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Zapatista and Indigenous People’s struggles of the Americas and the World (Call Out)

We need to come into contact with Indigenous struggles in the Americas and
the world, to understand the essence of Zapatismo and to activate the
Sixth International in Europe, and to build solidarity networks with the
post capitalist communities that are being created or struggling to
survive, right now all over the world in many different ways, and always
from "Abajo y a la Izquierda", from the bottom and to the left.
Zapatista and Indigenous People's struggles of the Americas and the World

Call Out

It has been just over 14 years since the Zapatista Army for National
Liberation (EZLN) and the Zapatista communities have self organized their
autonomy using both the Fire and the Word, mostly a Word that has echoed
in all parts of the world with the sounds of an inspiring rebellion.

Since the initiation of the Caracoles (the Conches - a way that the
communities are organized in five groups according to their locations) and
the Juntas de Buen Gobierno (Councils of Good Government - the Zapatista
peoples own elected, but instantly recalled representatives) in August
2003, the Zapatista communities have self organized and managed their own
health, education, justice, self governance, work cooperatives and gender
equality, always in a manner of governing with obedience to the people and
moving forwards by asking.

Since 2005 and with the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle, the
Zapatistas have started constructing networks of solidarity against the
neoliberal capitalist attack against all of humanity and nature. Such
networks, based upon respecting differences and using dialogue, are the
Other Campaign in Mexico and the world (January 2006), meetings with Via
Campesina (July 2007), American Indigenous Peoples meeting (October 2007)
and meetings of the Zapatista peoples with the peoples of the world
(January, July and December 2007), amongst others.

Many European collectives have been inspired since 1994 by the Zapatista
struggle and this has led to solidarity projects that have helped in the
construction of the Zapatista autonomy or inspired global processes such
as the PGA itself.

Especially during the last year, the threats towards the autonomous
Zapatista communities have increased significantly, along with increases
in the number and camps of military special forces and paramilitary groups
such as OPPDIC. In addition to this, the deliberate silence of the media
over the increasing repression in Chiapas and the distance that the so
called left political party of PRD has taken after the initiation of the
Other Campaign in 2006 and the Zapatista proposal to search for another
way to make politics that is non electoral, have taken their toll on the
Zapatista communities and let the right wing PAN government of Felipe
Calderon and the left PRD governor of the state of Chiapas Carlos Salinas
threaten the Zapatista bases of support.

At the same time, the movement of the Other Campaign is repressed
throughout Mexico and the rebellion in Oaxaca and Atenco were violently
repressed. As was seen in the Indigenous Peoples meeting of the Americas
in Vicam and in the Second Meeting of the Zapatista peoples with the
people of the world, the situation of increasing repression is the same
throughout the Americas and the world against indigenous and rural
movements such as the movement against the Winter Olympics in Canada, the
struggles to keep the oil in the ground in Equador and the Niger Delta,
against farmers' and indigenous peoples' movements such as the MST in
Brazil and many more throughout the world as they were expressed by Via
Campesina.

The need to get to know such struggles is evident as they are part of the
global anticapitalist struggle, the fight for our Mother Earth and our
right of self determination as peoples. The indigenous struggles of
"Tierra y Territorio", for land and territory, for land and freedom, have
similar goals to the squatting movements, reclaiming the streets and many
more struggles in European history of reclaiming the commons and
protecting the Earth.

Solidarity to such struggles is our weapon, by building local creative
resistances which construct our autonomy, along with communication and
coordination with these struggles through common networks, as is proposed
in the Sixth International that was created in the depths of the Lacandona
jungle in Chiapas. This is the essence of the People's Global Action
network.

We need to come into contact with Indigenous struggles in the Americas and
the world, to understand the essence of Zapatismo and to activate the
Sixth International in Europe, and to build solidarity networks with the
post capitalist communities that are being created or struggling to
survive, right now all over the world in many different ways, and always
from "Abajo y a la Izquierda", from the bottom and to the left.

 klapeto@riseup.net
from F.A.R.M.A. collective