Chiapas: Announcement of candidates for the 2014 “jTatic Samuel, jCanan Lum Recognition”

January 1, 2014

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The organizing committee for the “jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum Recognition” reported on 15 November their proposals as candidates to receive this award in 2014.  The persons and collectives which are to receive the recognition in 2014 include:

  1. The Migrant Home “Home of the Wandering jTatic Samuel Ruiz García of Pakal-na,” based in the Palenque, Chiapas.

  2. The Ecumenical Group of Organic Farming of Pablo L. Sidar, based in Chicomuselo, Chiapas.

  3. Fray Tomás Gonzales Castillo, responsible for the “72” migrant home in Tenosique, Tabasco.

The award ceremony will take place on 21 January in San Cristóbal de Las Casas to mark the anniversaries of the death and ordination of jTatic Samuel Ruiz García.

For more information (in Spanish):

Tres distinciones jCanan Lum para el 2014 (24 de diciembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Launch of call for 2014 jTatic Samuel Jcanan Lum (31 de enero de 2013)

Chiapas: First anniversary of the death of bishop Samuel Ruiz García; third award of the Jtatik Samuel jCanan Lum recognition (2012) (8 February 2012)

Chiapas: presentation of the jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum Award during the assembly of the Believing People (7 March 2011)

Chiapas: Presentation of the jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum Award to the Coordination of Indigenous Social Organizations XI’NICH (25 February 2011)

Chiapas: celebration and presentation of 2011 jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum Award (31 January 2011)

Chiapas: visit to observe 2011 call for “jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum” Honor denied (30 July 2010)


Chiapas: 9 prisoners in solidarity with the Voz del Amate released, but Patishtán will remain imprisoned

July 20, 2013

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Rosario Días Méndez, released after 8 years’ imprisonment. Photo @SIPAZ

On 4 July 9 prisoners who adhere to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration were released from the San Cristóbal prison, following three days of waiting after their forthcoming release had been announced (on Tuesday).  Outside the prison, in rain and shine, their mothers, wives, and children awaited them.  Governor Manuel Velasco Coello arrived to the prison to hand over to the indigenous their acts of release, after having interviewed each one.  Those who were allowed to leave prison no. 5 include the following: Rosario Díaz Méndez, Pedro López Jiménez, Juan Collazo Jiménez, Juan Díaz López, Rosa López Díaz, Alfredo López Jiménez, Juan López González, and Benjamín López Díaz.  The professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez, member of the Voz del Amate who has been imprisoned for 13 years, will remain incarcerated together with Alejandro Díaz Sántiz, a prisoner in solidarity with the Voz del Amate. During the night, the liberated indigenous ex-prisoners came to the San Cristóbal cathedral to visit the tomb of former bishop Samuel Ruiz García.

For more information (in Spanish):

Liberan a nueve indígenas en Chiapas; Patishtán seguirá preso (La Jornada, 5 de julio de 2013)

Demoran tres días en liberar a presos porque… esperaban al gobernador (Proceso, 4 de julio de 2013)

Obtienen su libertad ocho presos de la Voz del Amate. Patishtán continúa tras las rejas. (Desinformemonos, julio de 2013)

Especial: Días cruciales para lograr la libertad de Alberto Patishtán (Desinformemonos, julio de 2013)

Blog de Alberto Patishtán

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: March in Cerss no. 5 of San Cristóbal de Las Casas for prisoner Rosario Méndez (5 March 2013)

Chiapas: New sentence of 25 years for Rosario Díaz Méndez (5 February 2013)

Chiapas: Pilgrimage by the Believing People for the release of professor Alberto Patishtan (23 April 2013)

Chiapas: Petition from the CDHFBC to release Alberto Patishtán (15 April 2013)

Chiapas: Forthcoming actions for the release of Alberto Patishtán (8 April 2013)

Chiapas: “Justice is its opposite,” declares Alberto Patishtán (20 March 2013)

Chiapas: Sixth Anniversary of the Voz del Amate (16 January 2012)


Chiapas: launch of call for 2014 jTatic Samuel Jcanan Lum

February 5, 2013

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The Organizing Committee for the “jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum Award 2014” has launched its call as directed to social and civil organizations, different churches and religious groups, and collectives to participate in the promotion and presentation of candidates for the fourth iteration of this recognition.The recognition is given to collectives or individuals who have distinguished themselves “for their contribution to the people in the creation of communal and/or regional alternatives, as well as work directed at unity and peaceful social transformation.”  It does not seek to be an award but rather “a concrete means by which to animate the different paths and efforts taken toward liberation that indigenous peoples and the poor have assumed in their struggles as historical subjects.”It should be recalled that in 1999, Samuel Ruíz García received the charge of jCanan Lum (caretaker of the people and the land) in Amatenango del Valle, on the part of communities of Tsotsil, Tseltal, Tojolabal, Zoque, and Ch’ol peoples.

