On January 1, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) kicked off its "Other Campaign" in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. The campaign, led by Subcomandante Marcos - now renamed Delegate Zero - will travel through all the states of Mexico over the course of six months and end in Mexico City.
The Other Campaign (in contrast to Mexico's current presidential campaign) is the culmination of the restructuring of the Zapatista's focus, explained in-depth in last year's Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle and followed by several weekends of meetings with Mexico's civil society regarding that declaration. Very briefly, the Sixth announced the EZLN's abandonment of armed struggle and a broadening of its focus from primarily indigenous rights to the building of a broad left movement, nationally and internationally, against corporate globalization and neoliberalism.
The Zapatista delegation will be meeting with organizations and individuals who have signed on to the ideas enumerated in the Sixth to begin the work of building a just, democratic alternative to the current way of doing politics.
Twelve years after their rebellion, the Zapatistas still find creative ways to inspire resistance and reshape the political landscape. Though there is no certain outcome, and not everything is perfectly in sync theoretically, it is a grand effort that I hope succeeds and can inspire us in the US and around the world.