2015 Enero Zapatista Youth Encuentro


On Saturday, January 31, MAAC Community Charter School will be hosting the Enero Zapatista Youth Encuentro, a free popular education conference for middle school, high school and community college age youth. There will be workshops led by local and out-of-town facilitators on a diverse range of topics relating to self-determination, Zapatismo and defending human rights, as well as a speakers, entertainment and food (adults are kindly requested to sponsor a youth by donating $5 for their vegetarian catered lunch).

The Youth Encuentro is part of Enero Zapatista, a month-long series of politically and culturally conscious events in San Diego that commemorate the uprising of the Zapatistas in January 1994. It is organized by community groups and individuals and is currently in its eleventh year. We seek to continue the lucha/fight locally, globally, and glocally, always growing and reflecting towards “a world in which many worlds fit”!

The MAAC Community Charter School (MCCS) has spent the past 13 years aiming to meet the needs of “at-promise” students who have been marginalized or pushed out of traditional high schools. MCCS uses critical pedagogy, the arts, restorative justice and multiple youth development opportunities to engage non-traditional learners and support them in taking ownership of their educational path.

Enero Zapatista Youth Encuentro Schedule

9 -10 am Registration and Breakfast

10 – 10:45 am

Introduction to the MAAC by Tommy Ramirez, MCCS Dean of Students

Introduction to Zapatismo and Keynote Speaker by MCCS ACLU GO! Students

Keynote Speech by Norma Chavez, Director ACLU

Musical Inspiration by Chunky Sanchez

10:45 am – 12 pm Morning workshop session

Before You Enlist – The Real Deal on Joining the Military by Project YANO (Project on Youth & Non-Military Opportunities)

Arte en Acción / Art in Action by Chunky Sanchez

Zapatismo Poetry: Social Justice Poetry from Below by Jim Moreno (La Gracia)

Indigenous Resistance through Ceremony and Running by Peace and Dignity Journeys

Design for Social Change: Radical Political Stenciling by XALE

Immigrant Rights for Youth by ACLU

12 – 1 pm Lunch with entertainment by Trash Axis, politically-conscious folk punk

1 – 2:15 pm Afternoon workshop session


Urban Gardening: Utilizing Herbs for Healing & Seedbombs by Greely Gardens & Joanna Yanez

If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want Your Revolution: Protest Music by Forest Borie, Charlie Mejia and James Cameron

Zapatismo & Transformative Organizing by Olmeca

Global Resistance to Neoliberal Capitalism through Ilustration and Popular Education by the Beehive Collective

Know Your Rights with the Police and ICE by ACLU GO!

Chicano Park: Past, Present and Future by Hector Villegas (Chicano Park Steering Committee)

2:15 – 2:30 pm Sendoff/Call to Action

Performances by Olmeca and MCCS student musicians


2015 Enero Zapatista Events

enerozapatistacalendar2015JAN 2  Enero Zapatista 2015 Opening: Join us for the first event of Enero Zapatista 2015 hosted by MEChA at Lincoln High School! The event features 5 short films about local and global struggles that intersect. A discussion will follow the films and there will be free food. Black Box Theater @ Lincoln High School. 4777 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92113

JAN 10 Black & Pink: Film screening of Cruel & Unusual: Transgender Women in Prison and discussion on Black & Pink’s stance on prison abolition and what that means in our communities. Activist Center- 4246 Whitman Ave at 7pm.

