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(en) US, Boston, Lucy Parsons center, Zapatista Workshop

Date Sun, 15 Jan 2006 14:24:14 +0200


date: Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 time: 7 PM
description: Workshop tour discussing autonomy and alternatives to
the current US political system as inspired by the EZLN's Sixth
Declaration of the Selva Lacandona.
We are a collective made up of people from all over the United States
of America, 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 of 2005 under the ideals 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 encounter and 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.

Proposal:

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 conversation 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 Campana 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 this vision of a system which invites direct
participation.

- The Snail's Pace Collective (G. R., T. L.G., A. S., M. G., E. B.,
A. H., D. A.)

coordinator: The Snail's Pace Collective
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