It is theoretical weekends at Scission. The piece below is not exactly theoretical, but it is not exactly not theoretical either. It is autonomy. It is direct democracy. It is the Zapatistas. It is worth reading. So damn it all, read it.
It comes from the Narco News.
At the Escuelita Zapatista, Students Learn Community Organizing and Civil Resistance as a Way of Life
The Class Was Stopped Twice: The First Time to Emphasize the Importance of Discipline in Their Organization
By Alex Mensing
Special to The Narco News Bulletin
Students line up to register to the first “Escuelita Zapatista” atCIDECI. PHOTO DR 2013 Alex Mensing
Off to School
A man walks throguth Rosario Río Blanco in the autonoumous municipality of San Pedro Michoacán. PHOTO DR 2013 Alex Mensing
-Before the Spaniards arrived, indigenous people had tightly-knit communities and cultural traditions that shaped their relationship to each other and the land they worked.
-The Spanish Conquest destroyed their social fabric and made people work as individuals in an exploitative system.
-In 1810, Miguel Hidalgo led peasants to take independence from the Spanish crown, but Mexico remained in the hands of the rich. They consider this the first important demonstration of nonconformity.
-In 1910, Emiliano Zapata fought in the Revolution for “Land and Liberty,” achieving the ejido system (community-owned farmlands).
-During the 20th century, landowners eat away at the advances gained by the ejido system and, together with the corrupt government, oppress indigenous communities.
-1983, the EZLN is formed and arrives in Chiapas, beginning to train and organize.
-1994, the EZLN’s armed uprising achieves a space for dialogue and autonomy.
-2003, the Councils of Good Government are formed to organize Zapatista autonomy and governance.
“He was killed by the damned government,
for nothing more than demanding justice”
“The assassins were soldiers
dressed as campesinos
while he was asleep
they killed his wife and children”
“Look here now, the time has come
And you can’t be a spectator
The people’s struggle is without end
Until we see the people triumph.”
The sinuous road makes transportation between Rosario Río Blanco and La Realidad a risky endeavour. PHOTO DR 2013 Alex Mensing
“are a product of meetings that the Zapatista bases of support in all zones have carried out to evaluate their work in the organization.
Compañeras and compañeros from the communities in resistance of the 5 caracoles, tzotziles, choles, tzeltales, tojolabales, mames, zoques y mestizos, gathered to ask and answer questions among themselves, exchange experiences (which are different in each zone), and to criticize, self-criticize, and evaluate what they have done so far and what they still have to do. These meetings were coordinated by our compañero Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés, and were recorded, transcribed, and edited for the notebooks.”
The stage at the “Escuelita Zapatista” in La Realidad has the images of Emiliano Zapata and the differents subcomandantes zapatistas.PHOTO DR 2013 Alex Mensing
How to Sharpen a Machete
A Walk around the Block
A mural of subcomandante Marcos on a wall at La Realidad. PHOTO DR 2013 Alex Mensing
The audience pays attention during the final presentation announcing the end of the first “Escuelita Zapatista”. PHOTO DR 2013 Alex Mensing