2020 Enero Zapatista Callout/Llamado a Integrarse

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To all individuals, collectives/organizations resisting from below,

Enero Zapatista is a month-long series of political and culturally conscious event that commemorate the uprising of the Zapatistas in January 1994. These series of events will take place this upcoming January 2020, in San Diego, California.

On January 1, 1994, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) took up arms and crowded the streets of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas (México). They denounced injustices like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the humiliation and genocide of indigenous peoples, neoliberalism, the World Bank, and the increasing sore gap between the rich and the poor. Zapatistas demanded the right to land, life, education, autonomy, self-determination, and dignity. To this day, Zapatista communities continue to organize and engage people on a local and global scale. They work in humble and dignified ways to fight toward “a world in which many worlds fit”.

This year, we will be celebrating the 16th Annual Enero Zapatista in San Diego, and 26 years of resistance since the 1994 Zapatista uprising. ¡Que Viva La Lucha Colectiva! 

We extend an invitation to communities throughout San Diego County to stand with our Zapatista brothers and sisters to create and organize spaces/events throughout the month of January that transcend borders. Let’s continue this fight against the system that affects us all on a local and global scale! Let’s fight across the world, no matter what age, sexual orientations, abilities, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and many other social categories, we must not let the bad government (el mal gobierno) divide us! We must unite!

This year’s theme is “People’s Rebellion: Nuestra Lucha Es Por La Vida!”, because the peoples’ sense of collective power is growing around the world. We must not let this moment go to waste asking those at the top to reform the system, we must work from below to bring about change, not lift those that only seek to raise themselves. We must strive to  deconstruct colonizing mindsets in order to create a world in which many worlds fit. As imperialism brings the world to the brink of destruction the people must know of their power because our fight is for life.

Organizations/individuals participating must have events that uphold Zapatismo (i.e. self- determination, anti-capitalism, and anti-imperialism). Events should be a safe space for all (no alcohol or drugs). In order to organize collectively Enero Zapatista with good communication and transparency, we ask that all participating organizations send a representative to attend all of the bi-weekly meetings. If your organization would like to take part in Enero Zapatista 2020, please notify the committee and send a representative by Thursday, October 10, 2019. In participating in Enero you will need to agree and respect all community agreements and commit to volunteer hours.

For more information on the planning meetings, or about volunteer opportunities at events for Enero Zapatista in San Diego, please contact: enerozapatistasd@gmail.com

A todos lxs individuxs, colectivos y organizaciones que resisten desde abajo,

Enero Zapatista consiste en una serie de eventos políticos y culturales que conmemoran el levantamiento Zapatista de Enero, 1994. Estas actividades se llevarán a cabo el próximo enero de 2020, en San Diego, California.

El 1ro. de enero de 1994, el Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional ( EZLN ) se levantó en armas y llenó las calles de San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México. Se denunciaban  injusticias como el Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte (TLCAN), la humillación y el genocidio hacia los pueblos indígenas, el neoliberalismo, el Banco Mundial, y la creciente separación entre ricos y pobres. Los zapatistas exigieron el derecho a la tierra, a la vida, a la educación, a la autonomía, a la autodeterminación y a la dignidad. Hasta el día de hoy, las comunidades zapatistas siguen organizándose y comprometiéndose con las comunidades locales y a nivel global. Trabajan con humildad y dignidad para luchar por “un mundo en el que quepan muchos mundos”.

Este año celebraremos 16 años de Enero Zapatista en San Diego, y 26 años de resistencia desde el levantamiento Zapatista en 1994. ¡Qué viva la lucha colectiva!

Extendemos la presente invitación a las comunidades del condado de San Diego para que apoyen a nuestrxs hermanxs Zapatistas. Les invitamos para que durante el mes de enero creen y organicen espacios y/o eventos que trascienden fronteras. Continuemos con esta lucha contra el sistema que nos afecta a nivel local y mundial. Luchemos en todo el mundo y sin importar la edad, la orientación sexual, la capacidad, la religión,el grupo étnico, la nacionalidad, y muchas otras categorías, ¡no podemos dejar que el mal gobierno nos divida! ¡Unámonos!

“People’s Rebellion: Nuestra Lucha es por la Vida!”, el tema este año es relevante porque el ambiente político ha resultado en que la gente en todo el mundo reconozca su poder colectivo. No debemos dejar pasar este momento y gastar energía pidiendo que los de arriba reformen el sistema. Debemos de unirnos y trabajar desde abajo para traer cambios, y no levantar a los que sólo buscan beneficiarse a ellos mismos. Debemos deconstruir ideas colonizadoras para crear un mundo donde quepan muchos mundos. Mientras el imperialismo lleva al borde de la destrucción a nuestro mundo, debemos reconocer nuestro poder colectivo porque Nuestra Lucha es por la Vida!

