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The Reasons for the Red Alert

By: 
Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee, General Command of the E.Z.L.N.
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

[ Translated by Irlandesa (Original Spanish follows) ]

Communiqué from the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee –
General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

Mexico.
June 20, 2005

To the People of Mexico:
To the Peoples of the World:

Brothers and Sisters:

First - As has been made public, starting June 19, 2005, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation established the general Red Alert in rebel territory.

The reason for this general Red Alert is that the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee – General Command of the EZLN has called to consulta their insurgent troops, all their comandantes and comandantas, regional and local responsables and their support bases.

This Red Alert is a precautionary defensive measure.

Red Alert Lifted; Communities Reopening

By: 
Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee, General Command of the E.Z.L.N.
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

[Translated by irlandesa]

Communiqué from the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee – General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.

Mexico.

July 11, 2005.

To the People of Mexico:
To the Peoples of the World:

Brothers and Sisters:

The EZLN is addressing you in order to inform you of the following:

First - With the completion of the internal consulta – whose results have already been made known – the EZLN has decided to lift the Red Alert which it has been maintaining since June 19, 2005 in the zapatista indigenous communities.

Second - As of this July 15, the Caracoles of La Realidad, Roberto Barrios, Oventik, Morelia and La Garrucha will be reopened.

Zapatista "Red Alert" Shakes Up Mexican Politics

By: 
Laura Carlsen
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

from The Americas This Week

The announcement of a "general red alert" by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) has once again turned Mexican politics on its head.

In a curt communiqué issued on June 19, the Zapatista General Command announced a series of drastic measures including the closure of the "Good Government Board" offices, and the withdrawal of outside support groups from Zapatista territory.

Subsequent communiqués called the alert a "precautionary defensive measure." The Zapatistas also announced a general consultation with troops and base communities to decide on "the next step" for the organization.

Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona ( part 2 )

By: 
Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee, General Command of the E.Z.L.N.
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

[ Originally published in Spanish by the EZLN , translated by irlandesa ]

Zapatista Army of National Liberation. Mexico.

III - How We See the World

Now we are going to explain to you how we, the zapatistas, see what is going on in the world. We see that capitalism is the strongest right now. Capitalism is a social system, a way in which a society goes about organizing things and people, and who has and who has not, and who gives orders and who obeys. In capitalism, there are some people who have money, or capital, and factories and stores and fields and many things, and there are others who have nothing but their strength and knowledge in order to work. In capitalism, those who have money and things give the orders, and those who only have their ability to work obey.

The Zapatistas Can Survive a Decapitation

By: 
Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee, General Command of the E.Z.L.N.
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

Communiqué from the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee of the
Zapatista Army of National Liberation

Mexico.
June 20, 2005

To the People of Mexico:
To the Peoples of the World:

Brothers and Sisters:

First and Only - We are informing you that, since the middle of 2002, the EZLN has been engaged in a process of reorganizing its political-military structure. This internal reorganization has now been completed.

We have the necessary conditions in place to survive an attack or enemy action that would do away with our current leadership or which would attempt to annihilate us completely.

Zapatistas in Consulta, Announce Precautionary "Red Alert"

By: 
Mexico Solidarity Network
Date Published: 
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.

A Letter of Explanation...Or, Perhaps, Farewell

By: 
Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee, General Command of the E.Z.L.N.
Date Published: 
June 21, 2005

[ Translated by irlandesa (Original Spanish follows) ]

Zapatista Army of National Liberation

Mexico.

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.

Montemayor: There Is an Imminent Risk of Violence

By: 
Blanche Petrich
Date Published: 
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.

The Workers Run This Union: UE 150 and Black Workers For Justice Make Strides for Racial and Economic Justice in the South

By: 
Manju Rajendran
Date Published: 
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.

Confronting Capitalism's Crisis

By: 
Kate Griffiths, Rachel Parsons, and Isaac Silver
Date Published: 
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.