People of Color Delegation to Chiapas August 13 – 24, 2001

In August of 2001 Estacio’n Libre will holds its 11th
delegation to the conflict zone 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.

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.

Business deals that rely on indigenous pacification
are being made while international “development” institutions uphold the principles of neoliberal economics.

In spite of all this, Zapatista communities are continuing to resist and construct alternatives.

In August of 2001 Estacio’n Libre will holds its 11th
delegation to the conflict zone 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, an autonomous institution and women’s cooperative as well as meet former Zapatista political prisoners, indigenous human rights defenders, and political organizations in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas.

Estacio’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 Mexico and Black, Latino, 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 color.

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 an application before July 31st.

If you have any questions please contact us at
e-libre@tao.ca
or 323.273.5724

Estacio’n Libre
PO Box 226758
Los Angeles, CA 90022

Author: Estacio’n Libre

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