To Civil Society:
I am writing to you while it is raining and we are waiting here for the return of the companeros and companeras who went to the march in San Cristo'bal de Las Casas. In a manner which is not customary for us, we are trying to keep you informed as to how things are going here through letters like this.
The Zapatista Information Center's mailbox has been quickly filling, being emptied, and filling up again. Greetings and mobilization proposals from various states in the Republic are arriving. In the D.F., for example, a very detailed proposal came from U.A.M. which, however, presents serious inconveniences. For example, they invite us to dine, but how are we going to eat with our ski-masks on? Ah, really? So the promises about improving the menu are of no use if, whenever they want, we're going to end up being fed intravenously. In Ciudad Jua'rez, Chihuahua, they were handing out flyers in the streets today, and in Tijuana, B.C., they held a rally. From Guanajuato, Morelos, Oaxaca, Puebla and Hidalgo, they are asking us for the dates and our itinerary in their states. Fine, we're going to make this public when we have it ready. Don't worry, and have the parties ready.
On the international level, the influx is no less: a delegation of Italians, between 200 and 300 persons, confirmed that they will be arriving in Mexico in February, and they'll be prepared for being expelled. From San Francisco, California, U.S., they are advising us they will be coming to accompany the delegation, and they will be informing the "Frisco" community of everything that happens along the route and during the stay in the D.F. From Switzerland, they have confirmed the attendance of a delegation. We are being advised of the same from Argentina and France. In the State of Spain, they don't stop. In addition to hanging from towers and mountains, they are going to set out (they don't say by what means, but I imagine it won't be walking) to throw themselves into the entire route.
Something verrry important: accommodations. And I'm not referring to the accommodations for the zapatista delegation, but those for all the people who, from the states of the Republic and from other parts of the world, are going to participate in the march along with us. An idea: that organizations and groups which can offer places to put people up please advise the Zapatista Information Center, and the "pilgrims" can then be informed.
Concerning the technological breakthroughs, I am informing you that the Web page is now functioning. The address is: http://www.ezlnaldf.org I am taking the opportunity to make a request of all the web pages that already exist, or which refer to the zapatones and their movement: please put in a "link" or "pass", or whatever it's called, so that those visiting your pages can also have access to the one about the current mobilization. We also have our e-mail address now. The address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Good, that's how things are up to now. We'll be passing along more information to you in the next one.
Vale. Salud, and may peace come soon dot com.
>From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.
Mexico, January of 2001.
Originally published in Spanish by the EZLN _______________________ Translated by irlandesa