Extension of the International Plebiscite

Jim Jaszewski jjazz at freenet.hamilton.on.ca
Mon Aug 7 22:56:32 MDT 1995

	Passing on the below -- finally got some addresses regarding the
`International' Plebiscite...

	I wonder sometimes about those Zapatistas, though...


This posting has been forwarded to you as a service of Accion Zapatista de =

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Date: Mon, 7 Aug 1995 12:54:27 -0400
From: Cesar Tello <ct18 at cornell.edu>
To: Chiapas info <amitaba at panix.com>
Subject: Extension of the International Plebiscite

EZLN International Plebiscite
Attention: The International Plebiscite has been extended.

Mexico, August 1995

          This past June 8 the Zapatista National Liberation Army, through=
the voice of Subcomandante Marcos, called on the citizens of Mexico and the=
world to participate in the Plebiscite.  It was stated to you then that the=
International Plebiscite would be carried out during the month of July.  In=
some countries, the networks and individual people working to carry out the=
Plebiscite have been doing so since June 8.  Some of the networks and/or=20
groups will soon be finished; and other groups have already finished. =20
Nevertheless, the International Plebiscite has been expanded into two=20
distinct phases due to the excellent disposition and growing interest that=
has been demonstrated in many countries.  Expansion of the Plebiscite into=
two phases will give us the opportunity to reach groups and people from man=
parts of the world who wish to participate in this transcendental plebiscit=
but for one reason or another have not been able to answer within the=20
designated period.
          The results of this plebiscite will influence the future of the=
EZLN and that of the Mexican people.  The opinions and solidarity of the=20
world are important factors in this Plebiscite, which seeks to stop the=20
realities of war and finish off with the centuries of injustice and=20
oppression that have permanently affected the indigenous people.  As=20
Mexicans, we want peace with justice and dignity to reign in Mexico.

New Information concerning the plebiscite questions.

          This past July 27, in San Andr=E9s Sacamch=B4en, Chiapas, the EZL=
delegation presented the final version of the Plebiscite questions.  The=20
most significant changes are found in questions 1, 4, 5 and the addition of=
a sixth question that was not considered originally.  To the demands of the=
first question, security, fight against corruption, and protection of the=
environement have been added.  Question 4 is different in that the EZLN=20
wants to know if they should convert themselves into a political force=20
without uniting with other entities; and Question 5 asks if they should=20
unite with other entities and together form a new political organization.
          This new collection of questions will be take on the form of the=
International Plebiscite as of the commencement of the second phase which=
began in August.=20



If you wish to send the ballot in by fax or by air-mail, please forward=20
it/them to one of the International Centers of Coordination which are=20
mentioned at the end of this letter.

The following six questions can be answered "yes", "no", or "I don't know".=
Add other comments if you wish.

1.  Do you agree that the principal demands of the Mexican people are land,
housing, jobs, food, health, education, culture, information, independence,
democracy, liberty, justice, peace, security, combat of corruption, and=20
defense of the environment?

Yes (  )=09=09No ( )=09=09I don't know ( )

2. Should the different democratizing forces [in Mexico] unite in a citizen=
broad-based political and social opposition front and struggle for the 16
principal demands [listed in question number 1]?

Yes (  )=09=09No ( )=09=09I don't know ( )

3.  Should Mexicans carry out a profound political reform which would=20
guarantee democracy? (Respect for the vote, reliable voter registration,=20
impartial and autonomous electoral organizations, guarantee the=20
participation of citizens, including those not members of political parties=
as well as non-governmental organizations, recognition of all the political=
forces, be they national, regional or local)

Yes (  )=09=09No ( )=09=09I don't know ( )

4.  Should the EZLN convert itself in a new and independent political force=
without joining other political organizations?

Yes (  )=09=09No ( )=09=09I don't know ( )

5.  Should the EZLN join with other organizations and together form a new
political organization?

Yes (  )=09=09No ( )=09=09I don't know ( )

6.  Should the presence and equal participation of women be guaranteed in a=
positions of representation and responsibility in civil organizations and i=
the government?

