Zapatista Women's Stories

Author: Hilary Klein

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 1609805887

Category: History

Page: 335

View: 1085

Compañeras is the untold story of women's involvement in the Zapatista movement, the indigenous rebellion that has inspired grassroots activists around the world for over two decades. Gathered here are the stories of grandmothers, mothers, and daughters who became guerilla insurgents and political leaders, educators and healers—who worked collectively to construct a new society of dignity and justice. Compañeras shows us how, after centuries of oppression, a few voices of dissent became a force of thousands, how a woman once confined to her kitchen rose to conduct peace negotiations with the Mexican government, and how hundreds of women overcame ingrained hardships to strengthen their communities from within. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Zapatista Women's Stories

Author: Hilary Klein

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781609805876

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 1569

Guerrilla army insurgents. Political leaders. Health and education promoters. Economic cooperative members. These are just some of the prominent, everyday roles held by women in the Zapatista autonomous region in Chiapas, where the creation and maintenance of an alternative, democratic society has found women's participation indispensible. a Compa eras: Zapatista Women's Stories is the untold story of the women of the Zapatista movement. Gathered by longtime community organizer Hilary Klein, the Zapatista women's own recollections of their lives, struggles, and critical involvement brings to light the tremendous transformation of gender roles that has occurred in this culture of revolution, and is instructive for all who are committed to examining how existing grassroots alternatives to global capitalism can guide the way toward justice, equality, and democracy.
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Ya Basta!

Ten Years of the Zapatista Uprising

Author: Marcos (subcomandante.)

Publisher: AK Press

ISBN: 9781904859130

Category: History

Page: 687

View: 3801

For ten years a voice from deep within the Mexican jungle has inspired us to fight back.
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Rebellion from the Grassroots to the Global

Author: Doctor Alex Khasnabish

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1848138067

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

View: 7497

In the early hours of January 1, 1994 a guerrilla army of indigenous Mayan peasants emerged from the highlands and jungle in the far southeast of Mexico and declared "¡Ya basta!" - "Enough!" - to 500 years of colonialism, racism, exploitation, oppression, and genocide. As elites in Canada, the United States, and Mexico celebrated the coming into force of the North American Free Trade Agreement the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) declared war against this 500 year old trajectory toward oblivion, one that they said was most recently reincarnated in the form of neoliberal capitalist globalization that NAFTA represented. While the Zapatista uprising would have a profound impact upon the socio-political fabric of Chiapas its effects would be felt far beyond the borders of Mexico. At a moment when state-sponsored socialism had all but vanished from the global political landscape and other familiar elements of the left appeared utterly demoralized and defeated in the face of neoliberal capitalism's global ascendance, the Zapatista uprising would spark an unexpected and powerful new wave of radical socio-political action transnationally. Through an exploration of the Zapatista movement's origins, history, structure, aims, political philosophy and practice, and future directions this book provides a critical, comprehensive, and accessible overview of one of the most important rebel groups in recent history.
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Land and the Zapatista Rebellion in Chiapas

Author: George Allen Collier,Elizabeth Lowery Quaratiello

Publisher: Food First Books

ISBN: 9780935028973

Category: History

Page: 281

View: 9932

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Wobblies and Zapatistas

Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History

Author: Staughton Lynd,Andrej Grubacic

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 1604861851

Category: Political Science

Page: 300

View: 3018

Wobblies and Zapatistas offers the reader an encounter between two generations and two traditions. Andrej Grubacic is an anarchist from the Balkans. Staughton Lynd is a lifelong pacifist, influenced by Marxism. They meet in dialogue in an effort to bring together the anarchist and Marxist traditions, to discuss the writing of history by those who make it, and to remind us of the idea that "my country is the world." Encompassing a Left libertarian perspective and an emphatically activist standpoint, these conversations are meant to be read in the clubs and affinity groups of the new Movement. The authors accompany us on a journey through modern revolutions, direct actions, anti-globalist counter summits, Freedom Schools, Zapatista cooperatives, Haymarket and Petrograd, Hanoi and Belgrade, "intentional" communities, wildcat strikes, early Protestant communities, Native American democratic practices, the Workers' Solidarity Club of Youngstown, occupied factories, self-organized councils and soviets, the lives of forgotten revolutionaries, Quaker meetings, antiwar movements, and prison rebellions. Neglected and forgotten moments of interracial self-activity are brought to light. The book invites the attention of readers who believe that a better world, on the other side of capitalism and state bureaucracy, may indeed be possible.
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Women of Maize

