Dear Direct Actionists, Anarchists, Anti-Authoritarians, Autonomists, Agitators, Instigators, Incendiaries, Troublemakers, Rabble-Rousers, Radicals, Revolutionaries, Fomenters, Firebrands, Malcontents, Mischief Makers, Miscreants, Movers and Shakers:
Cafés have served as an important site of social gathering and debate. In this spirit, and inspired by the writings of anarchist and feminist Voltairine de Cleyre, we seek to study direct action so as to inform our struggle against the state and capitalism.
Our direct action reading group and film series will have its third gathering on Tuesday, August 7 at 6:00 PM.
We decided for next week to study direct action as it relates to the Zapatistas (EZLN) in Chiapas, Mexico. We will be viewing A Placed Called Chiapas (1998) by Nettie Wild.
- EZLN, “The Revolt,” in Zapatistas! Documents of the New Mexican Revolution (1993)
- EZLN, “Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle,” Motion Magazine (2005)
- Andrew Flood, “What is it that is Different About the Zapatistas?” Chiapas Revealed (1997)
- Staughton Lynd and Andrej Grubacic, “Zapatismo,” in Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism, and Radical History (pp. 3-10) (2008)
- Michael McCaughan, “The Return of the Zapatistas? They Never Left,” Upside Down World (2011)
Additional Suggested Readings (if you have the time):
- Harry M. Cleaver, Jr., “The Zapatista Effect: The Internet and the Rise of an Alternative Political Fabric,” Journal of International Affairs (pp. 621-640) (1998)
- Jeff Conant, “One No and Many Yeses,” in A Poetics of Resistance: The Revolutionary Public Relations of the Zapatista Insurgency (pp. 261-338) (2010)
- Jessica Davies, “International Call for Solidarity with Zapatista Support Bases of San Marcos Aviles,” Upside Down World (2012)
- Andrew Flood, “The Zapatistas, Anarchism, and ‘Direct Democracy‘” Anarcho-Syndicalist Review (1999)