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Announcement :: International
Zapatismo in the US
03 Mar 2006
in case you missed it in january...
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Another Kind of Politics.
Community Power, Autonomy, and Zapatismo in the US
Tuesday, March 7th
7pm, 45 Mt Auburn

A workshop about the Zapatistas’ political initiative called the “Other
Campaign.” This workshop is centered around the shared experience of the
students that participated in a Fall study abroad program to Zapatista
communities in Mexico. And the request of the many communities they visited to
help spread the word regarding the "Otra Campaña" or Other Campaign that was
launched by the EZLN to open community dialogue regarding social change and in
conjunction with Mexico's upcoming presidential elections.

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About A Snail’s Pace Collective

We are a collective of people from all over the United States, students and
anti-capitalist organizers with diverse experiences and origins. We are
musicians, dancers, muralists, writers, photographers, cooks, friends,
compañeros who came together in September 2005 as part of the Mexico Solidarity
Network to study Mexican social movements. In our four months in Mexico, we
created relationships with indigenous communities in rebellion, displaced
peoples in rebel refugee camps, empowered campesinos, maquila workers,
ex-braceros, families of the disappeared, and urban resistance movements, with
whom we now stand in firm solidarity. At each exchange we have been asked
pointedly and also implicitly to return to our communities and share what we
have seen and apply the lessons to our own forms of struggle. This workshop is
our response.

On January 1, 1994 the EZLN (Ejercito Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional) rose up
in arms in the name of democracy, liberty and justice. They have since been
organizing internally to create participatory governing structures and
autonomous health and education services for the indigenous people of Chiapas,
Mexico. On the 19th of June 2005, the EZLN declared a Red Alert throughout
Zapatista territory and mobilized to protect meetings held in Zapatista
communities. Out of these meetings came the Sexta Declaracion de la Selva
Lacandona. This declaration called for all anti-capitalist groups in Mexico to
come together to create a national project called La Otra Campaña (The Other
Campaign). This campaign directly challenges the foundations of the
presidential election to be held in 2006 by creating a national network of
permanently mobilized groups that exists independent of any state structure and
offers an alternative to the party/electoral system.

The Sexta Declaracion provides inspiration for international communities to
evaluate their own forms of resistance, moving towards international networks
of anti-capitalist struggle. As US organizers, we respond to the Sexta by
recognizing our responsibility to create our own sustainable and accountable
alternatives to electoral politics. We will begin this process by facilitating
an info session and workshop about the Sexta Declaracion and the Otra Campaña
and their meanings for us as organizers. We hope to open dialogues about
building community and creating autonomous spaces in the US. Because the
homogenizing political system of the US disregards the diverse needs of those
that exist within it, we propose this workshop as a conversation about another
kind of politics, which reaches across our diverse range of struggles, looking
specifically at the Otra Campaña as an example of how we can begin this process.
We hope to demonstrate how our work complements the work of those around us, to
reaffirm and build networks of political actors who share a vision of a system
which invites direct participation.

This work is in the public domain
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Re: Zapatismo in the US
05 Mar 2006
definitely check this out. they did a wonderful workshop with us in Hartford. I think it's great that young folks who went down to Chiapas are making such a concerted effort to share the knowledge they gained from their experiences.
Re: Zapatismo in the US
05 Mar 2006
it's incredible. i've seen this workshop three times and i learned something every time. this event is not to be missed.
Re: Zapatismo in the US
07 Mar 2006
THIS IS TODAY!!!