Organizaciones e individuxs que deseen participar deben organizar eventos que sostengan y representen las prácticas e ideales Zapatistas; como la autodeterminación, el anticapitalismo, y el anti-imperialismo. El evento que propongan debe ser en un lugar seguro para todxs; libre de alcohol y drogas. Para organizar colectivamente el mes de Enero Zapatista, con buena comunicación y transparencia, requerimos que todas las organizaciones envíen un representante a las juntas bi-semanales. Si su organización desea participar en Enero Zapatista 2020, por favor notifique al comité y envíe un representante para el Jueves, 10 de Octubre, 2019. Al participar en Enero necesitará acordar y respetar todos los acuerdos de la comunidad y comprometerse al trabajo comunitario que se requiere.

Para obtener más información sobre las juntas de planeación, o sobre oportunidades de apoyar como voluntarixs en los eventos de Enero Zapatista en San Diego, por favor contáctenos a: enerozapatistasd@gmail.com

2019 Enero Zapatista Calendar

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JAN 4 – Enero Zapatista 2019 Opening: Join us for the first event of Enero Zapatista 2019. The event is free and will feature a panel discussion. Pastries, coffee and snacks for children will be provided. Vegan food available for purchase. World Beat Center, 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA. 5:30 – 9:00p.

JAN 5 – Peace & Dignity Journeys: AMLO, CNI, CIG y el Mandar Obedeciendo. A preliminary collective conversation and analysis of the AMLO presidency in light of the important symbolic Indigenous limpia that inaugurated his presidency. Having invoked el mandar obedeciendo, to what extent was this inspiring yet contradictory moment both political theater and an act of suplantando el poder representativo of the National Indigenous Congress and how might he truly be accountable to the CNI/CIG? Centro Cultural de la Raza, 2004 Park Blvd, San Diego. 6:00 – 9:00p. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/pg/PeaceDignityJourneys/

JAN 11 – Arts Advisory Committee & Hormigas Autónomas y Rebeldes: The opening reception will celebrate the work of contributing visual artists that are representative of the Zapatismo spirit, which is revolutionary, progressive and for the people. This years art highlights the theme of Enero and speaks to the stories of the people’s struggle and resistance at the local and global level. 6:00 – 9:00p. Exhibition will run Jan 11, 2019 – Feb 22, 2019. Centro Cultural de la Raza, 2004 Park Blvd, San Diego. For more information: enerozapatistaart@gmail.com

JAN 12 – Otay Mesa Detention Resistance & Pueblo sin Fronteras: “Rompiendo Cercos, Muros, y Fronteras.” Foro popular y académico, exposición de fotografía de los éxodos migrantes y venta de comida y bebidas para recaudar fondos. Centro Cultural de la Raza, 2004 Park Blvd, San Diego. 5:00 – 8:30p. Más información en: http://www.pueblosinfronteras.org & http://www.otaymesadetentionresistance.org

JAN 18 – Party for Socialism and Liberation: ¡Solidaridad! a workshop with PSL. We fight for national liberation, decolonization, and building socialism! San Diego Justice Center, 4410 Glacier Ave #101 San Diego, CA 92120. 6:30p – 10:00p. For more information: zfarber@gmail.com

JAN 19 – Colectivo Zapatista & Industrial Workers of the World (IWW): Break Down Borders 5K. We invite community to participate in the 6th annual run/walk event to highlight the injustices happening at imperialist, colonial borders that function to steal indigenous lands and divide our communities. Larsen Field, 4100 Camino de la Plaza, San Ysidro, CA. 9:00 – 1:30p. For more information: breakdownborders@gmail.com

JAN 25 – Armadillos Búsqueda y Rescate & Raíces sin Fronteras: Projection of the movie Corazón del Tiempo and discussion about the current situation/role of the mujer zapatista. Centro Cultural de la Raza, 2004 Park Blvd, San Diego. 6:00p – 9:00p. For more information: http://www.raicesinfronteras.org

JAN 26 – Enero Zapatista Youth Encuentro in collaboration with Mundo Gardens: The Enero Zapatista Youth Encuentro is a free conference that aims to raise consciousness with middle and high school age youth about a diverse range of topics relating to empowerment, environmental and social justice, Zapatismo and defending human rights. There will be workshops, speakers and entertainment. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Bell Middle School, 620 Briarwood Rd, San Diego, 92139. 8:30 – 2:30p. For more information: enerozapatistayouthencuentro@gmail.com

JAN 26 – Enero Zapatista 2019 Closing: This is the last event of Enero Zapatista 2019. There will be art, vendors, performances, food and more! The lineup will be announced soon! Come join us for this celebration. Centro Cultural de la Raza, 2004 Park Blvd, 92101. 6:00p-10:00p. For more info: enerozapatistasd@gmail.com

2018 Enero Zapatista Calendar

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CHANGES TO CALENDAR: FIOB event on 1/18 has been cancelled and Hormigas event on 1/19 has location TBA due to upcoming tour of the Congreso Indigena de Gobierno.

