7 New Years Resolutions for 2019

A Zapatista New Year to one and all! Hasta la Victoria, Zapatista.

We say YES! To Zapatista walls of love and education ~ NO! to Trump’s walls of hate and ignorance!


Dec. 30, 2018

Dear friends,

Schools for Chiapas has made seven New Year’s resolutions for 2019 and we invite you to help us make them realities!  We especially welcome you suggestions and support.  Si se puede! www.schoolsforchiapas.org/donate/

2019 New Year’s Resolution I ~ Build new Zapatista schools and classrooms!

Zapatista students and teachers get ready for a group photo.

During 2019 Schools for Chiapas will finance the construction of three new classrooms in remote, Mayan communities of Chiapas, Mexico.  https://schoolsforchiapas.org/gifts-of-change/


2019 New Year’s Resolution II – Share personal experiences about Zapatista education!

During 2019 Schools for Chiapas will share our direct experiences with autonomous Zapatisa education via face-to-face meetings, social media, newsletters, and our web page.  www.schoolsforchiapas.org


2019 New Year’s Resolution III – Sell Zapatista Women’s Products!

During 2019 Schools for Chiapas will sell beautiful artisan work from Zapatista women’s cooperatives and rich Zapatista coffee available through our online story.  www.schoolsforchiapas.org/store


2019 New Year’s Resolution IV – Grow medicinal plants & herbs for Zapatista projects!

Zapatista students and education promoters examine the first malanga root harvested from their growing food forest.

During 2019 Schools for Chiapas will grow and distribute medical and other useful plants throughout Zapatista communities from The Very Different Nursery.  https://schoolsforchiapas.org/gifts-of-change/


2019 New Year’s Revolution VI – Welcome people-of-conscience to Chiapas!

During 2019 Schools for Chiapas will welcome volunteers and interns to live and learn in the misty mountains and steamy jungles of Chiapas ~ the Mexican southeast. www.schoolsforchiapas.org/travel

2019 New Year’s Revolution VI – Organize climate change education & resistances!

More than a dozen Food Forest fruits were chosen for making fruit salads in order to highlight the possibilities of enjoying sweet food without consuming processed sugars. www.schoolsforchiapas.org/foodforest/donate

During 2019 Schools for Chiapas will organize quarterly workshops in Zapatista territory and occasional events elsewhere bringing academics and activists together to plan concrete actions to save Mother Earth.  https://schoolsforchiapas.org/sowing-dignified-seeds/

Zapatista student surveys her work planting sugar cane as the first plant of her school’s Food Forest in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico.

2019 New Year’s Revolution VII ~ Produce and distribute a new video about Zapatista Food Forests!

During 2019 Schools for Chiapas we will produce and distribute an instructional video about the carbon-sink Food Forest farming taking place at Zapatista schools in Chiapas, Mexico. www.schoolsforchiapas.org/multimedia

Thank you for all you do and please keep in touch. Please join us again in 2019 ~ we need your hearts and your minds and your creativity.  Si se puede!

Happy New Years 2019 from the Schools for Chiapas team                                                                         

www.schoolsforchiapas.org/donate/                      619-232-2841





Schools for Chiapas report from 2018 first published on Nov. 19, 2018

This year has seen amazing advances in the autonomous Mayan schools and communities of Chiapas, Mexico ~ and because of your support, Schools for Chiapas continues to contribute to the steady advances of the Zapatista movement.

Zapatista school mural jointly painted by Zapatistas and a Schools for Chiapas delegation in 2018 features the image of Marichui, spokesperson of the Indigenous Governing Counsel (CIG). 
Students wait in front of their old school as their community gathers to dedicate a new school funded by Schools for Chiapas. Click any photo to help.

During 2018 we were very busy!  Schools for Chiapas funded the construction of two new autonomous schools, organized an international delegation which painted a massive mural at another Zapatista school, sponsored three intensive Food Forest workshop with Zapatista educators and students, and helped fund the construction of a women’s kitchen at the massive new Zapatista educational center which hosted a 10,000 woman-strong encounter during March 2018. 

