Blogging for Chiapas

Justice for the student teachers of Ayotzinapa.

Ayotzinapa: Zapatistas support student teachers

To the students of the Escuela Normal of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico, and to your family members, classmates, teachers, and friends, we simply want to let you know that:

You are not alone. / Your pain is our pain. / Your dignified rage is ours also.

To the compañeras and compañeros of the Sixth in Mexico and the world, we call on you to mobilize, according to your means and ways, in support of the community of the Escuela Normal in Ayotzinapa, and in demand of true justice.

Teach September 16! El Grito de Dolores, Mexican independence, and the Zapatistas

September 16 is the anniversary of “El Grito de Dolores”, a speech made in 1810 by the catholic priest, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, in the town of Dolores located near Guanajuato in the center of Mexico. Hidalgo’s speech urged a “resistance” to the “bad government” and helped ignite a process which finally led to the “Declaration of Independence of the Mexican Empire” on September 28, 1821.

Mother Seeds: Teaching the truth about GMOs

Schools for Chiapas, like many of you, has been involved with the autonomous Mayan communities’ on-going and creative resistance to genetically modified seeds for many years through Mother Seeds in Resistance. Now the GMO industry is fighting back against us all – and they are fighting dirty!  For example, the tiny U.S. state of Vermont […]

On Risings and Awakenings in Chiapas, Mexico

Blogging for Chiapas gives voice to participants and supporters of Schools for Chiapas working to describe for you the smells and sights and sounds and feels of Zapatista education. Here we share the sounds of Zapatista schools where education promoters reject the name of “teacher” and students teach as they grow strong. We will continue sing unexpected songs from schooling on rocky, hand cultivated corn fields and we will try to capture the feel of scientific studies carried out in tiny rural health clinics.