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The Neo-Zapatistas, 20 Years On

What has been the achievement of the EZLN? Esteemed intellectual Immanuel Wallerstein outlines the reasons why the Zapatistas have been so significant since their appearance in 1994 and continue to play an important role today.

15M, Occupy, and Zapatismo

This is the third in a series of three lessons Occupied on Mayan Time. By the end of the series, learners will be able to connect the global Occupy Movements of today back to Zapatismo, and further back to the Mayan society that underlies each of them. Links will be made between these social movements and cultures […]

Zapatistas at Twenty

On January 1st, 2014, thousands of Zapatistas celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 uprising of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN). At the New Year festivities in the five Caracoles, or regional centers of Zapatista autonomous government, veterans and adolescents not yet born at the time of the insurrection danced, flirted, shot off […]

The Lacandona Commune

Renowned Mexican philosopher and Zapatista adviser, Gustavo Esteva, writes about the marvellous achievements of the Zapatistas in terms of developing autonomy in their own rebel zone. The article was written in 2014 and coincided with the author’s visit to Chiapas around the time of the launch of the Little Schools of Freedom.

La Escuelita

In the summer of 2013, the Zapatista communities opened their communities and homes to some 2,000 people from all over the world, affording these visitors the chance to learn first-hand about the Zapatistas’ lives and their ongoing struggle. La Escuelita or Little School offered what was described as the “First Grade” course entitled Freedom According to […]