Blogging for Chiapas

Sowing dignified seeds for justice and Mother Earth

…each of us must search our hearts and our minds to imagine how we can support sanity in the
face of insanity. We at Schools for Chiapas hope that old fashioned, international solidarity will
remain an important part of our collective and individual response to the current, and the ever
worsening, crises.

Zapatistas welcome Marichuy as she travels throughout Chiapas, Mexico

Indigenous brothers and sisters, the hour of the people has arrived. It is the moment for us to turn and look to our communities, to turn and look to our brothers and sisters. Whatever we’re suffering, they’re suffering too. Even if they are a different color than we are, even if they think differently than we do…

Massive earthquake hits Chiapas coast! Why support repairs and new constructions at Zapatista schools now?

Why does Schools for Chiapas again ask your help to build and repair new Zapatista schools and educational centers? And why might we need to repair Zapatista schools at this moment?

The answer to the second question is easy; a 8.2 magnitude earthquake just hit off the cost of Chiapas! We don’t yet know the full extent of the damages in the autonomous Mayan communities, but certainly repairs may be necessary over the next several weeks.

However the larger, and more complicated question, involves the importance of the autonomous, Mayan schools which continue to flourish throughout Zapatista territory in Chiapas, Mexico.

El Vivero Muy Otro ~ Food forests, sustainability, and building a greenhouse in Chiapas

Therefore, two years after accepting the request of young Zapatista leaders and experienced Zapatista educators to help recuperate ancient Mayan knowledge about Food Forests, Schools for Chiapas is preparing to construct a greenhouse in the highlands of Chiapas. This greenhouse is an expansion of “El Vivero Muy Otro” (The Very Different Nursery) which is already growing lots of plants for the Zapatista Food Forest effort.