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(en) Mexico, A letter from the road of the Zapatist Caravan

Date Wed, 18 Jan 2006 16:02:29 +0200


hello beautiful people
i am really inspired and truly exhausted right now -- been traveling with
La Otra Caravana in mexico with Subcomandante Marcos out of chiapas and now
through the yukatan penninsula -- i guess you read and hear and think about
people who inspire you but it is a whole different experience to meet them,
see them and listen -- some people are just so plain and simply honest you
can feel it in their presence -- you just know to trust them -- i can feel
it now and know i came here for a reason -- yesterday Marcos talked with a
small group of campesinos from Quintana Roo -- but more he listened, he
wrote in his notebook, and you could see he was thinking about what they
were saying -- it was a small meeting of local social movements -- later
that night he was in front of a big crowd in the plaza -- he shared
their stories with the crowd -- he shared the feeling that hit him --
the same problems in the poor mountains of chiapas -- the same pain
worthy repeating -- today he spoke softly close to tears about comandante
ramona -- he told a story from the oral tradition of the maya she shared
with him -- her voice couldnt die -- "never again a mexico without us"
she said -- never again without her as well -- we lose so much and fight
so hard -- some times we sit and wait and want to break down and cry,
rip out our hair in frustration, beat the walls, fight with friends,
hate ourselves -- but sometimes we need a simple moment to reflect
and shrink the world into a tiny point and look at it for what it
is, misshappen, deformed, broken, dying -- but also realize that
even though we are children of a messed up human race it doesnt
mean we cant try -- we are busy undoing the damage they have done,
done to us -- but it is good work and we can do it -- marocs message
on this trip surprised me with its simplicity -- dont follow the political
parties to their doom -- remake our lives collectively and sustain -- it is
a system we are fighting and it is called capitalism -- and maybe we all
need to hear those simple words one more time -- i have a lot more to say
but i am going to get back to the madness for a while and try and absorb
it -- and maybe find that silence inside to clear the pain from my
history -- i can only do my best -- do you want to try?

stay solid people
b


'In sum, we are an army of dreamers, and therefore invincible.
How can we fail to win, with this imagination overturning
everything. Or rather, we do not deserve to lose.'
- Subcomandante Marcos
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