Classmates V. The Students
To the adherents of the Sexta in Mexico and in the world:
To the Little Zapatista School invitees:
Compañeros, compañeroas, compañeras:
Here we are posting some data to give you an idea of the type of plebes…err, that is, people, who will be your classmates, or compañeros in study, at the Little Zapatista School. Here you go:
.-Invitations sent: about 3,000.
.-Invitations accepted: about 2500.
.-Not yet responded: about 500.
.-Invitations rejected: 1.
.-Of those who have already completed the registration form, a bit more than half are men and a bit fewer than half are women (that is to say, we men are winning – note from SupMarcos contributing “a gender perspective” as they say), in addition to an indefinite number who identify themselves as others [otr@s].
.-There are 1500 students who will attend the little school in the communities during the scheduled dates in August 2013. More than half are men (ahem, ahem), less than half are women, and nine identify as “others” [otr@s].
Of these 1,500 students, more than 60 are children younger than 12 years of age. Of these 60 plus children, 19 are younger than four years old. Note the following statistic: for every one girl that is coming, there are two boys coming.That is to say, among the minors we are also winning – another commentary from “a gender perspective” by Supmarcos.
Of the more than 1400 adults that are coming to the communities, more than 200 are over 50 years old.
.-Around 200 people will attend the course at CIDECI in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas in August 2013.
.-More than 200 people will take the [little school] course via videoconference.
.-More than 130 people have asked for the materials because they cannot attend the course in the communities.
.-More than 500 people have asked to register for the course for next December-January. Note: if you did not receive an invitation it was because of the lack of available space, but you will be invited. Simply send an email to the webpage, and if we missed you this time around, we will put you on the list for the next course.
.-There will be students from 5 continents. Some of the countries of origin of the students in the course, Freedom according to the Zapatistas, include: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, the United States of America, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Venezuela, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Slovenia, the Spanish State, France, Greece, Holland, Italy, the Basque Country, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sweden, South Korea, India, Iran, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the Canary Islands.
The furthest point of origin of students is Sri Lanka, which is more than 17 thousand kilometers from Zapatista territory. Then follows India (more than 15 thousand kilometers away), Australia (more than 13 thousand kilometers away), and new Zealand (more than 11 thousand kilometers away).
.-The oldest students are more than 90 years old.
.- The youngest students will be 11 months old in August 2013. And they are, of course [original in English], male. Their names are Brian and Eduardo.
.-Among the little school students, at least 34 have PhDs in diverse areas including: Philosophy, Sociology, History, Anthropology, Literature, Political Science, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology, Economy, Urban Studies, and Theology.
.-More than 50 students are professors and researchers in universities.
.-Several students have won Mortal Kombat video game tournaments. We aren’t including their names or nicknames in order to protect the innocent (that is to say, the men, as here we are also the majority. Amen).
.-The following are some of the institutions of higher learning where some of the compas who are now students in the Zapatista little school study or previously studied, work or previously worked as researchers and professors:
Escuela Normal Superior.
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México.
Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, México.
Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México.
Universidad Nicolaíta de Michoacán, México.
Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, México.
Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas, México.
Centro de Estudios de México y Centroamérica, México.
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, México.
Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México.
Universidad Iberoamericana, México.
Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas, México.
Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (TEC-Monterrey), México.
Universidad Autónoma de Sonora, México.
Universidad de Chapingo, México.
Universidad de la Tierra Chiapas, México.
Universidad de la Tierra Oaxaca, México.
Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México (UACM), México.
Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas (UAZ), México.
Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes (UAA), México.
Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), México.
Escuela Superior de Guerra, México.
Instituto Maurer, México.
University of Cambridge, England.
University of Oxford, England.
École Nationale de Sciencie Politique, París, France.
Universidad de las Naciones Unidas, de la UNESCO.
University of California, Berkeley, USA.
Stanford University, California, USA.
University of Chicago, USA.
University of Maryland, USA.
Columbia University, New York, USA.
Yale University, USA.
National Humanity Center, North Carolina, USA.
Université de Toulouse, France.
Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos de Lima, Peru.
State University of New York at Binghamton: Fernand Braudel Centre, USA.
Centro ‘Juan Marinello’ de La Habana, Cuba.
Columbia’s Institute for Scholars at Reid Hal, París. France.
Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia.
Claremont Graduate University, California, USA.
City University of New York, USA.
Smith University, USA.
Mount Holyoke College, USA.
University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA.
New Hampshire University, USA.
Humanities Research Institute of the University of California, USA.
Drew University, USA.
Harvard University, USA.
Univerza V Ljubljana, Eslovenia.
University of California Riverside, USA.
University of Utah, USA.
Universidad de La Habana, Cuba.
CIMI, Brasilia, Brazil.
University of Edimburgo, Great Britain.
McGill University, Canada.
Duke University, USA.
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, París, France.
University of New Mexico, USA.
Universidade Federal do Río de Janeiro, Brazil.
Université Paris- Sorbonne, France.
Universidad del País Vasco, Basque Country.
Universidad de la Laguna, Canarias.
.- Some of those who are now students in the Zapatista little school have their writings translated into: German, Catalan, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, French, Galician, Greek, English, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, and Turkish.
.-The following are some of the video game consuls where some of our invincible compas have confirmed their supremacy with the combo “mega-super-duper-hyper fatality-machoman” (Yeah! None of this angry birds and other girl stuff): the video games from the neighborhood store, Atari, Sega, Xbox, GameCube, Gameboy, Xbox360, PSP, PS1, PS3, PS4, PS5…huh?…there is no PS5?…ok, ok, ok, typo. I’ll continue: PSVita, Nintendo 64, Wii, WiiU, Nintendo 3DS.
.-More than 100 students are actors, actresses, directors, musicians, painters, cartoonists, photographers, cultural promoters, writers, editors, politicians, lawyers, union and community organizers.
In general, after analyzing the data with the most pre-modern intelligence equipment, we can say that an undetermined number of people that will attend the little school – we’ll need to see them to count them – are dirty, ugly, and bad.
Without regard for their age, creed, color, weight, brains, or sex, they have conducted themselves, throughout the entirety of their lives, with absolute irresponsibility in the face of Power in all of its forms. They have been repudiated in their respective social circles for their stubborn non-conformity; they have scandalized decent folk and behavioral norms; they have reiterated their rebellion and their passion for freedom despite rumors to the contrary; and they have fought according to their conscience rather than according to the latest fashion. In sum, they have not sold out, they have not given up, they have not surrendered.
I am telling you this so that later you don’t complain that you are criticized for keeping “bad company.”
Oh, and of course, the vast majority of the people who are coming to participate as students are men, women, boys, girls, elderly, and youth who have something extraordinary that we, the Zapatistas appreciate: they are our compas.
And I haven’t included everyone, because there is always some infiltrator who comes to see if we
are really giving military training instead of teaching what is in our hearts.
Vale. Cheers and welcome to the generous heart that opens its windows to us.
From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
Mexico, June 2013
P.S. OF CELEBRATION. – To celebrate that, for the first time in the almost 20 years of Zapatista public life, we men have outdone the women…huh?…ok, we have outdone them only in quantity…for now…what? Of course I didn’t cheat! I’m incapable… and the numbers were calculated by a woman from the support team…huh? No, the support team is not majority women…or is it?…Okay well, that’s not the subject, the point, or the issue here.
Moving on: To celebrate this fact that confirms the superio…uhm?…ok, ok, ok, to celebrate the fact that the gender equality scoreboard is in our favor, we have instituted the prize “THE DUCKS SHOOTING AT THE RIFLES,” which can only be won by boys….uhm?…okay, okay, okay…by boys AND girls who are under a certain chronological age (because I saw the list and there are a number of people who are of infantile mental age). The prize will consist of a voucher that the boys…okay, the girls too…can redeem with one of the male teachers…okay, okay, or female teachers of the little school. With this voucher they can punish their mothers…what? And their fathers too? But it’s always the moms that dole out the punishment! And this is a “get one free” pass for revenge of sorts, a kind of “what comes around goes around”, or “you asked for it…” Okay, the dads too…but only in extenuating circumstances…okay, okay, okay, without extenuating circumstances…And so the male teacher…or the female teacher, will punish the moms of the children who win the prize. Why? For misbehaving. Yes, even though they haven’t misbehaved, because sometimes we get punished even though we haven’t misbehaved…sometimes they even give us injections, even though we are innocent. The boys that is, because the girls are always guilty. Huh? Stop interrupting me, I need to finish this and send it.
