Love and Power: The Ballad of Oso Blanco Revisited

..By     Anonymous Contributon   … shared via It’s Going Down

“It’s a long way to Nottinghamshire,
Or to Chiapas, Mexico,
But you can’t tell me that Robin Hood ain’t real
Since the Feds caught up with Oso Blanco!”
– The Martyr Index, by “Oso Blanco”

“I hope to inspire people to have courage beyond their daily understanding. As we truly have endless love and power within.”
– Letter from Oso Blanco, 6/4/2019

by Clayton P

Official sources say that Oso Blanco, to whom the State refers by his birth name, Byron Shane Chubbuck, is responsible for about 20 bank robberies from 1998-1999, all undertaken for the express purpose of aiding the EZLN (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional/Zapatista National Liberation Army) in Chiapas. Oso Blanco himself puts the number of “robberies” at closer to 50.

“The bankers got bailed out. Oso Blanco went to prison.”

There’s a satisfying symmetry—I won’t call it poetic justice—in using money from banks to fund revolutionary struggle. Banks are in the business of burying people’s hopes and of destroying their dreams. But the goals of freedom-fighters like the Zapatistas—and like Oso Blanco himself—are to keep hope alive, to nurture the revolutionary dream of a world free from oppression and exploitation. Continue reading “Love and Power: The Ballad of Oso Blanco Revisited”

EZLN warns Zapatistas will not permit ‘Maya Train’ mega Rail project

By: Elio Henríquez    via Chiapas Support Committee

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

The Zapatista National Liberation Army (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) has said that it would not permit President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Maya Train project of death and dirty tricks to happen.

It described López Obrador as “crazy” and “crafty,” and therefore, it said, it will defend what it has constructed in the past 25 years.

On Monday, López Obrador arrived in Villahermosa to attend the swearing-in of Adán Augusto López as governor of Tabasco. Upon asking him about the resistance announced by the EZLN to some of his projects, he answered: “They are within their rights, how good that they are going to do it, and many congratulations to everyone.”

In the voice of Subcomandante Moisés, during an event held in the community of La Realidad, municipality of Las Margaritas, in the Lacandón Jungle, the EZLN stated: “Think about how crazy it is that he says he is going to govern for rich and poor. Only a crazy person that is sick in the head can say that; his mind doesn’t work, he is braindead (…).

“He doesn’t know nor understand what he’s saying, and he doesn’t understand because his boss dictates to him what he has to say. It’s simple: you can’t support the exploited and the exploiter, you have to choose one of the two,” he said.

The EZLN criticized, without mentioning him by name, that Lopez Obrador “is very tricky, because (he says) that he is with the people of Mexico and continues deceiving the original peoples, demonstrating that he thrusts himself on the land asking for permission and saying that all the original peoples believe him, but we say that we don’t believe him.”

Masked Zapatista rebels participate in a protest against violence in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas state, Mexico.  The Zapatistas staged a brief armed uprising for greater indigenous rights in southern Chiapas state in 1994.

Upon referring to the ceremony held on December 1 in Mexico City’s Zócalo, where López Obrador received the staff of command from the indigenous peoples, the EZLN expressed: “Only because Mother Earth doesn’t speak, if she did she would say: fuck your mother; she would say: go to hell!”

In the context of the 25th anniversary of the January 1, 1994 Zapatista Uprising, he added: “We’re not going to allow them to come to destroy us,” and he warned: “We’re not afraid of their Nacional Guard, which changed their name in order to not say Army, but they are the same.”

He maintained that López Obrador “is going to destroy the people of Mexico, but principally the original peoples; they’re coming for us, especially for the EZLN.” He reiterated that they are not afraid of the new federal government. “We’re going to fight and we’re going to confront it.”

He remarked: “They’re coming for us, the original peoples. The consulta (vote) that they make is to manipulate the people. They are asking permission to attack us with votes. They are consulting so that they can come to confront us with that dirty trick of the Maya Train” (Tren Maya),” but “if they provoke us, we are going to defend ourselves. We’re not going to allow anyone to come to establish themselves in this territory in rebellion.”

He asserted that the so-called Fourth Transformation “is nothing of a fourth. Those of the third confronted him with facts. (López Obrador) says, for example, that he is going to forgive all the criminals. Like the one who says that he won’t do anything to the murderers of our Compañero Galeano,” murdered in the community of La Realidad in May 2014.

