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January 01, 0001

On June 19, the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) declared a precautionary "red alert" to offer security for a movement-wide consultation around future strategic options. The red alert, only the third since the Zapatista uprising in 1994, set off a storm of speculation and analysis, with many commentators pointing to increased paramilitary activity and the recent destruction of marijuana plants by federal troops. Local groups and the federal government quickly clarified that the marijuana was not located in a Zapatista community, and on June 21, Subcomandante Marcos issued a clarification, assuring civil society the Zapatistas are not contemplating military options.

June 21, 2005

[ Translated by irlandesa (Original Spanish follows) ]

Zapatista Army of National Liberation


June 21, 2005.

To National and International Civil Society:

Señora, señorita, señor, young person, boy, girl:

This is not a letter of farewell. At times it is going to seem as if it is, that it is a farewell, but it is not. It is a letter of explanation. Well, that is what we shall attempt. This was originally going to go out as a communiqué, but we have chosen this form because, for good or for bad, when we have spoken with you we have almost always done so in this most personal tone.

We are the men, women, children and old ones of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.

January 01, 0001

from La Jornada
[ Translation by: Chiapas Support Committee ]

The writer Carlos Montemayor said that the EZLN’s “red alert” is a warning about the “imminent explosion of violence” in a zone of Chiapas where, in the five years of the Fox government tensions have accumulated and the structures of paramilitary groups remain intact. They (the paramilitary groups) continue under the protection of the state and federal governments and the Mexican Army.

In an interview with La Jornada he emphasized that this alert, only the third which it has put out in eleven (11) years, “denudes of ski masks the concealed policy of aggression of the paramilitaries in Chiapas, behind which the state and federal governments and the Army are hidden.

January 13, 2009

Bosses often find the intense antagonism of white workers towards workers of color an easy wedge to divide their employees. In the context of the South’s long history of blacklisted and murdered unionists, white supremacist violence, plantation workplaces, and conservative churches, workers who stand up against racism and all other forms of oppression are a particularly bold breed. While many in the union movement may argue that intersectional politics are too complicated for “Joe the Plumber,” Black Workers For Justice (BWFJ) and Local 150 of the United Electrical Workers of America (UE 150) are two labor organizations that have discovered that boldly pursuing unity among all oppressed people is not only just, it is fruitful.

December 22, 2008

The financial crisis of the last two months is the most dramatic since the stock market crash of 1929. Bubbles have burst, Wall Street institutions “too big to fail” have fallen hard, and the entire financial system has been remade in a period of weeks. But by the time these events made headlines, an economic crisis was already well underway and being felt around the world. Those most vulnerable to upheaval in the real economy have faced loss of jobs, homes, and access to food and services for decades.