From the Struggle for Land to the Caracoles

This alternative society has taken shape in the Caracoles. In them is the synthesis of both the deep and subterranean history of peasants and indigenous people for land and autonomy, as well as their willingness and power to build another world.

Anthropologist and Social Activist Mercedes Olivera Bustamante Has Passed Away

by Elio Henríquez San Cristobal De Las Casas, Chis. – Anthropologist and social activist Mercedes Olivera Bustamante, one of the pioneers of feminism in Chiapas, died yesterday at the age of 87, reported Guadalupe Cárdenas Zitle, coordinator of the feminist collective that bears the academic’s name. A participant in social movements since the 1970s, she not only excelled in the field of research, but also for her activism and her work with indigenous women, in migration, human rights, labor rights and sexuality, which led her to found different groups and collectives. She supported the Zapatista struggle. Leader of the Academic …

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Autonomy Against All Odds: 19th Anniversary of the Zapatista Caracoles

by Magdalena Gómez The 9th of August, 2003, in Oventic, Chiapas, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) announced the creation of the Caracoles and the Good Government Councils, replacing the Zapatista Autonomous Rebel Municipalities (MARZ), whose functions would continue. An genuine second level of mediation and conflict resolution was proposed through the Juntas to attend to complaints against the autonomous councils for human rights violations, investigate their veracity, order the autonomous councils to correct these errors and to monitor their compliance. They thus constituted an unprecedented organization in Latin America. With this, they reaffirmed their congruence in terms of …

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The Lacandón Commune, at 19 years

The story told by the image is far from anecdotal. That past is still present. It is etched in the skin and memories of those who suffered it, but also in their children and grandchildren.
With its memory fixed on the hell of what life was like on the plantations, the Lacandon Commune has brought up several generations of indigenous rebels.

Joint Statement Against the Aggressions Against the Communities of Caracol 10 of E.Z.L.N.

July 28, 2022 To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional) To the National Indigenous Congress To the National and International Sexta To the Networks of Resistance and Rebellion To those who sign the Declaration for Life To the people who sow Dignity and Organization Organizations, collectives and networks adhering to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle denounce the persistence of aggressions, harassment and forced displacements with the complicity and impunity of all three levels of government towards the autonomous communities of; El Esfuerzo, Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipality Comandanta Ramona; Nuevo San Gregorio, Moisés y …

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