imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Local Activists Meet to Discuss Zapatista Red Alert

by Anna Tuesday, Jul. 05, 2005 at 11:56 AM

When Comandante Marcos sent out a general red-alert last week from the Zapatista community in Chiapas, Mexico, ripples of concern could be felt worldwide.


First came the announcement that the Caracoles, or political community centers in the villages throughout Chiapas were being closed and that the EZLN troops were being called back to their clandestine mountain barracks. At the same time the EZLN (Ejercito Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional) distanced themselves from all civilians and outside support teams in the area, saying that if they chose to stay, they would be on their own as the EZLN could no longer be responsible for them or guarantee their safety,.

This was followed by a series of communiqués from Marcos and the EZLN leaders. The first condemned the three Mexican political parties: the PRI, the PAN, and even the more recent and considered by many to be more progressive PRD; saying that little has changed since the people took up arms in January of 1994, that the system has reneged on the contracts and promises made to the indigenous people of Mexico, and that the time has arrived to take new measures.

What would those measures be? Would they include military attacks? The world held it’s breath and awaited words from the mountains.

Subsequent messages appeared on email lists worldwide stating that the Zapatistas were involved in “consultas”, community meetings, where a proposal drafted by the EZLN was being discussed. Next, came the news that the EZLN plans to organize forums across Mexico to create a national agenda that will include the voices of all of the indigenous poor and the working class. The Zapatistas have a very inclusive agenda and see this forum spreading to the rest of the world as well

All of these communiqués have been written with great care to explain the Zapatista philosophy and to make it clear that nothing said is the voice of only one person or one group; but that tens of thousands of people are involved with every decision, and that not days, but months if not years have gone into every process.

Then the announcement hit the newswires and internet that whatever is planned definitely does not include an offensive attack and this came as a major source of relief to the worldwide community which had been in a state of baited breath awaiting any news to come from those mysterious mountain juntas.

E-mails have been flying and voices of L.A. delegates in Chiapas have been heard on KPFK, many describing a sense of eerie tension. These same delegates have explained that the EZLN distancing itself from the communities and from the outside delegates has most likely been in order to protect everyone from possible attacks on the part of the Mexican government. Apparently several years ago in a similar pull-out by the EZLN, the government used this as a pretext to attack the aldeas or villages, and so by stating that the EZLN is an isolated group and that no one else is related to it is an attempt to prevent a similar occurrence.

Still, from all reports there is no evidence of any overt attempts made to step-up military activity in the villages of Chiapas, and aside from a few more road stops; there is no real change. Just the waiting and the tension

The Mexican government, however, has not been silent throughout this process. Immediately following the first communiqué; the find of a large marijuana farm in Zapatista territory was reported in the major Mexican media, along with the speculation that the EZLN was cultivating drugs in order to finance their munitions supply. This was an obvious attempt to discredit the Zapatistas right from the start, and although the government backed off of this false story a few days later, it is clear that this was a blatant attempt to plant the idea in the minds of the people that the Zapatistas are nothing more than a group of drug running thugs

Then the news came that the indigenous people had come to a conclusion; “tens of thousands of people” have agreed on the Zapatista proposal. This with a 98% majority and Marcos was very clear in his communication that only people of 100% indigenous blood voted. This excluded Marcos and any other Meztizos from the actual decision making process.

All of this has caused a flurry of meetings and discussions all over the world; and here in L.A. a coalition of groups who work in solidarity with the Zapatistas and other community members came together to discuss and analyze all this activity and try to determine if any action is merited here at this time.

Members of the Los Angeles coalitions in solidarity with the Zapatistas, the Eastside Café in El Sereno, Casa del Pueblo in Echo Park, Estacion Libre, and other concerned activists and community members met June 29, Wednesday evening, at the Eastside Café.

After everyone was brought up to date on the history of the Zapatistas and the current events that have led to this point the discussion was opened to ideas. However due to the fact that the communiqué stating what exactly the Zapatista proposition consists of has yet to be released, it’s difficult to know exactly what is needed or expected from the community.

There were ideas relating to how to deal with the Mexican government, including approaching the consulate here in L.A. with petitions signed by members of the community, although what these petitions would demand is not clear at this point. There were ideas on how to educate and mobilize the communities of color, and on being inclusive and involving as many people as possible. There was discussion of utilizing the talents and resources available in the group, as well as the possibility of forming alliances with other community struggles such as the efforts to re-open Self-Help Graphics.

This is a fledgling group and is reaching out to as many people as possible. The next meeting will be Wednesday July 6 at the Eastside Café located at 5469 N. Huntington Blvd. in El Sereno. Everyone is invited.

Report this post as:

Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 3 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
AT WHAT TIME? PLEASE Latinos Unidos Tuesday, Jul. 05, 2005 at 2:30 PM
(Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona) Gracias Tuesday, Jul. 05, 2005 at 3:33 PM
The Zapatista Community Meeting is Wednesday 6/07 @ 8:30pm. Anna Wednesday, Jul. 06, 2005 at 2:09 PM

Local News

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 1:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 12:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 12:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 4:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J10 11:58PM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M30 10:20PM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 12:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 1:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 2:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 3:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 2:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 1:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 1:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 4:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 1:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A26 10:37PM


lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

14 Disturbing Facts About Scott Gottlieb, Trump's FDA Head J20 10:47PM

Behind the scenes at fbi National Academy J20 2:47PM

Treasury Takes Aim at Shell Companies J20 11:18AM

Paraphysique de l'intelligence J20 9:08AM

Oklahoma GOP Senator Jim Inhofe's Bloody Record J20 4:01AM

Globalization: hope on the horizon despite Fake Liberals. J20 3:41AM

Sorry President Trump,Ted Cruz Texas Judicial System,is Worse Than Many Shithole Countries J19 4:49PM

The Shortwave Report 07/20/18 Listen Globally! J19 4:33PM

The System Question as a Survival Question J18 8:54PM

Nation's Largest Voting Machine Co., ESS, Admits Lying Re Having Installed Remote Control J18 11:55AM

Du pain et des jeux J18 9:53AM

Paraphysique de martyrologie J17 8:00AM

Children Incorporated Earns 4-Star Rating on Charity Navigator J16 11:24AM

Democratic Socialists of America J14 4:57PM

Leonard Peltier Non Violent Native American Political Prisoner since 1970's J14 4:18PM

Paraphysique miscellanées de l'aggiornamento J14 12:54AM

FBI Investigated LA County Sheriff Baca,Why Not Hank Skinner's Persecution? J13 3:52PM

Updated Partial List Of Famous Vegetarians, Vegans, & Fruitarians J13 2:59PM

The Shortwave Report 07136/18 Listen Globally! J12 4:36PM

Social Policy as Social Infrastructure J12 3:38AM

Vol I: 84 Varieties Of GOP Election Fraud J12 1:50AM

Texas Can Call it An Execution,But It is A State Sponsored Murder of Hank Skinner.. J11 6:48PM

June 2018 Honduras coup update J11 3:35PM

Maria Estrada doubles down on racist support J11 1:40PM

New York Women in Film & Television Announces 2018 NYWIFT Ha Phuong Scholarship Recipients J11 10:14AM

Trapps de la domination, trapps de l'aliénation J11 1:31AM

Please Work For The Defeat Of Brett Kavanaugh And Why J09 8:54PM

Transinhumanisme ( transe inhumanisme ) J09 12:44PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy