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<nettime> 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

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

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


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

LeeAnn McNabb
Cincinnati Zapatista Coalition
PO Box 30401
Cincinnati, Ohio 45230

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