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(en) US, NYC, WED : Tenth Yr Celebration of Zapatista Uprising & Call for a North America PGA

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Date Tue, 17 Feb 2004 08:32:22 +0100 (CET)

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"On this tenth anniversary of the emergence of the Zapatistas from the
Lacandon jungle, we call for the formation of a continental
anti-authoritarian anti-capitalist network for North America." *
Join us on Wednesday, February 18 at 7:30 pm at the Brecht Forum where we
will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Zapatista uprising and the
ramifications of their victory on autonomous struggles globally.
The Brecht Forum is located at 122 West 27th Street, 10 Floor, between 6th
and 7th Avenues in Manhattan. The closest subway lines are the 1 or 9 trains at
7th Avenue and 28th Street, the N or R trains at Broadway and 28th Street, the
PATH trains at 23rd Street or all 6th Avenue trains (D, B, F) at 23rd or 34th Streets.

New Yorkers present in Chiapas during the New Years festivities will share
their experiences through personal narratives. Recent Mexican government
military harassment of Zapatista villages and land evictions will be
reported, and calls for international solidarity will be presented.

We will reflect upon the influence of the Zapatistas on the creation of the
Direct Action Network (DAN) that led to the shut down the WTO in 1999 and
the formation of the Peoples¹ Global Action Network (PGA) in 1997at the
Second International Encuentro in Spain.

A recent Draft Proposal for a Continental Anti-Authoritarian Anti-Capitalist
Network proposed with the ultimate goal of creating social revolution in
North America a network based on the hallmarks of the PGA. We will discuss
the status of the North American PGA since its last meetings in New York
during the World Economic Forum (January 2002). We will look ahead at what
a North American PGA might look like in an age of empire and U.S.
unilateralism after September 11.

Our participants include:

Estación Libre is an organization committed to supporting and strengthening
the struggles for democracy, justice, and self-determination of indigenous
peoples in Mexico and Black, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander and Native
communities in the U. S. Our work is to facilitate a fruitful interchange
of experiences between these struggles. Estación Libre is working to
promote community organizing in the U.S. that is inspired by the model of
zapatismo, which emphasizes democracy, inclusion, dialogue, and

David Graeber is an anthropologist and a member of the Planetary
Alternatives Network (PAN).

kat is committed to challenging all forms of domination and oppression, from
the personal to cultural to to ecological to political/economic realms. she
is currently involved with Anarchist People of Color and various
anti-capitalist groups.

lisie montaño is an organizer with the center for immigrant families, a
popular education center that organizes around the rights of low-income
immigrant parents and children of color in the new york city public schools.
shes a member of estacion libre, a poc solidarity collective that works to
build alliances between struggles for justice, autonomy and
self-determination of communities of color in the US and similar struggles
in Chiapas and around the world.

Suneela works with the Anarchist People of Color and traveled with the
Mexican Solidarity Network.

New York Zapatistas was founded in New York City on January 1, 1997, the
third anniversary of the Zapatista uprising. It is a collective of people
who are drawn together by a shared commitment to the Zapatista vision and
struggle for a new society. We organize and participate in demonstrations,
forums, street theater and presentations - including an annual Festival of
Resistance - to educate and inform the general public about the Zapatista
movement and related struggles, and to garner support for indigenous
community projects. Members have conducted story-telling workshops in
communities in resistance in Chiapas, addressing such issues as AIDS,
domestic violence, and alcoholism, helped to build clinics, and worked on
potable-water projects. The New York Zapatistas participated in the 2001
caravan, when EZLN leaders traveled to Mexico City, and attended the
National Indigenous Congress in Nurio, Michoacán.

The projects collective is an anarchist support collective based primarily
in Brooklyn, NY. We are engaged in a broad variety of local struggles and
organizational efforts, including the NYC Social Forum, the anticapitalist
globalization movement, the anti-war movement, Palestinian solidarity work,
anti-racist struggles, internet activism, and the creation of liberatory art
. Our particular politics are anarchist, but our inspirations comes from
many places, including Zapatism, libertarian communism, the People's Global
Action movement, and other social movements worldwide.

Contact 212 242 4201 or info-A-brechtforum.org for more information.

* http://www.infoshop.org/inews/stories.php?story=04/01/01/0303286

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