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Complete Zapatista Declaration - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Jul. 1st, 2005

06:48 pm - Complete Zapatista Declaration

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At long last you can read the complete Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona from the EZLN.

Part I was discussed at length in my previous post talks about the past.

Part II talks about the present.

Part III talks about the future and contains the specific concrete proposals which the Zapatistas have agreed to pursue as a result of their recent week long consultation with all the rebel communities of Chiapas.

This three part declaration is an amazing and inspiring read and I really suggest taking the time to read through all of it. The long and short of the final part is that the "new thing" is that the Zapatistas will be launching a very active and very immediate non-electoral campaign of leftist unification within Mexico and throughout the world. This will involve holding a third Global Encuentro (the first two happened in the 90s and are often cited as the genesis of the Seattle WTO protest and the Indymedia movement) so that all the anti-capitalist movements of the world can get together and figure out what we might want to do together and how we might want to do it. It will also involve a campaign for a new Mexican constitution. They also plan on a number of specific symbolic political actions defying capitalist trade norms and trade sanctions. It is clear from this declaration and the statements that preceded it that they fully believe that many of them will be jailed (or killed?) as they attempt what should be such simple actions as deliverying some corn and a few barrels of oil to Cuba and organizing a global meeting of anti-capitalist activists.

This whole thing is really rejuvenating my spirit when it comes to activism. I look forward to seeing local communities organizing themselves in preparation for the global encuentro and then taking unified action as a result of it. The last global encuentros fundamentally changed the face of anti-neo-liberal anti-capitalist activism in the world, imagine what we can do 7 years later now that the movement has built the indymedia network and really developed a huge vocabulary of new tactics.

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From:fuzzio
Date:July 2nd, 2005 08:45 am (UTC)
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" - As far as we are able, we will send material aid such as food and handicrafts for those brothers and sisters who are struggling all over the world."

It is common to assume that one who is wealthy has everything to give while one who is not has nothing and is left only to beg. This is a beautiful demonstration of how this is only one of many ways of seeing.

Generosity can generate abundance and goodwill beyond anything that hoarded wealth can accomplish.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:July 2nd, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
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Indeed!
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From:soulsong
Date:July 2nd, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
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*bows in awe of their courage and humility*

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From:its_expected
Date:July 6th, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)

sorry about the tripple post. can't get my shit together

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i'm not reading any more of this 'till they bring back subcomandante marcos. nobody looks cooler in a ski mask (i think that it's the custom pipe hole that he cuts near the mouth area). and where do they get all of those ski masks from? can i aid the cause by sending more ski masks, or would the gov't classify that as supporting terrorism? could it be, like a, rainbow ski mask, or does it need to inspire fear?
ok, just kidding. i am going to read up some more on this. i used to know quite a bit aboout the movement (and MOST movements in Lat. Am.--the sandinistas kinda have a special place in MY heart---certainly not nutjob groups like sendero luminoso<---are they still even around-- or the FARC), but the amount of reading that i have been doing in general, not to mention about latin america, has been really dwindling. plus i thought the whole "MTV Zapa-tour" thing kinda embarrassed a lot of the members of the EZLN (a fiendish plot to ruin their cred., no doubt).
anyway if you know of a good book on the RECENT goings on of the EZLN, that'd be good. i don't need so much background (unless there is some "new information" out there or something). i'm not sure that I'll be able to read it anytime soon. hell, i've been planning to read "the condor years" for at least a year, and that still hasn't happened, but hey. if you've read that one and it's not worth it, let me know, but do if you can recommend an EZLN book. or i guess i could always email one of my latin american history profs from school for a book. i think that they LOVE that shit.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:July 6th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)

Re: sorry about the tripple post. can't get my shit together

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Dude, Subcomandante Marcos is the guy who signed all of these communications! He's TOTALLY there. If you go back to my previous post there's a link to a letter from him.

I actually don't read many books about current affairs, I get most of my information from constant obsessive web searching. I am very fond of We Are Everywhere: The Irresistable Rise of Global Anti-Capitalism which has a few stories and some timeline items about the Zapatistas but which is ultimately not about them but about the global movement that they are part of (sans-papiers, piqueteros, indymedia, reclaim the streets, community gardening, food not bombs, social justice protests, etcetc).

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