Chiapas: EZLN renders homage to the philosopher Luis Villoro Toranzo and the Zapatista teacher Galeano

May 14, 2015

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On Saturday 2 May in the Oventik caracol in the Chiapas highlands, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) rendered homage to the philosopher Luis Villoro Toranzo, who died on 5 March 2014, and to José Luis Solís López, the teacher “Galeano,” who was murdered on 2 May 2014 by members of the CIOAC-Historical.

Present at the event were relatives and close friends of Don Luis, including the intellectual Adolfo Gilly, his comrade Fernanda Navarro, his son Juan Villoro, and members of the Zapatista General Command, including Comandante Guillermo, who presided over the ceremony, as well Comandante David, who read a message from Pablo González Casanova, and the Subcomandantes Insurgentes Moisés and Galeano.

Those who spoke stressed the academic accomplishments of Luis Villoro and his relationship with the Zapatista movement, and they shared memories of him, including living anecdotes.  It should be stressed that Sup Galeano in his comments revealed that Don Luis, having uttered the words “I wish to become a Zapatista,” requested to join the movement.  He was assigned armed work.  The ashes of the fallen thinker were distributed under a tree in Caracol II in Oventik, thus expressing the philosopher’s profound connection to the movement.

In a parallel sense, relatives and friends of the Zapatista teacher Galeano also attended, including his comrade Luz, his daughter Lizbeth, his son Mariano, and comrades Selena and Manolo, from Nueva Victoria, where Galeano had lived.  Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano read some notes rom the personal diary kept by José Luis Solís López in which he relates how he and his family joined the Zapatista movement, participated in the guerrilla struggle, and speaks of his personal relationships with commanders such as Subcomandante Insurgente Pedro, who died during the takeover of Las Margaritas on 1 January 1994.  Sup Galeano, who changed his name from Subcomandante Marcos to give life once again to the murdered comrade Galeano, revealed that the nom de guerre was in fact not inspired by the radical journalist Eduardo Galeano, as some media had claimed, but rather had to do with the historical struggle of the guerrilla fighter Hermenegildo Galeana, who was associated with José María Morelos during the Independence War of Mexico.

The homage, which emphasized the continuing struggle of keeping alive the efforts of murdered comrades, closed with the words of Sup Moisés, calling on those in attendance to organize themselves to construct alternatives to the capitalist system.

For more information (in Spanish):

Palabras de la Comandancia General del EZLN en el homenaje a los compañeros Luis Villoro Toranzo y al Maestro Zapatista Galeano (Enlace Zapatista, 2 de mayo de 2015)

Homenaje a Luis Villoro Toranzo y al maestro zapatista Galeano (Radio Zapatista, 3 de mayo de 2015)

El filósofo y el maestro zapatistas (SubVersiones, 4 de mayo de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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

Chiapas: EZLN communiqué “Pain and rage” (May 18, 2014)

Chiapas: Attacks on EZLN support bases leave one dead and 15 injured among Zapatistas (16 May 2014)

Chiapas: Third International Seminar for Reflection and Analysis “…Planet Earth: antisystemic movements”

January 8, 2013

3er Seminario CIDECI @ SIPAZ

For the third consecutive year, there was held the Third International Seminar for Reflection and Analysis “…Planet Earth: antisystemic movements” at the Indigenous Center for Comprehensive Training (CIDECI), also known as Unitierra Chiapas, in San Cristóbal de Las Casas.  Some 600 local, national, and international persons met at this seminar to hear different speakers on 30 and 31 December 2012 and 1 and 2 January 2013.  During the day and night sessions, speakers were distributed by 2 or 3 per session, and included such notables as Silvia Ribeiro, Gustavo Esteva, Jean Robert, Pablo González Casanova, and Silvia Pérez-Vitoria, among other intellectuals and theorists.  Other panelists arrived from Argentina, Ecuador, Chile, and the U.S. to share the historical processes of social movements they have accompanied and led.  Representatives of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI), comprised of the 54 ethnicities of Mexico, also formed part of the panelists who were invited to the event, and they greeted the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) for the 19th anniversary of its 1994 insurrection.For this reason, between the night of 31 December and 1 January, members of the EZLN met at the five Good-Government Councils located in five municipalities of the Jungle, Highlands, Northern, Border, and Jungle regions of the state of Chiapas, to recall and celebrate the 19 years since 1994.

Luis Villoro and Fernanda Navarro sent a letter of apology for not having been able to attend the seminar, mentioning the silent march carried out by Zapatistas in 5 Chiapas cities on 21 December: “following this silence they invite us and incite us to carry their word so as to show what they have accomplished by resisting and building a word in which everything that has life be loved and respected.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Web page of the International Seminar for Reflection and Analysis Planet Earth Antisystemic Movements

Es tiempo de la rebeldía, mensaje en el seminario de los zapatistas (La Jornada, 3 de enero de 2013)

Congreso indígena celebra aniversario del EZLN (El Universal, 1ero de enero de 2012)

Audios and texts:

Web page of the International Seminar for Reflection and Analysis Planet Earth Antisystemic Movements

Webpage of Koman Ilel


Luchas Antisistémicas desde Chiapas (Desinformémonos, diciembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Second International Seminar for Reflection and Analysis “…Planeta Earth: anti-systemic movements…” in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (16 January 2012)

Chiapas: Second International Seminar for Reflection and Analysis “… Planet Earth: Anti-systemic movements…” in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

