FROM THE OTHER NEW YORK: STATEMENT REGARDING STATEMENT BY MOVEMENT FOR JUSTICE IN EL BARRIO CONCERNING THE ZAPATISTA COMMUNITIES OF COMANDANTE ABEL AND UNION HIDALGO
STATEMENT BY MOVEMENT FOR JUSTICE IN EL BARRIO CONCERNING
THE ZAPATISTA COMMUNITIES OF COMANDANTE ABEL AND UNION HIDALGO
Compañeras and compañeros:
We, the women, men, Mexican immigrants of Movement for Justice in El Barrio, The Other Campaign New York, add our humble word to openly and fully denounce the violent invasion and acts of aggression that the bad government – through its paramilitary coyote groups – is carrying out against the Zapatista Support Bases of Comandante Abel and Unión Hidalgo.
The violence began on September 6th and persists to the present day. Among the revolting aggressions committed include the forced displacement of both communities and the ensuing illnesses that they are now suffering.
In accordance with the wise words of the Junta de Buen Gobierno “Nueva Semilla Que Va Producir” (Good Government Council – New Seed that Will Produce), these aggressive attacks are ordered by the bad government of Mexico and form part of its “plan of counter-insurgency to weaken our people’s resistance.”
For over 18 years, they have been trying to extinguish the Zapatista Movement and, thereby, advance their projects of destruction, war, hunger, and death.
What can we do in light of this threat?
We must organize. We must grow stronger by combining our forces.
The task of organizing is absolutely urgent. We must organize everywhere. We must walk behind our compas, not only to follow their footprints, but to ensure that the liberation and autonomy that they are building may be ours as well. We must fight back from our respective corners of the world, under their leadership, as compañer@s in the struggle that we are.
We shall continue to construct strong support networks to back the Zapatista communities, today and always, and to take strategic action against the bad government. We shall disseminate the true word of our compas.
Let us, today and tomorrow, echo their “ENOUGH!” which awoke in us rage and courage.
Pressure, words, and protest are our tools in this struggle. Now is the time to use them against our shared enemy.
ENOUGH OF THE LIES!
ENOUGH OF THE REPRESION!
LONG LIVE THE ZAPATISTAS!
Movement for Justice in El Barrio
The Other Campaign New York