JAN 5 –  Enero Zapatista 2018 Opening: Join us for the first event of Enero Zapatista 2018. The event is free and will feature a panel discussion. Snacks for children will be provided. World Beat Center, 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego CA 5:30p-9:00p

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JAN 12 – Enero Zapatista 2018 Art Opening Reception:  The opening reception will celebrate the work of contributing visual artists from 6:00p-9:00. Exhibition will run Jan 12, 2018 – Feb 3, 2018. Centro Cultural de la Raza, 2004 Park Blvd, San Diego. For more info: enerozapatistasd@gmail.com

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JAN 13 – Peace & Dignity Journey Fireside Chat and discussion on various mis/understandings of the concept of Aztlán. We will focus on advancing Chicana/o self-determination while recognizing Kumeyaay autonomy. Chicano Park 2:00-4:00p. More info: roberto@decolonialtranslation.com

JAN 19 – Hormigas Autónomas y Rebeldes: Presentation on the Indigenous Governing Council’s (CIG) decision to have its spokesperson Maria de Jesus Patricio Martínez (aka Marichuy) be an independent presidential candidate in the 2018 Mexico elections. Community dialogue on local autonomy will follow. Location TBA. 6:00-9:30p. For more info: lunaguichil@gmail.com

JAN 20 – The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code, Documentary Showing/Q&A with Steven T. Newcomb (Shawnee, Lenape): The film tells the story of how 15th Century Vatican documents resulted in a tragic global momentum of domination and dehumanization that led to law systems being used against Original Nations and Peoples to this day. Peace Resource Center, 3850 Westgate Place San Diego, CA 92105. 6:00-8:00p enerozapatistasd@gmail.com

JAN 20 – Palestinian Youth Movement San Diego & Collective Zapatista: Break Down Borders 5K: We invite community to participate in the 5th annual run/walk event to highlight the injustices happening at imperialist, colonial borders that function to steal indigenous lands and divide our communities. Larsen Field, 4100 Camino de la Plaza, San Ysidro, CA. 9:00am. More info: breakdownborders@gmail.com

JAN 21 – CREA (Conciencia Rebelde En Acción): Lets be real, organizing spaces are not immune to patriarchal, heteronormative and hyper-masculine attitudes and actions. We will engage each other in dialogue and practice/exchange ways to heal, potluck style. 12:00p-2:00p. For more info: crea.sd17@gmail.com, www.crea-sd17.webs.com

JAN 24 – Environmental Justice and Decolonization: As a settler-colonial nation, the United States occupies indigenous land and it continues to seize/pollute native land and water, as seen through the Dakota Access Pipeline violence at Standing Rock in 2016-2017 – one of the many examples of settler violence. Land/water/air/fire justice is crucial for decolonization and for the defense and repatriation of indigenous land and life. Zapatista autonomy has shown us that land, water, and life are intimately connected and must be protected and renewed. How do we take these lessons into our own movements?

By focusing on indigenous and POC activism, we will discuss the possibilities and limits of environmental justice struggles locally and globally, including: San Diego-Tijuana border pollution & toxicity, Los Angeles/Bay Area activism, and South American anti-colonial struggles for water.

PANELISTS:
Carolina Martinez, Environmental Health Coalition San Diego
Marlene Brito-Millan, Marine Biologist & Solidarity Activist with South America’s Water Struggles
Oscar Gutierrez, LA/Bay Area Environmental Justice Activist

*Theater holds only 50 seats. First-come, first serve by ticket registration: https://goo.gl/forms/7wZTGgzyQbfWaC7V2

Digital Gym, 2921 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104 at 7:00p-9:00p

JAN 26 –Raíces sin Fronteras: Madres, padres y estudiantes de Ayotzinapa no están solas. Lo dijimos antes, lo decimos hoy, lo decimos lxs zapatistxs, lo recordamos y se lo gritamos al gobierno mexicano asesino. Consulado de México en San Diego. 1549 India St., San Diego, CA 92101. 6:30a-8:30a

JAN 26 – CommUnity Potluck Organizing Committee: We invite all individuals, organizations, collectives, artists and activists to come together in the spirit of conviviality and share the work we each do with the rest of the community. We envision this as an open space and open mic. There will be a potluck supper to enjoy with the community. Centro Cultural de la Raza, 2004 Park Blvd, San Diego, 92101. 7:00p-10:00p   For more info: lunaguichil@gmail.com

JAN 27 – Enero Zapatista Youth Encuentro: The Enero Zapatista Youth Encuentro is a free conference that aims to raise consciousness with youth about a diverse range of topics relating to empowerment, leadership development, social justice, Zapatismo and defending human rights. There will be workshops, speakers and entertainment, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Bell Middle School, 620 Briarwood Rd, San Diego, 92139, 9:00a-2:00p. More info: enerozapatistayouthencuentro@gmail.com

JAN 27 – Enero Zapatista 2018 Closing: This is the last event of Enero Zapatista 2018. There will be art, vendors, performances, food and more! The lineup will be announced soon! Come join us for this celebration. Centro Cultural de la Raza 2004 Park Blvd 92101 6:00p-10:00p. For more info: enerozapatistasd@gmail.com

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