For more information (in Spanish):

Audio de la convocatoria (Koman Ilel, 23 de enero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: First anniversary of the death of bishop Samuel Ruiz García; third award of the Jtatik Samuel jCanan Lum recognition (2012) (8 February 2012)

Chiapas: presentation of the jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum Award during the assembly of the Believing People (7 March 2011)

Chiapas: Presentation of the jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum Award to the Coordination of Indigenous Social Organizations XI’NICH (25 February 2011)

Chiapas: celebration and presentation of 2011 jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum Award (31 January 2011)

Chiapas: visit to observe 2011 call for “jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum” Honor denied (30 July 2010)


Chiapas: Communique and pilgrimage of the Believing People

January 29, 2013

Misa del Pueblo Creyente en Plaza de la Paz @ SIPAZ

On 25 January the Believing People, an organizational process associated with the diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, carried out a pilgrimage in this city in Chiapas to commemorate the second anniversary of the death of bishop Samuel Ruiz García, the twenty-fifth anniversary of bishophood for Raúl Vera López, and the fifteenth anniversary of the Acteal massacre.  The pilgrimage of some 10,000 people demonstrated their concern regarding “the launching of the National Crusade against Hunger, precisely in the municipality of Las Margaritas, given that with this action the federal government’s strategy of not attending to the structural necessities of the people is shown clearly,” as they declared in a public communique.

In their message, the Catholics demanded “the release of many unjustly imprisoned persons, including our brother Alberto Patishtán Gómez, a prisoner of conscience and an inspiration to all those who have suffered in the jails where he has been held,” beyond welcoming “the peaceful mobilization of the EZLN on 21 December, which unequivocably shows their desire for peace.”  Similarly, they denounced “the concessions for mineral exploitation that the federal government has awarded, particularly to foreign firms, thus totally violating the peoples’ fundamental right to prior informed consent,” among other demands.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado del Pueblo Creyente 25 Enero 2013 (Koman Ilel, 25 de enero de 2013)

Desconfían indígenas católicos en Chiapas de cruzada contra el hambre (La Jornada, 26 de enero de 2013)

Agrupación católica de Chiapas critica la cruzada de Peña Nieto contra el hambre (La Jornada, 27 de enero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Believing People call for invitation to join the Great Pilgrimage – 25 January (24 January 2013)

Chiapas: Pilgrimage of the Believing People in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (27 November 2011)

Chiapas: pilgrimage against “death projects” (3 December 2010)

 


Chiapas: Believing People call for invitation to join the Grand Pilgrimage – 25 January

January 24, 2013

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Samuel Ruíz García Photo @CGT Chiapas

The Believing People of the diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, have organized a Grand Pilgrimage to be held in San Cristóbal de Las Casas on Friday 25 January starting at 9am.  “We engage in this pilgrimage to mark the second anniversary of the death of jTatic Samuel Ruíz García and the 15th anniversary of the Acteal massacre.  We demand the liberation of our brother Alberto Patishtan Gómez, who has been unjustly imprisoned for 12 years.”  The points of meeting will be the gasoline station on the intersection between the San Felipe Ecatepec highway and la Caseta de San Pablo, exiting toward Comitán.  The eucharistic celebration will begin at 12pm in the Peace Plaza, as presided over by Bishop Felipe Arizmendi.

For more information (in English):

Noticia: Invitación de PUEBLO CREYENTE DE LA DIÓCESIS DE SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS (www.frayba.org.mx)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Pilgrimage of the Believing People in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (27 November 2011)

Chiapas: pilgrimage against “death projects” (3 December 2010)


Chiapas: First anniversary of the death of Bishop Samuel Ruiz García; third award of the Jtatik Samuel jCanan Lum recognition (2012)

February 8, 2012

@ SIPAZOn 24 January was the one-year anniversary of the death of the bishop emeritus of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Don Samuel Ruíz García, known as Jtatik (father, in Tseltal) by indigenous peoples, those to whom he dedicates his life and work for 40 years as leader of the San Cristóbal diocese.

