Peoples of America which was celebrated in October 2007 in Vicam, Sonora.  It is also an initiative to restrengthen the CNI and its work in defense of indigenous territories and autonomy in Mexico.During the course of the lectures, the indigenous delegates gave testimony of their struggles in Mexico.  Among the most seminal cases that were exposed and denounced refer to the exploitation carried out by transnational corporations in indigenous communities, in addition to that exercised by organized crime and political parties.

A representative of the General Command of the EZLN led by Subcomandante Moisés and Comandante Tacho closed the lecture series. Commander Miriam, representing the EZLN, said that the Zapatistas have taken on the struggle to defend indigenous lands which are threatened by the government and transnational corporations “without regard for the consequences, because we live from our Mother Earth; she gives us to breathe.” Commander Miriam added that “the bad governors should know clearly that we will not give up,” just because “the bad government and transnational companies desire to take control of what is ours; when we defend ourselves, they persecute us, they incarcerate us.” Lastly, “so as to reject all death-projects imposed by the neoliberals, it is necessary to self-organize; unite our forces, pain, and rebelliousness; and struggle for democracy, freedom, and justice.”

After the close of the event, the CNI publicly called for the reaffirmation of the path toward autonomy as exercised in the acts “as the only way for the future of our existence and the return of our communal life, assemblies, spiritual and cultural practices, self-defense and security, educational projects and self-communication projects, and cultural and territorial demands.”  In this way, 29 demands and denunciations were presented, including stress of the demand for the release of political prisoners in the country, “particularly that of our Tsotsil indigenous comrade Alberto Patishtán,” as well as the halting of the extractive and energy megaprojects carried out by transnational corporations in indigenous territory.

For more information (in Spanish):

Arranca EZLN Congreso Nacional Indígena en defensa de territorios y autonomía de pueblos (Proceso, 17 de agosto de 2013)

Exhibe la Cátedra Caminante “Tata Juan Chávez Alonso” los proyectos de muerte que amenazan a los pueblos indios (Desinformémonos, 17 de agosto de 2013)

Ofrece EZLN defender tierras indígenas amenazadas por el gobierno y transnacionales (Proceso, 18 de agosto de 2013)

El México indio sigue en pie pese a exterminio, declara congreso indígena (La Jornada, 19 de agosto de 2013)

Pronunciamiento del Congreso Nacional Indígena en San Cristóbal de las Casas (La Jornada, 19 de agosto de 2013)

Tres voces del Congreso Nacional Indígena (Desinformémonos, 26 de agosto de 2013)


Chiapas: EZLN denounces nocturnal military overflights above Zapatista caracoles

August 21, 2013

Manual de la Escuelita (@Enlace zapatista)

On 14 August, Zapatista Comandate Tacho read a brief communique released by the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee of the General Command of the EZLN (CCRI-CG EZLN) before the students attending the Zapatista “Escuelita” (school), with their respective guardians in the CIDECI-Unitierra, located in San Cristóbal de Las Casas.  He reported that “on 12 and 13 August during the night, military planes were flying over the five Zapatista caracoles, where the course ‘Freedom according to the Zapatistas’ is taking place.”  He added that “perhaps it is that, serving their master, the Mexican soldiers are spying for the U.S. government, or the U.S. planes are directly spying themselves.  Or maybe it is that the soldiers want to know what it is that is taught in the Zapatista communities to those whom they have attacked so much without being able to destroy.”

Sine 11 August, some 1700 people from different states of Mexico and other countries have been meeting in communities associated with the five Zapatista caracoles to participate in the “Escuelita” which will end on Friday 16 August.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado del CCRI-CG del EZLN, avisan de sobrevuelos de aviones militares en las zonas de los 5 Caracoles. (Audio, Comandante Tacho, CCRI-CG del EZLN, 14 de agosto de 2013)

Comunicado ZAPATISTAS DENUNCIAN SOBRE VUELOS EN LOS CINCO CARACOLES (versión escrita, CGT Chiapas, 14 de agosto de 2013)

Denuncia “Tacho” vuelos militares sobre los “Caracoles” (Proceso, 14 de agosto de 2013)

Denuncia el EZLN sobrevuelos militares nocturnos sobre caracoles(La Jornada, 15 de agosto de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Zapatista caracoles (21 August 2013)


Chiapas: Celebration of 8 of March, International Women’s Day

March 20, 2013

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CIDECI, 7 March. Photo @SIPAZ

In observance of International Women’s Day on ( march, the Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas (CDMCh), Semilla del Sur A.C., and the Center for Higher Studies of Mexico and Central America (CESMECA) organized a seminar for juridical and political analysis of the agrarian reforms and counter-reforms in Mexico and Chiapas on 6 and 7 March in the Unitierra-CIDECI in San Cristóbal de Las Casas.

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Women’s march, 8 March. Photo @SIPAZ

On this same day 8 March, women and men who attended the seminar also marched through the streets of San Cristóbal de Las Casas to demand respect for the rights of women.  Arriving to the center of the Plaza de la Resistencia, there was established a communal space for the exchange of organic campesino products.

On this same day, the member-organizations of Pact Zero Violence against Women expressed their solidarity with the actions taken during the day for the rights of women in a communiqué.  They reaffirm in this document that “the member organizations of Pact Zero believe that together with the necessary legal measures for the protection of women in light of situations of violence in the workplace (which should be expanded, improved, and above all observed in practice) should be implemented together with the establishment of additional mechanisms oriented to prevent and sanction this type of violence, adopting and implementing these from the organizations, associations, collectives, and institutions that seek to eliminate these.”

For its part, in observation of International Women’s Day, the City Hall of San Cristóbal de Las Casas saw an installation and occupation as performed by the members of the Municipal Council to Guarantee Women the Right to Lives free of Violence.  In this act, the municipal executive, affirmed that a priority of his government is to associate itself to questions related to women.  For this reason, he said, he has instructed the director for Equality of Gender and Development of Women to follow through with cases that are currently in process.

For more information (in Spanish):

PRONUNCIAMIENTO OCHO DE MARZO

COMUNICADO DEL PACTO CERO VIOLENCIA CONTRA LAS MUJERES(Melel Xojolobal, 8 de marzo de 2013)

Se crea Consejo para garantizar vida libre de violencia a las mujeres(Imparcial Chiapas, 6 de marzo de 2013)