Enero Zapatista Begins


Friday marks the first day of the eighth annual Enero Zapatista, a San Diego area celebration of the resistance of the Zapatistas of Chiapas. The celebration begins with an opening event at the Sherman Heights Community Center, starting at 530pm, that will include a performance by the Red Warrior Drummers and a screening of the film '¡Viva México!

The Zapatistas presented themselves to the world with a brief armed uprising on 1 January, 1994, the day that the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect. A spokesperson of the EZLN, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation - Subcommandante Marcos - said on that day "Today the North American Free Trade Agreement begins, which is nothing more than a death sentence to the Indigenous ethnicities of Mexico, who are perfectly dispensable in the modernization program of [then President] Salinas de Gortari."

The Zapatistas have since developed a strong global solidarity network through innovative use of the internet; created the caracoles, autonomous communities that are exploring the practical development of a different world, a world in which many worlds fit; constructed a strong independent media and inspired the formation of the Indymedia network; and conducted La Otra Campaña, which led to strong ties between the Zapatistas and many communities throughout Mexico.

Enero Zapatista Opening Event
Friday January 6, 5:30pm-9:30pm
Sherman Heights Community Center 2258 Island Ave.

Upcoming Enero Zapatista Events:
The Co-Optation of Hip-Hop Sat 6pm
Zaptoptistas Computer Music Workshop Sun 3pm
Cipriana Jurado Herrera – NI UNA MAS! Next Fri 6pm
Al-Awda San Diego Rally and Vigil for Gaza Next Sat 2pm

Schedule || Calendar || Enlace Zapatista || Radio Zapatista || Pozol Colectivo