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(en) Mexico, II Encounter in Chiapas in July 2007

Date Sun, 01 Jul 2007 16:47:35 +0300


II Encounter of the Zapatista Peoples with the Peoples of the World
Communique of the Indigenous Revolutionary --- Clandestine Committee General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation June of 2007
To the People of Mexico: --- To the Peoples of the World --- To the Adherents of the Zexta Internazional --- To the Adherents of the Sixth Declaration --- Compañeros and Compañeras --- Brothers and Sisters:
As was announced at the First Encounter of Zapatista Peoples with the Peoples of the World (held in January of this year), the Second Encounter will be held in the coming month of July. The objective of this encounter is that persons, groups, collectives, and organizations that struggle against neoliberalism, in Mexico and all over the world, hear directly the word of the EZLN’s bases of support on the process of the construction of autonomy in the Zapatista indigenous communities of Chiapas. For this reason, the EZLN, through its Intergalactic and Sixth Commissions, convokes:

The Second Encounter of Zapatista Peoples with the Peoples of the World.
To be held in Zapatista territory July 20 through 28 of the year 2007, with
the following characteristics:

First. Taking into account the difficulties that the rainy season provokes
at this time in the state of Chiapas, the locations of the Encounter will
not be the 5 caracoles (as was previously announced), but rather 3
caracoles (Oventik, Morelia, and La Realidad), following the schedule that
we here detail:

Friday, July 20: Caracol of Oventik, Zona Altos [Highlands Zone] of
Chiapas. Welcome and Inauguration.

Saturday, July 21: Caracol of Oventik, Zona Altos of Chiapas. Plenary
roundtables with presentations by the Zapatista bases of support of the
Autonomous Municipalities of the Altos of Chiapas, and sessions for
questions, observations, and proposals by attendees.

Sunday July 22: Transfer to the Caracol of Morelia, Zona Tzotz Choj.
Welcome.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, July 23, 24, and 25: Caracol of Morelia,
Zona Tzotz Choj. Plenary roundtables with presentations by the Zapatista
bases of support of the Autonomous Municipalities of the Tzotz Choj Zone
(Caracol of Morelia), the Northern Zone of Chiapas (Caracol of Roberto
Barrios), and the Selva [Jungle] Tzeltal Zone (Caracol of La Garrucha), and
sessions for questions, observations, and proposals by attendees.

Thursday, July 26: Transfer to the Caracol of La Realidad, Zona Selva
Fronteriza [Jungle/Border Zone]. Welcome.

Friday, July 27: Caracol of La Realidad, Zona Selva Fronteriza. Plenary
roundtables with presentations by Zapatista bases of support of the
Autonomous Municipalities of the Zona Selva Fronteriza, and sessions for
questions, observations, and proposals by attendees.

Saturday, July 28: Caracol of La Realidad, Zona Selva Fronteriza. Final
Plenary and Closing.

Sunday, July 29: Return.

Second. The themes of the plenary roundtables are:

Health: Presentation given by the Health Promoters of the Zapatista communities.

Education: Presentation given by the Education Promoters.

Organization of the Communities: Presentation given by the municipal
commissioners and officials.

Collective Work: Presentation given by the local, regional, and municipal
collectives and coordinators of each zone.

The Struggle of Women: Presentation given by the women of the bases of
support on their forms of organization at different
levels, as “the women that we are.

Autonomy: Presentation given by the autonomous authorities on the struggles
and problems faced in the areas of work, health, education, trade, civil
registry, justice, projects, etc.

Good Government: Presentation given by members of the Good Government
Councils on their function in the construction of autonomy.

Evaluation of the Process of the Construction of Autonomy: Presentation
given by members of the political directive of the EZLN (CCRI) on advances and problems in the 13 years of existence of the Zapatista Autonomous
Municipalities in Rebellion (MAREZ) and the 4 years of the Good Government
Councils (JBG).

Third. The method of work in the plenary roundtables will be: Presentation
of the theme, followed by a session of observations, questions, and
answers.

