The Zapatistas are dipping their toes into Mexican electoral politics.
Last week, the near-mythical army of indigenous resistance released a communiqué summarizing the basic points of discussion that characterized the 5th National Indigenous Congress (CNI) in Chiapas, and it included a bombshell announcement.
CNI-EZLN Proposes Indigenous Woman for President of Mexico
On October 13, the 500 delegates of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) reached complete consensus on the proposal presented by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) at the opening of the fifth Congress three days earlier: the CNI will collectively enter the 2018 Mexican presidential race with an indigenous woman candidate at its forefront.
The Fifth Congress is now in permanent assembly while the delegates return to their communities and hold consultations to decide to either approve or reject the proposal.
This decision represents a major shift in strategy of the Zapatista movement which in 2003, after nine years of betrayed negotiations with the Mexican government, cut off all communication with the political system. In the subsequent thirteen years they have not looked back, focusing instead on constructing autonomy in their own communities. The proposed presidential campaign will not, however, be a return to engagement with the political system, but rather a takeover and, if successful, dismantling of that system.
“We confirm that our fight is not for power, we do not seek it; rather we call all of the original peoples and civil society to organize to detain this destruction, to strengthen our resistances and rebellions, that is to say in the defense of the life of each person, family, collective, community, or neighborhood. To construct peace and justice, reconnecting ourselves from below,” stated the CNI and EZLN in a communiqué released at the closure of the assembly.
The Indigenous Council of Government will be made up of representatives from CNI communities from all states and regions of Mexico, with the individual candidate serving to “make their [collective] word material.”
(Note: this text was read by CNI members in one of the mobilizations held in Mexico on October 22, 2014, and not by EZLN representatives, as some of the paid press reported.)
Mexico, October 22, 2014
To the students of the Normal Rural[i] Isidro Burgos, in Ayotiznapa, Guerrero
To the Yaqui Tribe
To the National and International Sixth
To the peoples of the world
“Because those of us below hurt with rage and rebellion, not with resignation and conformity.” EZLN, October 19, 2014
From our peoples in struggle, from within our resistance and rebellion, we send our words as a reflection of this part of the country that we have constitute and call the National Indigenous Congress. We are gathered by the pain and the rage that call to us because it is a pain and rage that we share.
The disappearance of the 43 student compañeros of the Normal Rural Isidro Burgos of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, kidnapped and disappeared by the Bad Governments, imposes upon us a shadow of mourning, angst, and rage. Our hope for the reappearance of the compañeros is also the pain that unites us; our rage illuminates the candles that today light the way of mobilizations all over the country, raising the cry of dignity and rebellion in Mexico below.
We know that as long as this country is governed by criminals, lead by the supreme paramilitary leader Enrique Peña Nieto, those who strengthen their political and social conscience by exercising and defending education will be murdered and disappeared, and those, like the Yaqui Tribe, who defend water for their ancient and heroic people, will be imprisoned.
The Mexican government has tried to minimize the criminal repression of the student compañeros as if they were just a few more victims of delinquent crime, as they have done time and time again across the country. They may be just a few more dead for the media, but those of us who have suffered many kinds of repression know that that the delinquents are in the political parties, all of them, in the house of representatives and the senate, in the municipal presidencies, and in the halls of government.
Ayotizinapa pains us. The 43 students are still missing and the State acts as if it doesn’t know where they are, as if it wasn’t the State itself who took them. They try to disappear our conscience as well, but today the disappeared are present in the thoughts of this whole country, in the attentive gaze and the heart of those of us who make up the National Indigenous Congress.
In this country there are dangerous mafias, and they are called the Mexican State. We disturb and bother them, we who struggle, we who have no face—who have had it torn away—we who are nobody, we who see and feel the violence, we who suffer multiple and simultaneous attacks, we who know that something terrible, very terrible, is happening in this country: a war against all. It is a war that we below see and suffer in its totality.
We reiterate today that as long as our student compañeros from Ayotzinapa do not appear alive and well, as long as our brothers Mario Luna Romero and Fernando Jiménez from the State of Sonora continue to be held prisoner for defending the sacred waters of the river Yaqui, as long as they remain kidnapped by the bad governments, we will continue responding accordingly.
As in Guerrero, the repression against the people, the extraction of natural resources, and the destruction of the territories in the entire country are operated by the Narco State, without scruples. It uses terror in order to manufacture pain and fear; this is how it governs.
Against the war of extermination, this pain and rage has been transformed into dignity and rebellion. The only other choice would be to simply await death, dispossession, and more pain and rage.
We demand the return of the 43 disappeared students and the dismantling of the entire State structure that sustains organized crime!
We demand the immediate liberation of the compañeros Mario Luna and Fernando Jiménez!
Their pain is ours; their rage is ours!
October 22, 2014
Never Again a Mexico without Us
National Indigenous Congress
General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation
[i] The Escuelas Normales in Mexico are teaching colleges that principally train rural and indigenous young people to be teachers in their own communities.
