Fwd: Estación Libre People of Color delegation to Chiapas México
- Deadline Nov. 15 2001
People of Color Delegation to Chiapas
Dec. 27,2001- Jan. 7,2002
As mainstream news focus on President Vicente Fox's "contributions" to peace
in Chiapas, low-intensity war continues unabated. Military reinforcements
are mobilizing in key positions within the conflict zone
(and across the border in Guatemala), while unofficial police, military and
paramilitary violence multiplies. International "development" upholds the
principles of neoliberal economics, which relies on indigenous pacification.
In spite of all this, Zapatista communities are continuing to resist and
Estaci�n Libre will hold its 12th delegation Dec. 27 through Jan. 7, to
learn from the Zapatista movement and strategize community
resistance. This delegation is an opportunity for people of color to see
first hand the effects of low-intensity war in Chiapas, but more importantly
learn from the community organizing in response to it.
The Zapatistas are an inspiring example of possibilities, overcoming
profound ethnic, religious and gender divisions to build a unified struggle
that tangibly addresses community needs. Delegates will
visit: displaced communities, a women's cooperative, as well as meet
former Zapatista political prisoners. Presentations by indigenous
human rights defenders and political organizations in San Cristobal de Las
Casas, Chiapas are also included.
Estaci�n Libre is a people of color organization based in Chiapas working to
promote community organizing in the US and Canada inspired by the model of
Zapatismo, which emphasizes democracy through dialogue and inclusion,
justice through accountability, and self-determination.
We seek to support and strengthen the struggles of Indigenous people in
M�xico and Black, Chican@/Mexican@/Centro-American@/Latin@, Asian, Pacific
Islander and Native Communities in the US and Canada by organizing
delegations that allow a valuable exchange of experiences and resources
between these struggles. We also maintain a permanent working space in San
Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas for use by activists from communities of
The cost of the delegation is $250 - 300 (depending on the number of
delegates) which covers transportation in Chiapas, food, housing, and
logistical needs. Participants will need to set up their own travel to
Chiapas. If you would like to participate in this delegation, please fill
out and return the attached application, to the e-address below, before Nov.
If you have any questions please contact us at
e-libre@... or 323-273-5724.
PO Box 226758
Los Angeles, CA 90022
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