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Luchando por la #LibertadPatishtan, festejemos su cumpleaños. 19 de abril, 4 mil 686 días en prisión

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 El pasado miércoles 20 de marzo del 2013, en las instalaciones de este Centro de Derechos Humanos, el Profesor Alberto Patishtán, preso político de Chiapas, convocó vía telefónica a una nueva etapa en la búsqueda de la justicia y exigencia por su libertad.  

Después de la decisión desafortunada de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (SCJN) de no reasumir el caso, el recurso jurídico sobre la petición de inocencia se resolverá ante el Primer Tribunal Colegiado del Vigésimo Circuito en el mes de abril. Por tal motivo, la familia de Patishtán, Organizaciones Civiles, Colectivos y Personas consideramosque es importante realizar acciones para exigir su libertad:

Juntas y juntos lleguemos a la meta de enviar del 21 de marzo al 15 de abril4 mil 686 cartas, una carta por cada día que Patishtán ha estado en la cárcel, dirigidas al Presidente Ministro del Consejo de la Judicatura Federal, Juan N. Silva Meza y a los ministros del Primer Tribunal Colegiado del Vigésimo Circuito. (se anexan cartas modelo)

En Twitter queremos lograr que cada viernes sumemos 4 mil 686 Retwits por la #LibertadPatishtan; Iniciando este 23 de marzo, y continuando cada viernes, 29 de marzo y 5, 12 y 19 de abril, dele un Retwit

#LibertadPatishtan.

El Hashtag de la etapa proponemos sea: 

Si buscas saber más sobre la situación del Profesor Alberto Patishtán te invitamos a consultarwww.albertopatishtan.blogspot.mx donde podrás encontrar información sobre su caso y las acciones por su libertad.

Accion Grupo Facebook

Quienes deseen apoyar para las acciones que ha convocado colectivos, familiares y CDH.

Pedimos se unan a estos tres grupos de acción:Grupo de Acción 1:

Envio de 4686 cartas al CJF y al Primer Tribunal Colegiado Vigésimo Circuito

http://www.facebook.com/groups/alberto.patishtan/?ref=notif&notif_t=group_r2j

Grupo de Acción 2: Twitteros en apoyo, únete y twittea!

http://www.facebook.com/groups/591808127497928

Grupo de Acción 3: Envío de foto, dibujo, mañanitas, poema y cartel paraque se haga entrega en su cumpleaños de Alberto Patishtán, el día 19 de Abril.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/321955227907438

Recuerden está campaña empezo el 21 de marzo y durará hasta el 19 de abril del 2013.

A los medios libres y org’s, pedimos de favor que nos ayuden a difundir en sus medios y redes sociales los tres grupos de acción que juntas y juntos podemos lograr.

“Más nos parece mejor rebelarnos
Y no renunciar ni a la menor alegría
Y rechazar firmemente a los inventores de las penas
¡y, por fin, hacernos habitable el mundo”
Bertolt Brecht

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Artículos recientes:

27/03/2013 Caso Patishtán: AI pide a tribunal colegiado justicia sin discriminación.

· Demanda un fallo ejemplar que siente jurisprudencia y evite nuevas injusticias.
· Preocupa al organismo que en la Corte no se haya dado mayor importancia al tema.

Hermann Bellinghausen La Jornada 27/03/2013  La oficina internacional de Amnistía Internacional (AI) llamó a los magistrados del primer tribunal colegiado del vigésimo circuito, en el Palacio de Justicia Federal en Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, a que “respondan con un fallo ejemplar” que establezca jurisprudencia en casos como el de Alberto Patishtán Gómez “para que en un futuro se evite la injusticia de la cual ésta ha sido objeto”.

26/03/2013 Llama AI a tribunal en Chiapas a emitir “un fallo ejemplar” en caso Patishtán

· Lo exhorta a impartir justicia sin discriminación en un caso que la SCJN debió haber resuelto favorablemente y no hizo.

Hermann Bellinghausen La Jornada 26/03/2013. La oficina internacional de Amnistía Internacional (AI) llamó a los magistradosdel Primer Tribunal Colegiado del Vigésimo Circuito, en el Palacio de Justicia Federal en Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, a que “respondan con un fallo ejemplar” que establezca jurisprudencia en casos como el de Alberto Patishtán Gómez “para que en un futuro se evite la injusticia de la cual ésta ha sido objeto”. (Leer más..)

