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Indigenous Traveling Seminar “Tata Juan Chávez Alonso”

The National Indigenous Congress is one of the most significant indigenous organizations to develop out of the Zapatista uprising in 1994. It comprises of a multitude of groups spread across the whole of Mexico and represents an important voice and forum for indigenous issues. In June 2013 in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, an […]

Zapatista Development: Local Empowerment and the Curse of Top-Down Economics

Tanya Khokhar, a program analyst at the Ford Foundation in New York City and graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, visited Chiapas from July to September 2012 to evaluate economic and political development and conflict resolution in the region. Although critical of the government’s role in the state, and approving of […]

2012 – End of the World? Zapatistas Renew with Fire

“Did you hear that? It’s the sound of their world tumbling down. The sound of ours resurging. The day that was the day was night and night will be the day that will be day.” With this message Subcomandante Marcos, accompanied by thousands of indigenous people who symbolically took over five Chiapas cities, set the […]

Zapatista students in front of squash containers holding GMO-free corn tortillas in Chiapas, Mexico

Threat of a New War on the Indigenous Haunts Chiapas

Shortly before his death in 2007, the acclaimed French sociologist Andrés Aubry (and for 35 years, an activist on behalf of the indigenous of Chiapas) wrote this piece for the newspaper, La Jornada. He warns of a new threat to Zapatista territory in the form of the re-activated paramilitary groups.

Zapatismo Today and Tomorrow

In this insightful piece, Zapatismo Today and Tomorrow, Mexican writer and La Jornada columnist Luis Hernández Navarro interprets the meaning of the Zapatista rebellion in January, 2004. Published by Americas Program, Interhemispheric Resource Center (IRC).