From:   movementforjusticeinelbarrio@riseup.net
Sent time:   Friday, October 14, 2011 6:33:45 PM
To:   september17@googlegroups.com
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] URGENT PROPOSAL FROM MOVEMENT FOR JUSTICE IN EL BARRIO
 

A few things...

 

The wildly irresponsible and misinformed commentary concerning the

Zapatistas, which has arisen in response to our humble proposal, have

obliged us to offer a rejoinder.

 

These baseless comments, which for example distort the Zapatistas as

"armed" and "violent," are - ironically enough - directly informed by the

same oppressive media discourse that paints OWS as confused, aimless,

unproductive, disorganized, etc. Thus, in suggesting as much, you

reproduce and give legitimacy to the very people who seek to stigmatize

you - an even more "dangerous" media strategy.

 

Regrettably, this is but one example of several troubling misconceptions

surrounding the Zapatistas that some folks have circulated here.

 

We invite those with limited knowledge of the EZLN's profound 28-year

history of struggle, and its vast contributions to intellectual, cultural,

and political life, to consult the document we provided in our proposal.

This document, the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle (again, in

English here:

https://webspace.utexas.edu/hcleaver/www/SixthDeclaration.html), clearly

articulates the EZLN's vision, methods, and goals. Upon reading it, you

will note that they are decidedly a non-violent movement.

 

In addition, we invite those who seem confused as to what constitutes

violence to remember the following: That the true violence -

malnourishment, poverty, displacement, rape, harassment, physical attacks,

and death - is currently being faced by the Zapatista indigenous

communities of San Marcos Avilés and San Patricio, to whom we offer our

unwavering support and solidarity, as an affirmation of our shared

humanity.

 

-Movement for Justice in El Barrio

 

 

 

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