JAN 11 Mujeres en Resistencia: What is the relationship between social justice and love? We will convene a space for self-identified womyn of color to dialogue closely around love, relationships, politics, and the power dynamics among all. Join us! Arte con Safos Gallery (inside Bread & Salt).1955 Julian Ave, San Diego 92113. 12:00-3pm

JAN 16 Party for Socialism & Liberation and KmB San Diego: Film Screening and discussion about The Golf War. A story about the peasant struggle in the Philippines. Pillars of Community Outreach Center, 6431 Imperial Avenue, San Diego 92114

JAN 22 Association of Raza Educators: ARE will have a guest speaker to present a Political Education piece on the Decolonization of Education. Jacobs Center Room 347 303 Euclid Ave, San Diego 92114 at 6pm

JAN 23 San Diego Indymedia: A screening of the independent film Greening the Revolution, about the profit-centered food system waging a war on the world’s poor and the resistance of farmers and workers, will be followed by a discussion of the roles of land and independent media in creating revolutionary change. See the film trailer here: http://vimeo.com/97368178. Metate Infoshop- Harvey Milk Street, between Centre and Normal, look for the red lights! 7:00p

JAN 24 Colectivo Zapatista & Palestinian Youth Movement San Diego: We invite community to participate in a run/walk event to highlight the injustices happening at imperialist, colonial borders that function to steal our indigenous lands and divide our communities. Larsen Field, 4100 Camino de la Plaza, San Ysidro, CA 92173 at 9:30am.

JAN 24 Peace and Dignity Journeys: This event will combine ceremony, music, dance, a film, stories from runners from past journeys and elders, and food in an event celebrating Peace and Dignity Journeys, an indigenous run spanning the continent, and honoring the land we are on. World Beat Center. 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego 92101 3:00-6:00pm

JAN 26 Unión del Barrio: Reading and discussion on the Condor Literary Magazine on the question of imperialism throughout Latin America. Centro Aztlán Marco Anguiano, 2078 Logan Ave. San Diego, 92113  6:00pm

JAN 30 Association of Chicana Activists: Come and join A.Ch.A. in a dialogue about the different challenges and struggles that womyn face when immigrating to the U.S.  We will be screening a film and will be having different activities throughout the event. Location and Time are TBD. Please see the Enero Zapatista site for more details.

JAN 31 MAAC Community Charter School: We will be hosting the Enero Zapatista Youth Encuentro including workshops led by local and out-of-town facilitators on a diverse range of topics relating to self-determination. There will also be food and entertainment! MAAC Community Charter School, 1385 Third Ave, San Diego 91911

JAN 31 Enero Zapatista 2015 Closing: This is the last event of Enero Zapatista 2015. There will be Art, Food, Vendors, and Performances and more! The lineup will be announced soon! Come join us for this celebration. Centro Cultural de la Raza 2004 Park Blvd 92101 from 6:00p-11:00p.

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Participating groups & organizations

Association of Chicana Activists (AChA) is a womyn empowerment organization founded in SDSU that promotes higher education focusing on young womyn of color and social justice. Contact info: sdsuacha at gmail dot com

Association of Raza Educators: Our organization focuses on educational issues in San Diego. We attempt to ensure education is used as a tool to help with the liberation of our people in San Diego, and across California. Contact info: aresandiego94 at gmail dot com

Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. Our work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. We are outraged by the specific violence of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people, and respond through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing. Contact info: sandiego at blackandpink dot org

Colectivo Zapatista is a community organization made up of students, youth, workers and parents who work towards collectivism, self-sufficiency, self-determination and co-powerment. Contact information: colectivozapatistainfo at gmail dot com

KmB Pro Peaople Youth San Diego is a comprehensive grassroots organization dedicated to educating, organizing and mobilizing for the rights and welfare of Filipino youth in the United States. Through collective leadership, progressive culture and community engagement, we strive to reclaim and re-root to the true history of the Filipino people to better understand how our local and personal issues are interconnected with the struggles of our people in our Philippine homeland. We support the struggle for justice, peace and genuine liberation of the Filipino people. We believe in developing and strengthening our partnerships with our allies in the community to advance the empowerment of the youth and community to create systemic change. Contact info: sdpropeopleyouth at gmail dot com

MEChA at Lincoln HS: Lincoln MEChA is not your typical high school MEChA. Instead of being just a “club”, it is a student organization that stays true to its historical roots of activism and organizing. El Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan de Lincoln High School focuses on education and liberation of our communities!

