Thursday, June 30, 2005

CRIC Communiqué

This is reproduced directly from the Independent Media Center ( I have posted it here to increase its exposure over the 'net.

CRIC Communiqué
Originally published in Spanish by the CCRI-CG the EZLN

Communiqué from the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee –
General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.

June 19, 2005

To the People of Mexico:
To the Peoples of the World:

Brothers and Sisters:

As of today, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation has declared, throughout all rebel territory, a GENERAL RED ALERT

Based on this, we are informing you:

First - That at this time the closure is being carried out of the Caracoles and the Good Government Offices which are located in the zapatista communities of Oventik, La Realidad, Morelia and Roberto Barrios, as well as all the headquarters of the authorities of the different Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities.

Second - That also being carried out is the evacuation of the members of the different Good Government Juntas and the autonomous authorities, in order to place them in shelter. Now, and for an indefinite time period, they will be carrying out their work in a clandestine and nomadic manner. Both the projects as well as the autonomous government will continue functioning, although under different circumstances than they have been up
until now.

Third - That basic community health services will continue functioning in the different Caracoles. Civilians will be in charge of these services, and the CCRI-CG of the EZLN is distancing them from any of our future actions, and we are demanding that they be treated as civilians and with respect for their life, liberty and goods by government forces.

Fourth - That there has been a call-up of all members of our EZLN who have been engaged in social work in the zapatista communities and those of our regular troops who have been in their barracks. In a similar fashion, all broadcasts by Radio Insurgente, "The Voice of Those Without Voice", in FM and in short wave, have been suspended for an indefinite period of time.

Fifth - That, simultaneous with the publication of this communiqué, national and international civil societies who are working in peace camps and in community projects are being urged to leave rebel territory. Or, if they decide freely of their own volition, they remain on their own and at their own risk, gathered in the caracoles. In the case of minors, their departure is obligatory.

Sixth - That the EZLN announces the closing of the Zapatista Information Centre (CIZ), not without first thanking the civil societies who have participated in it, from the time of its creation until today. The CCRI-CG of the EZLN formally releases these persons from any responsibility for the future actions of the EZLN.

Seventh - That the EZLN releases from responsibility for any of our future actions all persons and civil, political, cultural, citizens and non-governmental organizations, solidarity committees and support groups who have been close to us since 1994. We thank all of those who have, sincerely and honestly, throughout these almost 12 years, supported the civil and peaceful struggle of the zapatista indigenous for the constitutional recognition of indigenous rights and culture.


From the Mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
By the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee – General Command of
the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos

Mexico, in the sixth month of the year 2005.

Monday, June 13, 2005

pix from March 20th protests

The following are some shots I took at the March 20th protests commerating the invasion of Iraq. I'm possibly the crappist photographer in the universe(you can tell as my thumb is in most of the photos), but I sure as hell can try anyway.

That's it.
Also. there is a protest this Sat., May 14 in Malcom X park, commerating the tragic MOVE bombing.
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There is also a protest in Independence Mall the next day, to show the true costs of the wars in Iraq & Afganistan.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

An Alternative Memorial Day

Although it is a day late, I wrote this poem yesterday after musing on the possibility of an alternative concept of memorial day for us radicals.
Here goes:
This Memorial Day, We revolutionaries also have memories we must honor.
Remember all those who fought and died so that there might be a better world, remember the American, French, Russian, Cuban, and Mexican revolutions.
Remember those who fought in the spanish civil war who knew not how to use a gun, but tried anyway, to push back the specter of fascism for another minute, another hour, another day.
Remember those currently locked up and robbed of their rights by the very system they denounce: remember Mumia, remember the MOVE 9, remember Leonard Peltier, remember the Cuban 5, remember Sherman Austin, remember "Free", remember Lori Berenson, remember the countless heroes whose names I do not list here.
Remember those who still find the strength to challenge the system: remember the Zapatistas in Mexico, remember the Shining Path in Peru, remember the seperatists in Quebec, remember the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, remember the anarchists in spain.
And do not forget those who have not yet found hope: remember the boy chained to his workbench in the Reebok factory, remember the banana picker in Nicaragua, remember the coca-cola factory worker in Colombia , remember the family with no home but only mouths to feed. Remember the student who cannot pay for his books.
And we must not forget those who bring about this injustice. Remember NAFTA, remember the factory owners, remember the Israeli bulldozers, remember the politicians, remember the multinationals.
i beg of you
remember any of these
but please just remember