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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

'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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