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Announcement :: Globalization : Human Rights : International : Politics
Call for a “Zapatista Bloc” to Greet President Calderón in Boston on 2/11
06 Feb 2008
On Monday, February 11th 2008, Mexican President Felipe Calderón will speak at Harvard University's JFK Forum in Cambridge. BAAM is calling on all anarchists, anti-authoritarians, and anti-capitalists to come together for a radical bloc to march on the venue hosting Calderón.
Since 1994 the autonomous Zapatista rebels, with their black ski-masks, bandannas, and unwavering dedication to human freedom, have struck fear into the hearts of all Mexican presidents; fear of the Indigenous fighting back, fear of the oppressed standing up, and fear that the people of Mexico will revolt for popular democracy! When Felipe visits his imperialist partners at Harvard, he won't escape, he can't escape, the march of the Zapatistas!

On Monday, February 11th 2008, Mexican President Felipe Calderón will speak at Harvard University's JFK Forum in Cambridge. Boston doesn't appreciate visits from those who violently suppress Indigenous movements and work to create desperate economic conditions that force millions of their citizens to migrate in search of better lives. As radicals, we should especially be standing in solidarity with the Zapatistas, who are in greater danger of military assault now than at almost any point over the last decade. BAAM is calling on all anarchists, anti-authoritarians, and anti-capitalists to come together for a radical bloc to march on the venue hosting Calderón; the more Zapatistas, the better. This will be an all-out Zapatista-themed march; masks, banners, flags, and anything else that seems appropriate for an autonomous rebel (to avoid overly aggravating the “authorities”, no guns please, fake or otherwise!). Rest assured that there will be prizes floating around for the best Zapatista get-up, as well as the best anti-Calderón rants!

At this time, there are several other groups planning a rally outside the forum. BAAM intends for the bloc to show up at the rally at some point, but only after we're done marching! We are expecting a boisterous, rowdy bloc with lots of ski masks and Zapatista flags; the energy, momentum, and ingenuity of those taking part will decide where it goes!

When? - Monday, February 11th
What Time? - The bloc will start forming at 5pm, and will depart at 6pm (Don't be late!)
Where - Harvard Square (Harvard stop on the Red Line... look for the flags!)
More Information - Folks needing more info or a place to stay should contact BAAM! at: BAAM (a)

Suggestions for banners & signs include:
(Wikipedia these for more information)

- repression of Indigenous/autonomous movements [Oaxaca and Chiapas are well-known examples]
- the holding of political prisoners
- privatization/increasing corporate control of resources
- NAFTA (capital flows freely across national boundaries but border patrols restrict immigrants)
- Security & Prosperity Partnership ("enhanced" version of NAFTA, but with guns)

Come march in solidarity with Indigenous autonomous movements! Come join us in “welcoming” Calderón to our fair city!

Para todos todo, para nosotros nada! / Everything for everyone, and nothing for ourselves!

