The caracol represents the ideals of an autonomous Zapatista government with direct reference to a distant Maya past on two levels, and. Para conocer la historia y el trabajo de los Caracoles, las Juntas de Buen Gobierno y de los Caracoles Zapatistas se retoma la palabra del al anunciar su. Professor Marissa Forbis, a Chiapas veteran, explains the current arrangement in the Zapatista caracoles in more detail during a recent.

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The money came from a warehouse project in the zone.

Autonomous governance begins at the community level, moving csracoles the municipality level, then to the Caracol with the Juntas. Living at the Edges of Capitalism: Indigenous men and women from the villages are not accustomed to touch for therapeutic purposes and far less to taking off their clothes. There are only seven female promoters in the four municipalities—five in Libertad de Los Pueblos Mayas and two in Tierra y Libertad. This allows them access to free consultations and free medicine at the clinic.

They are also training promoters to learn agro-ecology and veterinary skills. They also have a passenger truck that travels daracoles Las Margaritas to San Quintin.

During Schools for Chiapas we will produce and distribute an instructional video about the carbon-sink Food Forest farming taking place at Zapatista schools in Chiapas, Mexico. Education promoters are chosen by the people, who ask them if they want to participate. The influence of indigenous Zapatista women who are involved in work has now permeated other organizations.

The clinic was founded on Feb.

They zapatidtas with ongoing and new matters brought before them. This project faces many challenges and has had its problems. The seed has spread and now the communities of Huitiupan, Sabanilla, and Tila take part in the program. It is common to find members of the PRI and other organizations in the autonomous hospital.


There were 20 men and women, great people from our villages, who csracoles appointed as teachers of traditional medicine with pupils, most of them women.

The neo-Zapatistas do not proclaim adherence to a specific political ideology beyond left-wing politics. But how does autonomy function in practice in the Zapatista rebel zone?

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The new system of autonomous education is not without its difficulties, but it is also a source of satisfaction and joy. The health promoters explain that up until several months ago the hospital functioned with health promoters who were economically supported by the four townships.

For example, in the municipality of 17 de Noviembre, located in the Caracol corresponding to the Morelia region, each community sends men and women as representatives to a municipal assembly. Without a doubt, education motivates our struggle and strengthens the autonomy of our people. About Schools for Chiapas. Zpaatistas painted, the autonomous health center handles about 30 consultations a day. Zapatitas out zapaatistas the four autonomous councils do not have a woman member and only one autonomous township—Tierra y Libertad—has a woman member.

The cultural exchange that happens during these massages is amazing. See More See Less. They go on to explain: It is the job of the Board to even out development. zapatixtas

As a result, the number of caaracoles, bone healers, and herbalists in our communities has multiplied. A few years ago, they published a small newspaper that sent indigenous reporters to cover the Zapatista marches and mobilizations. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

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They all have a blackboard, desks, the Mexican flag and, of course, the Zapatista flag, and some have tape recorders and other teaching tools. In addition, there are some communities that have yet to organize autonomous councils.

To resolve this and other problems there are health representatives in cxracoles of the four autonomous townships who meet every two months to coordinate the work in the zone. The work to be done is never-ending.


Overwhelmed with gratitude for the gesture, the Schools For Chiapas folks thanked their Zapatista hosts, who replied humbly: During Schools for Chiapas will organize quarterly workshops in Zapatista territory and occasional events elsewhere bringing academics and activists together to plan concrete actions to caracolse Mother Earth.

A good place to start is with the original meaning of the word: We do not blame the government teachers, but they leave their classes a lot because they say they have to attend meetings. A lab for clinical analysis has just started up, run by specialized promoters.

But the more the state represses, the more the people resist and demand their autonomy. In total,pesos were spent to support various activities. Zapatista teacher Galeano video at You are commenting using your Twitter account. The now-famous Comandante Esther who appeared before Congress is the product of more than 10 years of political work in these villages.

What is Zapatista Autonomy?

Two classes of students zspatistas now graduated. Another area that the communities have been working on, despite all odds and overcoming internal obstacles and governmental counter-insurgency campaigns, is education. Most recently, the biggest achievement in health has been the inauguration of an operating room.

The Tzeltal, Tzotzil, and Tojolabal women of the seven municipalities are also pioneers in collective work. Cambios en el EZLN. For example, in cases of common crimes, the punishment imposed by the Autonomous Council is reparation of the damages: What happens is that here they gain the tools to be able to recognize their rights and to stand up for themselves.

Up to some months ago, the health work in the villages was spotty. We should have our own territory, our zapatjstas education, administer our own resources.