|English | Español||February 19, 2018 | Issue #46|
“A Voice Cries Out for Justice; May all of Humanity Hear Itself in our Cry”: Elisa
Members of the Morelia, La Garrrucha, and Roberto Barrios caracoles present the work-table topics on Indigenous autonomy: health, education, women, collective work and self governance
By Juan Trujillo
Photos: D.R. 2007 Juan Trujillo
In one of the chairs, this columnist exchanged words with Oligario, a support base who, since 1987, has actively participated in the movement along with his wife Monica and his family originally from Altimirano. “It is really important for the Sexta and the Other Campaign that people from all over the world,” he explains.
In the pavilion, soldiers, comandantes, and support bases appeared behind Mexican and Zapatista flags. Compañera Elisa, a support base, gave the formal welcome declaring, “these are the rebel territories and with a blazing and rebellious heart we welcome you, you who are here with us, as we walk, writing the history that we deserve.”
Before of an attentive audience, Elisa recognized “the rebellious and conscious individuals” and went on to say, “A voice is crying out for justice, from every place where there is struggle… may all humanity hear itself in our cry.”
In the name of the EZLN, Comandante Zebedeo said that the 2, 335 attendees in this caracol come from: “Without nation,” Argentina, Australia, Austria, Basque Country, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, El Salvador, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Holland, England, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Luxemburg, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.
The collectives and identities that come together reflect the ample spectrum represented in the multicolor cloth that Comandante Ramona gave to the Other Campaign in September of 2005: Zapatistas, Anarchists, Communists, punks, Libertarians, homosexuals, lesbians, transgender, nationalist organizations from the Basque country and Cataluña, the world organization Via Campesina, other organizations from Latin America, as well as indigenous Venezuelans.
With these words and with a multicolored and popular folk dance the Encuentro activities in this Tzetzal and Tojolabal Zapatista caracol were inaugurated.
Originally published in Spanish July 25
Translation: Tessa Landreau-Grasmuck
- The Fund for Authentic Journalism