Wednesday, June 18, 2008

This would be an interesting class to sit in on

I've been following the blog Zapagringo for a bit, and noticed he's been facilitating a class at the Brecht Forum, Enter the Intergalactic! Zapatismo in the US & the World. The description is as follows:

Since their January 1st, 1994 armed uprising in Southeastern Mexico, the zapatistas have consistently reached out to people from around the world to join them in building a global network “for humanity and against neoliberalism." This network is sometimes referred to as the "Intergalactic"...

Whether you feel like you know a lot or just a little about the zapatistas, this class is designed to meet each participants needs AND ENGAGE ALL in a meaningful exploration of what it means to fight for a better world in these times.

We will explore the following questions:
I) What is the Fourth World War and what does it mean for how we struggle today?
II) What is the zapatistas' Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle? - What has happened since its release in the summer of 2005? - How do its initiatives for transnational (Other Campaign) and global (Zezta Internazional) coordination compare to other processes, such as the World Social Forum?
III) What are OUR analyses of the zapatistas' Fourth World War framework, their Sixth Declaration and the initiatives that have followed... and how do we relate to them?

RJ Maccani has posted summaries of the first two session for those of us who can't be there except perhaps in spirit (see here, and here). If you've noticed I've made periodic mention of the Zapatistas and are wanting a crash course, you could do far, far worse.

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