MAAC Community Charter School (MCCS) has spent the past 13 years attempting to meet the needs of “at-promise” students who have been marginalized or pushed out of traditional high schools. MCCS uses critical pedagogy, the arts, restorative justice and multiple youth development opportunities to engage non-traditional learners and support them in taking ownership of their educational path. Contact info: kweinberg at maacproject dot org

Mujeres en Resistencia is an autonomous group of Xicana & Mexicana womyn formed in March 2007. Rooted in traditional Mexican dance styles, our zapateado rebelde is inspired by feminist and Zapatista movements. We dance to ritmos conscientes to connect struggles and strengthen community. Our protesta echoes the sounds of a people’s resistance against systems of oppression. Contact information: mujeresenresistencia.sd at gmail dot com

Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) is a transnational, independent, grassroots movement of young Palestinians in Palestine and in exile worldwide as a result of the ongoing colonization of our homeland.  PYM assumes a joint-struggle framework and works to cultivate local Palestinian and Arab youth while engaging in cross-movement building.  We work to make connections between our struggle for liberation transnationally by centering the most marginalized and oppressed communities locally. Contact info: pym.sandiego at gmail dot com

Party for Socialism and Liberation is a working-class party of leaders and activists from many different struggles, founded to promote the movement for revolutionary change. The Party for Socialism and Liberation seeks to bring together leaders and organizers from the many struggles taking place across the country. The most crucial requirement for membership is the dedication to undertake this most important and most necessary of all tasks– building a new revolutionary workers’ party in the heart of world imperialism. At the same time as we aim for revolution in this country, we stand for defense of the existing workers states, the national liberation movements, and for workers and oppressed people around the world. The magnitude of our tasks will be matched by our determination to win. Contact information: sandiego at pslweb dot org

Peace and Dignity Journeys was started in 1992 to continue in the spirit of the traditions of our ancestors. Every four years Indigenous communities all over North, Central and South America witness and partake in the tradition of receiving runners with ceremonies unique to their community, sharing stories, song, dance, and the wisdom that comes from community elders and ceremony. Peace and Dignity Journeys runners start simultaneously from both ends of the continent, traversing the entire continent by foot from community to community and joining together for a final gathering in the center. Contact info: Tommy Ramirez 619-203-3714

Jornadas de Paz y Dignidad se inicio en el año 1992 para continuar con el espíritu de las tradiciones de nuestros ancestral. Cada cuatro años las comunidades indígenas de todo el Norte, Centro y Sur América han sido testigos y han participado en la tradición de recibir a los corredores espirituales con ceremonias únicos de sus comunidades, compartiendo cuentos, cantos, danzas, y la sabiduría que viene de los ancianos de los comunidades y la ceremonia. Los corredores de las Jornadas de Paz y Dignidad comienzan a correr simultáneamente desde ambos extremos del continente, atravesando todo el continente de Abya Yala a pie de comunidad a comunidad uniendo todos los rezos para una reunión ceremonial del Aguila y del Cóndor en el Centro. Contact info: Tommy Ramirez 619-203-3714

San Diego Indymedia is an anarchist collective seeking to collaborate with communities and activists to challenge all forms of illegitimate authority using technology, the internet and all means at our disposal. We are part of a network of Independent Media Centers worldwide, and act in solidarity with our compas across the globe through this network. Contact info: sandiego.indymedia at yahoo dot com Visit: http://sandiego.indymedia.org

San Diego Indymedia es un colectivo anarquista que buscan colaborar con las comunidades y los activistas a desafiar todas las formas de autoridad ilegítima mediante la tecnología, Internet y todos los medios a nuestra disposición. Somos parte de una red de centros independientes de los medios en todo el mundo, y actuar en solidaridad con nuestros compás de todo el mundo a través de esta red. Contact info: sandiego.indymedia at yahoo dot com Visit: http://sandiego.indymedia.org

Union del Barrio is an independent political organization with an all-volunteer membership that is entirely self-financed dedicated to struggle on behalf working people living within the current borders of the United States. Contact info: 619-923-3685 or info_sd at uniondelbarrio dot org

2015 Enero Zapatista Closing Vendor Form

Vendor Form:  If you wish to be a vendor during our Closing Event, Saturday, January 31st, please complete this form:


Enero Zapatista is a month-long series of political and culturally conscious events in San Diego that commemorate the uprising of the Zapatistas in January 1994.  These series will take place this upcoming January 2015.

