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(en) Mexico, July 26th 2006 Communiqué from the Intergalactic Commission of the EZLN

Date Fri, 28 Jul 2006 10:54:07 +0300


Translation El Kilombo Intergaláctico ZAPATISTA ARMY FOR NATIONAL LIBERATION
Compañeros and compañeras adherents of the Zezta Internazional,
Brother and Sisters of Planet Earth:
This is Insurgent Lieutenant Colonel Moisés writing to share with you the
results of more than seven months of consultation on the next Intergalactic
Encounter. As we said in our November 2005 communiqué, the objective, the idea
that is, of the Intergalactic is that it is really up to all of you to
determine how we organize this Encounter.
We truly want all adherents to participate in its organization, that the
Intergalactic not be a decision of the EZLN. In the seven months of
consultation that have passed since December 1st, 2005, there have been
preparatory meetings in different countries, as well as cybernetic
consultations. From these meetings we have received proposals for the
Intercontinental, on themes to be discussed as well as the date and place for
the Encounter.

Like we said above, here we want to report on how the consultations have gone up
until now, and the proposals and discussions that have come up. You should let
us know if we are missing something and what it is that we are missing. We will
be here working, and waiting for your input.

Our opinion is that we continue with more discussion and more proposals. We
think it is necessary to continue thinking and accumulating ideas before coming
together at the Encounter, seeing as it’s a fact that we’re going to have the
Intergalactic, and that it will belong to all of us that create it.

The report that we have made for you in order to continue the discussion is the
following.


Summary of adherents and of the international consultation for the organization
of the Intergalactic Encounter:

I. Adherents: The total number of adherents to the Zezta Internazional
registered on the webpage from December 1st, 2005 through July 25, 2006 is the
following:

Total adherents in the world: 2,173 from 61 countries on 5 continents

By continent:
America: 1,301 adherents from 23 countries
Europe: 848 adherents from 25 countries
Asia: 8 adherents from 6 countries
Oceana: 10 adherents de 2 countries
Africa: 6 adherents from 5 countries

The countries in which there are adherents are the following:


America: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa
Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, United States, Guatemala, Honduras,
Martinique, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay,
and Venezuela.

Europe: Germany, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, the Spanish State,
Russian Federation, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Norway,
Basque Country, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic,
Serbia and Montenegro, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey.

Asia: China, India, Japan, Palestine, Israel, and Uzbekistan.

Oceana: Australia and New Zealand.

Africa: Mali, Senegal, Nigeria, Sierra Leon, and Morocco.

Information on the adherents in each country can be found on the Zezta
Internazional webpage.


II. Proposals for place, date, and themes to be discussed

1. Place

We have received the following proposals with regard to where to hold the next
Intergalactic Encounter. We should mention that while some of the places were
repeated in various proposals, we only list them here once each.

a) One of the Caracoles in Zapatista territory. Chiapas, Mexico
b) San Cristóbal de las Casas. Chiapas, Mexico
c) Cancún, Mexico
d) Teotihuacan, Mexico
e) In a border zone between Mexico and the United States
f) Quito, Ecuador
g) Bolivia
h) Miami, United States
i) New York, United States
j) Venezuela
k) Barcelona

2. Dates

The proposals for dates on which the Encounter would be held that have thus far
been sent to the Zezta Internazional webpage are the following:

a) Summer of 2006
b) Fall of 2006
c) December of 2006
d) January of 2007

3. Themes to be discussed

This list of proposed themes to be discussed in the next Intergalactic Encounter
is long. The proposals came from many parts of the world, and we have here
systematized them, for the purpose of this report, in the following manner:

1. Strategies of struggle against transnational industries that plunder and
exploit the environment of poor countries.

2. Young people and their issues/problems.

3. International solidarity, what is it and what could it be?

4. The experiences of successful struggles in each country, so that at the end
of the Encounter everyone returns to their home with a report on possible
actions that have worked in other places.

5. Debate on the necessity of constructing a space of articulation that would
not be yet another electoral referent, but rather the development of a strategy
for the accumulation of conscientious social force that would be a tool for
those from below.

6. Reflection on the Sixth Declaration of the Lacondón Jungle and the
possibility of contributing to it.

7. Neoliberalism and energy policies (struggles related to oil, gas,
electricity, against privatization, for example).

8. Water and neoliberalism (struggles related to potable water access, against
water privatization, for example).

9. The closing of unprofitable companies (the occupying of factories that were
closed by their owners because they were “unprofitable,” and the formation of
production cooperatives).

10. Gender and sexual orientation (struggles related to gender equality, the
human rights of women, gay and lesbian people, and sex workers).

11. Protection of nature and the environment (struggles against the
contamination of rivers, the cutting down of trees by large consortiums,
struggles against the “double edge” of so-called “sustainable development,” the
appropriation of “biodiversity” by transnational companies).

