Insumisión: Battles Lines Are Drawn in the Face of the Looming Storm

Originally posted to It’s Going Down By Scott Campbell Happy May Day! Around Mexico today numerous marches will be held, primarily organized by the National Education Workers Union (SNTE) and its more radical tendency, the National Education Workers Coordinating Body (CNTE). A few of the demonstrations are listed on It’s Going Down’s roundup of May Day…

Zapatista News Summary for April 2016

Translated by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity In Chiapas  1. Judgement about the tourist highway: The Tsotsil communities of Los Llanos and San José el Porvenir in Los Altos de Chiapas reveal publicly that on January 18th 2016 they were granted an amparo (order for legal protection) against the San Cristóbal de Las Casas-Palenque highway, which the government…

Autonomous Government in ejido Tila

“Autonomy is a lifelong process. The struggle never ends. And it’s only recently that we have begun walking towards it.” By Rata Rey El Enemigo Común SubVersiones Five months have passed since ejido Tila expelled the municipal government and declared autonomy: five months of self-determination, organizational and community restructuring, of contemplating ways to establish a…

Ecocide and Genocide in the Niger Delta

The majority of refugees come from war and conflict zones, illegitimate states, areas of natural disasters and economically weak countries. In many cases, companies from the West destroy people’s livelihoods by acting ruthlessly. In Nigeria, the oil extraction and production has devastating consequences for the people living in the Niger Delta. But the Geneva Convention on…

Decolonizing the Commune

Abahlali baseMjondolo: Fanonian Practices and the Politics of Space in Postapartheid South Africa Abahlali baseMjondolo in South Africa has sought to structure itself as a confederation of self-managed and democratically organized communities in struggle. By Richard Pithouse Abahlali baseMjondolo is a movement largely based in shantytowns built on land occupations in and around the South…

COPINH’s Response to Violence at Solidarity Gathering for Berta Cáceres

COPINH Translated by Earth First! Journal The National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) informs the Honduran and international public of the following: We have suffered recent physical aggression from the employees of the corporation Energetic Development, SA, DESA, property of the Atala family, during a territory control exercise during the international…

Narco, Zetas and Paramilitaries: The New Reality in Chiapas.

San Cristóbal de Las Casas Source: Proceso Translated by Ruby Zajac for the UK Zapatista Translation Service In the north, Los Altos and the border between Chiapas and Guatemala, there’s a fight going on between different organised crime groups, and almost no one wants to talk about it. These are areas that even the Zapatista…

Insumisión: The State Responds with Force

Army Invades the Ejidal Lands of San Salvador Atenco Originally posted to It’s Going Down. By Scott Campbell Several victories for social movements in Mexico were recounted in the Insumisión posted on March 17. This edition focuses on the state’s response, which in the first part of April has been expressed through two of the state’s inherent…