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(en) US/Mexico, zapatista network call

Date Fri, 07 Apr 2006 10:23:20 +0300


To the compañer-A-s in every corner of the so-called US and Canada,
To all the peoples of the continent named America,
To the struggling Peoples of the Global South and the world,
To all the adherents of the Sixth Declaration, the Other Campaign, and the International Campaign,
To the national and international alternative press
We, the Zapatista Network, are reaching out as a newly emerging "network of
networks” to invite companer-A-s in the so-called U.S. and Canada to "walk
together” as Zapatista grassroots and community-based groups who support the
Zapatistas and are inspired by Zapatismo. Our intent has been to create spaces
of encounter so that diverse groups can share ideas, resources and projects as
part of a larger process to strengthen each collectives’ work, solidarity
efforts, and rebellion. We also aim to promote and support the formation of new
Zapatista inspired collectives. By saying "network of networks” we propose one
of many overlapping webs of resistance taking place all over the world.

Since January 1, 1994 when the EZLN declared ¡Ya Basta! Mexican and
International Civil Society have responded in solidarity creating a broad base
of support. The Zapatistas’ commitment to encounter and dialogue has made it
possible to collectively imagine "a world where many worlds fit.” Some
communities working in solidarity with the Zapatistas have responded with aid,
while others used direct action to help halt the military and state repression,
drawing attention to the low intensity war directed against the Zapatistas. The
response to the Zapatista rebellion has been unique not only in its diversity
but its intensity. Solidarity efforts have served to keep people informed,
provide material support, and protest the cruel excesses of military and state
repression. More importantly, communities around the world and in the US have
pursued their own resistance locally, attempting to imagine and realize a
different way of doing politics.

In August 2004 the Committee of Indigenous Solidarity-DC-Zapatistas sent out a
call to form a zapatista network in the U.S. and Canada that was initially
referred to as red "Plan Morelia-Polo Norte” (in response to and in solidarity
with the Plan La Realidad-Tijuana in Mexico). This call was made in order to
construct one avenue of many for zapatista inspired groups in this region of
America to dialogue and construct networks of support. Of the Zapatista related
collectives and groups who responded to this initial call, we began talking
together about encuentro, Zapatismo, Zapatista solidarity and how to reach out
to others so that we all know that we are not alone.

Regarding the Zapatistas as offering profound new political strategies and
alternatives whose relevance goes well beyond Chiapas, there have been two
encuentros inspired by this effort to form a bi-national network and in
response to the Zapatistas’ proposals in the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon
Jungle. One was in August 2005 in Oakland, California and the other in November
2005 in Los Angeles, California. Both were amazing successes and have lead to a
stronger networking among the numerous Zapatista groups and individuals in
California. As these encuentros have strengthened networks and community in
California, we would like to see this spread in other parts of the U.S. and
Canada alongside Mexico and the whole of the Americas.

Additionally, through sustained dialogue, the grassroots organizations and
collectives involved thus far have come to eight "points of agreement”
(preliminary and subject to change by the collective voice). These are: A
commitment to horizontal, egalitarian, fully inclusive and transparent
structures and processes in all aspects of our activities and interactions;
reciprocal respect for the autonomy and independence of all member
organizations; support for the Zapatistas’ "Other Campaign” in solidarity with
the efforts of our Mexican Compañer-A-s to unify the struggle, and in recognition
of the need to pursue a similar project north of the Rio Grande, throughout the
U.S. and Canada; a commitment to carry out our solidarity support work for the
autonomous Zapatista communities of Chiapas in full accordance with the
protocols established by the Good Government Juntas and the autonomous rebel
Zapatista municipalities (MAREZ); a commitment to advance Zapatismo as
political thought and as a method for resistance in our local struggles;
solidarity in principle with all global struggles being waged by the people of
the world for humanity and against neoliberalism; support and respect for the
choices of the autonomous Zapatista communities to struggle in defense of their
lives, humanity and environment and against neoliberalism in any way they deem
necessary; a commitment to participate to the best of our abilities in the
operational processes and development of the Zapatista Network ("Zapared”).

As the "Other Campaign” advances, we see it as urgent that this network is
available to support such initiatives. Consequently, we are publicly announcing
the existence of this emergent network which we are calling the Zapatista
Network and are reaching out to Companer-A-s in the U.S and Canada in the hope to
encourage more connections and strengthen webs of resistance.

We invite you to join us, as we begin this dialogue to create a "world where
many worlds fit.” As a medium to facilitate an ongoing encounter, there is an
interactive website with a private blog for collectives and an open forum
available for individuals. There will also be a resource archive. For more
information about the network, visit our web site. If you’re interested in
participating, feel free to contact the Zapatista Network at
zaparedinfo-A-list.riseup.net, or contact any of our member organizations
directly. Acción Zapatista de Humboldt (Arcata, CA) Manolo Callahan,
mc92-A-humboldt.edu

Acción Zapatista of Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA) Jordan Camp,
jcamp-A-umail.ucsb.edu

Chiapas Support Committee (Oakland, CA) Mary Ann Tenuto-Sánchez, cezmat-A-igc.org

Committee of Indigenous Solidarity-DC Zapatistas (Washington, DC) Adrián
Boutureira, cis-dcz-A-riseup.net

El Machete (Austin, TX) Simón, elpinchesimon-A-yahoo.com

Estación Libre (Los Angeles, CA) Pablo Gonzales, aztlan71-A-yahoo.com

Protesta y Apoyo Zapatista (Santa Barbara, CA) Jordan Camp, jcamp-A-umail.ucsb.edu

Zapatista Solidarity Coalition (Sacramento, CA) zapa-A-zsc.org

Colectivo Caracolero Chicagotra (Chicago, Il) Dora T. y Kora M.,
chicagotra-A-gmail.com

Rebel Imports (Maryland) Kristin Bricker, krisbricker-A-gmail.com
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