Hilary Klein: Women Are at the Forefront of the Zapatista Revolution

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 After centuries of oppression, a few indigenous voices of dissent in Chiapas, Mexico, rose up to became a force of thousands – the Zapatistas. Hilary Klein’s Compañeras relays the stories of the Zapatista women who have overcome hardship to strengthen their communities and build a movement with global influence.   

 By Hilary Klein  Seven Stories Press | Book Excerpt  July 30, 2015

Zapatista women lead a funeral procession for a woman killed by Mexico's federal police in Chiapas, Mexico, in January 2005.Zapatista women lead a funeral procession for a woman killed by Mexico’s federal police in Chiapas, Mexico, in January 2005. (Photo: Oriana Eliçabe/Flickr)

The following excerpt is from the introduction to Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories:

After visiting us several times, they began to explain the struggle: what they were fighting for and whom they were fighting against. They told us there was a word we could use to show our respect for each other, and that word was compañeros or compañeras. Saying it…

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