One year after the 1st Encounter of Women who Struggle in the Caracol of Morelia, the Zapatista women are sending a message to the women of the world, informing them that they are now facing a state of siege: The Mexican State, capitalist businesses and paramilitary groups are re-planning to loot and plunder native land and to devastate the indigenous peoples of Chiapas.
“Maybe we don’t know which feminism is the best one, maybe we don’t say “cuerpa” [a feminization of “cuerpo,” or body] or however it is you change words around, maybe we don’t know what “gender equity” is or any of those other things with too many letters to count. In any case that concept of “gender equity” isn’t even well-formulated because it only refers to women and men, and even we, supposedly ignorant and backward, know that there are those who are neither men nor women and who we call “others” [otroas] […]
What we do know is that we fought for our freedom and now we have to fight to defend it so that the painful history that our grandmothers suffered is not relived by our daughters and granddaughters.
We have to struggle so that we don’t repeat history and return to a world where we only cook food and bear children, only to see them grow up into humiliation, disrespect, and death.
We didn’t rise up in arms to return to the same thing.
We haven’t been resisting for 25 years in order to end up serving tourists, bosses, and overseers.[…]
It seems that these new bad governments think that since we’re women, we’re going to promptly lower our gaze and obey the boss and his new overseers. They think what we’re looking for is a good boss and a good wage. That’s not what we’re looking for. What we want is freedom, a freedom nobody can give us because we have to win it ourselves through struggle, with our own blood.
Do you think that when the new bad government’s forces—its paramilitaries, its national guard—come for us we are going to receive them with respect, gratitude, and happiness? Hell no. We will meet them with our struggle and then we’ll see if they learn that Zapatista women don’t give in, give up, or sell out…”
[From the letter of Zapatista Women – EZLN – February 2019]
SOLIDARITY WITH ZAPATISTA WOMEN AND WITH ALL WOMEN FIGHTING AROUND THE WORLD AGAIST OPPRESSION, EXPLOITATION AND REPRESSION
NO WOMAN STANDS ALONE! THE FLAME OF REBEL DIGNITY IS EVERYWHERE!
MARCH 8 – DEMONSTRATIONS:
MARCH 9 – PROTEST IN FRONT OF THE MEXICAN EMBASSY IN ATHENS
Group Against Patriarchy – Anarchist Political Organization (Greece)