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Caravana a Chiapas / Caravan to Chiapas

by IMC Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001 at 11:10 PM

Este 26 de diciembre saldrá de Distrito Federal una de las tantas caravanas en apoyo a los municipios autónomos en Chiapas, México. / The latest caravan in support of Chiapas' autonomous municipalities will depart from Mexico City on December 26.

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"El levantamiento zapatista era una nueva manera de proteger la tierra y la cultura: ms bien que cerrarse del mundo, el movimiento zapatista arroj abiertas las puertas e invit el mundo adentro. Chiapas fue transformado, a pesar de su pobreza, a pesar de estar bajo sitio militar constante, en un lugar de reunin y encuentro global para los activistas, los intelectuales, y los grupos indgenas." - Naomi Klein

Caravana a Chiapas

Este 26 de diciembre saldr de Distrito Federal una de las tantas caravanas en apoyo a los municipios autnomos en Chiapas, Mxico.

El Aguascalientes 3, Francisco Gmez, ubicado en las caadas de Ocosingo (en la selva Lacandona), ser el punto de reunin y encuentro de los caravaneros con la comunidad zapatista.

Algunos de los objetivos de esta reunin son lo siguiente:

  • Apoyar en la construccin de la escuela autnoma, para el crecimiento de la  educacin de los pueblos en base a sus usos y costumbres

  • Colaborar en la pintura de murales en la escuela, para tener rostro

  • actividades culturales, teatro, msica, video, talleres manuales, etc.

  • limpiar las milpas para la cosecha de maz, del caf y del maana

  • limpieza de la fosa asptica (letrina) para mantener la salud



Adems la caravana tiene como objetivo ser observador de derechos humanos y que stos no sean violados por autoridades federales, estatales o del ejrcito federal, as como llevar testimonios de formas de lucha y resistencia de cada pueblo al que pertenecemos.

Este esfuerzo organizado se da gracias al trabajo de varios grupos, incluyendo Yaxalchi, Facultad de Arquitectura UNAM, Casa de Cultura Benito Jurez, FZLN, y sociedad civil del Distrito Federal en Mxico.



Todos estos grupos mantienen un trabajo con la cooperativa de caf Smaliyel cuyo significado lleva por nombre: esperanza. Este trabajo se centra en el desarrollo del proceso del caf (tostado) para una mejor calidad, buscando la distribucin en sectores donde la poblacin pueda consumir el buen caf 100% orgnico a un bajo costo sin afectar su inters econmico, generando una economa en base a la autonoma. Los beneficios benefician no slo el proyecto de agricultura sino tambin proyectos de educacin y salud de los pueblos que cultivan el caf.

Desde Los Angeles, California, junto con compaeros de Chicago, nace el apoyo solidario de colectivos como el espacio comunitario Flor y Canto, el Comit de apoyo al  boicot Taco Bell, estudiantes y sociedad civil. Los compaeros sensibles a la situacin asistirn en apoyo a los trabajos mencionados y compartirn con el dialogo las experiencias y formas de resistencia en California y Chicago.

 
Los trabajos hasta ahora realizados en LA son reuniones de informacin sobre la situacin actual en Mxico, los Acuerdos de San Andres, NAFTA, Plan Puebla Panam, globalizacin y neoliberalismo, y una serie de eventos beneficio.

Todos estn invitados a venir y participar en los prximos eventos cuales se realizarn esta semana antes de que sale la caravana:

  • Viernes, 21 de Diciembre, 7:00 pm
    Caf Luna Tierra Sol

    2501 W. Sixth St. (x Carondelet)
    LA, CA
    213-380-4754
    Detalles:
    Evento a beneficio de los proyectos autnomos zapatistas en M
    xico DF y Chiapas: msica en vivo con DJ MENOMAN, LA PAZ, DOMINGO 7, MIL VOCES DE COMBATE, OSCAR NUDO CELTA; videos; fotos; mesas de informacin, rifas; y mucho ms.


  • Sbado, 22 de Diciembre,
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Consulado Mexicano
    2410 W. Sixth St.
    LA, CA

    Detalles:
    Protesta en conmemoracin de la masacre de Acteal, Chiapas, en 1997.


