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Indigenous

Do We Know Them?

ZAPATISTA ARMY OF NATIONAL LIBERATION
MEXICO
December 29, 2012.

To whom it may concern up there above:

They think they are on the winning side …
and so aside from being traitors, they are idiots.

Tyrion Lannister in A Song of Ice and Fire. Volume II:
“Clash of Kings”. George R. R. Martin.

” – A reader lives a thousand lives before dying – said Jojen. –
One who never reads only lives one “

Reed Jojen Song of Ice and Fire. Volume V: “Dance Dragons”. George R. R. Martin. (Reed Jojen appears in the third season of the HBO series “Games of Thrones”. The character will be played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster. Note provided by Marquitos Spoil).

-If someone draws a target on their chest
-Tyrion said after sitting down and taking a sip of wine-
they need to be aware that sooner or later they will be shot at with arrows.

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Education Indigenous Repression

DOD funded mapping project “Bowman Expeditions / Mexico Indigena” to participate in The 2011 World Human Geography Conference

Among the invited speakers and plenary participants are Jerome Dobson, president of the American Geographical Society, Miguel Aguilar Robledo, geographer from the Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Peter Herlihy, from the Department of Geography at Kansas University, and Lieutenant Colonel Geoff Demarest, of the U.S. Army Foreign Military Studies Office. In 2005, the aforementioned individuals and their respective institutions collaborated in the mapping of communally owned indigenous territory in Mexico. The mapping was conducted without informing the local communities that there was military funding behind the project.

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Indigenous

The displaced decide to return to our community

Caravan of the Color of Blood

TO THE PEOPLES OF MEXICO AND THE WORLD
TO THE DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATIONS
TO THE OTHER CAMPAIGN
TO THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Compañeras, compañeros:

Those who are speaking to you, issuing a call for solidarity, are the children, elders, women and men who on January 1, 2007 declared the autonomy of our community, San Juan Copala, which without doubt was the reason behind the fury unleashed by the powerful who badly govern this, our country.

For that act we were attacked in the cruelest way until they succeeded in displacing us and seizing our homes.

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Education Indigenous Prisoners

Teacher Assassinated in the Loxicha Region

Central Penitentiary, State of Oaxaca, December 16, 2009

TO THE SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS
TO HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENSE GROUPS
TO THE DEMOCRATIC TEACHERS OF SECTION 22, SNTE, OAXACA, OAX.
TO THE LOCAL, NATIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS MEDIA
TO THE PEOPLE OF OAXACA, MEXICO, AND THE WORLD

We, the political prisoners and prisoners of conscience of the Loxicha Region who are still locked up in this prison, are writing to your organizations to let you know about the recent murder of an Indigenous Education professor who was working in the Loxicha Region and about the killings of other citizens. Day by day, state repression against the Zapotec people of Loxicha is heightened, creating an intolerable political climate precisely at the time when people are beginning to reconstruct the social fabric that was torn apart by State repression in 1996. For this reason, we, the Loxicha political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, from our battle front, vigorously repudiate the cowardly murder of professor ELEAZAR MARTINEZ ALMARAZ, who was shot down on the morning of December 14, as well as the murders of other Zapotec people, whose cases have resulted in absolute impunity.

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Indigenous Land Defense

Threat of Genocide: US Military Mapping Against Mexico’s Indigenous

Originally published in Left Turn July/Aug 2009
By Simon Sedillo

The facts are clear: indigenous communities in Mexico are being preyed upon by the US military with the help of Kansas University geographers. In 2005, the Department of Geography at Kansas University received $500,000 in Department of Defense funds to map communally-held indigenous land in the Mexican states of San Luis Potosi and Oaxaca. With the help of the US Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO), located at Fort Leavenworth Army base in Leavenworth, Kansas, geography professors Peter Herlihy and Jerome Dobson ploughed ahead with the “Mexico Indigena” project, a part of the larger mapping project, the Bowman Expeditions.

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