Fourth. In this Second Encounter the EZLN will have as special invitees the
companeros and companeras of the Landless Movement in Brazil, of the
Campesino Movement of Korea, of the Campesino Movement of Madagascar, of
the Campesino Movement of the United States, and of other compas of the
“Via Campesina� organization in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America.
Given this, there will be a special space for the participation of these
compañer@s.

The companer@s of Via Campesina that have confirmed their
attendance, among others, are:

1) Soraia SORIANO, Brazil. Member of the National Directive of the Landless
Movement (MST).
2) Tsirisoa RAKOTONIMARO, Madagascar, Africa. Leader of the Peasant
Confederation of Madagascar (CPM).
3) Dong Uk MIN: South Korea. Coordinator of International Relations,
Peasant League of Korea (KPL).
4) George NAYLOR, United States. President of the National Coalition of
Family Farmers (NFFC).
5) Henry SARAGIH, Indonesia. World Coordinator of Vi­a Campesina (VC),
Secretary General of the Federation of Peasant Unions of Indonesia (FSPI).
6) Nemesia ACHACOLLO, Bolivia. Leader of the National Confederation of
Campesina Women Bartolina Sisa and Representative of the MAS (Evo's
party), member of the International Coordinating
Committee (CCI) of Via Campesina.
7) Paul NICHOLSON, País Vasco. Leader of the Peasant Union of País Vasco
(EHNE), member of the International Coordinating Committee (CCI) of Via
Campesina.
8) Juana FERRER, Dominican Republic. Continental Coordinator of the Latin
American Coordination of Organizations of Countryside (CLOC), Secretary
General of the National Confederation of Women of the Countryside
(CONAMUCA), Dominican Republic, member of the International Coordinating
Committee (CCI) of Via Campesina.
9) Rafael ALEGRIA, Honduras. Coordinator of Via Campesina-Central America,
Member of the International Coordinating Committee (CCI) of Via Campesina,
Coordinator of the World Campaign for Agrarian Reform of Via Campesina.
10) Blanca CHANCOSO, Quito, Ecuador. Leader of the Confederation of
Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) (allies of Via Campesina),
member of the Continental Commission of Indigenous Peoples and
Nationalities.
11) Yudhvir SINGH, India. Leader of the Peasant Union “Bhartiya
Kissan,� India.
12, 13, 14) Uthai SA-ARTCHOP, Patiphan WIRIYAWANA, and Banbita YANGDEE,
Thailand. Members of the Assembly of the Poor (AOP), Thailand.
15) Carlos MARENTES, United States. President of Agricultural Workers of
the Border, United States.
16) Kalissa REGIER, Saskatoon, Canada. Leader of the National Agricultural
Union (NFU), Canada.
17 y 18) Rodolfo POCOP and Juan TINEY, Guatemala. Leaders of the National
Indigenous and Campesino Coordination (CONIC), members of the Continental
Commission of Indigenous Peoples and Nationalities.
19) Alberto GOMEZ, Mexico. Leader of the UNORCA, Coordinator of Vi­a
Campesina-North America, member of the International Coordinating Committee
(CCI) of Via Campesina.


Fifth. Inscriptions and accreditations will begin by
internet on July 2,
2007, at the following webpages:

www.zeztainternazional.org and
enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx
Email: encuentrojulio at ezln.org.mx

Accreditations will be distributed starting Monday,
July 16, 2007, in San
Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, at:

The office of Enlace Zapatista: Avenida Ignacio
Allende 22-A, Barrio de San
Antonio, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas.
Telephone: (01) 967 6781013

Additionally, there will be a place for inscription
and accreditation in
each of the caracoles where the plenaries will be
held.

Sixth. It is recommended that those attending bring
the necessary items to
spend the night. In the caracoles there will be
affordable food stands, but
attendees can also bring their own food.

We invite all honest, noble, and committed persons
of Mexico and the World
to attend.

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine
Committee General Command of the
Zapatista Army of National Liberation.


Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.
Sixth Commission.

Teniente Coronel Insurgente Moisés.
Intergalactic Commission.

Mexico, June of 2007.
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