Yes (  )=09=09No ( )=09=09I don't know ( )

__________________________________ M ( )   F ( )
NAME                                      AGE          SEX

PROFESSION                                 DATE

CITY, STATE                                COUNTRY


INTERNET ADDRESS                         FAX

Information about the Plebiscite and its new phases:

1.  In Mexico the National Plebiscite will be carried out on August 27, 199=

2.  The International Plebiscite is not being organized during the same=20
periods that apply to the National Plebiscite.  Instead, it is being carrie=
out in three contiguous phases.

3.  The three phases of the International Plebiscite are as follow:

=09a.  From June 8 to July 31
=09     Phase 1.  July 31 is the last day to deliver the ballots to Mexico.

=09b.  From July 31 to August 23
=09     Phase 2.  August 23 is the last day to deliver the ballots to Mexic=

=09c.  From August 23 to September 13
=09     Phase 3.  September 13 is the last day to deliver the ballots to Me=

This last phase coincides with the National Plebiscite that is for youths=
less than 18 years of age.

4.  In each country the groups or networks promoting and organizing the=20
Plebiscite will delineate their own programs.  Each one will establish thei=
own deadlines and methods of carrying out the work at hand.

5.  There are three basic ways to enact the Plebiscite.

=09a.  Electronic Mail
=09b.  Fax
=09c.  Plebiscite Tables

By Electronic Mail:

          We have packets of information that have included in them the=20
plebiscite ballots (in four languages - English, Spanish, French and=20
Italian) which we can send by electronic mail to users around the world.
          In addition, three World Wide Web =93Home Pages=94 are available =
public use.  Through these services more information concerning the=20
Plebiscite can be obtained, as well as, ballots can be filled out (only=20
available in Spanish in the WWW from Europe).

In Canada the Home Page is: http://www.physics.mcgill.ca/WWW/oscarh
In English, French, and Spanish

In the United States the Home Page is:=20
In English

In Europe the Home Page is: http://dftuz.unizar.es/wwwlab/voto.html
In Spanish

          The international electronic mailbox for the ballots is in Mexico=
marroyo at servidor.unam.mx

          If you send us the e-mail addresses of interested people, we can=
send them the information packets concerning the Plebiscite.   In addition,=
you can also work to disseminate the information packets to your contacts.

By Fax:

          We have information packets that consist of the plebiscite ballot=
a letter of introduction by the International Liason Commission for the=20
Plebiscite of the EZLN, and the letter which calls for the International=20
Plebiscite.  This packet can be sent by fax to the groups or persons=20
interested in promoting and organizing the Plebiscite.

=09a.  The ballots will be disseminated to interested groups and persons by=

=09b.  Once the 5 questions have been answered, they should be returned to =
promoting group or person.

=09c.  The promoting group or person should then make a tally of the votes,=
send them to Mexico via fax, e-mail, or air mail.  If the latter approach i=
chosen, please forward them to: Patricia Jiminez, Apartado Postal 25-392,=
C.P. 03421, Mexico, D.F., Mexico.

By Plebiscite Tables:

          Plebiscite Tables can be set up near the Mexican Consulate, on=20
univeristy campuses, near Latino neighborhoods, or in public arenas where a=
multitude of people can participate. Furthermore, the Tables can be set up=
at public, religious, and/or cultural meeting places.
          We also suggest that the Plebiscite should be announced on the=20
radio or on television (ex. public access).  It should also be printed in=
newspapers, in magazines, on flyers and posters, and in conferences.  It is=
strongly encouraged that debates be sponserd that discuss the issues raised=
up by the Plebiscite.
          The International Liason Commission for the Plebiscite of the EZL=
is more than willing to accept invitations to attend conferences and promot=
the Plebiscite.  But because of lack of funds, we will only be able to do s=
if the sponsering group is able to cover our travel expenses.

