Chiapas Ten Years Later

Friday, October 15, 2004

STAC Tour dates: Fredricton and Toronto

Hey Everyone,

The Black Star Boot Cooperative is beginning a Cross Canada Tour to talk about the situation in Chiapas ten years later and the boot project.

Here are the first couple dates

Fredricton, October 20th

When: 7pm, Wednesday, October 20th
Where: MULRONEY HALL room 101 at St. Thomas University.

Toronto, Saturday, October 23rd
Anarchist Bookfare, STAC is tabeling
From 10 am - 4 pm
At the 519 Church St Community Centre
For more info on the bookfair check out:

Toronto, October 24th, Presentation
Scadding Court Community Centre, 707 Dundas St. West, at Bathurst
Sunday 5:30 - 7pm

Tour Info and Bios

Today, in a climate of paramilitary harassment and violent poverty, euphuistically deemed low intensity warfare, the Zapatistas are creating a variety of institutions which function outside the domination of the state or market. They are building economic democracy through women’s artisan co-ops, fair trade coffee farms and a non sweatshop boot cooperative in Oventic Caracole.

The 1st of January Boot Co-op produces boots for indigenous communities for free. Fifteen comrades work there, 5 days a week, 8-10 hours a day, for no salary! All the money the cooperative makes from sales to Mexican Nationals and foreigners goes back to the entire community for public services. ‘Everything for everyone, nothing for ourselves’, as the saying goes.

Members of Students Taking Action in Chiapas (STAC) recently returned from meetings with the boot co-op and other Zapatista institutions. We are organizing a cross Canada speaking tour to discuss what’s happening in Chiapas ten years after the insurgency and to build links of solidarity between Zapatista institutions and workers, students and activists in the over-developed. In addition to public education work, we will be selling non-sweatshop Zapatista boots and sending the money back to communities in resistance.

Organizational Bio

Students Taking Action in Chiapas (STAC) is a grassroots NGO which builds schools and solidarity with the Zapatista communities in rebellion. Since our creation in 1999 we have sent more than 35 volunteers to act as international observers and school builders in rebel communities along with $5000 dollars for autonomous infrastructure development. We are partnered with SERAZ (the autonomous school board in the region of Oventic Caracole Chiapas) and Schools for Chiapas in the US.

STAC now has chapters across the country, all of which are organized through local consensus decision making and then federated nationally and internationally. STAC is not committed to any one political ideology. Our basis of unity is simple: We organize through consensus. We do not except money or help from corporations or other unsavory entities and ‘solidarity not charity’ is the overarching philosophy for our work.

The idea of ‘solidarity not charity’ has inspired us to get involved in mobilizations against the FTAA, IMF and G8. A significant proportion of our efforts go into education about globalization and the situation in Chiapas.

Speaker Bios

Chris Arsenault: is youth activist and co-founder of STAC. He has extensive experience in Chiapas, working in Francisco Gomez, Guadalupe Teyepac, La Realidad and Oventic. Chris has covered the situation in Chiapas as freelance journalist for CBC Radio, the Chronicle Herald, CKDU news and He has been a guest lecturer about Chiapas and Globalization at Queen’s University, the University of Western Ontario, Anahuac University in Mexico City, the University of New Brunswick (UNB), St. FX, St. Mary’s and other academic institutions.

Adam Squibb: is a Newfoundland based activist with a degree in International Development from Dalhousie University. He was active with the mobilization against the FTAA in Quebec City and has traveled to Chiapas with STAC.

Students Taking Action in Chiapas is a Canadian based grassroots NGO
dedicated to building schools and Solidarity with the Zapatistas of
Chiapas, Mexico.
Halifax 902-454-2095
Montreal 514-526-5158
Mexico (DF) 011-52-55-26-14-6092, www.stacmontreal


At November 15, 2004 at 4:57 AM, Blogger rwblackbird said...

I look forward to hearing about your travels to Chiapas and presentation on the Zapatistas, tonight in North Bay


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