Please pledge today! Click any photo!

Women moved to the center of the Zapatista agenda with massive gatherings, increased participation, and strengthening of cooperatives.

Volunteer interns have greatly expanded our data base of Food Forest plants being used as a textbook at 17 Zapatista middle schools; these same interns have worked with staff and other volunteers to greatly expand the nursery of unique perennial plants being grown for Zapatista ecological agriculture.  We’ve continued to support many Zapatista Women’s cooperatives by purchasing thousands of dollars of artesian work, art, coffee, clothing, jewelry, weaving, and other many products now available at our online store. 

Surprisingly, many cooperative members tell us that the humble purchases made by Schools for Chiapas every year represent a major portion of their annual income. Click here to shop for Zapatista products.

Of course 2018 has also seen one demoralizing crisis and racist Trump initiative after another ~ and like everyone we’ve often found ourselves upset and stressed. 

YES! to hand-built walls of love and hope for education!  NO! to Trump’s walls of hate. Our goal in 2019 is to construct three schools!  Can you pledge today?
This strong youngster has found the best place to view the dedication of her new community-built school!

However despite these horrible attacks against humanity and the planet, 2018 has offered opportunities for networking and exchange among new and old friends and allies including artists and activists, farmers and workers, teachers and students.  As people-of-conscience mobilize and organize, folks are learning about the Zapatista movement and remembering the 25 years of challenging international solidarity work accomplished by Schools for Chiapas.

Food forests are growing and expanding at Zapatista schools because of your support.

Thank you so much to everyone who is creating new local, national, and international networks of resistance; thank you so much to everyone who has purchased Zapatista products or volunteered with us in Chiapas; and especially thank you so much to the many new donors and monthly sustainers this year.

Schools for Chiapas has seen a substantial increase in donations and sales during 2018; and we sincerely hope that this trend will continue in 2019!

This Zapatista embroidered art piece declares that “Another world is possible” – an often echoed Zapatista belief.  Art like this and much more is available in our online store.

We hope that you will choose to continue and increase your support today; we see such enormous need and opportunity on the ground in Chiapas.  Women and young people are standing up and charting new and creative directions.  The Zapatista health and education system are rapidly expanding their influence and sophistication with a new generation of volunteer Zapatista promotors.  At a national and international level, the National Indigenous Congress (CNI), the Indigenous Council of Governance (CIG), and Zapatista movement are jointly inspiring creative resistances.

Most importantly, as temperatures rise, storms increase, and the hateful walls of capitalism threaten; people everywhere are finally standing up and demanding dignity, democracy, and justice.

Visiting Chiapas to live and learn in a Mayan community while helping to paint a Zapatista school is an adventure not to be missed!

We hope that you will support the construction of three new Zapatista schools in 2019; that you will provide resources for providing unique plants to Zapatista schools from the Schools for Chiapas Food Forest nursery; that you will join us next year in the misty mountains and steamy jungles of the Mexican southeast, and that you’ll give Gifts of Change and Zapatista-made products to your friends and families during your own special holidays.

Thank you so much for everything that you do to make the world a better place and please keep in touch!  We welcome your participation and we deeply value your input ~ please feel free to email or to contact me via Facebook or WhatsApp.  Click here to support our work.

Yours for kids,

Peter Brown aka Pedro Café, pedrocafe@schoolsforchiapas.org

Ps. Sometimes we jokingly say that our “Gifts of Change” are a way to give gifts to someone who doesn’t really need more stuff; because Gifts of Change are a way to donate to a Zapatista cause (eg. Schools, Music, Food forests, Women’s programs, etc.) in someone’s name.  With every Gift of Change we’ll gladly send along a beautiful, personalized certificate in your name.  Someone you love, would love a gift supporting the Zapatistas…please consider this option for your gift giving this year. Buy a Gift of Change here!

Your donations do so much for indigenous Mayan children like these in Chiapas, Mexico – thank you for your continued and generous support!  Donate Now!

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