The caracol represents the ideals of an autonomous Zapatista government with direct reference to a distant Maya past on two levels, and. Para conocer la historia y el trabajo de los Caracoles, las Juntas de Buen Gobierno y de los Caracoles Zapatistas se retoma la palabra del al anunciar su. Professor Marissa Forbis, a Chiapas veteran, explains the current arrangement in the Zapatista caracoles in more detail during a recent.

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Now more than education promoters give classes in as many communities. And so we need to raise awareness more among husbands and fathers.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Twitter Facebook Email Print. It serves the four autonomous townships but, like all resistance projects, it has caused caracolea of problems for the Zapatista communities. About Schools for Chiapas.

Celebrating the Caracoles

And, yes, Zapatista autonomy means having the audacity and reflective strength to mobilize people-of-conscience around the world to build networks — and to forge new paths of resistance — with the absurd goal of collectively zapafistas the holes in the ozone layer and the holes in our hearts.

This region was the first to organize its own publications to give voice to the views of the people. In the line, women carry vaccination cards issued by the autonomous government for their children. The activities and the responsibilities of each autonomous municipality are dependent on the will of their members, and on their level of consolidation.

Zapatiatas addition, there are some communities that have yet to organize autonomous councils. The number of days this group serves on the Junta varies depending on the Caracol.

They also fight for land rights, labor and trade, housing, and fuel-supply issues, promoting arts especially, indigenous language and traditionsand administering justice. There are only seven female promoters in the four municipalities—five in Libertad de Los Pueblos Mayas and two in Tierra y Libertad. Education promoters are chosen by the people, who ask them if they want to participate. Here displacement has created new forms of resistance and autonomy.


Zapatista teacher Galeano video at Driving through the nearby villages, you can see the promoters working on three health zaatistas Here they will take the same subjects as in primary school, with the addition of culture.

This site uses cookies. Given the collective ownership of caraxoles and system of participatory democracy, hunger and violence are extremely lower compared to other impoverished Mexican communities. The most common illnesses in the Tzeltal jungle are parasites, malaria, skin infections, and tuberculosis.

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Women in the Zapatista Movement. They also have an adult education system in this zone. And in practice, autonomy is territorial power caraacoles a form of radical grass-roots and participatory democracy.

The stores supply the villagers throughout the zone with oil, soap, salt, sugar, beans, maize, and coffee. The women also work collectively to make and sell handicrafts. The secondary school was built through the U. The promoters are not paid a wage and are only supported by being given food.

Schools for Chiapas photos In the entire zone there are health promoters dealing with primary illnesses in the same number of community health houses. During Schools for Chiapas will grow and distribute medical and other useful plants throughout Zapatista communities from The Very Different Nursery. A recent blog post here is a case in point: We are producing this page in honour of the tenth anniversary of zapatistaa Caracoles, as the articles were originally produced to mark the completion of their first year.

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The Zapatistas are not a separatist movement; they do not want their own state like, for example, the small separatist movements in Texas zapatietas Vermont, or the desire of the Basque people in the Spanish state. The work to be done is never-ending. So we can understand from this that Zapatista autonomy is, in theory, self-government, freedom for the communities, and respect for their traditions.

The support of La Garriga, a small, prosperous area in Barcelona, has been very important to this region. A report by the non-governmental international organization, Sipaz, concludes with the following recommendation on the autonomous municipalities:. During Schools for Chiapas will organize quarterly workshops in Zapatista territory and occasional events elsewhere bringing academics and activists together to plan concrete actions to save Mother Earth.


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De facto autonomous region of Chiapas. A series of articles on indigenous autonomy in the Zapatista communities of Chiapas. And it was, in fact, a woman, Rosalinda, who gave the speech on the first anniversary of this Good Government Board: But for the entire time we were here, it passed by four times every day. See More See Less. But caracoels its place there is now a hospital-clinic with an operating room, a dental office, a laboratory for clinical analysis, an eye clinic, a gynecology clinic, an herbal laboratory, a pharmacy, and hospital zapatisats.

The Zapatistas maintain a high-quality universal healthcare service which has been praised by the World Health Organization for reducing infant mortality and providing strong primary care to residents.

They know how to cure bones and sprains, the use of herbs, and how to deliver children, but all this tradition was being lost because of the use of pharmaceutical medicines.

The problem in this zone is different from that of other townships, since here many official teachers abandoned the schools and the schools were opened again by the autonomous governments.

Similarly, each one of the primary schools was built from the resources in the community with no external support, caracolds they are made of blocks, planks, or cement. They are run by village health promoters who also run the vaccination and preventative medicine campaigns. The Board supports them with food, travel, shoes, and clothes. The project has meant the empowerment of more than women herbalists, bone healers, and midwives.

A good place to start is with the original meaning of the word: This allows them access to free consultations and free medicine at the clinic. So, there is a lot of consensus decision-making and a lot of consultation with the communities before decisions are taken.