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Zapatistas welcome Marichuy as she travels throughout Chiapas, Mexico

Indigenous brothers and sisters, the hour of the people has arrived. It is the moment for us to turn and look to our communities, to turn and look to our brothers and sisters. Whatever we’re suffering, they’re suffering too. Even if they are a different color than we are, even if they think differently than we do…

Massive earthquake hits Chiapas coast! Why support repairs and new constructions at Zapatista schools now?

Why does Schools for Chiapas again ask your help to build and repair new Zapatista schools and educational centers? And why might we need to repair Zapatista schools at this moment?

The answer to the second question is easy; a 8.2 magnitude earthquake just hit off the cost of Chiapas! We don’t yet know the full extent of the damages in the autonomous Mayan communities, but certainly repairs may be necessary over the next several weeks.

However the larger, and more complicated question, involves the importance of the autonomous, Mayan schools which continue to flourish throughout Zapatista territory in Chiapas, Mexico.

El Vivero Muy Otro ~ Food forests, sustainability, and building a greenhouse in Chiapas

Therefore, two years after accepting the request of young Zapatista leaders and experienced Zapatista educators to help recuperate ancient Mayan knowledge about Food Forests, Schools for Chiapas is preparing to construct a greenhouse in the highlands of Chiapas. This greenhouse is an expansion of “El Vivero Muy Otro” (The Very Different Nursery) which is already growing lots of plants for the Zapatista Food Forest effort.

“Mni wiconi – Water is Life. We have to kill the black snake.”

“As water protectors, we have a responsibility to be stewards of the water. We’re not going anywhere,” he insisted as a howling blizzard rolled in across the North Dakota plains and all roads out were closed. Surviving this week’s blizzard at the Oceti Sakowin Camp was certainly challenging – especially since I’m used to weathering the weather in Chiapas, Mexico, but with support from the entire camp it was possible to survive and thrive. I strongly urge my friends and all the supporters of Schools for Chiapas / Escuelas para Chiapas to continue supporting Standing Rock, now more than ever!