26/03/2013 En ayuno Alberto Patishtán por su Libertad

22/03/2013 Comunicado de las Abejas de Acteal 22 de marzo del 2013

“Una semana después de negarse a conocer la solicitud de reconocimiento de inocencia del luchador social Alberto Patishtan, la primera sala de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (SCJN) resolvió la liberación inmediata de Marcos Arias Pérez, acusado de participar en la matanza de Acteal el 22 de diciembre de 1996, en el municipio de Chenalho, Chis.” (Ler más..)

· Destacan especial interés del secretario de Gobierno, Noé Castañón, en el caso

Hermann Bellinghausen La Jornada 25/03/2013. Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chis., 24 de marzo. Al menos desde 2007, una pregunta ronda entre abogados, obispos, activistas de derechos humanos y observadores del proceso jurídico de Alberto Patishtán Gómez: si es tan abrumadora la evidencia de que él no participó en la emboscada que costó la vida de siete policías entre El Bosque y Simojovel el 12 de junio de 2000, ¿por qué sigue preso, condenado a 60 años? Si casos más flagrantes, pero con procesos basados en montajes y prácticas ilegales, al ser confrontados por la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (SCJN) derivaron en la libertad de criminales capturados in fraganti o incluso confesos, ¿qué muralla impide que el profe salga libre? ¿A quién beneficia su encarcelamiento? ¿A quién afectaría su absolución?  (Leer más..)

24/03/2013 “Cuando detuvieron al profe Patishtán, nadie lo creyó’’, asegura Martín Ramírez

· Critica que van cuatro gobernadores que piden su liberación pero no hacen nada.
· El también maestro considera que la captura fue por denunciar la corrupción del alcalde de El Bosque.

Hermann Bellinghausen. La Jornada 24/03/2013. El Bosque, Chis., 23 de marzo. Desde el primer día, 19 de junio de 2000, dijimos que Alberto Patishtán estaba secuestrado, recuerda el también maestro Martín Ramírez López, uno de los que no han dejado de sostener, durante 12 años y nueve meses, la inocencia del profe en relación a la emboscada en que murieron siete policías, en una pronunciada curva de la carretera al norte, que lleva a Simojovel, a 10 minutos de esta cabecera municipal, el 12 de junio de aquel año. El mismo paraje ya había sido escenario de asaltos y homicidios en los meses previos. (Leer más..)

23/03/2013 Masacre de Simojovel · Crónica de una matanza de policías (casi) olvidada.

· Siete uniformados fueron emboscados y asesinados el 12 de junio de 2000.

· Se acusó al EPR, a paramilitares y a zapatistas.

· Una semana después se detuvo al profesor Alberto Patishtán.
Hermann Bellinghausen / La Jornada 23/03/201. La notoriedad alcanzada por la lucha de Alberto Patishtán Gómez para conseguir su libertad ha impedido que el crimen que dio origen a su personal desgracia de 12 años en prisión (y 48 más que le faltan, según su sentencia) fuera olvidado, lo cual de seguro contraría a muchas autoridades, al menos estatales, desde 2000 hasta el presente, tras cuatro gobernadores de, literalmente, todos los partidos. ¿Qué sucedió la mañana del 12 de junio de 2000 en el paraje Las Lagunas de Las Limas, Simojovel? ¿Cuál pudo ser el móvil de los perpetradores? ¿Qué estaba sucediendo ahí por esos días? (Leer más..)

24/03/2013 Alberto Patishtán. El mártir del conflicto zapatista 

· El maestro tzotzil Alberto Patishtán cuenta desde una cárcel de Chiapas sus 13 años de encierro tras ser condenado en un proceso lleno de irregularidades. 

Inés Santaeulalia / Juan Diego Quesada. Chiapas / El País 24/03/2013  En un camino de terracería, entre iguanas, cafetales y niños descalzos, un grupo armado mató hace 13 años a siete policías en una emboscada. Ocurrió en el corazón del levantamiento zapatista, en una zona montañosa de Chiapas (México). El único condenado por esa masacre, un maestro de escuela indígena que seguramente nunca estuvo allí, saca un brazo por las rejas del locutorio de un penal de San Cristóbal de las Casas, en el que lleva encarcelado desde entonces, y se presenta con un apretón de manos: “Yo soy Alberto Patishtán”.(Leer más..)

