Silvia Ribeiro describes yet another aspect of the war on life waged by transnational corporations. This week from December 2-8, marked the global campaign against the privatization of seed and the UPOV (International Union for the Protection of Plant Varieties. #StopUPOV
Recovering critical and dialectical thinking in light of the great theories, and always listening to the voice and actions of the peoples, brings us to imagine and create alternatives to the relations of exploitation and domination that we face under this system. The struggle for emancipation is happening at all levels — local, national, regional and global. From this complexity of interrelations, we must assume that there are several ways out.
So, how much time did the Zapatista communities take in discussing-deciding this wondrous initiative? 529 years? 500 years? 200 years? 111 years? 27 years?
Magdalena Gómez points to the historical precedents of the Zapatista tour in their previous initiatives, their catalyzing forces and effects. What impact, then, might the maritime delegation have in their voyage to visit old acquaintances?
The Zapatista Army of National Liberation began a journey across the sea that goes in the opposite direction to that which the colonizers made 500 years ago. With the maritime delegation Squadron 421 they send messages of learning from their struggle and their history of building self-determination. This is an account of the farewell voyage, until they set sail.