Freedom school

dorset chiapas solidarity

Zapatista 20th Anniversary

Freedom school

Feature by Lia Plume

Learning from 20 years of an armed but not-violent Mexican insurgency

DSCN3172_0August 2013. The Zapatistas in Chiapas open their doors to their ‘solidary brothers and sisters’ from Mexico and from across the globe. August 2013 is the 10th anniversary of their autonomous government structure: their local, municipal, and regional government bodies; their education, health, and justice provision; their own security system.

They want to share with us what they have built up and what they have learnt, so that we take this learning back to our own contexts. In the ‘little school’ we start writing a new chapter of a collective story of shared commitments that started shortly after the Zapatista uprising of 1994 and has continued to the present day.

The little school is a school without aims and objectives, without evaluations, and none of us can pass or…

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About Ed Sykes

Independent journalist. Co-founder of Phoenix Media Co-operative. Author of Rojava: An Alternative. Ex-Canary editor and writer (2015-2020). Aka 'Oso Sabio' - see @ososabiouk on Twitter.
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