EZLN Women's Day

To the compañeras of the Other Campaign, the Zezta Internacional, and all women who are adherents of the Sixth Declaration:

Compañeras:

As part of the celebrations for the next International Day of Women in Struggle, the Comandantas of the CCRI-CG of the EZLN are organizing a sporting, cultural, and political event for March 7 and 8, 2009, in the Caracol of Oventik, Altos of Chiapas.

As the Comandantas were still discussing the characteristics of this encounter of Women in Struggle, we got news of the death of our compañera in the Other Campaign in Chihuahua, Doña Concepción García de Corral.

“Mamá Corral” we called her, we the Zapatistas, to this woman, mother of social strugglers fallen in combat and tenacious struggler herself for the return of those disappeared for political reasons. She took us in as her sons and daughters without conditions or opportunisms, and with a care and affection that had nothing to do with stages and photos. When those of us who make up the Sixth Commission met her personally, we felt in her that strength that has surely held up more than once our compañeras Mothers of the Disappeared of Chihuahua, our “mamaces” in the struggle.

Although the event was originally planned for Zapatista women, the Comandantas were thinking they would also invite OTHER women that are also our compañeras in Mexico and in the world, and, when we found out about the death of Doña Concepción García de Corral, they decided to give this celebration the nom de guerre that we knew and know her by: MAMÁ CORRAL, in order to honor women who are mothers and that, regardless of age, do not give up, do not sell out, do not give in.

And so, carrying out the orders of our bosses, the Comandantas Zapatistas, we send you an invitation to the:

MAMÁ CORRAL Political, Sporting, Cultural, and Artistic Event

To be held March 7 and 8, 2009, in the Caracol of Oventik, Chiapas, and which will have the following characteristics:

– Only WOMEN can participate directly in the sporting events and artistic and cultural acts, and they may participate regardless of age, race, religious belief, language, nationality, or sexual preference.

– The men who attend can only participate by cooking, taking care of children, cleaning, or working to support the event.

– There will be 3 sports: Basketball, Volleyball, and Soccer

– There will be cultural acts like songs, poetry, theater, mural newspapers, and dances.

– The women’s teams that form to participate in the sports should register on the Enlace Zapatista webpage, including which sport they want to participate in, how many women are on their team, their team name, and what their uniform will be if it is the case that they are going to wear uniforms. This is in order to organize the games in the tournament.

– The women or groups of women that are going to participate in the cultural numbers should also register on the Enlace Zapatista webpage, including what they are going to perform, how many people will perform, and what they are calling themselves if they are calling themselves something, so that we can program the event.

– The sporting events will start March 7, 2009 on the courts of the Caracol of Oventik and, if there are a lot of teams, will continue on March 8, 2009.

– The cultural acts will be scheduled for the evening of March 7 and the afternoon and evening of March 8, according to how many numbers are programmed.

– On March 8, 2009, the Comandantas Zapatistas will give a message of struggle.

That’s all for now.

Liberty and Justice for Atenco!

Liberty, Justice, and Safe Return of the Political Prisoners and the Disappeared!

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast

For the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee-General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos
Mexico, January 2009

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