Sowing dignified seeds for justice and Mother Earth

Zapatista students like these are dreaming new worlds everyday.

Zapatista students like these are dreaming new worlds everyday.

“Resist President Trump’s walls of hate
by helping build walls of hope!
Join us in supporting humble, hand-made
Walls of love at Zapatista community schools!”

Dear Schools for Chiapas friends & supporters,

Yes, we live in extraordinary times; and yes, we must all take extraordinary actions!

As our Zapatista friends say, there’s a “hole in the ozone layer and a hole in people’s hearts”. Now it’s us up to us – as well as the entire human race – to save our Mother Earth by healing ourselves and the planet with love and intelligence. Sometimes our dignified rage seems futile as this crazy system careens toward self-destruction, but extraordinary individual and collective action to save our planet must become our new normal!

Zapatista students are using art and science to unlock the mysteries of the universe in order to make a new and better world for us all.

Zapatista students are using art and science to unlock the mysteries of the universe in order to make a new and better world for us all.

With Donald Trump as President of the most powerful military and industrial empire the world has ever seen it’s hard not to just give up.

Yet each of us must search our hearts and our minds to imagine how we can support sanity in the face of insanity. We at Schools for Chiapas hope that old fashioned, international solidarity will remain an important part of our collective and individual response to the current, and the ever worsening, crises.

Zapatista schools are about real change
Changing lives – Changing the world
One child at a time

Zapatista students and education promoters examine the first malanga root harvested from their growing food forest.

Zapatista students and education promoters examine the first malanga root harvested from their growing food forest.

It’s hard to describe the difference your solidarity makes in the lives of Mayan communities in Chiapas struggling to build a rustic schoolhouse ~ or a new women’s center ~ or a health clinic ~ or an ecological agricultural experiment. By donating whatever funds you can spare or volunteering on a delegation to Chiapas, you open up hope and possibility – you help make change possible.

You demonstrate that the Zapatistas are not alone; that our resistances are real and connected and strong.

All Zapatista schools and communities are supporting this indigenous woman named María de Jesús Patricio, to be the next president of Mexico.

All Zapatista schools and communities are supporting this indigenous woman named María de Jesús Patricio, to be the next president of Mexico.

Of course our important work now is to challenge and confront Trump and the empire – to stop the wars, to end the environmental destruction, and to protect our families and our neighbors. But in addition, Schools for Chiapas offers you the opportunity to reach across political borders and economic walls to share human empathy with the excluded…with some of those communities and peoples most abandoned by the current international system.

As a new generation assumes leadership in the Mayan communities of the Zapatista movement, improvements and innovations in education, health, sustainable agriculture, and women’s empowerment are everywhere. However, a lack of funds often slows down (without stopping) these needed advances; that’s where you can make a big difference today.

With your renewed support, in 2018 Schools for Chiapas will fund an ambitious new educational construction program throughout the misty mountains and steamy rainforests of the Mexican southeast. In addition, our core work for autonomous schools and health centers, resistances to GMO corn, and the planting of Food Forests will be greatly expanded! With your help can do so much.

boyWe always work closely with the autonomous Mayan governments of the Zapatistas to target the most pressing needs and carefully evaluate the most efficient use of resources. Over twenty years of work on the ground in Chiapas, Mexico makes us uniquely able to utilize funds and gather expertise on short notice to meet pressing needs articulated and sought by Zapatista communities.

IS THERE SOMEONE ON YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING
LIST WHO DOESN’T NEED MORE STUFF?
Why not give them a “Gift of Change” with a donation
supporting the Zapatista communities of Chiapas.
Click here: www.GiftsofChange.org

Zapatista women’s cooperatives make most of the products available in our online store; therefore, your purchases send funds directly into the vitally important Women’s Co-ops and the Mayan families they support. Please visit us online to find hundreds of high-quality, Zapatista-produced craft items for gifts during this holiday season. www.schoolsforchiapas.org/store

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Despite the impossible situations created by politicians, ordinary people everywhere are taking action for peace, to save the planet, and to protect our families and neighbors. The Zapatista movement remains an important and inspirational example people everywhere; they deserve oursupport and solidarity now more-than-ever as we find new ways to make the world a better place.

Yours for kids,
Pedro Café aka Peter Brown, Co-coordinator of Schools for Chiapas
pedrocafe@schoolsforchiapas.org

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Isn’t there someone on your holiday gift list who doesn’t need more stuff and would love to have a gift supporting Zapatistas? http://www.schoolsforchiapas.org/gifts-of-change/

Ps. Our Gifts of Change program allows you to make donations supporting the Zapatistas in your friends and families’ name – if you like we will email you and that special person an impressive certificate describing your donation-gift. It’s an easy way to spread holiday joy and promote change. http://www.schoolsforchiapas.org/gifts-of-change/

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