  • Sbado, 22 de Diciembre,
    3:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Galera Coyolxauhqui
    4100 City Terrace Dr.
    ELA, CA
    Detalles:
    Se celebrar otro acto en memoria de las victimas de la masacre de Acteal

    -3:00 - Puertas abren
    -4:00 - Proyeccin del video "Acteal, Estrategia de Muerte"
    -5:00 - Ceremonia de baile: Danza Azteca Cuahutemoc
    -5:30 - Msica: Cihual Tonali
    -6:00 - Msica: Mil Voces del Combate (Msica protesta)
    -6:30 - Msica: La Cosa Nostra (Rock rupestre)
    -7:00 - Break
    -7:30 - Presentacin de la obra teatral "La Masacre de Acteal"
    -8:30 - Dilogo entre los participantes y los asistences sobre la situacin actual (opiniones y preguntas)

    Mas informacin:
    323-264-0504 / cdmla@latinmail.com

    Convocado por: LAIPA, El Colectivo de Acteal, Aztlan Media Collective, Comite Pro-Democraca en Mexico, Danza Cuahutemoc y Mictlan Murals



The Zapatista uprising was a new way to protect land and culture: rather than locking out the world, the Zapatistas flung open the doors and invited the world inside. Chiapas was transformed, despite its poverty, despite being under constant military siege, into a global gathering place for activists, intellectuals, and indigenous
groups. - Naomi Klein


Caravan to Chiapas

The latest caravan in support of Chiapas' autonomous municipalities will depart from Mexico City on December 26.


The gathering point for the caravan participants and the zapatista community will be at Aguascalientes III, Francisco Gomez, located in the canyons of Ocosingo in the Lacandona forest.

Some of the objectives of this gathering are as follows:

  • Help with construction of a new autonomous school in order to assist the ongoing efforts of local peoples in establishing and maintaining an education system based on their own cultures, customs, and needs.

  • Collaborate in painting murals on the new school.

  • Take part in cultural activities, theater, music, video presentations, workshops.

  • Help clean and prepare the corn and coffee bean fields for harvest.

  • Help maintain/clean septic ditch/latrine.

In addition to these activities, by exchanging resistance information/testimony between villages, towns, and cities, the caravan will also help efforts to ensure that state, federal, and military authorities are not violating human rights in the region.


This project is the result of work by various  groups, including Yaxalchi, School of Architecture - National Autonomous University of Mexico, Casa de Cultura Benito Juarez (a reclaimed autonomous space in Mexico City), EZLN, and general civil society from Mexico City and other areas

All of these groups have been working with the coffee cooperative Smaliyel (Hope). The focus of this work is on the development of a better process for coffee growth, production, and distribution, with the goal of providing higher quality 100% organic coffee at a lower cost without exploiting the coffee growers and producers, thereby helping to establish and maintain an autonomous, self-sufficient economy. The benefits and goals of this project extend beyond the immediate economic autonomy of coffee production to include education and health in the coffee-producing villages.

Local support and solidarity for the caravan comes from collective organizations like the Flor y Canto community space in Highland Park, the Taco Bell Boycott Committee, students, and local members of civil society, as well as from other groups in Chicago and elsewhere. Participants in the caravan will help with the various tasks involved, as well as engage in a vital dialogue on their own experiences with and forms of resistance in California and Chicago.

To date, local work here in Los Angeles has included meetings to exchange information on the situation in Mexico, the San Andres Accords, NAFTA, Plan Plueba Panama, issues of globalization and neoliberalism, and a series of benefit events.

All are invited and encouraged to participate in the following events scheduled in advance of the caravan departure:

  • Friday, December 21, 7:00 pm
    Caf
    Luna Tierra Sol
    2501 W. Sixth St. (x Carondelet)
    LA, CA
    213-380-4754
    Details:
    Benefit event for the Zapatista Autonomous projects in Mexico City and Chiapas, featuring: live music by DJ MENOMAN, LA PAZ, DOMINGO 7, MIL VOCES DE COMBATE, OSCAR NUDO CELTA; video screenings; slides; political info tables; raffles; and much more.

  • Saturday, December 22,
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Mexican Consulate
    2410 W. Sixth St.
    LA, CA

    Details:
    Protest to commemorate the Acteal, Chiapas massacre of 1997.


  • Saturday, December 22,
    3:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Galera Coyolxauhqui
    4100 City Terrace Dr.
    ELA, CA
    Details:
    Event to commemorate the victims of the Acteal massacre.

    -3:00 - Doors open
    -4:00 - Video presentation:"Acteal, Estrategia de Muerte"
    -5:00 - Dance ceremony: Danza Azteca Cuahutemoc
    -5:30 - Msica: Cihual Tonali
    -6:00 - Msica: Mil Voces del Combate (Msica protesta)
    -6:30 - Msica: La Cosa Nostra (Rock rupestre)
    -7:00 - Break
    -7:30 - Theatrical presentation: "La Masacre de Acteal"
    -8:30 - Open dialogue (questions, opinions, exchange) between participants and presenters on the current situation.

    More information:
    323-264-0504 / cdmla@latinmail.com

    Presented by:
    LAIPA, Acteal Colective, Aztlan Media Collective, Mexico Pro-Democracy Committee, Danza Cuahutemoc y Mictlan Murals

     

links:

EZLN

Flor y Canto Centro Comunitario

 

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