For Land and Freedom: The Zapatistas and their 2021 Journey for Life


“We are sorry for the inconvenience, but this is a revolution.” ― Subcomandante Marcos

Bonnections and the local Parents for Future chapter are participating in the Bonn Peace Days in September with a creative “Making Peace with Nature” series to inspire a transgenerational and intercultural dialogue.

The first event is a Sunday Story Hour (storytelling café) on Sept. 12 at the Tannenbusch House about the Zapatista movement in Mexico ― from the 1994 indigeous uprising in Chiapas to the 2021 Zapatista journey for life across five continents, starting in Europe.

This fall, a Zapatista delegation might also visit Bonn during their Europe tour to connect and exchange ideas with local peace, climate justice and feminst activists.A delegation of seven Zapatistas has already sailed by boat to Spain in early summer following the inverse route Spanish invaders took 500 years ago.

They did not come to invade or dominate, but to listen and learn from local struggles for social justice.To commemorate the fall of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec empire, on August 13, 1521, the delegation took part in a protest rally last month in Spain’s capital Madrid under the slogan “We weren’t conquered – we won’t surrender” along with more than 1,500 activists.

The Zapatistas will now continue their journey and visit other European countries to meet with groups that share the movement’s anti-capitalist and environmentalist values.Here’s more info about the trip :

Who are the Zapatistas? Why did ten thousands of Mayan peasants start an armed rebellion on New Year’s Day 1994 in Chiapas against neoliberalism, rassism, patriarchy and environmental degradation? How did they manage to create their own autonomous municipalities, independent of local government, despite the Mexican government’s continuing hostility?

Following the storytelling session with Miguel Gracia, Sandra Prüfer, José Sanchez, and others, you’ll have the opportunity to mingle and exchange ideas at a potluck dinner & BBQ in the garden.

WHAT: Zapatsta Sunday Story Hour & Community Potluck BBQ

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 12th, s 6 PM

WHERE: Tannenbusch House, Oppelner Str. 69, 53119 Bonn

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. All current corona hygiene rules (3-G) must be followed. There is limited space, so please RVSP.


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