Indigenous Women and the Zapatista Rebellion

Author: Guiomar Rovira

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781899365302

Category: History

Page: 188

View: 4664

In the Mexican state of Chiapas women still marry at 13, and are often sold for a few bottles of liquor or a cow. In this volume the women of Chiapas tell of their hopes and their struggles, and their fight for a more democratic and humane way of life.
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Earth Politics

Religion, Decolonization, and Bolivia’s Indigenous Intellectuals

Author: Waskar Ari

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822376954

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 7959

Earth Politics focuses on the lives of four indigenous activist-intellectuals in Bolivia, key leaders in the Alcaldes Mayores Particulares (AMP), a movement established to claim rights for indigenous education and reclaim indigenous lands from hacienda owners. The AMP leaders invented a discourse of decolonization, rooted in part in native religion, and used it to counter structures of internal colonialism, including the existing racial systems. Waskar Ari calls their social movement, practices, and discourse earth politics, both because the AMP emphasized the idea of the earth and the place of Indians on it, and because of the political meaning that the AMP gave to the worship of the Aymara gods. Depicting the social worlds and life work of the activists, Ari traverses Bolivia's political and social landscape from the 1920s into the early 1970s. He reveals the AMP 's extensive geographic reach, genuine grassroots quality, and vibrant regional diversity. Ari had access to the private archives of indigenous families, and he collected oral histories, speaking with men and women who knew the AMP leaders. The resulting examination of Bolivian indigenous activism is one of unparalleled nuance and depth.
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Never Again a World Without Us

Voices of Mayan Women in Chiapas, Mexico

Author: Teresa Ortiz

Publisher: Epica Task Force

ISBN: 9780918346261

Category: History

Page: 249

View: 3694

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Our Word is Our Weapon

Selected Writings

Author: Subcomandante Marcos

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 1609800443

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 496

View: 9180

In this landmark book, Seven Stories Press presents a powerful collection of literary, philosophical, and political writings of the masked Zapatista spokesperson, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos. Introduced by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago, and illustrated with beautiful black and white photographs, Our Word Is Our Weapon crystallizes "the passion of a rebel, the poetry of a movement, and the literary genius of indigenous Mexico." Marcos first captured world attention on January 1, 1994, when he and an indigenous guerrilla group calling themselves "Zapatistas" revolted against the Mexican government and seized key towns in Mexico's southernmost state of Chiapas. In the six years that have passed since their uprising, Marcos has altered the course of Mexican politics and emerged an international symbol of grassroots movement-building, rebellion, and democracy. The prolific stream of poetic political writings, tales, and traditional myths that Marcos has penned since January 1, 1994 fill more than four volumes. Our Word Is Our Weapon presents the best of these writings, many of which have never been published before in English. Throughout this remarkable book we hear the uncompromising voice of indigenous communities living in resistance, expressing through manifestos and myths the universal human urge for dignity, democracy, and liberation. It is the voice of a people refusing to be forgotten the voice of Mexico in transition, the voice of a people struggling for democracy by using their word as their only weapon.
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Broccoli and Desire

Global Connections and Maya Struggles in Postwar Guatemala

Author: Edward F. Fischer

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804754842

Category: History

Page: 212

View: 8339

This book takes a surprising look at the hidden world of broccoli, connecting American consumers concerned about their health and diet with Maya farmers concerned about holding onto their land and making a living. Compelling life stories and rich descriptions from ethnographic fieldwork among supermarket shoppers in Nashville, Tennessee and Maya farmers in highland Guatemala bring the commodity chain of this seemingly mundane product to life. For affluent Americans, broccoli fits into everyday concerns about eating right, being healthy, staying in shape, and valuing natural foods. For Maya farmers, this new export crop provides an opportunity to make a little extra money in difficult, often risky circumstances. Unbeknownst to each other, the American consumer and the Maya farmer are bound together in webs of desire and material production.
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When Africa Awakes