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 (Mexico).  They denounced injustices, like NAFTA, the humiliation and genocide of the indigenous peoples, neoliberalism, the World Bank, and the increasing sore gap between the rich and the poor.  They demanded the right to land, life, education, autonomy, self-determination, and dignity. To this day, the Zapatista communities continue to organize and engage people on a local and global scale. They work in humble and dignified ways to fight towards “a world in which many worlds fit.”

This year, we will be celebrating the 11th Annual of Enero Zapatista for San Diego and the 21 years of resistance since the 1994 Zapatista uprising. ¡Que Viva La Lucha Comunal! 

We invite communities outside of San Diego County who stand with our Zapatista brothers and sisters to create and organize spaces/events throughout the month of January that transcends borders.

Let’s continue this lucha/fight that affects everyone on a local and global scale!

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).

Across the world, no matter what age, sexual orientations, abilities, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and many other social categories, we must not let el mal gobierno (the bad government) divide us! We all must unite! ✊

For more information on the planning meetings on Enero Zapatista in San Diego, please contact enerozapatistasd at gmail dot com

Enero Zapatista es una serie de eventos de un mes de los acontecimientos políticos y culturalmente conscientes en San Diego que conmemoran el alzamiento de los zapatistas en enero de 1994. Estas series se llevará a cabo este próximo enero de 2015. El 1 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). Denunciaron injusticias, como el NAFTA, la humillación y el genocidio de los pueblos indígenas, el neoliberalismo, el Banco Mundial, y la creciente brecha de dolor entre los ricos y los pobres. Exigieron el derecho a la tierra, la vida, la educación, la autonomía, la autodeterminación y la dignidad. A día de hoy, las comunidades zapatistas siguen organizando e involucrando a la gente en una escala local y global. Actúan de forma humilde y digna para luchar hacia “un mundo en el que quepan muchos mundos.” Este año, vamos a celebrar la 11 ª edición de Enero Zapatista de San Diego y los 21 años de resistencia desde el levantamiento zapatista de 1994. ¡Que Viva La Lucha Comunal! Invitamos a las comunidades fuera del Condado de San Diego que se paran con nuestros hermanos y hermanas zapatistas para crear y organizar espacios / eventos durante todo el mes de enero, que trasciende las fronteras. Vamos a continuar esta lucha / pelea que afecta a todo el mundo en una escala local y global! Organizaciones / personas participantes deben tener eventos que sustentan el zapatismo (es decir, la autodeterminación, el anticapitalismo y antiimperialismo). Los eventos deben ser un espacio seguro para todos (sin alcohol o drogas). En todo el mundo, sin importar la edad, sexuales orientaciones, las habilidades, la religión, el origen étnico, la nacionalidad, y muchas otras categorías sociales, no debemos dejar que el gobierno malo (el mal gobierno) dividirnos! Todos tenemos que unirnos! Para obtener más información sobre las reuniones de planificación de Enero zapatista en San Diego, por favor póngase en contacto con: enerozapatistasd at gmail dot com

2015 Enero Zapatista Artist Callout

Hola a todxs!

It’s that time of the year again – the 11th annual Enero Zapatista is only 2 months away! The closing event will be at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park on Saturday, January 31, and as always, we are looking for inspiring art to fill the gallery.

We encourage you to submit an art piece for the closing event of Enero Zapatista 2015! The exhibition theme is “Intersectionality: Identities as Resistance”. Many of us carry multiple identities– some of these identities have been assigned to us, some have been chosen by us and some have been reclaimed as part of our resistance against a system that attempts to fragment us and exploit our differences. We envision this exhibition being one that celebrates our differences without dismissing them. What intersectional identities do you carry?

