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[Nettime-bold] May 22nd is Zapatista Solidarity Day


Sisters and Brothers,

May 22nd has been announced as the Zapatista Solidarity Day.  If you
have
the time tomorrow, Monday, May 22nd, why not do something for the
Zapatistas.  There are so many small and painless things one can do for
the
Zapatistas on their Solidarity Day.

To Find out More about the Zapatistas please visit one of the following
sites:
http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/1364/cpage1.htm - Cincinnati Zap
Page
http://www.ezln.org - EZLN official HomePage
http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/1364/links.htm - CZC Links to other

good sites
http://www.igc.apc.org/ncdm - National Commission for Democracy in
Mexico
http://www.mexicosolidarity.org - Mexico Solidarity Network
http://www.schoolsforchiapas.org - Schools for Chiapas (a very good
org!)
http://www.globalexchange.org - Global Exchange
http://www.utexas.edu/ftp/student/nave - Accion Zapatista

Ways to help:
1.  Please Call your Congressman to Support the Resolution for Peace in
Chiapas.  We're sending out another reminder for everyone to call their
House Reps and Senators letting them know you support Senator Leahy's
Resolution.  In the House it's Resolution number 238, in the Senate it
is
Resolution number 76.  This bill is very important, because it asks the
Secretary of State to "take effective measures to ensure that US
assistance
and exports of equipment to Mexican security forces". "are not provided
to
units of security forces that have been implicated in human rights
violations". "and to encourage the EZLN and Government to take steps to

create conditions of good faith negotiations that address the social,
economic, and political causes of the conflict in Chiapas".and goes on
to
basically say that Mexico is violating it's own laws by removing
Americans
and others from Chiapas.   To find out the phone numbers of your
Senators
and House Reps call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.  To find
them
on the web visit http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov.  We
also
have a petition based on this bill, to obtain a copy of this either
email us
(if you have Microsoft Word) or visit
http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/1364/P2394.htm (this will require
some
formatting for you.  Instructions on where to send it is on the main
petitions page, a link is on the bottom of P2394.htm).  To get a copy of
the
full resolution please call Senator Leahy's office at (202) 224-4242.
We
believe this bill is a good step in the right direction.  Please help
the
Zapatistas say YA BASTA this year.

2.  Write a letter to President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore to
let
them know that you support Indigenous Rights and the San Andres Accords.

You wish them to pressure the Mexican President to enact the San Andres
Accords.  There are several different things you could write about.
Write
to them by email at president@whitehouse.gov and
Vice.President@whitehouse.gov.  You can write them via snail mail at:
President Bill Clinton, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania NW,
Washington,
DC 20500.  Or, you can even call their comments line at (202) 456-1111
and
verbally give an operator your message for the President.

3.  You can call, fax, or write your closest Mexican Embassy about your
concerns for Indigenous, Human, Environmental, and Social Rights in
Mexico.
The closest Mexican Embassy to Cincinnati is in Detroit.

4.  You can contact US Government, Director Office of Mexican Affairs -
John
Dawson @
(202) 647-8113 (tele) or (202) 647-5752 (fax).

5.  You can write the Mexican President at: Presidente de la Republica -

Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon at webadmon@op.presidencia.gob.mx

6.  You can write The Governor of Chiapas - Roberto Albores Guillen at
comsocgo@correo.chiapas.com

7.  You can write The UNITED NATIONS OFFICE IN MEXICO at
bruno.guandalini@un.org.mx

8.  You can educate yourself on this issue more. There are a few good
books
and reports out there. The Chiapas Rebellion by Philip L. Russell, Basta
by
George A. Collier, Camino a la masacreby Centro de Derechos Humanos/
Fray
Bartolome de Las Casas, Terror in Chiapaswhich appeared in the Bulletin
of
the Atomic Scientists (March/April '98) by Alejandro Nadal,
Militarization
and Violence in Chiapas by CONPAZ, Fray Bartolome de Las Casas, and
Coalition of Civil Organizations for Democracy (Convergencia), We will
not
forget by Fray Bartolome de Las Casas, Rebellion from the Roots by John
Ross, First World, HA HA HA! edited by Elaine Katzenberger, Chiapas:
Challenging History by Akwe:kon Journal (Summer 1994), and Democracy in
Mexico by Dan La Botz. There are many more if one searches for them.
There
are also some great videos : Lacandona : The Zapatistas and Rainforest
of
Chiapas, Mexico by ACERCA, Todos Somos Marcos, 6th Sun, Communique,
Chiapas
: A shot heard around the world, Zapatista Women, Marcos : World
History.
Those are just a few of the one's that we know of.   The webpages listed
at
the beginning of the message also give really good insight into the
ideals,
issues, and culture of the Zapatista Rebellion.

9.  And of course, another great contribution is funds or donations.
There
are always caravans going back and forth to Chiapas, and your monetary
or
food donations would be welcomed. Also donations are needed for the many

organizations (the NCDM, the Mexico Solidarity Network, Pastors for
Peace,
Accion Zapatista, Chiapas School Construction Team, the Cincinnati
Zapatista
Coaltion, etc) that are working for justice in Chiapas, most of them are

volunteer run and in great need of funds.

"Everything for Everyone, Nothing for Us!" - EZLN slogan

Thank You for reading this special Zapatista Solidarity Update.  If you
have
any questions, concerns, ideas, or comments please feel free to contact
us
here at the CZC at miriamczc@yahoo.com or by phone at 513.232.0362.

LeeAnn McNabb
Cincinnati Zapatista Coalition
PO Box 30401
Cincinnati, Ohio 45230
http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/1364/
miriamczc@yahoo.com/CZC1@excite.com
513.232.0362/513.325-4179


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