Collectives prepare for historical visit of Zapatista movement in Madrid

Voices in Movement

Written by Miguel Muñoz on February 1, 2021, translated by Shantal Montserrat Lopez Victoria.

On February 2, 2001, a march called La Marcha del Color de la Tierra set out from Chiapas, Mexico. On March 11 after thousands of kilometers it arrived to the capital Mexico City. The mobilization of the  Zapatista delegation proved symbolic and had a strong resonance with a whole generation of social movements throughout Europe. After two decades, another historic event will take place. Several Zapatista delegations will visit the European continent in July, August and September. In Madrid and other territories, different social movements are already preparing for the meeting.

“We have decided: That it is time for hearts to dance again, and that neither their song nor their steps should be those of lamentation or resignation. Diverse Zapatista delegations, men, women and other colored people of our land, shall go out to travel the world, we shall walk or sail to remote lands, seas and skies, seeking not the differences, nor superiority, nor offense, much less apologies and pity”. This is one of the paragraphs from  A Mountain on the High Seas communique announced last October by the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN-Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional) and endorsed by its current spokesperson, Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés.

“After 20 years we set sail and march to tell the planet that, in the world that we perceive within our collective hearts, there is room for all of us, everyone, all of them. Simply and sincerely because this world is only attainable if all of us, all women and men, all together, fight to build it”, says another part of the text.

As a result of this declaration, the entire movement began organizing to receive the Zapatista delegation, which will not only be made up of the EZLN but also members of the National Indigenous Council and the Peoples’ Front in Defense of the Land (Consejo Nacional Indígena o y del Frente de los Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra) . This past week the first assembly was held among the collectives that will be participating in the preparations.

“There have been collectives supporting Zapatismo all over Europe for years,” Danaé, a member of the Y Retiemble collective, created in 2017, tells Cuartopoder. In addition, coordination and networks have taken place all over Europe. “People in Madrid were already getting organized through a network called Europa Zapatista in order to join together and connect with Mexico,” he adds.

A member of Y Retiembre explains that one of the messages that has been very clear from the Zapatista movement is that they have to “mobilize and organize”. The first date for activities are August 13, with a gathering in Madrid for the anniversary of the arrival of Hernán Cortés to Tenochtitlán. This is a proposal of the Zapatista community itself. Next, the “Meeting of Struggles for Life” (Encuentro de Luchas por la Vida) is scheduled for September 6-19.

“It is a meeting in the traditional Zapatista style. We are using the term meeting in the context used by the Zapatistas. It’s not the usual forum type format but rather a meeting about all the struggles that are going on. To meet each other as people,” explains Danaé.

To achieve this, a framework of 7 main themes of struggles has been devised: social rights, feminist and gender identities; anti-racist struggles, internationalist and decolonial struggles; defense of  land and territory; historical memory and freedom of expression; work and migration; art, culture and media. In addition, more activities will be held between now and September to the extent it is possible due to the health situation.

“The Zapatistas come to listen to us and narrate their struggles,” explains Danaé. For that reason, it is also intended that through specific visits, they get to know different collectives and specific struggles in the city of Madrid. From now on, groups will be created by topic and planned activities will be announced. Some initiatives are already underway, such as the distribution of a board game on Zapatismo, which can be purchased online. The collected funds will be used to finance activities. More than 2,000 copies have already been sold. For support groups this is a “historic meeting”. “Normally the Zapatistas have received many people in Mexico, but a tour at this level has never happened before,” says Danaé.

However, there is a gap in the memory of a whole generation within the Zapatista movement. For many years the main figure of the EZLN was Subcomandante Marcos who was very present in the social and political struggles of our country. “There is a generation that is very aware of what Zapatismo is. That is exactly why we are having this meeting. The goal is to organize here, we want to say that we are fighting for life.  We are setting up this meeting hoping to restore these messages because we are aware many people don’t know about the Zapatista proposal. It is very important that these messages resonate with the struggles here because there are many things that coincide”, concludes Danaé.

Announcing: The Northeastern Young Anarchists Network (NYAN)

Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS)

by Eric Fleischmann

It is with great excitement that I announce the formation of the Northeastern Young Anarchists Network. Formed by libertarian socialist members of several broadly leftist student activism groups on college campuses in the American northeast, NYAN (yes, like that nyan) seeks to be a lateral connecting point between anti-authoritarian leftists to discuss the finer points of anarchist theory and debate without the feeling that we must necessarily band together homogeneously to debate or counter authoritarian leftist views within activism groups. We represent a broad range of ideologies ranging from anarcho-communism to communalism to left-libertarianism to what Nathan Schneider identifies as “anarcho-curiosity” and beyond.