 

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Urban Zapatismo, from East Harlem to Chiapas

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A young girl breaking the "neoliberal piñata" at the end of one of the Movement for Justice in El Barrio's encuentros, gatherings that were inspired by the Zapatistas. (Flickr / Michael Gould-Wartofsky)

A young girl breaking the “neoliberal piñata” at the end of one of the Movement for Justice in El Barrio’s encuentros, gatherings that were inspired by the Zapatistas. (Michael Gould-Wartofsky)

Listening is an essential skill for an organizer. In 2004, a group of migrant Mexican women began listening to their neighbors in the New York City neighborhood of East Harlem, more commonly known as El Barrio. The women went door to door, building by building, listening to people’s problems and thinking together about ways they could be solved.

These women had never participated in social struggles in Mexico, and they did not speak English. But they did know that a great many of their neighbors were in the same situation, and their act of listening created the Movement for Justice in El Barrio, which now has 750 members and 72 committees — one per building. Eight years later, these women are still fighting for dignified housing and against displacement, so that they won’t be forced — like they were in their home countries — to leave.

The Movement for Justice in El Barrio is focused on local housing issues, but it identifies itself as part of a much larger movement across international borders. The group defines its struggle as urban Zapatismo, drawing inspiration from the Zapitista movement in the Mexican state of Chiapas.

“In 2005, the Movement for Justice in El Barrio decided to adhere to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, written by our Zapatista brothers and sisters,” explained Juan Haro, an organizer who traveled to Chiapas, Mexico, in February to speak at an international conference on social movements and Zapatismo. “We did so because after understanding [the declaration], we saw ourselves in it. We saw that the Sixth Declaration is the option of making a new world for everyone.”

In 2005, when the Zapatista National Liberation Army released the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, which invited people from around the world to join the movement to value humanity over money, the document was read in East Harlem. The Movement for Justice in El Barrio decided to ask to become a part of the Other Campaign, a Zapatista initiative to connect the movement in Chiapas to other resistance groups throughout Mexico.

To Haro and other members of the Movement, Zapatismo is not something that is specific to a particular struggle in Mexico. Instead, he sees it as a vehicle for all of those from below — those who have been hurt most by the capitalist system and by their governments — to achieve dignity in their communities.

Sharing stories internationally

Members of the Movement for Justice en El Barrio see the present as a moment for exchange, an opportunity to create a different means of political engagement, and a time for groups to share their struggles and learn from each other. At the conference in February, Oscar Flores and Diana Morales, two Mexican migrants now living in East Harlem and organizing with the Movement, shared their experiences through online testimonies.

“They want to take us out of our housing in El Barrio,” said Flores. “We are the most screwed over, and we are tired of living in these conditions, with broken windows, collapsing roofs, leaking kitchens and bathrooms, without heat or hot water in the winter. The property owners and the local government force us to live so poorly until we get desperate and move elsewhere, so that then the landlords can renovate their buildings and rent them to rich people.”

The group is not only organizing against bad housing conditions, but for an entirely new idea of housing that does not depend on profit.

One of the slogans of the Movement is, “We fight so that the hills and mountains belong to those who live in them and care for them. Similarly, housing should be for those who inhabit and care for the space. No one should own more housing than what they can inhabit.”

At the conference, Haro made the connection between migration from Mexico to the United States and housing discrimination inside U.S. cities. Both, he said, were caused by the same forces.

“Being immigrants, we know that the political and economic system that forced us from our country is the same one that now wants to displace us from our homes, and we will fight against multinational corporations, against politicians and those ‘from above,’” said Haro. “We will organize so that we won’t be displaced.”

Inspiration from the Zapatistas

One of the inspirations for the Movement for Justice in El Barrio was the struggle of the Young Lords, a movement of Puerto Ricans living in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York City who organized against poverty, racism and indecent housing throughout the late-1960s and 1970s. The group’s other organizing inspiration, of course, was Zapatismo.

Through Zapatista-style consultations — gatherings where problems are discussed and are made based on consensus — the main problems in the neighborhood are discussed, and these discussions create the basis for all of the group’s strategies.

