Sunday, July 15, 2007

The Rest of July in Mexico

Not me, of course, but there's alot happening in the next couple of weeks in Mexico so I'll be covering it here. Especially exciting, as you'll see below and in their recent communiqué, is the active collaboration of the Zapatistas with peasant movement representatives from Brazil, Korea, Madagascar (refused entrance to Mexico due to "visa problems"), India, the USA, the rest of Mexico, and many other places throughout the Americas, Asia, and Europe. I'll be linking to audio from the roundtables as it emerges and will be fleshing out happenings of the Second Encuentro of the Zapatista Peoples with the Peoples of the World at this post as well - so stay tuned!

Oaxaqueños are in the streets again...and being brutally repressed
--> Let's Mobilize!<--

Encuentro Anark@galactico
-July 15-18 at CIDECI (Centro Indígena de Capacitación Integral) in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas-

Alongside some nuts-and-bolts organizing to build a global network of anarchist adherents to the Zapatistas' Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, specific discussions regarding political prisoners, borders, the Other Campaign, and appropriate technology are scheduled to take place.

The Popular Guelaguetza 2007
-July 16 in Oaxaca City-

UPDATE: Oaxaca mobilizes to defend itself...let's join them! Pictures from the Popular Guelaguetza: 1, 2, 3

"Guelaguetza" is a Zapotec word meaning something like "reciprocal exchanges of gifts and services"...a concept that the Oaxacan government has reduced to an annual event where indigenous oaxaqueños dance around for tourists. The struggle of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) and the Oaxacan Teachers Union (Section 22) succesfully stopped last years state-sponsored event and held their own massive celebration...they seek to do so again this year.

"Latin America Seen from the Other Politics"
-July 16 at the National Institute of Anthropology and History in Mexico City-

A roundtable featuring the current leader of the Zapatistas' Sixth Commission, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos (aka Delegate Zero), as well as Carlos Antonio Aguirre Rojas (founder and director of Contrahistorias Magazine and the Immanuel Wallerstein Center in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas), Sergio Rodríguez Lascano (director of Revista Rebeldía), and Marcos Roitman (author and sociologist).

Facing Capitalist Dispossesion: The Defense of Land and Territory
-July 17 at the Club of Journalists in Mexico City-

A roundtable featuring Delegate Zero as well as representatives from Brazil's Landless Workers Movement, the Korean Peasants League, the Bharatiya Kisan Union of India and Mexico's National Indigenous Congress.

International Day(s) of Action Against Repression in Mexico
-July 18/19-

UPDATE: Movement for Justice in El Barrio's reportback

Movement for Justice in El Barrio has helped to organize an international component to this action being taken by the recently created National Forum Against Repression as a response to the violence visited upon the Other Campaign, and to the "Mexico of Below" in general. Called for the 18th of July, the organizers for this day of action in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas have moved their action to the 19th to give people who are traveling to join the Second Encuentro of the Zapatista Peoples with the Peoples of the World a chance to participate.

"Facing Capitalist Dispossesion: The Defense of Land and Territory"
-July 19 at CIDECI in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas-

Same as the roundtable taking place in Mexico City on the 17th, but this time Delegate Zero is joined by a representatives from the USA's National Family Farm Coalition along with the delegates from Korea and Brazil.

In addition to the title link, check this one out for interventions from Tacho and Moisés.

Second Encuentro of the Zapatista Peoples with the Peoples of the World
-July 20-28 in the Zapatista Caracoles of Oventik, Morelia, and La Realidad in Chiapas-

Coverage in English (text) -- Narcos News 1,2,3,4; CounterPunch, Inter-County Leader

Coverage in Spanish (text, audio & video) -- Chiapas Indymedia, Free Media Center-Mexico City, Narco News, De Tod@s Para Tod@s

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