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(en) Mexico, Chiapas, EZLN 2 Communiques on the National Initiative (ca)

Date Sat, 16 Jul 2005 10:13:23 +0300

...and hints about "Intergalactic" initiative as well...check
chiapas.indymedia.org for updates *Here's The First...
Communiqué from the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee –
General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.
Mexico. July 13, 2005 To the People of Mexico: This is our word:
First - The EZLN has now designated a committee from its leadership in
order to take responsibility for everything having to do with the work of
carrying forward the Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona. It will work,
jointly and respectfully, with those organizations, groups, collectives and
individuals who join with us in this new civil and peaceful initiative in Mexico.

Second - The Sixth Declaration is clear in its contents and purposes, and
it has been so understood by its recipients. Only the politicians and
businesspersons of Mexico have demonstrated that they do not understand
anything, and they have not missed the opportunity to behave ridiculously.

Third - The EZLN has read, with respect and attentively, the different
analyses which have been made of this initiative. We are grateful to those
who have warned of risks and dangers and who have given their opinion as
to the best direction and steps for moving forward. The EZLN has, in
addition, taken note of the many messages of support which it has received
through various channels.

Fourth - In order to organize and systematize all of this, and in
agreement with the Mexican magazine of the left, “Rebeldía,” the EZLN is
advising that messages of support, of willingness to work together,
positive and negative comments, constructive and destructive criticism,
help, rejections and repudiations of the Sixth Declaration of the Selva
Lacandona will be accepted at the following email addresses:

In order to subscribe to the Sixth Declaration and in order to start
working, jointly with the EZLN, in the Plan for a National Campaign with
Another Politics, for a National Program of Struggle of the Left and a New
Constitution, the email address is conlasexta@revistarebeldia.org. We are
asking you to please include some means of communicating with you so that
you can stay informed about everything and so you can be invited to the
meetings and activities which will be held.

For everything against the Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona, the
email address is contralasexta at revistarebeldia.org . All of the
opinions against will be read and seriously analyzed.

For all and any general information, consult the web page:

Fifth - The EZLN committee responsible for the work for achieving the
Sixth Declaration will – on August 1, 2005 – prepare a preliminary list of
those persons and organizations of the left who have joined in with this
work, in order to carry out a series of discussion and working meetings
with them. They will be scheduled by groups and will be given sufficient

Sixth - We respectfully ask the political and social, indigenous,
non-governmental, cultural, artistic, scientific, gender, homosexual,
lesbian, transsexual, everyone-in-their-own-way organizations, groups,
collectives and any other kind of associations – to promptly name their
delegates or representatives who will be attending these working meetings.


From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.

Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee – General Command of the
Zapatista Army of National Liberation.

Mexico, July of 2005.

The Second...

Zapatista Army of National Liberation.


July 13, 2005:

To those individuals, organizations, collectives, groups and associations
of the left who support what has been proposed in the Sixth Declaration of
the Selva Lacandona:

Compañeros and compañeras:

Greetings from all the men, women, children and old ones of the EZLN. I am
writing in order to tell you a little of how we’ve been thinking we might
move forward in the work for the National Campaign with Another Politics,
for a National Program of Struggle of the Left and for a New Constitution.

Hmm…Perhaps we’d move forward a little if we began by changing the name,
because it’s so long that once you’ve reached the end, you’ve already
forgotten how it started. Fine, but we’ll see about that once we’re all
working together, we will reach agreement on that and other things. For
the moment, in order to abbreviate and synthesize, we’ll call it “The
Other Campaign.”

Fine, then I’ll tell you first about how we organized the EZLN for this
work. We agreed to divide up the tasks and, as is our way, to form
committees. The committees are groups of compañeros and compañeras who are
in charge of a work and who inform everyone how that work is going. And
they don’t just do whatever they feel like, but rather according to how
they are told. Then the zapatista leadership divided up the tasks:

One part, the majority, will be in charge of the zapatista towns, of
defending them, of helping them in their autonomía and in giving them
guidance in the struggle. This group is, in fact, the CCRI-CG of the EZLN.

Another part of the CCRI-CG, a small one, will be in charge of the
international efforts proposed in the Sixth Declaration of the Selva
Lacandona. We are calling this group the “Intergalactic Committee of the
EZLN,” or, simply, the “Intergalactic Committee.”