The artwork will be installed in the gallery at the Centro Cultural de la Raza. Each artist is required to fill outthis exhibition form in order to participate. The form needs to be submitted by January 4, 2015. The artwork needs to be dropped off between January 6th-January 8th between 6-8pm at the Centro Cultural de la Raza. If these dates and times do not work for you, please contact the committee to schedule a time to drop off your artwork. Please have the artwork ready to hang!

The artist form can be found and filled out here:


If you don’t like or can’t use Google forms (Google is evil, after all), you can send an email to enerozapatistasd at gmail dot com, copy and paste the questions from this PDF to the email, answer them and send it to us. If you need additional info or have more questions, please send us an email.

Looking forward to another amazing Enero!

EZ Network

Se les invita a mostrar una obra de arte inspirada por el Zapatismo para el evento de clausura de Enero Zapatista 2015. El tema de este año es “Interseccsionalidad: Identidades como Resistencia.” Much@s de nosotr@s tenemos múltiples identidades- algunas de estas se nos han dado, unas las hemos escojido y otras reclamadas como parte de nuestra resistencia del sistema que intenta fragmentarn@s y explotar nuestras diferencias.

Las obras se instalarán en la galería del Centro Cultural de la Raza. Se requiere que cada artista llene este formulario de exposiciones para participar. El formulario debe ser entregado para el 4 de enero, 2015. La obra de arte debe ser entregada entre el 6 y 8 de Enero durante las 6PM a 8PM en el Centro Cultural de la Raza. Si estas fechas y horario no le funcionan, favor de comunicarse con el comite de enero zapatista para coordinar otro horario. Favor de tener la obra lista para colgar.

La forma de artistas se encuentra aqui:


Si no te gusta o no puedes usar a formas de Google (Google es del infierno, de todas formas), existe la opcion de mandar un correo a enerozapatistasd at gmail dot com, copiar y pegar las preguntas de este PDF, contestarlas y mandarlo a nosotros. Si ocupas mas informacion o tienes mas preguntas, por favor, mandanos un correo.

Esperando con anticipacion a otro Enero increible!

La Red de EZ

2015 Enero Zapatista Opening Event

Hola Pueblo!

Please join us for the celebration of the 11th Annual Enero Zapatista, a month-long series of events. We will host the opening event on Friday, January 2nd, 2015 from 6:00pm – 9:15pm at Lincoln High School, in the Blackbox Theater (4777 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA. 92113).

We will begin by breaking bread together and partaking in a community potluck. After sharing food together, there will be a screening of several short films that address various community struggles and concerns. Shortly after watching the films, we will engage in an open dialogue and discuss these issues with members of our community.
This event is the first of a month-long series of events that commemorate and celebrate the Zapatista uprising of 1994.**There will be food, music, and good conversation!
**Community organizations will be tabling with information about the work that they do and possibly selling some dope merchandise!


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2014 Enero Zapatista Calendar

2014 Enero Zapatista Calendar 2014 calendar

January 3 Enero Zapatista 2014 Opening

Join us for the first event of Enero Zapatista 2014! The event feature “Flor en Otomi”, a film about Dení Prieto Stock who was killed by the Mexican army along with four of her comrades in the FLN. A discussion will follow the film and there will be free food. Sherman Heights Community Center 2258 Island Ave. San Diego 92102 from 5:00p-8:30p.

January 4 Comunidades de Derechos Humanos de Fallbrook

This is a hike of Battle Mountain in North County that serves as an introduction to the history of white supremacy in this region and the anticolonial response from Native and Mexican people over the last 240 years. A short but tough hike with a steep climb. Park on the street near the start of Battle Mountain Trail. 18390 Reata Way, San Diego, CA 92128. 8am-10am. For more info, call or text (760) 468-4519.