 

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

25 años del movimiento insurgente

Advierte el EZLN que no permitirá que pase el proyecto del Tren Maya

Está en su derecho de oponerse, señala López Obrador

▲ El comandante Pablo Contreras (Pablo González Casanova) en el segundo Encuentro de Redes de Resistencia en apoyo al Congreso Nacional Indígena y al Concejo Indígena de Gobierno.Foto Mariana Gutiérrez

Elio Henríquez
Corresponsal
Periódico La Jornada
Miércoles 2 de enero de 2019, p. 4

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., El Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) afirmó que no permitirá que pase el proyecto de muerte y porquería del Tren Maya del presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a quien calificó de loco y mañoso, por lo que, dijo, defenderá lo que ha construido en los pasados 25 años.

El lunes, López Obrador llegó a Villahermosa para asistir a la toma de protesta de Adán Augusto López como gobernador de Tabasco. Al preguntarle sobre la resistencia anunciada por el EZLN a algunos de sus proyectos, respondió: Están en su derecho, qué bueno que lo van a hacer, y muchas felicidades a todas y todos.

En voz del subcomandante Moisés, durante un acto realizado en la comunidad de La Realidad, municipio de Las Margaritas, en la selva Lacandona, el EZLN manifestó: “Figúrense cómo está de loco que dice que va a gobernar para ricos y pobres. Sólo un loco que está mal de su cabeza puede decir eso; no trabaja su mente, es descerebrado (…).

No sabe ni entiende lo que está diciendo, y no lo entiende porque su patrón le dicta lo que tiene que decir. Es sencillo: no se puede apoyar al explotado y al exolotador, se tiene que escoger a uno de los dos, expuso.

Mural painting near La Realidad symbolizing the Zapatista uprising on 01-01-1994
South of the Border: The indigenous people in Chiapas have defended the Zapatista free area for a generation, with a communal, feminist, non-hierarchical and non-tribal culture that has inspired the world.

El EZLN criticó, sin mencionarlo por su nombre, que Lopez Obrador es muy mañoso, porque (dice) que está con el pueblo de México y sigue engañando a los pueblos originarios, demostrando que se hinca en la tierra pidiéndole permiso y diciendo que todos los pueblos originarios le creen, pero nosotros le decimos que no le creemos.

Give Me Hope, Zapata ..

Reconstructing hope… from Zapatistas with Love

by Chiapas Support Committee          photos added

Photo from the EZLN Roundtable April 5-15.

By: Gustavo Esteva

How do we contend with the mood that is spreading, molded by the mixture of fear and false hopes instilled by the verbal incontinence and theater of the candidates and political parties?

The oppressive repetition of the horror seems to be accustoming us to it. Each day we learn of a new aggression in Myanmar, Palestine, Syria…. Daily we add data to the obscene accounting of our assassinated, kidnapped, tortured, and disappeared which makes Mexico one of the most violent countries in the world.

 Zapatista rebels participate in a protest against violence in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas state, Mexico

Each day we learn of new pains of our countrymen in the face of ethnic cleansing now practiced with migrants across the world: millions of those who are on the del otro lado [U.S. side of the border] no longer dare to complete daily activities for fear of deportation;

Hundreds of thousands that do not know the country they were born in discover they no longer belong to the society where they have spent all of their lives.Image result for ZAPATISTA visitors photos

This month horrific information was added to the daily news of climate change. A very respectable group of scientists warned, with very solid foundation, that the increase in ultraviolent radiation is seriously impacting all life on the planet, and of course, human beings. Continue reading “Give Me Hope, Zapata ..”

“The Zapatistas and ConSciences for Humanity.” conference update. 25 Dec-4 Jan.

ezln_1Update on the Gathering “The Zapatistas and ConSciences for Humanity.”
 Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés

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ZAPATISTA NATIONAL LIBERATION ARMY    MEXICO

December 15, 2016

To the scientific community of Mexico and the world:

To the National and International Sixth:

We send you our greetings. We want to update you on the plans for the gathering “The Zapatistas and ConSciences for Humanity,” to be held at the CIDECI-UniTierra in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, from December 25, 2016 through January 4, 2017. Continue reading ““The Zapatistas and ConSciences for Humanity.” conference update. 25 Dec-4 Jan.”