Chiapas fireflies, Zapatista flights-of-fancy, and introducing Kai & Luther

The fireflies hatched last night. Thousands of these tiny creatures celebrated their births – and sought to continue their species – with delightful displays of frantically blinking lights and jerky impertinent flights-of-fancy. They fluttered above every wet spot of ground, sought out every puddle no matter how small, and danced joyfully along the edges of the tiny rivulets and streams which run throughout this little liberated corner of the Mexican southeast. These clouds of minuscule sparkling lights reminded me of the thousands of Zapatistas now impertinently bringing their individual brilliances to planning another year of resistances and rebellions. Fanciful – …

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Wearing traditional Tzotzil hats and carrying poles of power, Zapatista authorities listen intently to presentations by the families of the the 43 disappeared student-teachers from Ayotzinapa on Jan. 31, 2014.

The Words of the EZLN on the 21st Anniversary of the beginning of the War Against Oblivion

Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés. Zapatista Army for National Liberation Mexico December 31, 2014 and January 1, 2015 Compañeras and compañeros, families of the students from Ayotzinapa who were murdered and disappeared by the bad government of this capitalist system: Compañeras and compañeros of the National Indigenous Congress: Compañeras, compañeros, and compañeroas[i] of the Sixth in Mexico and the world: Compañeras and compañeros, Bases of Support of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation: Compañeras and compañeros, comandantes and comandantas, leaders of the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee—General Command of the EZLN: Compañeras and compañeros, milicianas and milicianos:[ii] Compañeras and compañeros, insurgents: Compas: Through my voice speaks the Zapatista Army for National Liberation. Greetings to everyone, to all[iii] who are present and those who are not, …

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Alexander Mora Venacio was a student studying to be a public school teacher at Ayotzinapa. He was disappeared by Mexican government political authorities and police. His burned body was found in the city dump.

Eduardo Galeano on Ayotzinapa: I Read and I Share

The Zapatista National Liberation Army makes its own statement: “It is a terrible and marvelous thing that the poor aspiring to be masters have become the best teachers, with the power of their pain converted to dignified anger, so that Mexico and the world wake up and question and challenge.”

The downpour begins with a single drop.

The downpour begins with a single drop

By: Raúl Zibechi The large and profound crises, those that happen from time to time but are a parting of waters, can create long-term anti-systemic movements, in other words, movements that are not exhausted in mobilizations that, as numerous as they may be, are necessarily ephemeral. Movements, to the contrary, endure, they don’t vanish with the passage of time, are capable of transcending junctures and they adopt their own push, which takes them much farther than what the inertias of the moment can. Profound crises break barriers and the partitions constructed by those above to separate the different belows into …

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First World Festival of Resistances and Rebellions Against Capitalism

This festival will be a worldwide gathering of people to share rebellions and resistances with the indigenous peoples of Mexico organized by the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) of Mexico, the Sixth Campaign, and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN). Schools for Chiapas has canceled all delegations during this period and urges our supporters to participate fully in the exciting program of events! Join us!

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