One of the rally calls that's already been circulated by Massachusetts Global Action:
Monday, February 11, 2008 – 6:00pm
In front of:
Harvard's John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge.
February 4, 2008
Contact: Suren Moodliar (English)
Massachusetts Global Action
Phone: 617-482-6300
Email: suren[@]
Monday, February 11, 2008 – 6:00pm
In front of:
Harvard's John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge.
A growing coalition of local progressive organizations and individuals has decided to protest the policies of the Mexican government represented by its President, Felipe Calderón as he addresses Harvard's JFK Forum. Calderon came to power after another undemocratic “election” in Mexico. His government continues to repress indigenous people, the labor movement, in particular in Oaxaca, and is responsible, together with government of the United States for the situation of millions of undocumented Mexican workers in the U.S. At the same time, Calderon is now advocating for the Security and Prosperity Partnership, which strengthens the NAFTA agreement that is detrimental to workers in Mexico and the U.S.
* In 2006, President Calderon stole the presidency from the Party of Democratic Revolution (PRD) candidate Andrés López Obrador. On July 2, 2006 Mexicans voted at over 130,000 different polling stations, casting separate ballots for president, senator and federal deputies. International and Mexican election observers noted that there weren't enough independent and party observers present in the process. In many regions, one party dominated, creating opportunities for vote shaving, ballot stuffing, lost ballots and other forms of fraud. The PRD's strongest accusation comes from the fact that ballots in nearly one third of the country were not counted in the presence of independent observers. One analysis of (Federal Election Commission equivalent) IFE results found that in 2,366 polling places only a PAN (Calderon’s National Action Party) observer was present and in those places, Calderon beat Lopez Obrador by a 72-21 margin. Furthermore, PRD observers discovered that sealed ballot boxes were being opened illegally at IFE offices where PAN's observers dominated the process. Given a history of electoral fraud in Mexico, during the nearly century reign of the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party now allied with PAN) and the explicit support of Calderon in the Western media, we charge Calderon with manipulating Mexico's democratic process, just as President Bush disenfranchised voters in Florida and Ohio to become president in the United States and demand that democracy be respected in Mexico, without interference from the United States or any other Western power.
* There are at least 31 indigenous political prisoners, punished for their autonomous community organization, the defense of their territory and natural resources, the defense of their right to freely decide their own community matters, and their refusal to forget their culture and history. All of them organized to improve the living conditions in their regions and communities, yet charges have been invented to keep them locked up. There is paramilitary activity backed by the US and Mexican government against indigenous communities in Oaxaca. This facilitates the expansion of capitalism and empire in Oaxaca has led to an international call for solidarity against this state sponsored repression. What makes Oaxaca and other indigenous struggles in Mexico notable is the commitment of strong currents within it to militancy, to non-violence, to non-hierarchical forms of social structure, to cooperation in place of competition, to local autonomy and, as much as possible, to local self-sufficiency. The jails of Oaxaca now reveal the war unleashed by the state government and those who have served it down through the years. By means of a silent war, the corporations and all the political parties are trying to do away with the Indian peoples, plunder their natural resources, erase their history with blood, and take their territory away from them. Extermination, exploitation, lies, dispossession, and prison have been the only state and federal government policies concerning the Indian peoples of Oaxaca.
On September 25, 1996, the massive repression of the Zapotec men and women of the Loxicha region began when the Mexican Army brutally attacked those who were demanding better living conditions. The result was "200 illegal arrests, 150 cases of torture, 32 illegal searches, 22 extrajudicial executions, 22 forced disappearances, 137 political prisoners or prisoners of conscience, and an undetermined number of sexual abuses, harassment, death threats, and corrupt procedural irregularities" (Civilian Mission for the Observation of Human Rights, March 21-24, 2002).
We therefore demand: Freedom for all Indigenous prisoners; Stop repression against indigenous peoples; Land, culture, history, language, Indigenous people are not merchandise.
* Felipe Calderon inherited and strongly supports the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He supports deepening it in the form of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). Neither benefits working people in the 3 countries of North America. NAFTA weakened worker protections in all 3 countries, it increased low-wage, dead-end employment in Mexico while destroying food independence and agricultural employment in Mexico with highly-subsidized US crops. Millions of Mexicans are now forced to seek livelihoods across the border in the US. NAFTA also decreased job growth in the United States by a million jobs. However, as a former Mexican foreign minister remarked, NAFTA was "an agreement for the rich and powerful in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, an agreement effectively excluding ordinary people in all three societies."
In this vein, SPP is being drafted by the North American Competitiveness Council that consists of 30 corporate members. In addition to rewriting regulations entirely in favor of the corporations, it will likely extend US Government Patriot Act-style "security" policies to Canada and Mexico. This extension and recommended pro-corporate policies tend to be adopted by presidential/executive decree rather than through deliberation by elected bodies (Congress or Parliament).
Progressive organizations and unions in all three countries seek alternatives to NAFTA based on principles of real fair trade and solidarity. Other models for Latin American economic cooperation are being developed involving countries like Venezuela, Ecuador, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Cuba while rejecting US-imposed free-trade regimes. Felipe Calderon is helping lead the opposition to these progressive initiatives. We demand the termination of NAFTA and termination of the Security and Prosperity Partnership negotiations.
* The governments of the United States and Mexico are responsible for the current situation of millions of undocumented workers in the U.S. These workers are on the one hand exploited and abused; on the other the U.S. government persecutes and repress them through raids, detention and deportations. The Mexican government, now headed by Felipe Calderon, pushes millions of workers out of their country and away from their families in desperate search for jobs in the North, while at the same time participating in the North American Free Trade Agreement that produced more exploitation for Mexicans but more unemployment of agricultural workers.
Of particular note is the ill treatment that Mexican authorities provide migrants coming from Central America in transit to the United States. Hundreds of Guatemalans, Salvadorans, and Hondurans attempting to go through Mexico are robbed, detained, and sometimes killed in the process by corrupt police or gangs. Mexico signed the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, yet as of now it has not implemented it in full or in consciousness.
We, therefore denounce these abuses and demand justice, and fair and humane treatment from Mexico and the U.S. for migrant workers and their families.

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Call for a "Anti - Soros bloc" to greet the APPO bloc
11 Feb 2008
Call for a anti overthrow mexican goverments bloc to greet the APPO bloc at Harvard university tonight at 6:00 @ the KSG (Kennedy School of Genocide perfection)

( Desert at Hillel house after if the APPO burns some locals cars and public transportation while calling for the over throw of Devaul and spreading rumours around the world that boston is unfit for habitation)

