by Mohawk Valley Freedom School/Press Release
In response to interest expressed during the presentation on the Zapatistas held at The Other Side in Utica, NY, the Mohawk Valley Freedom School will host a discussion on the Zapatistas on Thurasday, October 19, 2017 at 7:00pm. It will take place at Cornerstone Community Church, 500 Plant Street in Utica, NY.
On January, 1, 1994 the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), otherwise known as the Zapatistas, entered the global stage the very same day NAFTA came into effect when they launched a revolutionary uprising in Chiapas, Mexico. The masked revolutionary indigenous Maya insurgents claimed it was a war for survival for indigenous people. Since that day they have been in a declared war against the Mexican state.
The Zapatistas faced brutal military and state repression, massacres and targeted assassinations. Their communities remain under a stage of low intensity warfare to this day, but, “little by little” as the Zapatistas say, they are creating a new world. Over 1,000 villages in Chiapas are under Zapatista control and are governed by a system rooted in concepts of mutual aid, cooperation, self-determination, direct democracy and a fierce anti-capitalist ethos. A synthesis of socialism, anarchism and indigenous Maya beliefs have created a new way of understanding the world called Zapatismo. The Zapatistas have influenced not only the broader Left in Mexico, but the greater Global Justice Movement around the world, as more movements and groups have taken up the mantle of Zapatismo.
Participants in the discussion are encouraged to read and study two texts in preparation for the discussion. The texts are: