It’s the birthday of the Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata and anniversary of the founding of the Zapatista civilian Good Government Boards. Revolutionary hero and icon On August 8, 1879 Emiliano Zapata was born in Anenecuilco, in the Mexican state of Morelos, just south of Mexico City. Zapata was an advocate of fundamental land reform […]
Your silence hurts me, wrote the renowned Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. The Zapatistas of Chiapas, despite facing their own considerable difficulties, have not been silent on the ongoing carnage in Gaza. At the recent First Exchange of Indigenous Peoples in Mexico with the Zapatista Peoples meeting held in Chiapas, Comandante Tacho of the EZLN expressed […]
Welcome to Schools for Chiapas, now offering free student-centered lesson plans and educational videos based in common sense and common core standards of global justice and human dignity. Join us in teaching about the Mayan peoples of Chiapas, Mexico, where community control and student’s needs always trump corporate power. Here are easy ways to connect, […]
Check out the latest video in our Teach Chiapas series! “An Introduction to Zapatista Education” is a short video for educators and students that offers a clear introduction to the Zapatista school system in Chiapas, Mexico. In 8 minutes you’ll learn about: Why the Zapatistas created their own community-controlled schools How teachers are chosen […]
In direct response to the Zapatista request for help buying building materials, Schools for Chiapas established “The Reality Fund”. We have pledged that all funds donated to “The Reality Fund” will be given directly the Good Government Board in the Zapatista caracol of La Realidad – which translates as “Reality”. We also call liked the name “Reality” because organizing support for the school reconstruction allowed us to channel our outrage and sadness over the death of Galeano into something real.