Brothers and sisters:
As you know, the EZLN is currently engaged in developing a peace initiative at the national and international level, with the objective of demanding recognition of the rights of the indigenous peoples and an end to the war of extermination.
As part of this initiative, 5000 delegates from the civil support communities ['bases de apoyo'] of the EZLN-2500 men and 2500 women-will come out of the mountains of Southeast Mexico and will visit the most remote corners of the national territory. In every state of the Mexican republic, there are men, women, children, and elderly people who have already organized, and who await the visit of the Zapatistas and the chance to join voices with their appeal for peace and justice.
In order to reach these people and dialogue with them, the Zapatista delegates will have to cover many kilometers, sometimes by car, sometimes on foot, sometimes on muleback, sometimes by bicycle, sometimes by plane, sometimes by boat. It's not easy to get those 5000 indigenous Zapatistas on the road, or to obtain the necessary funds for their transport. This is why we ask that you provide economic help, both for us and for those who will receive the delegates, to make it possible for the greatest number of people to make their voices and their opinions heard in Mexico.
The money that you donate to this mobilization will be used-do not doubt it-to win a peace with justice and dignity. Isn't it worth it? Please forward donations to the 'Bancomer' bank, account number 5001060-5, Plaza 437, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas Mexico. The account is in the name of Rosario Ibarra de Piedra.
Get a move on! Don't be shy!
Pst! Pst! Hey you! Yes, you who are working in a brigade of the International Consultation! It doesn't matter that you're living way over there, in that other country which isn't Mexico but which, when you take a look this way, well it's almost as if you were. Neither does is matter whether you're Mexican or not, whether you're fat, skinny, or 'slender', whether you're heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual, whether you're tall, stubby, or 'medium', whether you're black, white, yellow, coffee, red, blue, or yellow. Well, to make it brief, none of that matters-only whether or not you want to help build peace. If you do, then help us.
Alright. Salud [To your health]. Just imagine if we'd gotten the idea of going all over the world! How much does it cost to go to the North Pole or to Patagonia? A lot? Well, we'll need less than that.
>From the mountains of Southeast Mexico.
Subcomandante insurgente Marcos
COMMUNIQUE FROM THE EZLN OF MARCH 6,1999 SPANISH VERSION AT WEB PAGE BELOW MENTIONED. ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY A MEMBER OF CIVIL SOCIETY. ****************************************************** Spanish original at http://www.nuclecu.unam.mx/~jornada/990307.dir/reitera.html Translator's note: Previous communiques included a request that deposits be confirmed with the Contact Office for the EZLN Consulta (email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone and Fax from the USA: (011-52-967)-8-10-13 and 8-21-59). ___________________________________________________ NUEVO AMANECER PRESS-N.A.P.To know about us visit: http://www.nap.cuhm.mx/nap0.htm (spanish)