To our sisters and brothers of the Ejido of San Sebastian Bachajón:
To our Zapatista sisters and brothers:
To our compañer@s of The Other Campaign:
To our compañer@s of the Zezta Internazional:
To the adherents of the International Campaign in Defense of El Barrio
and our allies across the world:
To the civil society in Mexico and the world:
Receive greetings of solidarity and affection from Movement for
Justice in El Barrio, The Other Campaign New York.
We want to thank the organizations and collectives that joined our
Worldwide Convocation for the Liberation of the Political Prisoners of
San Sebastián Bachajón and the International Day in Honor of the
Women of The Other Campaign. On March 7 and 8, in Mexico, South
Africa, Puerto Rico, Morroco, Austria, France, Edinburgh,
Germany, Colombia, London, Barcelona, Dorset, Argentina and New York,
together we demanded that the repressive governor Juan Sabines
Guerrero liberate the 10 political prisoners of San Sebastián
Bachajón. Moreover, we want to thank our compañer@s from the
autonomous, free, and independent media that covered what the
capitalist mass media omitted.
We send you this update on the actions that were carried out in New
York. We, the “expelled” of Mexico, who live in East Harlem –
from where they also attempt to expel us – know that the land and the
communities who care for the natural resources all over the world are
under attack by the rapacious transnational corporations and the
local, state, and federal governments who sell their communities in
exchange for personal fortune. It is with joy that we received word
that, thanks to the dignified struggle of our sisters and brothers of
San Sebastián Bachajón and to national and international pressures,
five political prisoners have been released, but five more compañeros
remain unjustly imprisoned. We have also received the news from the
capitalist mass media that has depicted our sisters and brothers of
San Sebastián Bachajón as “uncompromising” and the government as
“flexible.” The point of this, being, of course, to defend the
transnational corporations that, in alliance with the state, local,
and federal governments of the PRI, PRD, and PAN, seek to expulse the
poor and build paradises for the rich, destroying every non-renewable
resource in their path.
We know that our sisters and brothers of San Sebastián Bachajón are
defending their lands because their communities have resided there
since well before the Conquest of Mexico and because the Agua Azul
waterfalls had been well cared for since before President Calderón and
the repressive governor Juan Sabines Guerrero decided to hand them
over to the transnational tourism empire. We know that they will
continue to defend their lands as long as there is no guarantee that
the bad government is not gathering paramilitary attack groups solely
to displace them or label them as “uncompromising,” and that the
world’s richest people cannot profit from their lands. We realized
several actions here in New York against this displacement and
dispossession. For two days, a brigade of members of Movement for
Justice in El Barrio arrived in the early morning at the Mexican
Consulate in New York with banners demanding the liberation of the
political prisoners of San Sebastián Bachajón. On the first day, the
employees of the Consulate came out and began to question us. We made
it clear that our protest was firm and informed them of the reasons
behind our protest and why we demanded the liberation of the political
prisoners of San Sebastián Bachajón. Subsequently, the employees took
out cameras and began to take photos. We returned the following day
and protested again. And again the Consulate employees came out and
attempted to intimidate us.
Additionally, in our community of El Barrio, we held a screening of a
video-message sent to us from our compas of San Sebastían Bachajón.
In this message, they explain to us what the waterfalls mean to their
communities and how the government has attempted to seize these
waterfalls from them via the creation of attack squads that are
financed by the federal, state, and local authorities. The complete
video-message can be found at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcTspD7NKmY
The women of San Sebastián Bachajón sent “greetings to all the
women who are fighting in an organized way.” Here in East Harlem, as
is the tradition of Movement for Justice in El Barrio, we organized a
celebration on March 8. To reflect on the meaning of this day we
recited poetry, passed out flowers, read Zapatista communiqués about
women from the EZLN and around the world who struggle for justice, and
we screened the video-message from our compas of San Sebastián
Bachajón and a video on the struggle of migrants. We paid homage to
our Zapatista sisters, our sisters from San Sebastián Bachajón and
all the women who are part of The Other Campaign. During the event we
also received the urgent communiqué from the women of San Sebastián
Bachajón in denouncement of the repressive acts that they are facing,
and we were able to share it with those present.
We ended the event with the firm commitment to continue supporting the
organized resistance in San Sebastián Bachajón, of the Zapatistas and
the The Other Campaign in every part of our beloved Mexico.
FREEDOM FOR THE POLITICAL PRISONERS OF SAN SEBASTIÁN BACHAJÓN!
STOP THE REPRESSION AGAINST THE ADHERENTS OF THE OTHER CAMPAIGN!
STOP THE FINANCING OF PARAMILITARY GROUPS ATTEMPTING TO INSTIGATE
INTRA-COMMUNITY CONFLICTS THAT NEVER EXISTED!
ZAPATA LIVES AND THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES!
With love and solidarity,
Movement for Justice in El Barrio
The Other Campaign New York