The struggle to halt the climate catastrophe demands coordinated global action. During their tour of Europe as part of their Journey for Life, the Zapatistas visited the town of Lützerath in Germany in a show of solidarity with the local residents who have been resisting the expansion of coal mining in their territory. The residents have once again recently come under attack but are determined to continue their resistance.
Please sign this urgent action from Frayba for the presentation alive of Antonio Díaz Valencia, leader of the indigenous community of Aquila, and of lawyer Ricardo Arturo Lagunes Gasca (the lawyer Ricardo). Frayba is one of the organizations that Ricardo has worked with in Chiapas, an organization that Schools for Chiapas collaborates with in the recruitment of civil observers.
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: https://schoolsforchiapas.org/become-a-human-rights-observer/
The global migration catastrophe has had serious consequences for Latin America. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forcefully displaced from their homelands due to violence, poverty, persecution and the climate crisis. Most of the migrants are en route to the USA in hope of a better life. Their journey invariably takes them through Mexico, Chiapas being their main point of entrance. Although the majority of the migrants come from Central and South America and the Caribbean, some come from as far away as the continents of Africa and Asia. Many of them are children and adolescents. Few reach their destination as many of them are detained and deported to their countries of origin.
Due to toughened measures against migration during the Trump presidency and continued by Biden, the US border has effectively been moved to Guatemala and this has resulted in increased militarization of the state of Chiapas, an issue that we have examined in previous blogs.
As part of our collaboration with the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (Frayba) and a continued diversification of our solidarity work, Schools for Chiapas has been recruiting and placing civil observer volunteers at the migrant refuge in Salto el Agua. If you would like to find out more and perhaps volunteer at the center for a month, please visit our website at https://schoolsforchiapas.org/become-a-human-rights-observer/
This portrait is one among many of courage, creativity and love that persevere in the autonomous Zapatista territories today. In the face of mounting paramilitary violence, militarization, violence against women and ecological devastation at the hands of megaprojects and global climate change, her resistance is in the name of life and dignity on the planet, of improving the quality of life for her children and/or those in her community, of seeing the perpetuity of clean water, air, and soils which will nurture diversity for generations to come.
We invite you to accompany us in this journey of daily resistance, struggle and determination…