Trip Organization

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Who is organizing the journey and how is it being done? What is the current status of the planning?

As things stand, a delegation of compañer@s from the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN), the Congreso Nacional Indígena (CNI) and the Frente de Pueblos en Defensa del Agua y la Tierra de Morelos, Tlaxcala y Puebla (FPDTA-MPT) will visit the Europe from below and to the left this summer. The political consensus of this organization process is expressed in the common Declaration for Life.

The Zapatistas will mainly send women. Exactly when, for how long, and with how many compañer@s they will visit Germany has not yet been determined. On June 22nd, after six weeks at sea, the Zapatista vanguard disembarked in Vigo, Galicia. Currently we are awaiting another 177 Zapatistas, 10 CNI Compas and 3 from the FPDTA to arrive in Paris so that they can develop the trip agenda together with delegates from the regions that have invited them. However, the French government is denying them entry and the Mexican government hasn’t yet issued 62 passports. To support the delegation we’re conducting actions across Europe to demand that the Zapatistas have the basic right of travel (#PasoLibreZapatistas).

It is expected that 5 delegations, each of 25-30 compas, are going to travel 5 different zones of Europe simultaneously. We are part of the german-francophone zone. The visa for Europe only lasts 3 months, but it’s likely that further „waves“ of compas will follow.
On August 13 the delegation is planning on „celebrating“ the alleged conquest in Madrid. To support this celebration, we are calling for a European-wide mobilization in Madrid as well as decentralized actions across the continent.

The Ya Basta network is linked through the Europe Zapatista Network with organizations, collectives, groups, etc. in other European countries to coordinate the trip together (#LaGiraZapatistaVa). As Ya Basta network we mainly take over this function of a point of contact to the international level as well as to the networking within Germany. In addition, we take over technical-organizational tasks.

Much more people and groups outside than inside the Ya Basta network are involved in the organization. Together we are the Network of Rebellion (#NetzDerRebellion). Within Germany we organize the planning of the trip as follows:

On the one hand, there are cross-regional working groups (WGs). In the thematic working groups, work is done on the different struggles (feminism, antiracism, climate justice etc.) and delegates from the different movements consider together how exchange and joint actions with the delegation can look like. In addition, there are technical-organizational working groups, called structural groups (SGs), which work, among other things, on financing, translation and transportation.

On the other hand, we organize ourselves by means of local networking: In more than 20 places there is a local/regional networking with groups from below and to the left, with a very broad spectrum of topics. Here we think about what should be organized locally. Interested people can be referred to the working groups if they prefer. These places are also potentially the stations of the delegation within Germany.

The complete list of local networks and working groups can be found below.

The regional networking groups and the thematic working groups as well as the structural groups meet in a common coordination circle, where they send delegates. We are guided by the Zapatista principles, according to which, among other things, decisions are made as much as possible at the grassroots and by consensus.

Both the WGs and the local networks can, in principle, still be expanded but the program proposals already fill the time that will probably be be available to us many times over. Therefore, if you want to participate we would ask you to join the existing groups, because we still need a lot of helping hands. The best way for you to do this is to contact the local network closest to you or the working group to which you want to contribute, at the email address listed below.

If you don’t know where to turn with your questions, ideas or suggestions, please write to us at ya-basta-kontakt[ät]nullriseup[.]net. Please bear in mind, however, that we cannot guarantee that all wishes will be able to be taken into account when planning the trip, since the last word goes to the compañer@s whose visit we are preparing.

Already active WGs and their respective contacts:

1. Thematic working groups (struggles).

2. Structure groups (organization & infrastructure)

3. Networking groups (local & regional)