We are beginning as a reading/discussion group—starting with Emma Goldman’s “A New Declaration of Independence” and then, in our second meeting, a combination of Roger White’s “Post Colonial Anarchism” and a section of Twin Rabbit’s video “Stolen Anarchy”—but hope this will also become a communal space in which to share our various ideas and projects, enjoy ourselves, as well possibly transition into an action-oriented network at some point. If you are a young—define that as you will—anarchist based in the northeast as your permanent base of operations, here for school, originally from here, or even just have connections—strong or loose—to the region, consider joining our network by filling out the form HERE.

Why Indian farmers are so angry about the Modi government’s agricultural reforms

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By Bhavani Shankar

India’s farmers have been protesting since the autumn, with a growing intensity that culminated in a violent breaching of barriers in the Red Fort in Delhi during India’s Republic Day celebrations on January 26.

Farmers’ protests in India.

The protests were spurred by the passing of a set of agricultural reform bills in parliament in September 2020 that aimed to fundamentally transform the way in which farm produce is marketed in the country. India’s farming population of more than 100 million is comprised largely of small farmers who fear that the reforms will add considerable uncertainty to their already meagre livelihoods.

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Editorial #1 – The Covid crisis facing the whole of humanity

Angry Workers

In this editorial we look at the general situation of the Covid crisis, the incapability of the ruling class and the need for an independent discussion and practice within the global working class in order to find a way out.

Ever since the Covid pandemic began politicians, journalists, commentators and assorted Dames and Lords have been telling us that the pandemic has revealed the inequalities that exist in our society.

How wonderful that all these highly paid folk have suddenly become aware that many people don’t have large houses, or gardens or incomes or laptops or internet, can’t work from home or don’t even have work or a home.

The people they feel so sorry for knew about inequality long ago. No, what the Covid pandemic has revealed is that all of these people, the Government, Labour opposition, Dame Dildo, Lord Fuckwit – the people that supposedly are in charge  – are incapable of organising a piss-up in a brewery.

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Barricade Bulletin No.12 OUT NOW!

Anarchy in the Sticks!

Derry Anarchists

Barricade Bulletin No. 12 is created by the Derry Anarchist Collective is now available from members locally or directly from the usual local outlets.

For those of you beyond Derry and the North West you can download the online version which now carries news and other information.

Click on the following link

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Go Ahead strike going ahead: class struggle round-up for mid-February

On Universal Credit

Liverpool Anarchist

Featured in Issue VIII – August 2020

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1.4 million more people are claiming benefits according to the Office for National Statistics, a 112% increase, while job vacancies have decreased by 58%. This will only rise as the furlough scheme comes to an end, with record-breaking unemployment levels and a deep recession expected.

With this, more working class people will face the harsh realities of life on Universal Credit, a bureaucratic system of deprivation and coercion. The capitalist economy does not function to meet our needs, it solely pursues profit and growth for the benefit of the capitalist class.

Big and small companies, especially in the service sector, will be making redundancies despite the government offering hand outs and incentives to employers to keep their workforce. Where possible, we should be organising with co-workers to resist redundancies; however, many will be forced to claim Universal…

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A Kronstadt reading List

To which we would add these, from Wessex Solidarity’s Reference Library https://wslib.wordpress.com/index/:
Kronstadt 90th anniversary commemoration -Shawn Hatting pdf booklet

Kronstadt comic

The Kronstadt Rebellion – Alexander Berkman pdf booklet

The Kronstadt uprising of 1921 – Ida Mett pdf booklet

The Slow Burning Fuse

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‘Only the pigs remain’ – A moderate winter of discontent on Covid Island – Winter 2020/21 UK Reports

Angry Workers of the World


The UK has been hard hit by the Covid crisis, both in economic and in human terms. When we started writing this article in January, the numbers of people who died with Covid passed 100,000. In 2020 the UK economy experienced a slump of nearly 10%, a 300 year record. The reasons for the severity of the crisis are pretty obvious: decades of austerity and outsourcing of public services, which leaves departments that are supposed to track and trace Covid cases with outdated Windows Excel programs, resulting in thousands of results getting lost; a similarly degenerated political class which is incapable of holding the complex web of public and private departments of the science and health sector together and instead dishes out contracts to their similarly incapable public school-mates; an increasingly failing local state, which

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Red and Black Telly roundup.