Please join us in helping Zapatistas survive the Coronavirus pandemic.

Since 1994, Schools for Chiapas has joyfully supported the unique community-controlled schools in the autonomous, indigenous communities of the Zapatista movement. With your support, someday soon, we will again help build Zapatista schools but, due to the Coronavirus, these schools are now closed and we’ve refocused our efforts to help the Mayan communities that are struggling survive Covid-19. But you can help! On March 16, 2020, the Zapatistas published a statement that, due to Covid-19, they were closing all their centers in order to “follow the necessary scientifically-based sanitary measures that will allow us to survive this pandemic.” Today all …

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May No God Remember Your Name

by Yásnaya Elena A. Gil I’d like to start by making a concession: behind the implementation of the Mayan Train, one of the most promoted projects by the new Government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the best intentions lay the foundations for its execution. After centuries of abandonment in which the Mayan people have been dispossessed and pushed into a process of indolent impoverishment, the new government intends, at last, to implement an integral project that has as its main objective to create “social welfare for the population that inhabits the Mayan zone” and “to integrate territories of great natural …

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The Un- Renounceable Autonomy

By Ramón Vera Herrera Faced with regulations and unrealistic provisions of various levels of government, the communities, peoples and individuals that refer to themselves as part of the Network in Defense of Corn, just days ago released an urgent call to respect the autonomy of the communities and peoples and to block the advances of extractivist policies that are passed off as “essential” activities. They insist that “the right of native peoples, communities and organizations to be and to remain in isolation and determine when to return to activities, including that of schools,” because it cannot only be the “assessment …

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Sowing Life? Threats to mountain peasant Life

By Silvia Ribeiro Like in many other progressive governments (yes, like that without quotations, because precisely a central problem is the industrial-capitalist concept of progress) the government of  Lopez Obrador in México has focused primarily on favoring industrial development, including industrial agriculture, and infrastructure projects that favor exports, like the Mayan Train and the Trans-isthmic Corredor of the Isthmus de Tehuantepec. The official argument is that these projects will generate employment and economic growth. But this directly and principally benefits the large national and transnational companies that will see  their profits increase significantly, in many cases, with workers subsidized by …

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Fonatur Admits that the Mayan Train has no Environmental Assessment

The National Fund for Tourism Development (Fonatur) acknowledged that it has operated to prevent the four sections of the Tren Maya awarded to date from being subjected to an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), a requirement for any infrastructure work for 32 years. By Matthew Tourliere June 8th, 2020 In an “explanatory note” published today, Fonatur mentions that for the first three sections [of the train], it received an extension from the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) to complete the EIS, under the argument that it is a “maintentance for rehabilitation and improvement of the existing railroad track.” …

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