Sent time:   Wednesday, October 12, 2011 10:32:54 PM

Urgent Message from Movement for Justice in El Barrio, The Other Campaign

New York


To Members of the OWS General Assembly:


Receive greetings and embraces of solidarity from the humble and simple

migrant community of El Barrio, NYC:


We are Movement for Justice in El Barrio – an organization of immigrants

that fights for dignity and against neoliberal displacement. We fight for

the liberation of every marginalized group, such as immigrants, people of

color, women, lesbians, gays, transgender people, and all the poor of the

world. We are part of the Zapatista-initated The Other Campaign.


Last Sunday, beneath the red sculpture that marks the entrance to "Liberty

Plaza", we shared our Declaration in Support of Occupied Wall St. As dusk

came upon us, our words found resonance in the hearts of people who, like

us, seek a world of dignity.


In addition to our Declaration, we shared with you a communiqué written 15

years ago by the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) of Mexico –

which is for many of us our homeland. In this communiqué, the Zapatistas

pay homage to all the women who fight for justice in the world.


For nearly three decades, the Zapatistas have waged a tireless and

profound struggle to build, as they say, “un mundo dónde quepan todos los

mundos”: A world in which all worlds fit. Day after day, they continue

building this world from below and to the left– outside of and against

political parties and the capitalist system. Their struggle is a kind of

poetry that has touched the hearts of dignified people from around the

world. Their vision and analysis of the world is perhaps best articulated

in the document, to which we adhere as an organization, called: La Sexta

Declaración de La Selva Lacandona (English version available here: We

believe strongly that the Zapatista struggle, with its form, principles,

and aims, has shaped profoundly the resistance that is taking place on

Wall Street today.


As you know, in the world in which we live, such a struggle is neither

welcomed nor celebrated, but instead: condemned, attacked, beaten,

imprisoned, repressed, silenced, raped, tortured, executed, distorted,



At present, the EZLN support communities of San Marcos Avilés and San

Patricio in Chiapas, Mexico, are currently facing severe forms of

violence, harassment, and displacement from their ancestral lands. The

indigenous peoples who reside in these two communities have become the

targets of such violence because they, brazenly, have exercised their

autonomy and right to self-determination as indigenous peoples, and have,

to that end, developed just systems of self-governance and alternative

community institutions, such as schools, cooperative farms and health

clinics, that reflect and support indigenous worldviews and culture. They

are under attack, in sum, for living a life of dignity and for demanding

that everyone be able to do so.


For this reason, and given the gravity of the situation, we write to you

to solicit your support for our humble proposal: We propose that at this

upcoming Wednesday's General Assembly meeting, the OWS General Assembly

consider, and ultimately endorse, a statement or resolution of support for

the Zapatista communities of San Miguel Avilés and San Patricio.

Representatives from our organization will be present to discuss the

details of the situation and proposal.


In light of the demanding workloads of our members, we ask that you please

respond to us as soon as possible, no later than this Friday, if you

accept our proposal at


With love and solidarity,


From El Barrio, NYC,


Movement for Justice in El Barrio, The Other Campaign New York