“We are practicing real democracy,” said Haro. “Our form of struggle is based on the decisions made by the people, and it is the community that has the final word.”

The Zapatistas taught them how to work at the local level with their neighbors while also looking beyond their community. The group began to carry out a series of encounters with other collectives that work for justice, dignity and democracy, an organizing model that was inspired by the Zapatistas’ Interncontinental Encounters for Humanity and Against Neoliberalism.

“For us it is essential to know our neighbors, to unite and fight together, to make decisions horizontally,” said Haro. “But it’s also essential to create bridges with other marginalized communities of migrants, women, gays, lesbians, transsexuals, people of color, and to build relationships with those organizations.”

At these encounters in East Harlem, everyone participates, including the children, who end the encounters with the symbolic act of breaking the “neoliberal piñata.

Victories motivate the struggle

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Member of El Barrio protest against displacement in East Harlem in 2010

When a social movement wins a battle, it gains the respect and trust of others who also want to win their own battles. This happened for the Movement for Justice in El Barrio in 2006, when a large landowner tried to displace hundreds of low-income renters from their apartments in order to rent them at a higher rate. The group struggled over the course of two years, and it finally forced the landowner to sell his 47 properties instead of forcing the renters out of their homes.

The victory gained the Movement recognition in the city, and energized the members of the group to keep fighting, as Haro said, “against neoliberalism, multinational corporations and capitalist property owners.”

But the first landowner was replaced by an British corporation that specialized in flipping buildings in gentrifying neighborhoods. The sale sparked another intense campaign during 2008. Drawing on the group’s international perspective, the movement organized a delegation to five countries in Europe to meet with more than 30 local groups that also worked on housing justice. These groups put local pressure on the company, which crumbled as the economic recession set in.

The Movement for Justice in El Barrio doesn’t only win battles; it also wins committed organizers, such as Diana Morales, an indigenous Mixteca who now organizes in East Harlem. Originally from Guerrero, Mexico, she explained, “Because of bad government, I had to leave my country. Now in New York, I face daily discrimination for being a migrant. That’s why I decided to join my neighbors and fight for justice.”

Her story demonstrates the global nature of both capitalism and anti-capitalist resistance. Morales moved from Mexico to New York City after her mother explained that a corporation was trying to displace her and her neighbors from their homes in East Harlem. Upon arriving in New York, she joined the struggle, and she learned for the first time about the Zapatistas fighting in her own country.

“During our first meeting with El Barrio, I heard our companions speak about the Zapatistas, and I learned that they continue their struggle, and that they live autonomously, without depending on the government,” she said.

She was surprised not only about the movement in her own country, but also by the fact that Mexican migrants would dare to protest on the streets of New York City. She became a spokesperson for the Movement for Justice in El Barrio.

“I never imagined that one day I would fight alongside my community, but now I’m doing it. Collective struggle is the way we will be heard and the way we will change the world,” said Morales.

The Movement for Justice in El Barrio also carries out solidarity campaigns to support struggles in Mexico and beyond. In 2006, the group organized against violent repression in San Salvador Atenco, using the slogan “We are all Atenco.” The Movement also helps spread the word about Zapatismo by organizing groups in dozens of countries that educate the public about the situation of the Zapatistas. Last year, the group organized campaigns to demand freedom for political prisoners in Chiapas. 

Continuing to listen

Today, the neighbors in the Movement for Justice in El Barrio are still fighting displacement. It is their daily struggle.

“When you organize, you realize very quickly that you have a whole family, so if one is affected, all of us are affected,” said Haro.

The group is currently in the process of forming new committees in three apartment buildings that want to join the movement. The only criterion for membership is that people first organize their entire building. Haro explains how people can often feel uncomfortable knocking on doors, so more experienced members of the Movement often go and accompany these newcomers to help them become organizers.

We asked Juan Haro what the recent Zapatista communiqués and the silent Zapatista march on Dec. 21, 2012, meant to members of the Movement.

“It was a show of dignity from our compañeros,” he said. “They showed their moral and organizational capacity, their ability to do. We still haven’t met with them to talk about it, but we will in good time. Those of us in El Barrio listened, and we are waiting for what’s next.”