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Dismantling Power: The Zapatista Indigenous Presidential Candidate's Vision to Transform Mexico from Below


Dismantling Power: The Zapatista Indigenous Presidential Candidate's Vision to Transform Mexico from Below

Benjamin Dangl

The Zapatistas and National Indigenous Congress (CNI) held an assembly in May in which they chose [, a Nahua indigenous healer, as their spokesperson and presidential candidate for the 2018 elections in Mexico.


Wishing them the best of luck and solidarity as they have a platform that needs to be followed by “we the people” of the world. Mother Earth is our friend but we have to treat her with the respect she deserves as she has given us so much.

The rape and pillage that the capitalists has brought upon Mother Earth and the people is catastrophic.
Our solar system is in distress and is telling we the people to stop. The West is burning, the midwest and east have hurricanes, heavy winds, rains/flooding never seen before.

When will our capitalist overlords learn from these unusual year round ruinous weather happening?

We need to get back to living with nature as intended and there is a lot to learn from it. “Biomimicry” by Janine M Benyus.


María de Jesús Patricio Martínez is her full name, was dropped from the article posted here for some reason.


Why not here?



This of course is what is needed everywhere:

  • Grassroots horizontal organizing from below, with “leaders” serving as spokespersons for decisions made by councils, concretely accountable to the communities they represent;
  • Upholding the living Earth and its ecosystems as the base that human communities work to support, with the economy only operating in ways that uphold the Earth and the people.

The Zapatistas began organizing in 1984, went public in 1994, and are at this point now. We all need to begin organizing where we are, by talking to our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and living nature, about what is actually needed from and for humans on the Earth, and how we can live in resistance and rebellion, to keep humans and the Earth alive against this system that dis-integrates everything for greed.


Is anyone aware of anything similar to the National Indigenous Council / Congreso Nacional Indígena referenced in this article, emerging in Canada or the USA, or transnationally? Possibly coming out of Idle No More, or from the Water Keepers in Dakota? LMK if you know of anything.


BRAVA! Si se puede!

Viva Mexico!

“Es Mejor Morir De Pie Que Vivir De Rodillas” - Emiliano Zapata

Hasta La Victoria Siempre!


Morales is setting an example in Bolivia that should inspire Mexicans to vote for real change.


Full name now included in article.