Compañeras and sisters: Welcome to these Zapatista lands.
January 11, 2020 5:04 PM   Subscribe

Thanks for posting this. Both of these articles are painfully short, but I loved her speech. She mentioned that conditions were worse since their last meeting, and seemed to imply that their efforts were falling short. Attacking their targets is going to result in push-back (I assume); perhaps (temporarily) degrading conditions as a result.
posted by Brocktoon at 5:58 PM on January 11 [1 favorite]

Yeah, unfortunately I couldn't find longer articles when I was looking, but I thought it was worth it to post the speech and add some context to it. I'm hoping that maybe someone will comment with more articles or info if there is any.
posted by primalux at 6:01 PM on January 11 [1 favorite]

Also, the fact that security for the meeting were armed only with bows and arrows is very interesting. I wonder if that was a decision designed to directly affect the overall tone of the meeting.
posted by Brocktoon at 7:10 PM on January 11

On a visit to San Cristobal de las Casas, some time in the mid 90s, I turned a corner to come face to face with Subcomandante Marcos, leader and spokesperson for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation - and retinue. Certainly not a part of the regular tourist itinerary.

All these years later, I am both surprised and glad that both the movement and Marcos still going. They seem to follow an interesting hybrid of ideas from Mayan culture mixed in with elements of anarchism, Marxism, eco-activism and libertarian socialism. See also "Why the Zapatistas are stronger than ever" FPP from 2014.
posted by rongorongo at 1:58 AM on January 12

That was healing to just read her speech. Their group is unfamiliar to me. Where would be a good start to begin to understand it?
posted by kanata at 9:46 AM on January 12 [1 favorite]

Well, hell yeah, this is a very healing speech.
posted by Oyéah at 10:37 AM on January 12

There is a lot of information out there but here's a couple of articles with a good overview:
- A Spark of Hope: The Ongoing Lessons of the Zapatista Revolution 25 Years On
- The Zapatistas Have Been Revolutionary Force in Mexico for Decades
- Mexico’s Zapatista rebels, 24 years on and defiant in mountain strongholds
- The Zapatista Movement: The Fight for Indigenous Rights in Mexico

Within those links there are also links to further articles and books that were used as sources that may be of interest to you.
posted by primalux at 10:38 AM on January 12 [3 favorites]

Also in reading one of those articles I found a link to this photoessay from National Geographic about the first "Women who Struggle" meeting.
posted by primalux at 10:46 AM on January 12

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