Words of Comandanta Miriam

Chiapas Support Committee

Words of Comandanta Miriam

Comandanta Miriam speaks at the seminar on "Critical Thought versus the Capitalist Hydra." Comandanta Miriam speaks at the seminar on “Critical Thought versus the Capitalist Hydra.”

Good evening compañeros and compañeras.

I also have the chance to talk to you a bit about what the situation was for women prior to 1994.

Women suffered through a very sad situation since the arrival of the conquistadors. They stole our land and took our language, our culture. This is how the domination of caciquismo [local despotism] and landowners came into being alongside a triple exploitation, humiliation, discrimination, marginalization, mistreatment, and inequality.

The fucking bosses had us as if they were our owners; they sent us to do all the work on the haciendas, without caring if we had children, husbands, or if we were sick. They never asked if we were sick; if we didn’t make it to work, they sent their servant or slave to leave the corn in…

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