January 16, 2012

From 30 December 2011 to 2 January 2012 there was carried out the Second International Seminar for Reflection and Analysis “…Planet Earth: Anti-systemic movements…” in CIDEDCI-Unitierra, San Cristóbal de Las Casas.  Over the course of four days, intellectuals and social activists from Mexico and other parts of the world shared their reflections and experiences regarding the different social struggles that have been experienced in different places in recent years.  The Seminar began with the presentation of the book “The power of the Poor” by Majid Rahnema and Jean Robert that was commented on by Ana Valadez, Carlos Manzo, Xuno López, Rafael Landerreche, and Jean Robert himself.  At the work-tables that same day and on subsequent days participated Mercedes Olivera, Xochitl Leyva, Jérôme Baschet, Paulo Olivares, Danay Quintana and Boris Nerey from the Martin Luther King Memorial Center (Cuba), members of the Movement for Justice in the Barrio (Nueva York, Estados Unidos), a member of Occupy Wall Street (New York), Julieta Paredes, Luis Andrango, Paulina Fernández, Gustavo Esteva (by means of a letter), Javier Sicilia, Pablo González Casanova (by means of a letter), Boaventura de Souza Santos, Salvador Campanur (Cherán, Michoacán), Sylvia Marcos, Carlos Marentes, Anselm Jappe (by means of a letter), Fernanda Navarro, Jean Robert, and Luis Villoro (who could not be present but who sent a letter.  Some 500 to 600 persons attended the Seminar daily; the struggle of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) and the 18th anniversary of its insurrection on 1 January 1994 were referred to in nearly all the events.

For more information (in Spanish):

Blog del Seminario

Koman Ilel (con información sobre y audios del Seminario)

Radio Zapatista (con información sobre y audios del Seminario)

Desinformémonos (con información sobre el Seminario)

La Jornada: Progreso, falsa promesa de los ricos para despojar a pobres (31 December 2011)

La Jornada: Juntos, al margen del Estado, movimientos antisistémicos (2 January 2012)

La Jornada: El EZLN, origen de la actual inquietud social en todo el orbe (3 January 2012)

La Jornada: El movimiento de los indignados empezó en la Lacandona (Pablo González Casanova) (4 January 2012)

La Jornada: Predominan las coincidencias en condenas al sistema en un seminario de reflexión (4 January 2012)

Mexico City: World Social Forum Mexico 2010

May 5, 2010

The World Social Forum, an ‘alter-globalization’ space that has met regularly in different parts of the world since its beginnings in Porto Alegre, Brasil, in 2000, celebrated a Thematic Social Forum in México City’s Zócalo between 2 and 4 May.  Entitled “From the people, escape-routes from the global crisis are possible,” the Forum rotated around five themes:  alternative economic models; saving the planet; constructing true participatory democracy with respect to human rights; creating an inclusive society based on social rights instead of profits; and pluri-cultural societies.  According to the Forum’s organizers, participants from some 40 countries attended the event.

In face of the profundity of the present social and economic crisis, several speakers and participants at the Forum denounced the effects of the hegemonic socio-political system, with increased unemployment and extreme poverty rates, militarization, and environmental destruction being central among them.  The Mexican sociologist Pablo González Casanova claimed for example that “the many-headed imperialism is destroying the world in which we live and the Earth on which we reside.”  He emphasized that “[i]t is fanciful to believe that capitalism will respect democracy and the sovereignty of nations, whether they be more or less developed; that it will do away with illiteracy and material poverty, pandemics and epidemics, famines and starving people, the sick who go without doctors or medicine, young people without work or schools, families without roofs or trash-service.”  The ex-presidential candidate Manuel López Obrador, also present at the Forum, declared that today in México “we suffer from a rapacious, overbearing oligarchy; there is no other option than to destroy it politically, in full combat, non-violently, to establish actual democracy.”  Martí Batres Guadarrama, secretary of Social Development of the government of México City, said in a speech that “[t]he global market can create commodities, but it cannot eliminate poverty.”  Senator Rosario Ibarra de Piedra proposed the organization of a grand front of the impoverished and working classes to do away with “the infamies of the powerful.”  Flavio Sosa, of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), stressed that “the terrorism of the State” could not continue.

With regard to the context in México, the Forum became a space for denunciation of the criminalization of social protest, the attacks on human-rights defenders, the disregard for the interests of the working class, and the militarization that has been experienced in the country in recent years.  Martin Esparza, leader of the Mexican Union of Electricians (SME) inaugurated the Forum by promising that, by attending, its participants from other lands would come to familiarize themselves with the “real México,” which has suffered a drop-off in remittances and tourism, an “obsession” among the authorities in doing away with employment, and the sacrifice of the people with the passing of higher taxes, the price-increase in services, and the millions of impoverished Mexicans.

For more information (in Spanish):

World Social Forum, in the Zócalo (La Jornada, 2 de mayo)

The Mexican World Social Forum 2010 is inaugurated in the Zócalo of México City (La Jornada, 5 de mayo)

Social activists from more than 40 countries analyze the crisis and the role of the people (La Jornada, 3 de mayo)

Call to denounce the violation of human rights in México before the European Union (La Jornada, 4 de mayo)

Call to society to defend itself from the commercial, consumerist system (La Jornada, 5 de mayo)

The struggle for another world begins by preventing divisions among the poor:  González Casanova (La Jornada, 3 de mayo)