[mgj-discuss] March Delegation to Chiapas
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Mary Ann Tenuto <cezmat at igc.org> wrote:To: anticapitalists at yahoogroups.com
From: Mary Ann Tenuto
Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2005 13:10:22 -0800
Subject: [LeftTurn] March Delegation to Chiapas
Join us for a Delegation to Chiapas!
International Womens Day Chiapas Delegation, March 3-12, 2005
The Chiapas Support Committee of Oakland, California announces our
Sixth Annual March Delegation to Chiapas Mexico. We hope you will
join us for this indepth exploration of an alternative to corporate
The Zapatistas are constructing another world, characterized by
regional selfgovernment, collective economic projects, autonomous
education and health care. This delegation takes place one and onehalf
years after the Zapatistas renamed their 5 cultural centers Caracoles
(spiral shells) and created 5 autonomous regional governing bodies,
called Good Government Committees, or Juntas.
The indigenous peoples of Chiapas confront a design by multilateral
organizations such as the World Bank to reconquer indigenous territory
for transnational corporations. The Zapatistas say they will not permit
the Plan Puebla Panama (PPP) within their territory. The PPP threatens
the people of Chiapas with eviction from their land in order to exploit
the natural resources and construct hydroelectric dams, upscale tourist
facilities and assembly plants (maquiladoras). Learn about the
Zapatista s recent repositioning of these communities.
Delegates will receive briefings from Mexican non-profits working in
indigenous communities. We will also visit an EZLN Caracol (formerly
an Aguascalientes) and its Good Government Committee (Junta) to learn
about autonomous governance. We will visit Polhó, an autonomous
(selfgoverning) refugee camp, and take a trip into the Canyons of the
Lacandon Jungle to visit our sister municipality (county) of San
Manuel, located in a beautiful river valley east of the city of
Ocosingo. We will celebrate International Women's Day with San Manuel.
This delegation provides an opportunity to visit and interact with
civilian Zapatista communities constructing autonomy. It also provides
the opportunity to purchase items from cooperative stores. While in
San Cristobal, there will also be time for shopping and some
entertainment. So, we invite you to join us to share an amazing
experience. You can read about our previous delegations on our website
Getting there, cost, etc.
Delegates will arrive in Tuxtla Gutierrez by plane and then travel by
bus or taxi to the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas. We
will assemble at a posada (lodge) in San Cristobal de las Casas on
March 3. Several days later, the delegation travels into the canyons
of the Lacandon Jungle to spend four nights in indigenous communities.
Conditions there are like rough camping and require both a sleeping bag
and an air mattress (a hammock may be substituted for an air mattress).
Cost of the delegation is US $450.00. This does NOT include air fare
or bus transportation to San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. It DOES
include most food, lodging and ground transportation to the
communities. It ALSO includes a donation for each community we visit,
delegation expenses and educational materials. We provide each
delegation with an experienced group leader and expert translator.
Delegation dates are March 3 to March 12, 2005. We will prepare a
daytoday itinerary in January and will send it to all those who express
interest in the delegation when it is ready.
Why go to Chiapas?
1. The presence of international delegations in Chiapas provides a
measure of security for the area in which we travel (the Canyons of
Ocosingo). It also sends a message to the Mexican Army and the
paramilitary groups that there are international people concerned
enough to travel there.
2. Zapatista communities are democratic. Their practice of democracy
provides foodforthought to progressives searching for alternatives.
3. Your tuition includes a contribution to each community we visit and,
therefore, contributes to the construction of the material conditions
for resistance and autonomy.
4. This is an educational experience and will provide the opportunity
to share what you learn with people at home after we return so that
people know the truth.
Who is the Chiapas Support Committee?
The Chiapas Support Committee is a grass roots nonprofit organization
founded in 1998. All of us are volunteers. We support indigenous and
campesino organizations, autonomous communities and nongovernmental
organizations in Chiapas. We certify human rights observers, organize
delegations, fund autonomous projects and report back to people in the
Bay Area about the situation in Chiapas. We have a sister relationship
with the autonomous municipality of San Manuel, Chiapas.
How to apply
This delegation is open to all women and men 18 years of age or older.
To apply, complete the application below and email to: cezmat at igc.org
OR send by first class mail to P.O. Box 3421, Oakland, CA 94609.
We would like to receive all applications by February 1, 2005. A
deposit of $100 is required with your application to reserve a space
for you on the delegation. Balance is due February 21, 2005. For
those who want more information, just email your questions to:
cezmat at igc.org or call (510) 654-9587.
CSC DELEGATION APPLICATION
NAME (please print) __________________________________________
CITY, STATE, ZIP ____________________________________________
HOME PHONE ________________________________
WORK PHONE ________________________________
PASSPORT NUMBER _________________________
EXPIRATION DATE _________________________
DATE of BIRTH ______________________________
1 - Please rate your Spanish language ability (check one)
None___ Poor___ Fair (Intermediate)____ Good____ Fluent____
2 - Please provide names and phone numbers for two references:
3 - Have you been to Chiapas before? (yes or no) ____________
Why do you want to go to Chiapas? ____________________________
If you are interested in the Chiapas Support Committee delegation to
Chiapas in March 2005, please fill out the above application form. We
will send you more information as plans develop. In order to confirm
this application and reserve a space, a deposit of $100 is required.
Applications and checks may be mailed to:
CHIAPAS SUPPORT COMMITTEE
P.O. Box 3421
Oakland, CA 94609
or send by email to: cezmat at igc.org
Tel: (510) 654-9587 for more information
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