10 years of Michael Emerson on the CNI podcast - MASTERPOST
i personally think these are all worth listening to if you love michael emerson so i’m not gonna rank them or anything. they all feature lovely little michael moments: his various laughs, impersonations, funny voices, jokes, stories you’ve never heard, lovey dovey stuff about carrie etc. the best thing about michael on this podcast though is that he’s so comfortable and probably the most like himself ever of any of his appearances in the public eye
below are links to the episodes with the timestamps of the beginnings and ends of michael’s bit in each case. trying to find the exact timestamp can be a hassle once you click through the links so if you get sick of that you can easily download the podcasts by right clicking anywhere on the page and selecting save as… (i made this masterpost because i know some people who love michael are busy or find things like this difficult and i desperately need other people to talk to about them lol)
edit: ok i listened to one of these links on my phone and it’s much easier to fast forward to the exact time on ur phone than on a computer. so if you were discouraged because you thought you’d have to download the whole podcast to listen to just michael’s parts don’t be! :)))
Festival Mundial de las Resistencias y las Rebeldías Contra el Capitalismo
El primer Festival Mundial de las Resistencias y las Rebeldías contra el capitalismo es un evento convocado por el Ejercito Zapatista de Liberación Nacional y el Congreso Nacional Indígena, la propuesta surge tras una compartición que tuvo lugar en La Realidad, Chiapas en agosto del 2014.
El Festival comprende varios eventos y varias sedes:
*Inauguración en la comunidad Ñatho de San Francisco Xochicuautla, Lerma, Estado de México, el díadomingo 21 de diciembre del 2014.
*Comparticiones en lascomunidades de San Francisco Xochicuautla y en Amilzingo, Morelos los días 22 y 23 de diciembre del 2014.
*Gran Festival Cultural en el Distrito Federal los días 24, 25 y 26 de diciembre de 2014.
*Continuación de comparticiones en la comunidad Candelaria, Campeche los días 28 y 29 de diciembre del 2014.*Fiesta de la rebeldía y la resistenciaanticapitalista en el Caracol de Oventic los días 31 de diciembre del 2014 y primero de enero del 2015.
*Conclusiones y clausura, pronunciamientos y declaraciones, en el CIDECI, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, los días 2 y 3 de enero del 2015.
Faced with the cowardly repressive attack suffered by the teachers and the community in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca—in which the Mexican state reminds us that this is a war on all—the peoples, nations, and tribes who make up the National Indigenous Congress and the Zapatista Army for National Liberation say to the dignified teachers that they are not alone, that we know that reason and truth are on their side, that the collective dignity from which they speak their resistance is unbreakable, and that this the principal weapon of those of us below.
We condemn the escalation of repression with which the neoliberal capitalist reform, supposedly about “education,” is being imposed across the entire country and principally in the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guerrero, and Michoacán. With threats, persecutions, beatings, unjust imprisonments and now murders they try to break the dignity of the teachers in rebellion.
We call on our peoples and on civil society in general to be with the teachers who resist at all times, to recognize ourselves in them. The violence used to dispossess them of their basic work benefits with the goal of privatizing education is a reflection of the violence with which the originary peoples and rural and urban peoples are dispossessed.
Those who delight in power decided that education, health, indigenous and campesino territories, and even peace and security are a commodity for whoever can pay for them, that rights are not rights but rather products and services to be snatched away, and they dispossess, destroy, and negotiate according to what big capital dictates. And they intend to impose this aberration through bloody means, murdering and disappearing our compañer@s, sending our spokespeople to high security prisons, making shameless torture into government marketing, and with the help of the paid press, criminalizing the bravest part of Mexican society, that is, those who struggle, who do not give in, who do not sell out, and who do not give up.
We demand a halt to the repression against the teachers in struggle and the immediate and unconditional liberation of ALL political prisoners.
We invite all of the peoples of the countryside and cities to be attentive and in solidarity with the teachers’ struggle, to organize autonomously in order to remain informed and alert in the face of the storm that is upon all of us, knowing that a storm, in addition to its turmoil and chaos, also makes the ground fertile where a new world is always born.
From the mountains, countryside, valleys, canyons, and barrios of the originary peoples, nations, and tribes of Mexico.
I was just thinking over CN’s episodebomb format this afternoon, and how (to the best of my knowledge) it all seems to be cumulating following Over the Garden Wall’s miniseries release scheduled which churned out over the course of a week, and I am being such a curmudgeon about my dislike for the format to the point where I can’t properly write out a reasonable explanation as to why I dislike this trend on CN
I will probably maybe return to this topic when I’m not so grouchy, but that’s so hard because this topic peeves me off SO MUCH DANGIT
Really it just makes me feel bad that I’m never able to be jazzed about the Stevenbomb related rumormill like my fellow fans are, but AUGH EPISODEBOMBS SO LAME AND HOW THEY ARE HANDLED IN RELATION TO PRODUCTION SEEMS AWFUL FROM AN OUTSIDE PERSPECTIVE. I GREATLY DISLIKE THIS TYPE OF EPISODE PRESENTATION AND HOW POORLY IT IS ADVERTISED ON THE NETWORK. IT’S SO BAD. UGH. I have so much salt over this issue, baaaaaah