To win the prize, the children have to select one of the following responses with regard to the video below called “Little Carlos Lettuce and the Drama of the Little Balloon [globe].” The question is:
Whose fault was it that Little Carlos Lettuce lost his little Balloon?
a).- The little balloon [globe], that is, neoliberal globalization.
b).- Women in general.
c).- Television and the bad governments.
The boy who responds correctly (without copying and without asking for help from anyone) will receive a voucher for “THE DUCKS SHOOTING AT THE RIFLES,” valid only in Zapatista territory and only one time during the period between August 12-17, 2013 (Good Government Council Permit #696969). For the girls, regardless of what answer they give, they will receive a knock on the head…Nah just kidding, nobody’s going to get a knock on the head. But in place of a voucher, they will receive a poster-sized statistical graph, where they can see that that we boys are the majority…yes, to help them in their “gender training,” as they say.
Note: moms, dads, and tutors: no fair whispering the answers (none of this “it’s C honey, choose C”), nor can you exchange that voucher for one that will get you out of eating that pumpkin soup.
And so it’s been said.
For gender equality, scoreboard 2-1 in favor of us guys, that is, the real machos.
Aviation Pilot Studies and Correspondence Synchronized Swimming (aha, that’s why there is a Zapatista Air Force) and graduate, with top academic honors, of the Machist Institute of Apology Research (English acronym MIAR), located in the mountains of southeastern Mexico, the last bastion of resistance against women in the worldwide world. The above name (me) currently teaches at that prestigious institute, the seminar, “the problem began when our mother Eve manipulated our father Adam…” Registration open, space unlimited. The MIAR motto is “We will regain control, be it only of the remote control,” or “Really woman you carry a knife.” huh? Our anthem? You would be right to think that it is “What has this woman done for you,” by Gilberto Parra Paz, interpreted by Pedro Infante in the movie of the same name. Ok then! Sing or I’ll blow the house down! Ajúa!
I testify…huh?..but it’s raining!…okay, okay, okay….after I wash my clothes, I testify…hahaha, I didn’t say that I was going to wash them with them still on, if not what good is the rain? hmm…I’ll just bathe in it and that way I’ll save soap…
Huh? As you can imagine, I hide…but they find me. Arrroz con leche. Haiga cosa. Arriba el norti, ji jiñor!
Now for real. I testify.
Yomero [me for real].
Listen to and watch the videos that accompany this text:
From the best news show that has existed in world TV, “31 Minutes,” the segment “Little Carlos Lettuce and the Drama of the Little Balloon.” Children younger than 12 years old: you must watch this video to compete for the prize: “THE DUCKS SHOOTING AT THE RIFLES.”
Pedro Infante and Luis Aguilar perform Gilberto Parra Paz’s “What has this woman done for you,” MIAR’s anthem, in the movie by the same name, from 1951.
“Mi Cariñito” by Manuel Esperón, with Pedro Infante in the movie “They call me a womanizer” (it’s a lie, those are just rumors, don’t believe it). This song is dedicated to the grandmother of the Zapatistas, Maria Luisa Tomassini (who has already said she is coming), to our much admired Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and to all of the mothers of the disappeared and of the political prisoners. Check out Tucita supporting “the suffering of the damned.” (Didn’t I tell you? The girls are spoiled from the beginning).
Ok, I didn’t get to combo fatality, but here is what I did get as, of course, “Sub-Zero.”
Traducción del Kilombo Intergaláctico.