January 9 “Escuelita Zapatista: Sembrando la Autonomia” presented by Association of Raza Educators

A compañera who participated in the Escuelita will share her experiences and discuss the role of learning in the construction of autonomy and creating a world beyond neoliberalism and coloniality in the Escuelita Zapatista.

January 10 Film Screening: “Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu Jamal” presented by Party for Socialism & Liberation

Voz Alta 1754 National Ave, San Diego, CA 92113 from 6:00p-8:00p.

January 12 “Touch One! Touch All!” presented by InPDUM San Diego

African Internationalism teaches that Africans living in the region of Aztlan that was taken over by colonial settlers have a two part struggle. One part is liberated and fighting for African self-determination and the other part is building an alliance with the indigenous people to take back occupied Mexico. World Beat Center, 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, 92101 5:00p.

January 15 “This System doesn’t serve our People: We need to build our own Party!!” presented by Unión del Barrio

Just like the EZLN, Union del Barrio has come to the conclusion that the current political system does not serve our pueblo. Come join us in a dialog and help us a build a revolutionary party that truly represents our people! Centro Aztlán Marco Anguiano, 2078 Logan Ave. San Diego, 92113 from 6p-8p.

January 17 Film Screening of “Maquilapolis” presented by Association of Chicana Activists

Because of NAFTA, capitalism, and cooperate greed, many workers in Tijuana, B.C, Mx. suffer from medical problems, poverty, and other atrocities that workers on the US side of the US-Mexico border would never put up with. Join us as we hear the voices of workers in maquilas and as we discuss about solutions and responsibility. Location is in Cholula Community Center in the San Diego State University campus, next to Remington Road next to the Cross Cultural Center and across the street from the Tony Gwynn Stadium  from 6p-8p.

January 18 “Border Control, Surveillance and repression: Community Grassroots Responses to Immigration Reform” presented by Palestinian Youth Movement

This talk will discuss the implications of the debates of the 2013 immigration reform on Arab and Muslim communities and how proposed reforms will impact peoples day to day lives. It will also examine historical and transnational dimensions of militarization, border policing, criminalization, surveillance and entrapment. Centro Aztlán Marco Anguiano, 2078 Logan Ave, San Diego, 92113 at 6:00p

January 19 Break Down Borders Walk/Run presented by Colectivo Zapatista & Palestinian Youth Movement

We invite community to participate in a run/walk event to highlight the injustices happening at imperialist, colonial borders that function to steal our indigenous lands and divide our communities. Larsen Field, 4100 Camino de la Plaza, San Ysidro, CA 92173 at 9:30am.

January 21 Film Screening “Sa Ngalan ng Tubo” (In the Name of Sugar) presented by KmB San Diego & Guerilla Words

The film highlights the class struggle between the sugar farm workers/peasants and the abusive landlords of Hacienda Luisita and the oppressive Philippines government. The film emphasizes the importance of why we must dare to struggle, organize and fight back against the greedy corrupt capitalist/imperialist landlords and to not accept poverty and enslavement as a way of life. Malcolm X Library, 5148 Market St, San Diego CA 92114. 6:00-7:30pm

January 23 “And the Dream Never Came, Reclaiming our Realities as Migrantes Fronterizos” presented by San Diego Immigrant Youth Collective

Come join us in community dialogue as we collectively break down our experience as migrantes fronterizos, & the concept of the American Dream!

January 24 SPACES Event has been cancelled

January 24 “White Solidarity or White Opportunism?” presented by Uhuru Solidarity Movement

Oftentimes white people want to support the issues of oppressed people, but do not know how they can take a principled stand of solidarity, leading to opportunism. This workshop discusses the difference between solidarity and opportunism, and provide solutions. The event location is TBD and is from 6p-8p

January 25 Enero Zapatista 2014 Closing

This is the last event of Enero Zapatista. There will be Art, Food, Vendors, Performances and more! The lineup will be announced soon! Come join us for this celebration. Centro Cultural de la Raza 2004 Park Blvd 92101 from 6:00p-11:00p.