NCDM CALL TO RESISTANCE, Aug 11

Harry M. Cleaver hmcleave at mundo.eco.utexas.edu
Sun Aug 13 05:33:49 MDT 1995


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

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Date: Fri, 11 Aug 1995 21:36:33 +0000
From: CECILIA RODRIGUEZ <moonlight at igc.apc.org>
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    ncdmusa at conf.igc.apc.org, reg.mexico at conf.igc.apc.org,
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    hr.indigenous at conf.igc.apc.org, hr.women at conf.igc.apc.org
Subject: NCDM CALL TO RESISTANCE



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"We  are here to say that we are human beings and we have a world-wide
proposal: a new international order based on, and ruled by, democracy,
liberty and justice."
EZLN
June 1995
                               CALL FOR
                  AN INTERNATIONAL ACT OF RESISTANCE
                     FOR DEMOCRACY IN THE AMERICAS

           It has been said that there is no possibility of organizing
a  world  order  based on democracy, liberty and  justice,  where  all
peoples  have  the right to make decisions about the  economic  forces
that  shape  their  lives. In the midst of this  global  cynicism  and
despair,  the Zapatistas of Southern Mexico have dared to  propose  an
alternative vision.  Sentenced to disappear off the face of the earth,
because  their  means of production, culture and ethnicity  have  been
classified  as  "irrelevant,"  the Zapatistas have chosen  to  resist.
However  they  are  faced  with  an intransigent  Mexican  government,
supported  by  the  US,   that has refused to eliminate  human  rights
abuses and has resorted to assassination to maintain its power and  to
impose an authoritarian economic policy that benefits an elite at  the
expense of millions.

      Despite the government's continued militarization of Chiapas and
other  southern states, the Zapatistas have managed to sustain a truce
for  the  past 18 months in an effort to work with peaceful democratic
forces  to create a genuine democracy.  They have asked civic  society
to  take up the banner of a peaceful transition to democracy in  order
to  avoid  a  bloody conflict.  The Zapatistas' struggle seeks  a  new
model  of  democracy for Mexico, one that  rejects the global economic
model promoted by the World Bank,  the IMF and present US policy.

      Like  the Zapatistas, many in North America have also struggled,
although  in  different  ways and places.  Our  resistance  has  lived
wherever people have fought to protect the resources of the earth.  It
has  lived  wherever people have fought so that their jobs  and  their
quality  of  life allow them to preserve their human dignity.  It  has
lived   wherever   people  have  struggled  to  end   oppression   and
dictatorships, and to be free of persecution and torture.

      In  our  resistance we share with the Zapatistas  the  following
ideals:

       *That  all  human  beings have the right to decent  employment,
land,  housing, nutrition,     health,  education, democracy, liberty,
justice,  independence, culture, information,     peace, security, the
fight against corruption and the defense of the environment.

       *That  an  economy is political and that when it  promotes  the
exploitation  of      people  and      the  earth,  human  beings  are
obligated  to find alternatives for reasons of their future  survival.
We  believe in seeking such alternatives to the projects and plans  of
the World      Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

           *That all human beings are capable of organizing themselves
to  make  a  world where    hope lives and the dignity  of  community,
independence, and   freedom belong to   everyone.

           *That  democracy means that governments must represent  the
will of the people, and not   the will of a handful of wealthy people.
Democracy is more than the right to vote; it also      means the right
to decide what happens to the economy.


The indigenous communities of southern Mexico have had the courage  to
stand  up  for  democracy,  liberty  and  justice  against  a  corrupt
government  and a brutal global economic system.  Their  struggle  for
change in Mexico offers the people of the world renewed hope, a chance
to  organize  and  work to develop an "international  order  based  on
peace, democracy, and justice."  In order to keep this hope alive,  we
must show that the Zapatistas are not alone in this struggle.

To do this, we ask that you make every effort to join us October 9-12,
1995 in Washington D.C. to express a united voice of resistance during
the  state visit by Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo and the meetings
of  the  World Bank and the IMF, where we will be joining the protests
of the "50 Years Is Enough" Campaign.

We  extend a special invitation to our brothers and sisters in Canada,
to  all  those  involved in agriculture, labor,  immigration,  women's
issues,  the  environment, indigenous rights, human rights  and  civil
rights  because we believe that all of us together represent the  true
picture  of  the  global  economy, and its specific  impact  in  North
America.

JOIN US IN THIS HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO STAND WITH THE ZAPATISTAS, AND
TO  LET  THOSE IN POWER KNOW THAT REASON AND A PEACEFUL TRANSITION  TO
DEMOCRACY MUST REMAIN A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE IN MEXICO.

*              *             *              *           *      *     *
*    *    *    *

     The National Commission for Democracy in Mexico is an independent
network  of  groups and individuals committed to promoting  solidarity
efforts  with  the people of Mexico in the struggle for democracy.   A
tentative  agenda   accompanies this Call.  We hope to hear  from  you
soon in response to our invitation.

           NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR DEMOCRACY IN MEXICO, USA
                      601 N. Cotton Street, #A103
                         El Paso, Texas 79902
                       (915) 532-8382 phone/fax
                         moonlight at igc.apc.org

           NCDM PROPOSED WORKING AGENDA: OCTOBER 7-12, 1995
                      "NATIONAL ACT OF RESISTANCE
               IN SUPPORT OF DEMOCRACY IN THE AMERICAS"

Saturday, October 7th
     8pm            Forum Sponsored by  "50 Years is Enough" Campaign:
"IMF Policies and Civil Unrest"

Sunday, October 8th
     7:30 pm        Attend Bread and Puppet Theater Program, sponsored
by "50 Years is Enough" Campaign

Monday, October 9th
     Noon           Participate in "50 Years is Enough" Campaign
Demonstration outside of Sheraton, site of World
Bank/IMF Meetings

     3pm            NCDM Zapatista Rally in front of the White House
                         -Including Indigenous People's Message

     7pm            "50 Years is Enough" Campaign Religious Vigil
                     with Bishop Samuel Ruiz

Tuesday, October 10th
     10am           Press Conference and Rally on Capitol Hill for the
Zapatistas, the peace process and the transition to
democracy in Mexico

     Noon-1pm       "50 Years is Enough" Campaign Religious Vigil in
front of Sheraton


     2pm            Protest  against PRI  dictatorship and human
rights                                  violations

     7pm            Reception for NCDM guests from Mexico
                                  and
                    NCDM Public Forum on Mexico

Wednesday, October 11th
     Morning        Visit Congressional Delegations and other
institutions                                 related to Mexico (OAS,
etc.)

     Noon           Participate in "50 Years Is Enough" Campaign's
Protest at Sheraton

     Afternoon      Protest Zedillo's Visit

                    Protest against US immigration policies and the
School                             of the Americas

Thursday, October 12th   Schedule to be defined but proposed
activities include
                    program to close NCDM Act of Resistance






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