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(en) Mexico, Chiapas, Anarchist Reports from Rebel Territory

Date Tue, 04 Oct 2005 12:24:04 +0200


Today I start heading home. I'm writing these words for a few reasons.
One is to share a bit of the reality of the revolution going on here in
Chiapas with you. Another is so that I can remember it all well.
Another is to encourage you to come to Chiapas if you think it is for you.
I had a great time here, as well as a really difficult time. Mostly I feel
that as an Anarchist and as someone struggling for Automony, this
has been a great learning experience.
Here in Chiapas, the Zapatistas are developing autonomous,
anti-capitalist communities, and have been doing so for 10 years, with
another 10 years of preparation before that. We have so much to learn
from them, and they are right here in front of us, just a plane or bus
ride away. I hope that some of the many, many people out there
struggling to create a new world come to Chiapas if they haven't
already to see this incredible, vast, complex project with their own
eyes.

This really is a magical place, with dark mountains in the distance and
clouds swirling around them and down into the valleys at all times,
with people speaking indigenous languages all around you and
speaking a different indigenous language everywhere you go. The
indigenous people of southeastern Mexico, who have been so
oppressed and who the government has tried hard to forget and wipe
out are creating the other world that so many people in so many other
places only talk about.

Still, life here is hard. The indigenous still walk in the same mud they
have for hundreds or thousands of years. People looking for work here
have to ride these trucks through the jungle for hours and hours to get
the the nearest city. The financial poverty is intense.

Amidst all this, there is a clear, deep sense of purpose and principle.
The Zapatista communities have created these councils, juntas, laws,
schools, clinics, stores in order to create a new, better world without
neo-liberalism and capitalism and with dignity and freedom.

If you want to come support this struggle, you can come with an
organization, like Schools for Chiapas, to learn your way a bit. You can
also go by yourself, speak to the Junta in one of the Caracoles and
present your skills and your offer to volunteer. There is so much to be
done and so much to learn.
These are some of the words of a San Diego Indymedia journalist who
has recently been in Chiapas, Mexico. Traveling, working, and
learning about Zapatismo and indigenous autonomy in southern
Mexico, you can read his reports and see his photos below.
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These are some of the words of a San Diego Indymedia journalist who
has recently been in Chiapas, Mexico. Traveling, working, and
learning about Zapatismo and indigenous autonomy in southern
Mexico, you can read his reports and see his photos below.

For more information: The Other Campaign
http://www.indymedia.org/en/2005/09/824716.shtml
|Radio Insurgente
http://radioinsurgente.org/
|Chiapas Indymedia
http://chiapas.indymedia.org
| Schools for Chiapas |EZLN
http://schoolsforchiapas.org/
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