Three Decades of Las Abejas; 25 Years After the Massacre in Acteal

December 21 and 22 will mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of the civil organization Las Abejas and 25 years since the massacre in Acteal. For this reason it is worthwhile to remember a bit about both events, and to highlight the tireless and peaceful struggle they have led for the vindication and respect of indigenous rights.

CNTE, 43 years

Luis Hernández Navarro marks the anniversary of the formation of an institution of popular struggle for emancipatory education – the CNTE.

The CNTE is heir and keeper of the pedagogical work of great educators who forged rural education in the country, such as José Santos Valdés, Raúl Isidro Burgos and Isidro Castillo. It takes up the legacy of the communist and Cardenista teachers who promoted agrarian reform, the struggle against religious fanaticism and the organization of workers’ unions, and who were assassinated, impaled and disoriented by neo-Christians and landowners.

Looking without Seeing, Thinking without Feeling: Limits of Eurocentrism

It is true that the European and Latin American lefts have been left without politics, without concrete proposals in the face of war. But the peoples of this continent, experts in surviving wars of dispossession, are taking unprecedented paths, as are the Mapuche, the Nasa and Misak, the dozens of Amazonian peoples and the black and peasant peoples to confront this war. They are beginning to place autonomy in a central place in their constructions and reflections, something that apparently escapes the intellectuals on both sides of the ocean.

Who Are Las Abejas de Acteal, Chiapas? Find Out About Their Beginnings and Their Struggle

As the 25th anniversary of the Acteal Massacre approaches, we share this article with you as an basic introduction to Las Abejas de Acteal, their origins and the events surrounding the massacre on December 22nd, 1997.
Not all of Las Abejas were in agreement with the agreement made with the AMLO government, which is mentioned in the article. For this reason, Frayba continues to send civil observers to Acteal. As part of Schools for Chiapas ongoing collaboration with Frayba, we are recruiting volunteers. If you would like to find out more about the work of the BriCos, or perhaps even come as a volunteer for two weeks in Acteal, please visit our website here:

GM Corn and Imports: Mixed Signals

In a context of rising international corn prices derived from the reduction of supplies due to the war in Ukraine, rising food prices due to inflation, stagnation of domestic corn production, which has failed to recover the 28 million tons of 2016 and a record increase in imports that reached 17.4 million tons in 2021, it does not seem that the ban on imports of transgenic corn for human use can be complied with.

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