The Mayan Zapatistas of Chiapas, Mexico have pledged their support to the murdered and disappeared student-teachers of Ayotzinapa.

Zapatistas open their hearts to Ayotzinapa

“It is terrible and marvelous that the poor and humble families and students who aspire to be school teachers have become the best teachers this country has seen in recent years.” In thousands of tiny, rural Zapatista communities throughout Chiapas, Mexico; emotions run deep in support of the now famous 43 – murdered and disappeared student-teachers from Ayotzinapa. The powerful speech reprinted below was delivered in the name of the Zapatista leadership by Subcommander Insurgent Moises in Caracol II, Oventic on Nov. 15, 2014 during a visit by the families of the 43.

Musical band of those who have crossed to the other side in the Zapatista educational and production center of Jolja. Painted 2014.

The Black Night of Mexico

In forgotten places like the communities of the Alta Montaña [High Mountain] region of Guerrero, the teacher is much more than a transmitter of knowledge. The teacher is a moral authority, a justice of the peace, a midwife practitioner, a steward, a confessor, a marriage counselor and the mailman of the hearts of lovers and, in many cases, the father and mother of the child with bulging belly [malnutrition] that looks at him like a savior: the solution to all his problems.

Brightly decorated candy skulls are a mainstay of Day of the Dead celebrations held on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 in many Mexican communities.

Ramona, Day of the Dead, and Halloween

As October comes to a close, the ghoulish skeletons and masks of Halloween once again compete with candy skulls and “bone-bread” of Day of the Dead for our students’ attention. Many teachers in U.S. public schools, particularly those with predominately Mexican students, include Day of the Dead imagery in their classrooms in addition to Halloween articles. Perhaps in addition to sharing marigolds and Pan de los Muertos with your students this year for Day of the Dead, you might also consider reading the outstanding new classroom book, “Ramona: Rebel Dreamweaver”.

TEACH CHIAPAS: Autonomy and teaching about the Zapatistas

TEACH CHIAPAS features delightful stories and snappy videos, interactive timelines and colorful maps, primary source Zapatista materials and photo galleries, social media and up-to-date newsletters, plus lesson plans and classroom activities. Much of the English language content, classroom videos, photos, and lesson plans have never been available before…certainly there’s never been an English language resource like TEACH CHIAPAS.

¿Quiénes son los Zapatistas? ~ Celebrando el Día de los Pueblos Indígenas

Para celebrar el Día de los Pueblos Indígenas 2014, Escuelas para Chiapas tiene el orgullo de anunciar el lanzamiento de nuestro nuevo video educativo “¿Quiénes son los Zapatistas?” (Para inglés, haz click aquí/For English, click here) “¿Quiénes son los Zapatistas?” es un video corto para estudiantes y educadores que ofrece una introducción clara y básica sobre el movimiento Zapatista en Chiapas, México. Forma parte de la serie de videos educativos llamada “Enseñe Chiapas”. En tan solo 8 minutos de tiempo en el aula, tus estudiantes aprenderán: La historia del levantamiento zapatista de 1994. Cómo los Zapatistas están construyendo un mundo …

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