To the Other Campaign
To the Zezta International
To the People of Mexico and the World
Compas, the campaign “Thousands of rages, one heart: the Zapatista communities live!” started off on July 24, 2010 as a way to respond in an organized way to the harassment of the Zapatista communities, recognizing in this the same struggles we have everywhere, and raising the flag that says, “if they touch one of us, they touch all of us”.
Since the beginning of the campaign we have joined together as individuals, groups and organizations from across Mexico, Europe, Asia, America and Oceania, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle proposed by the EZLN. All of us in our very different ways, places and times, have actively participated in the dissemination of the history and struggle of the Zapatista communities, and the challenge to capitalism represented by their autonomy and their initiative of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, which makes us all compas.
Now, after several months of work and confronted with the ongoing strategy of the bad government, in its federal, state and municipal levels, to harass our Zapatista compas by means of paramilitaries, armies, political parties (PRI, PAN, PRD, PT, PVerde) and through the media, we believe that the objectives of the campaign are in place and we want to reaffirm our commitment. While Power offers us the path of destruction, death and misery, the Zapatista autonomous communities and their daily struggle to solve the demands of work, land, shelter, food, health, education, information, culture, independence, democracy, justice, freedom and peace with their own hands, are a worthy benchmark for the construction of our destiny.
This is why, compas, we make the call that through the Campaign “Thousands of rages, one heart: the Zapatista communities live!” we all undertake actions on certain days to publicize specific projects that are part of the Zapatista demands, this time with a monthly theme, with actions that can be undertaken in whatever time, way, space and company each of you decides. We make a three month proposal which is open for you to alter, change, and add what you think is missing, under the umbrella of the campaign. As before, the idea is to have some common themes so we can join our efforts together, or in other words, remain open to collective construction.
The themes are:
March: The struggle of the Zapatista women
April: The struggle for land and territory in the Zapatista communities
May: Education and work in the Zapatista communities
Furthermore, we propose in this stage to link with the general struggle of the Other Campaign against plunder and repression, and with the theme of solidarity, leading to a central action on 5 May (the fifth anniversary of the acts of repression in Atenco, by the Mexican state against our compas from the FPDT [Peoples’ Front in Defence of the Land] and the Other Campaign), the day when peoples from the Other Campaign, led by compas from the Sixth Commission of the EZLN, return to Atenco, Solidarity being an action central to the Zapatista struggle.
Compas, we think that spreading information about the activities we undertake is very important, and is part of the same campaign. You are, then, welcome to send your ideas, materials, and proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org to be published on the Campaign’s blog: http://milesderabias.blogspot.com
We know that our struggle will be stronger if it is more diverse, as there are many ways to speak, to act, to raise our voice. So … fill the streets, the schools, workplaces, squares, parks, with music, dance, painting, graffiti, film, performance, photography, theatre, workshops, pamphlets, talks, fliers, sculptures, whatever. Let us express our dignified rage, let us live our tender fury, so the winds may join together and the storm may arrive.
IF YOU ATTACK THE ZAPATISTA COMMUNITIES YOU ATTACK US ALL!
Groups, organizations and adherents of the Other Campaign
Network Against Repression and for Solidarity (RvsR)