2014 – reverb #2 + #3
Hey ho. I already missed one day, but here I am trying again. See 2014 reverb #1.
What unfinished projects from 2014 are you willing to release now? (Regret not required.)
What unfinished projects from 2014 am I willing to release now?
The working group on interpersonal skills for strategy, was born out of the 2012 European Training Exchange on strategy, an 8-day meeting of 30 activist trainers in Ipers, Belguim. We shared good ideas about how to do strategy more effectively with community groups whose resources and capacity are ever-changing. How do you make plans and carry them out when your (human) resources (the group membership) is always changing as happens in community groups. About 15 of us continued to meet 4 times afterwards, looking at group dynamics and interpersonal skills, for example what does that mean for decision-making, vision and strategy of community groups? The working group on interpersonal skills for strategy has lived its life. Our last face-to-face meeting took place in Ghent earlier this year, hosted by colleagues at Vredesactie. This Autumn’s meeting was to be hosted at Grow Heathrow but there weren’t many people available for the meeting. The email discussion lists were also waning, so we called a skype meeting and decided this group was resting now for the moment.
good bye — one event a month celebrating 20 years of zapatismo
The London Mexico Solidarity Group began this year on show #99 of the Circled A radio show. We recount the milestones and celebrations of zapatismo over the last 20 years. Our group plan was to hold at least one event each month of 2014 to honour the zapatista model of building the constructive alterative. We held a film screening and talk at the end of January and over 100 attended!
Huh, zapatismo? Zapatoasters? Zapatistas? Building the constructive alternative? What?
human rights crisis in Mexico
But then the daily grind of state repression, growing normalisation of all types of violence in society is taking over. The London-Mexico group has had to shift our attention and energy to addressing human rights crisis in Mexico.
Days after our film screening paramilitaries from the Independent Center of Agricultural and Campesino Workers (CIOAC) Democratic attacked the Zapatista community the 10 de Abril community.
And that was the beginning of a topsy-turvy year. Galeano was murdered, Marcos ‘died’ and Galeano was born again, the attack on the Ayotzinapa students, calls for new Mexico City airport (to be built by a British firm) is being denounced by the local community. And the government pushes back. Mexican civil society has taken some serve blows this year, and public space for legitimate peaceful public protest is shrinking. Fear shrinks the space as does state repression and drug war activity.
So good bye monthly event.
Our group had to shift strategy to respond to the ever-changing situation in Mexico. We want to focus our engery on celebrating advances in building the alternative, yet reality is we also have to address crisises when they come up.
Zapata vive y la lucha sigue … / Zapata lives and the struggle continues …
Day 3: loving what is
THIS. I’m loving that I’m trying out new behaviour and trying to blog and meet this challenge.
LONDON. Some day I won’t live here. Some time (soon) I’ll be some where else, I don’t know where but i can feel it’s some where …
Want to know more?
And if you want to know more about what’s happening in Mexico from a non-mainstream point of the view, the compañeros of the Dorset Chiapas Solidarity group are part of the Zapatista translation and communication collective and a good place to find out news from the grassroots in Mexico. Visit them on facebook too.
Kat McNally, based in Melbourne, Australia, has been hosting this end-of-year blogathon since 2011. December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and prepare to put your dreams into action in the new year. Reverb is a reflective writing challenge that celebrates the successes and honours the challenges of the year that’s passing, then sows the seeds for a rich and rewarding new year.