Days before the anniversary there were held various activities in observation of the date, such as the anniversary of his ordination as bishop on 25 January.  A service ended with an ecumenical act on 24 January, after Bishop Raúl Vera López celebrated a mass in the San Cristóbal cathedral.  Anotehr was held on the 25th in the presence of hundreds of believers (including a strong presence of Tzotzil, Tseltal, Ch’ol, and Tojolabal indigenous persons), priests from 42 municipalities, the bishops of San Cristóbal, Feliipe Arizmendi Esquivel and Enrique Díaz Díaz, as well as Raúl Vera López, present bishop of Saltillo, Coahuila.

Gonzalo Ituarte, a Dominican priest and at one point the Vicar of Justice and Peace for Don Samuel Ruiz García, expressed that “Your face, dear friend, of shepherd and bishop, continues among us.  After a year we are newly together with you, to celebrate the gift of your service, to renew your reconversion, and to celebrate your person.”

During the afternoon of 25 January was awarded the jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum recognition (Our Father Samuel, Protector of the Peoples) to three communities and collectives from Chiapas that have demonstrated their service and trajectory “in their liberatory work for the true causes of the people.”  The first group was the coordinators of the so-called “Meetings of Builders of Peace and Reconciliation,” comprised of men and women–among them lay persons, Christians, and Catholics–who support and develop positive resolutions of conflict, dialogue, reconciliation, and peace in the indigenous regions of Chiapas.  The second recognition was granted to the Ejido Nuevo Tila, located in the municipality of Tila, which is constituted in its majority by indigenous Ch’ol individuals.  They were recognized “for their work for over thirty years in defense of their land, for their participation in communal actions to conserve the land, for their election of authorities and encouragement of the participation of women.  They have met with harassment and incarceration for their expressions of solidarity with displaced families in the community Viejo Velasco Suárez, as well as other communities in the region.”  The third award was given to the Mission of the Saintly Trinity, known as Mission Arena, from the Palenque municipality.  “They are women and men (secular and religious) who work from inside indigenous and campesino communities in the jungle.”

The last recognition was given posthumously to Felipe Toussaint Loera, ex-Vicar General of the San Cristóbal diocese, collaborator with Don Samuel, and founder of Coreco.

For more information (in Spanish):

En Chiapas, reconocen a ‘herederos’ de la labor del obispo Samuel Ruiz, CNN, 24 January 2012

Con rezos y oraciones, recuerdan primer aniversario luctuoso de Samuel Ruiz, Proceso 25 January 2012

La huellas de ‘Tatic’ recorren el mundo y están vivas: obispo Vera, La Jornad, 25 January 2012

Conmemoran aniversario luctuoso de Samuel Ruiz, El Universal, 25 January 2012

Palabra de Alberto Patishtán en la entrega del jCanan Lum 2012.

(Comunicado)En memoria de Don Samuel Ruiz García, EPR-PDPR, 25 January 2012

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: presentation of the jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum Award during the assembly of the Believing People (7 March 2011)

Chiapas: Presentation of the jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum Award to the Coordination of Indigenous Social Organizations XI’NICH (25 February 2011)

Chiapas: celebration and presentation of 2011 jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum Award (31 January 2011)

Chiapas: visit to observe 2011 call for “jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum” Honor denied (30 July 2010)


Chiapas: Víctor Hugo López Rodríguez new director of Frayba

March 7, 2011

The directive council of the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights on Wednesday 2 March named Víctor Hugo López Rodríguez director of the center for the next three years.  He has worked at the center for five years; he was born in the city of San Cristóbal de Las Casas and is an indigenous Tzeltal man who studied communication.

It was reported at a press-conference that the directive council “has charged the new director with strengthening the spirit of the mission of Frayba, continuing with the legacy of the founder, Tatic (father, in Tzeltal) Samuel Ruíz García, amplyifying the center’s concern to national issues, and continuing with the accompaniment of subject-constructors and -defenders of their rights.”

It was stressed that the mission of the said Center is to walk alongside the poor, excluded, and organized peoples who seek to go beyond the economic and political conditions in which they find themselves.

For more information (in Spanish):

Nombramiento del director del Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de las Casas (2/ 03/ 2011)

Nombran a nuevo director de Centro en Chiapas, El Universal (2/ 3/ 2011)

Víctor Hugo López, nuevo director del Frayba, La Jornada (3/3/ 2011)