12. Organizational models and grassroots democracy

13. Democratization of knowledge and of information (struggles against the power
of the media consortiums, for the horizontal circulation of information, the
creation of alternative media, people’s universities, etc.)

14. Struggles against police and military repression. Debate on “security” as a
repressive concept...what type of security do we want?

15. Global autonomous direct actions, and circuits of global autonomous
cooperation

16. The struggle against capitalist globalization

17. How to support each other across international borders

18. Actions for the improvement of our communities through sustainable
development

19. The creation of open networks against the system

20. The Free Trade Treaties and the unification of Latin America


III. Proposals for the preliminary organization of the Intergalactic Encounter

a) That there be more than one Intergalactic Encounter
b) That the Intergalactic Encounter be an collection of Encounters all over the
world
c) That there be preliminary encounters at country and continental levels
d) That an internet chat be opened so that those who cannot attend can
participate in the dialogue through cyber-tables with moderators
e) That the Encounter be named after Comandanta Ramona


IV. On the Participants in the Intergalactic Encounter

a) That the participation of those from below be promoted
b) That economic support networks be formed so that people from movements from
below (principally in America, Asia, and Africa) that do not have resources can
attend
c) That the political parties in Latin America that promote socialism be
convoked.
d) That participative priority be given to indigenous peoples
e) That young people’s movements and networks be taken into account


V. Proposals by Country or Continent

1. Hold various European encounters during the summer of 2006.

2. Exchange of experiences between women of Bolivia and compañeras of the EZLN.

3. Organize meetings of commissions to prepare proposals on a regional level
throughout the American Continent.

4. Hold an encounter in Costa Rica to discuss an ideology of “below and to the
left.”

5. Proposal for meetings in Chicago.

6. Proposal to create an email list of Chilean adherents of the Zezta that want
to participate in the discussion and diffusion of the Sixth Declaration of the
Lacondón Jungle.


VI. On Activities and Meetings preliminary to the Intergalactic

Although the EZLN communiqué on the Intergalactic came out in November of 2005,
international activities were going on as of July of the same year, just days
after the publication of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacondón Jungle.

>From July 2005 through July 2006, 19 preliminary activities to the Intergalactic
Encounter have been registered, in 16 cities in 9 countries around the world.
Of those 9 countries, 6 are in the Americas and 3 in Europe.

The encounters were held in Barcelona, Spanish State (July 2005); Bisegna, Italy
(September 2005); Buenos Aires, Argentina (December de 2005); Germany (January
2006); Madrid, Spanish State (February 2006); Buenos Aires, Argentina (February
2006); Barcelona, Spanish State (February 2006); Vancouver, Canada (February
2006); Paraná, Argentina (February 2006); San Salvador, El Salvador
(February-March 2006); Los Angeles, United States (March 2006); Cosenza, Italy
(March 2006); Chicago, United States (March 2006); Paraná, Argentina (April
2006); Rosario, Argentina (April 2006); La Garriga, Spanish State (May 2006);
Brasilia, Brazil (June 2006); Montevideo, Uruguay (June 2006).

Reports from each of these activities can be found on the Zezta Internazional
webpage.

Important note: There are surely omissions in this and previous lists. We
apologize for this and we invite you to send information about any encounters,
proposals, and adherents not here reported.


Compañeros y compañeras,

This is the report that we wanted to present to you on the Consultation that has
been held over these months. The Intergalactic Commission of the EZLN, through
the Zezta Internazional webpage and the listserves of adherents, will continue
informing you about the proposals that we receive, until there is an idea of
what it is that we want and how we are going to do it.

Keep working compañeros y compañeros! Let your voice be heard, don’t let it be
left out of the next Intergalactic Encounter!

We also want to comment, brothers and sisters, that we are aware of all the
actions that have been organized internationally to demand the liberation of
our brothers and sisters of Atenco. You have held 209 mobilizations in 77
cities in 30 countries around the world. All have been good, but of course we
add that we must keep mobilizing because our compañer@s are still being held
unjustly in prison, while those responsible for the repression are free in the
streets.

What’s more, this is not the only injustice. We know that there are many more
injustices in the world, like that suffered by our compañer@s farmers of South
Central Farm in Los Angeles, who were evicted from their land where they lived
and worked collectively. We have to support these brother and sisters so that
they continue their struggle and do not give up.

There is also the injustice of the imprisonment of our Mapuche brothers and
sisters in Chile. We have to tell them that we keep them present in our minds
and hearts, that we know that how the bad government of Chile is, that it
doesn’t think about the poor people from below, but rather is only interested
in those of above, as usual.

We have to get used to struggling and we have to get used to better organizing
ourselves. We have to accustom ourselves to looking below and to struggling for
what is a true LIBERTY, DEMOCRACY, AND JUSTICE.

The hour is upon us, it is time.
Onward compañer@s!

>From the mountains of the Lacondón Jungle

Insurgent Lieutenant Colonel Moisés
Intergalactic Commission of the EZLN


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