Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

November 29, 2013

Zapatistas: Space full for Little School Dec 2013 Jan 2014

Zapatistas Sonora 2007 by Brenda Norrell

Space Full for First Grade at the Zapatista Little School in December 2013 and January 2014

To the compañeras and compañeros of the Sixth:
To Whom it May Concern:
From: Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés.
Past, present, and future compas:

We send you our greetings. Once again we are informing you that we are doing a second and third round of the first grade of the Zapatista Little School, even though we only barely managed to cover our costs the first round, and this thanks to the fact that someone gave more to cover our compañeras and compañeros from near and far. That’s how we took care of the costs that couldn’t be covered by what had been collected in the donation jar.

Even so, for the second and third rounds of the First Grade of the Little School we increased the number of compañeras and compañeros who could come, so that now we can receive up to 2,250 students in each round. That is, we had space for 2250 in the December 2013 round and 2250 in the January 2014 round. I say we “had” because both rounds have already filled up.
In other words, the Zapatista people worked to be able to bring 1000 more students than came last August.
Of course, the problem is to see if the 380 pesos per student will be enough to cover our costs, but ourcompañeras and compañeros from the support teams of the Sixth Commission tell me that many students are already organizing to get the payment together and won’t act the fool when they get to registration. And what we think is really great is that students who were already here with us in the first round are organizing so that they can help others come and learn with us. So it seems those students learned something while they were here.
In the new magazine that we are going to release as well as in the writings we will be publishing on the Enlace Zapatista page, we’ll let you know our own evaluation of the Little School. In this magazine you will be able to read the words of the Votanes who took care of you, of the teachers, and of the families that received you. This will be their evaluation, that is to say their word and thoughts on what they saw and felt about the first students.
Now, in the position of responsibility I have been given for the Little School, I want to let you know that the available spaces for both rounds have been filled. The round in December 2013 already has 2250 people, and so does the January 2014 round. In other words, we are already full compañeras and compañeros.
We hope you sent in your request on time, and that it is filled out correctly, with no tricks. But if you didn’t make it into this round, don’t worry. We are going to see if we can do a fourth round in April or August of next year.
We remind everyone that only those who are invited will receive registration codes. We say this because some people are trying to cheat by sending in their form without having been invited. So don’t cheat. These are the steps: you send your request for an invitation, you are sent an invitation, you send back the form, and you are sent your registration code.
One very important thing that you have to understand is that the registration for the Little School is individual. In other words, you can’t write “I am coming and bringing two more people.” Each person has to request their own invitation because each student needs an individual registration because we board each person with a Zapatista family and assign them a Votán, a Guardian or Guardiana. That goes for everyone, man, woman, other, boy, girl, teen, adult or elder.
Therefore it is important that each person send their registration request, those who have been invited that is, because those who don’t will not have a place in these rounds of the little school. You have now been notified. It is also important that you state which of the two dates you can come. Even better is if you say you can come on either date because that way we can accommodate you more easily.
And please don’t register if you’re not going to come. We request that you let us know if you have an invitation but won’t be able to come, because otherwise you’ll take the spot of someone who wants to come but can’t because the spaces are already filled. We say this because some people did that in the August round, signed up and then never arrived. And they didn’t even have the good manners to give notice that they wouldn’t be coming. It is much better to notify us and give the spot to someone who can come this time, and then wait to see on which of the next dates you can attend.
To our sisters and brothers in the National Indigenous Congress and of Original Peoples from all over the world, we remind you that later on we will have special encounters with you. We will all agree on the details of that together.
Well compañeros of the Sixth, I will leave it at that and we hope that you can come and see with your own eyes and hear with your own ears our struggle for liberty.
SupMarcos is going to continue writing to you later on, for now the cat-dog bit him and so the Insurgent Health Service is treating him. That is, they’re treating the cat-dog because he got hurt biting SupMarcos. In any case, I had him add some videos for you to think about or sing to or dance to and all that.
Okay then. We’re here waiting for you.
SubComandante Insurgente Moisés
Head of the Zapatista Little School
Mexico, November of 2013
Watch and listen to the videos that accompany this text:
Video made by the compas of the Coordinadora Valle de Chalco Libre in their first grade course of the Zapatista Little School.
Fernando Delgadillo warns us about the complicity between ignorance and Power.
Alejandro Filio and León Gieco, two of those who don’t sell themselves, in this song entitled “A Price.”

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