"They said that international reporters should listen to the people because the people want a clean city and not a pigsty. They claim APPO does not represent Oaxaca, and according to them, the majority of people making up the APPO are from Tapachula, Chiapas or from Guatemala. The two women, merchants in the Central de Abastos and originally from Juchitán, expressed their hatred for the teachers union and the APPO. They claim that union leader Enrique Rueda Pacheco is a muxe (a transvestite in Zapoteco) and that he has whores waiting for him in his Juchitec neighborhood mansion of La Septima, which is actually one of the poorest neighborhoods comprised mostly of families of fishermen. They also criticized the leaders of both Section 22 of the national teachers union and those of the APPO of corruption. The older of the two ladies claimed that the last governor of Oaxacan paid APPO leader Flavio Sosa millions of pesos while she had to sell products in the market to take care of her invalid son. "

"I remember when that "Tourist go home" grafitti went up. APPO's campaign against tourism and their attempt to shut down the city are turning many citizens of Oaxaca against them. This strategy has no other purpose that I can see than to escalate the violence. My favorite spot for a refresca near the zocalo was tagged by the APPO and the owner is afraid of retaliation if she paints over it. When ordinary people have this much fear, I think it is fair to say that terrorism is afoot. But the picture in the slide show that really affected me was the shot of the freshly painted street. That is the Oaxaca that the APPO has destroyed."

""Well, of course I don't know who set the fires; it could have been agents provocatours. I haven't heard of any public APPO directives to burn cars or buildings. It could be just a few hotheads like in america's peaceful protests."

"I suppose it could be Elvis. When people show up with shopping carts full of gasoline bombs it tends to indicate a general approval. They aren't sneaking the gasoline bombs in. No one in the mob is screaming, "What are you doing?" when the bombs get thrown.

From my apartment I watched as the nitwits tried to set fire to a bus amid cheering from the other nitwits."

"The buses, which are used predominantly by the poor and working class were burned and blockades prevented buses from getting around town. What had been a single bus ride became three or four bus rides. Virtually all the citizens attacked and assaulted were poor or working class. I suspect the poor have had just about all the "help" from APPO that they can stand."

"foreigners who own homes in Oaxaca City are willing to sell it for 10 cents on a Dollar"

Many of the indy media reports ive read admit to sever local dissatisfaction with the appo, their aims and tactics. Additionally Indy media reports admit that they are armed with and use guns, fire bombs and homemade rocket launchers and that they steal independently owned busses and target local shop keeps and residents for a seige of Oaxaca. What ive read and scene points to a seeming hypocrisy in that the appo actually pays and arms its people to the detriment of the local populace.

Isnt that clearly contrary to the descriptions of them here as being popular and nonviolent?

I have not scene any cohesive anti imperialist analysis for the teachers strike which I understand is a local ritual and has since been declared over. Have you?

There is a long history of local labor struggles being taken over by external interests. This is following close on the heals of the US regime changes in Iraq, Haiti, Liberia, Ukraine and with a major campaine against Sudan in progress.

Does anyone else see the problem with americans calling for the overthrow of another countries government?

The over the top US Indy media based overthrow rhetoric and overtly contradictory portrayals doesn’t explain why activists should drop any anti-imperialist work to engage in destabilizing regime change in a foreign country that reportedly has the potential for inciting civil war.

Is there any moral surplus any where in US and western societies which have been completely corrupted by imperialism and Zionism and continue to fail to mount any real resistance to them?

So the APPO sucks but you support it anyways?

Look there are entire branches of US based imperialism dedicated to rounding up malcontents and otherwise criminals, feeding them with warm food and revolutionary or separatist fervor to overthrow targeted governments.

Why does the USS Indy media have to capsize with the same game?

Why not look at the big picture?

What is really changing hands now in Mexico?

Who wants a piece of that action?
Who wants to shut it down?
Most importantly who wants to own it all in 5 years?

Remember war is only the second most profitable business with engineering economic collapse thru currency flight followed by ownership consolidation being a far superior first.
Of course killing economies and scooping everything up from under the wreckage requires a little war investment.

Here's a scenario:

The APPO disrupts the local economy bringing a federal reaction and increased unrest. The formerly employed tourist workers join the "rebellion" to get dinner for the family.

It spreads and Mexico goes up in flames.

Thousands flee north to rapidly falling wages in the US labor fields. The 'guest worker' system is in place to take a cut of the action for the feds.

Strife between gringos and Mexicans distracts everyone quicker than Cindy sheenan in a hot Texas ditch.

Diligently unseen by the fad of the day the popular and overwhelmingly democratically elected peoples Hamas movement is exterminated.

US airlines make up for the loss of the south bound tourist bucks by flying US troops to war on Sudan.

Carnival cruise lines moves in after a few good years domestically to buy up the cinders of Oaxaca and hire back the former hotel owners as dishwashers and card dealers.

Overthrow complete.

What do you think?

NYC Mexican consulate bombed
Posts like these should be in the main section
18 Feb 2008
Posts like these should be in the main section where they will more easily be seen and read. Anything to do with gatherings -- from protests to meetings -- where people get together needs more prominence.

Sometimes the only way to facilitate change is to get heard and seen in the streets and on the steps.

We can write letters all we want to officials and editors, but that ain't enough.

How does one get to post articles in the main section?