And another part of the CCRI-CG, also small, will be in charge of the
national arena, concerning the national campaign, etcetera, or “The Other
Campaign.” We called this group the “Sixth Committee of the EZLN,” or,
simply, the “Sixth Committee.”

Fine, right now I’m going to talk to you about the “Sixth Committee,” and
then another time I’ll tell you about the “Intergalactic Committee.”

The “Sixth Committee” is the one which, firstly, is going to meet with all
those of the left who are in agreement with “The Other Campaign” and who
are not people or organizations who participate in elections. Then, with
everyone, it is going to make a plan for traveling all over Mexico. Well,
not all over. Only where they invite us. If there is a place where they
don’t wish to receive us, then we won’t go. Because we don’t want to
impose a way of thinking by force either.

This “Sixth Committee” has already reached agreement with the compañeros
and compañeras of Revista Rebeldía, and, on August 1 of this year, the
Rebeldías are going to send us a list of all those organizations and
persons who noted that they are in agreement with the Sixth and with
working in “The Other Campaign” (remember that the email address is
conlasexta at revistarebeldia.org ). Of course, there might be some
organizations which have not finished reaching agreement on the Sixth, or
which are waiting to see if López Obrador announces his candidacy, or to
see if Cárdenas leaves the PRD or runs as a candidate for another party.
Or it might be that some people are still reading it or are waiting to
receive it, and then they won’t manage to send their word prior to July
31. Don’t worry, you can come in at any time and join the work at whatever
stage we’re at.

Fine, but as for those who let us know no later than July 31 that they’re
ready and willing, we’re going to meet with them first in order to begin
reaching agreements on “The Other Campaign” plan. These meetings will be
in the month of August and part of September, because we’re not all going
to meet en masse, rather first some, then others, and then everyone. This
will be in Chiapas, in some of the zapatista communities which agree to
receive us for this work. We have chosen weekends so that you won’t have
to miss work…or not much. The calendar we’re proposing to you is the
following (note: there might be changes, but we’ll let you know):

- Political organizations of the Left: Arrival on Friday, August 5;
Meeting on Saturday, August 6, and Departure on Sunday, August 7.

- Indigenous Organizations and Organizations of the Indian Peoples of
Mexico: Arrival on Friday, August 12; Meeting on Saturday, August 13, and
Departure on Sunday, August 14.

- Social organizations of the Left: Arrival on Friday, August 19; Meeting
on Saturday, August 20, and Departure on Sunday, August 21.

- Non-Governmental, artistic, cultural organizations, groups, collectives,
etcetera: Arrival on Friday, August 26; Meeting on Saturday, August 27,
and Departure on Sunday, August 28.

- Women, men, old ones, boys and girls, as individuals, as families, from
communities, streets, barrios or neighborhoods: Arrival on Friday,
September 2; Meeting on Saturday, September 3, and Departure on Sunday,
September 4.

- Others (those who were unable to attend any of the previous dates):
Arrival on Friday, September 9; Meeting on Saturday, September 10, and
Departure on Sunday, September 11.

We think that, with the wind in our favor, we will be able to make a joint
public statement (not just by the EZLN, but by everyone who has reached
agreement) on September 16. With this public statement, and then with a
committee of all of those who are going to engage in the work, we will
continue meeting with groups and persons as they join in with this

Fine, we’re letting you know early on so you can see to how you’ll be
going about naming delegates or representatives, paying for the trip,
lunch, blankets, nylon (it’s raining a lot, and it’s going to be raining
more), flashlights, batteries, boots for the mud, documents, notebooks and
pencils for taking notes and thus fully informing others, etcetera.

We’re asking you to please bring some food you can prepare for yourself,
so that we don’t add to the burden of the communities who, generous as
always, will be welcoming us.

And to the organizations, groups and collectives, we’re asking that you
not come en masse, but rather name some individuals for this work, so that
we can discuss and reach agreement. If there are a lot of us, then it will
be bedlam, and we’ll spend our whole lives discussing, and the politicians
will end up doing away with our country before we end up reaching
agreement in order to prevent it.

And, to everyone, we’re asking you to really put a lot into it, because we
do indeed have something to lose: the Patria.

Vale. Salud, and may the heart beat where it, in fact, does, that is, on
the left.

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.

By the Sixth Committee of the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous
Committee – General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.

Mexico, July of 2005.

Originally published in Spanish by the EZLN
Translated by irlandesa

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