          In order to execute the National and International Plebiscite of=
this magnitude, not only do we require an enormous amount of human power,=
but we also need the economic means by which to disseminate the information=
 In order to reach all of the streets of Mexico and of the World and in=20
order to fulfill the goals outlined by the EZLN and the National Democratic=
Convention, we need to construct a relyable infrastructure. To do so we nee=
the economic assistance and support of all those people who share the=20
principles behind the just cause of the EZLN.  A cause that aims to bring=
about a world full of justice and liberty. =20

Monetary donations can be deposited at:
Banco Inverlat
Sucursal 038
Mexico, D.F.
Person:Esperanza Ayar Macias
Account Number: 910695-2
If you make a donation, please inform us that you did so.

          If you still have questions or doubts about anything or if the=20
information was not clear, the International Liason Commission for the=20
Plebiscite of the EZLN will be more than happy to make any clarifications. =

Please direct them to:
74052.2670 at compuserve.com
eyoung at colmex.mx
eyoung at jupiter.uc.colmex.mx


International Liason Commission for the Plebiscite
of the Zapatista National Liberation Army=20

International Centers of Coordination where you can obtain more information=
concerning the Plebiscite.

In Europe:


Plataforma de Solidaridad con Chiapas de Madrid.
Plaza Tirso de Milina 8, 1
28012, Madrid, Espana
Tel: (34-1) 369 08-42  y 369 16-52
Fax: (34-1) 402 84-99  y  429 63-56 =20
Electronic Mail: osoeiv at nodo50.gn.apc.org

Consulado del Gobierno de Transicion en Rebeldia del Estado de Chiapas
Calle de la Cera, 1 Bis.
08001 Barcelona, Cataluna, Estado Espanol
Tel/fax: (34-3) 329 06-43
Electronic Mail: ellokal at pangea.upc.es


Comite de Solidarite avec les Peuples du Chiapas en Lutte
33, Rue des Vignoles 75020
Paris, France.
Tel/fax: (33-1) 43-72-09-54
Electronic mail: ornelas at u-paris10.fr


Consulado Rebelde de Brescia
Via dell Grazie, 23
25100 Brescia-Centro Italia.
Tel: 30- 375-00-43
Fax: 30- 377-19-21

In Canada

Reseau de Slidarite avec le Mexique
4293 de Lanaudiere, Montreal, Q.C.=20
H2J  3N8
Tel: (514) 848-7410 and 529-0813
Fax: (514) 933-9517 and 343-6215
Electronic Mail: oscarh at physics.mcgill.ca

Mexico Solidarity Network
70 Connelly Dr.
Kitchener, O.N. N2N  2T8
Ontario, Canada.
Electronic Mail: gccwat at web.apc.org

In United States:

El Paso, Texas:
National Commission for Democracy in Mexico, USA.
601 N. Cotton, Suite A-103
El Paso, Texas 79902=20
Tel/fax: (915) 532-8382
Electronic mail: moonlight at igc.apc.org

Pastors for Peace
610 W. 28th. St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Tel: (612) 870-7121
Fax: (612) 870-7109

San Francisco:
Global Exchange
2017 Mission St. Rm. 303
San Francisco, C.A. 94110
Tel: (415) 255-7296
Fax: (415) 255-7498
Electronic mail: globalexch at igc.apc.org

In Mexico:

Tabasco 262 Despacho 402                Apatado Postal
Colonia Roma                                    C.P. 03421
Tel / Fax: (52-5) 207 41 47                  Tel / Fax (52-5)519 7063
Mexico, D.F.                                      Mexico, D.F.
Additional Faxes: (52-73) 15-19-74  Cuernavaca, Mexico
                           (52-5) 659 48-37  Mexico, D.F.
Electronic Mail: 74052.2670 at compuserve.com

Translated by
Cesar Tello
ct18 at cornell.edu
LA LUCHA Publications
Cornell University

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