Author: Hubert H. Harrison

Publisher: Black Classic Press

ISBN: 9780933121560

Category: African Americans

Page: 146

View: 8341

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Protests in the Streets: 1968 Across the Globe

Author: Elaine Carey,Alfred J. Andrea

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 1624665284

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 2684

"A really interesting and provocative take on 1968. This book addresses the truly global dimensions—and the unexpected, often long-term consequences—of that year of protest. It's an original and highly usable comparative history sure to attract student interest." —Peter N. Stearns, George Mason University
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The fire and the word

a history of the Zapatista movement

Author: Gloria Muñoz Ramírez,Laura Carlsen,Alejandro Reyes Arias

Publisher: City Lights Publishers

ISBN: 9780872864887

Category: History

Page: 339

View: 1434

In 1983, a small group of Mexicans traveled to the Lacandon jungle in Mexico's southern state of Chiapas, with the dream of organizing a national revolution. For the next ten years they lived with the indigenous Mayan communities there, listening, learning and blending with them. This was the beginning of the Zapatista movement, which made its dramatic public debut on January 1, 1994, when thousands of armed indigenous people occupied seven Chiapas towns and declared war on the Mexican government. Their demands -- not just for the oppressed and poverty-stricken indigenous communities, but for all Mexicans -- were clear: equality, democracy, liberty, justice, independence, employment, land, food, housing, health, education and peace. The Fire and the Word tells the story of the Zapatista movement, from its clandestine birth in the jungle of Chiapas, to its impact on Mexico and its ongoing influence around the world. Gloria Munoz lived for years in remote Mayan villages and interviewed some of the group's organizers. Their first-person accounts are woven throughout the text, along with reportage and contextual history. The result is a story composed of "the little pieces of mirrors and crystals that make up the various moments" (Subcomandante Marcos) of the Zapatistas' years of open struggle, the reflections of a history that is still being made, one which continues to inform and inspire activists and intellectuals around the globe. -- Back cover.
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Live Through This

On Creativity and Self-Destruction

Author: Sabrina Chapadjiev

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 1609800125

Category: Art

Page: N.A

View: 673

A visceral look at the bizarre entanglement of destructive and creative forces, Live Through This (a finalist for the 2008 Lambda Literary Awards) is a collection of original stories, essays, artwork, and photography. It explores the use of art to survive abuse, incest, madness and depression, and the often deep-seated impulse toward self-destruction including cutting, eating disorders, and addiction. Here, some of our most compelling cartoonists, novelists, poets, dancers, playwrights, and burlesque performers traverse the pains and passions that can both motivate and destroy women artists, and mark a path for survival. Taken together, these artful reflections offer an honest and hopeful journey through a woman's silent rage, through the power inherent in struggles with destruction, and the ensuing possibilities of transforming that burning force into the external release of art. With contributions by Nan Goldin, bell hooks, Patricia Smith, Cristy C. Road, Carol Queen, Annie Sprinkle, Elizabeth Stephens, Carolyn Gage, Eileen Myles, Fly, Diane DiMassa, Bonfire Madigan Shive, Inga Muscio, Kate Bornstein, Toni Blackman, Nicole Blackman, Silas Howard, Daphne Gottleib, and Stephanie Howell.
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the Chiapas revolt and what it means for radical politics

Author: Mihalis Mentinis

Publisher: Pluto Pr


Category: History

Page: 201

View: 7397

A bold new account of the movement and its contribution to political theory.
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Bridge of Courage

Life Stories of the Guatemalan Compañeros and Compañeras

Author: Jennifer Harbury

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781567510683

Category: History

Page: 275

View: 911

"Personal histories of participants in 1980s-90s guerrilla movements against Guatemala's military regime, collected by a US citizen who lost Guatemalan husband in struggle, and prefaced by scathing history of Guatemala since 1930s by Noam Chomsky. Simplistic and not on par with similar published remembrances from El Salvador and Nicaragua"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.
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A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare

