Zapatismo Here and There: Networking and Solidarity

Session time: 
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Session Room: 
Joyce Ellington Library
Short Description: 
A participative session for sharing experiences, brainstorming, and creation of an urgent response communication network for supporters of the Zapatista Movement and Zapatismo.
Description: 

This is a participative workshop for people who identify with, or are interested in, the Zapatista movement for liberation in Chiapas, Mexico, and the application of Zapatismo in our own communities in the U.S. The Zapatistas have been very active in the last two years, hosting international Escuelitas ("Little Schools") about "Freedom According to the Zapatistas", seminars and a congress for indigenous movements throughout mexico, and an international Seminar on "Critical Thought Versus the Capitalist Hydra". They have also been under attack by the Mexican government and paramilitaries, most famously in 2014 with the murder of Compañero Galeano in the Caracol of La Realidad. We plan to brainstorm how our movements can engage with the Zapatistas and Zapatismo, and to create a communication network for urgent response, which could multiply the effectiveness of consulate demonstrations and other actions through coordination and simultaneity. Groups in Northern California have been meeting to begin this process, and we would like to join with groups from other regions at the USSF to further this work.

Fronts of Struggle: 
Cooperative economics – poverty, housing, and workers’ struggles, anti-capitalism, and economic alternatives
Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination
Immigration struggles, decolonization, anti-imperialism
Organization: 
Chiapas Support Committee
Organization Web site: 
http://www.chiapas-support.org
Organization Description: 
The Chiapas Support Committee is a grass roots all-volunteer organization in Oakland, California. We support indigenous and campesino organizations in Mexico, and we provide public information about Chiapas. We organize delegations to Chiapas and recruit and certify human rights observers and volunteers.
Polycentric Site: 
San Jose, CA
Presentation Languages: 
English
Spanish