“We indigenous women are fighting, and we recognize ourselves as being violated by this patriarchal system, but we also have a voice and we are also organizing ourselves.”
The CNI is a network of networks that articulates communities with women’s representation and national and regional women’s solidarity networks. In a context of extractivism, internal colonialism and patriarchal violence, the work of women in the tasks of organization and representation of communities is central in the articulation of the CNI described as anti-capitalist “from below, to the left and with the land” (Escobar, 2016).
“In his morning conference on June 23, the head of the federal executive, accompanied by the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of National Defense and the Governor of Chiapas, minimized the attacks against Zapatista communities and the serious and widely documented situation in the state of Chiapas. This attitude not only seems alarming to us, but we are concerned that it could be the preamble to an even greater physical and/or media attack. Minimizing violence encourages paramilitary groups by covering them with a cloak of impunity. The words directed against Samir Flores Soberanes prior to his assassination, a crime that remains unpunished to this day, are engraved in our memory.”
In 1996, the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) was formed with the aim of being the home of all indigenous peoples: a space for reflection and solidarity to strengthen themselves, with their own forms of organization, representation and decision-making. In this interview, Carlos González García – member of the CNI – makes an assessment of the first three years of the current government, presents his perspective on the increase in violence, militarization, megaprojects and their implications for the communities, and talks about what is on the horizon for the CNI (National Indigenous Council).
The war that has been declared against the native peoples, guardians of mother earth, obliges us to act in an organized manner in defense of life. To the peoples and governments of the world To the media To the National and International Sexta To the human rights organizations We, the indigenous peoples of the National Indigenous Congress, repudiate the cowardly attack that the Regional Organization of Coffee Growers of Ocosingo (ORCAO) carried out against support bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, in the autonomous community of Moisés Gandhi, in Ocosingo, Chiapas, during which our comrade Gilberto López Sántiz …