Author: Madhavi Menon

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822348454

Category: Drama

Page: 494

View: 6522

Shakesqueer puts the most exciting queer theorists in conversation with the complete works of William Shakespeare. Exploring what is odd, eccentric, and unexpected in the Bard’s plays and poems, these theorists highlight not only the many ways that Shakespeare can be queered but also the many ways that Shakespeare can enrich queer theory. This innovative anthology reveals an early modern playwright insistently returning to questions of language, identity, and temporality, themes central to contemporary queer theory. Since many of the contributors do not study early modern literature, Shakesqueer takes queer theory back and brings Shakespeare forward, challenging the chronological confinement of queer theory to the last two hundred years. The book also challenges conceptual certainties that have narrowly equated queerness with homosexuality. Chasing all manner of stray desires through every one of Shakespeare’s plays and poems, the contributors cross temporal, animal, theoretical, and sexual boundaries with abandon. Claiming adherence to no one school of thought, the essays consider The Winter’s Tale alongside network TV, Hamlet in relation to the death drive, King John as a history of queer theory, and Much Ado About Nothing in tune with a Sondheim musical. Together they expand the reach of queerness and queer critique across chronologies, methodologies, and bodies. Contributors. Matt Bell, Amanda Berry, Daniel Boyarin, Judith Brown, Steven Bruhm, Peter Coviello, Julie Crawford, Drew Daniel, Mario DiGangi, Lee Edelman, Jason Edwards, Aranye Fradenburg, Carla Freccero, Daniel Juan Gil, Jonathan Goldberg, Jody Greene, Stephen Guy-Bray, Ellis Hanson, Sharon Holland, Cary Howie, Lynne Huffer, Barbara Johnson, Hector Kollias, James Kuzner , Arthur L. Little Jr., Philip Lorenz, Heather Love, Jeffrey Masten, Robert McRuer , Madhavi Menon, Michael Moon, Paul Morrison, Andrew Nicholls, Kevin Ohi, Patrick R. O’Malley, Ann Pellegrini, Richard Rambuss, Valerie Rohy, Bethany Schneider, Kathryn Schwarz, Laurie Shannon, Ashley T. Shelden, Alan Sinfield, Bruce Smith, Karl Steel, Kathryn Bond Stockton, Amy Villarejo, Julian Yates
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The Zapatistas' Dignified Rage

Final Public Speeches of Subcommander Marcos

Author: Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos

Publisher: AK Press

ISBN: 1849352933

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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Zapatista spokesman Subcommander Marcos decreased his public appearances between 2007 and 2014, but simultaneously increased the depth of his analysis. Collected here in English translation for the first time, these talks include some of his most explicit, detailed, and inspiring criticisms of capitalism, political parties, electoral democracy, disingenuous solidarity, and much more. Subcommander Marcos was the leading spokesperson for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) until 2014. Nick Henck is Associate Professor at Keio University and the author of Subcommander Marcos: The Man and the Mask. Henry Gales is a freelance translator living in Mexico City.
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Serve the People

Making Asian America in the Long Sixties

Author: Karen Ishizuka

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1781688648

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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A narrative history of the movement that turned “Orientals” into Asian Americans Until the political ferment of the Long Sixties, there were no Asian Americans. There were only isolated communities of mostly Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos lumped together as “Orientals.” Serve the People tells the story of the social and cultural movement that knit these disparate communities into a political identity, the history of how—and why—the double consciousness of Asian America came to be. At the same time, Karen Ishizuka’s vivid narrative reveals the personal epiphanies and intimate stories of insurgent movers and shakers and ground-level activists alike. Drawing on more than 120 interviews and illustrated with striking images from guerrilla movement publications, the book evokes the feeling of growing up alien in a society rendered in black and white, and recalls the intricate memories and meanings of the Asian American movement. Serve the People paints a panoramic landscape of a radical time, and is destined to become the definitive history of the making of Asian America.
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