The Uhuru Solidarity Movement (USM), the organization of white people and other allies of African liberation working under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party, denounces the recent U.S. counterinsurgent murder of Zapatista leader José Luis Solís López (“Galeano”).
USM stands in solidarity with the struggle of the Mexican Indigenous peoples for their self-determination and national liberation.
On May 2, 2014, a Zapatista teacher was murdered and 15 Zapatistas were seriously injured in an attack on a Zapatista community in La Realidad, Chiapas, Mexico. Solís López (“Galeano”), was beaten and shot to death as he courageously fought back against an ambush of his community by neocolonialist paramilitary forces.
A Zapatista school and clinic were also destroyed in the attack.
Comrade Galeano was a member of a team of teachers who worked at “La escuelita por libertad según las y los zapatistas”(“The little school for freedom according to the Zapatistas”), a program that brings people from cities in Mexico as well as from around the world to Chiapas to learn about the conditions of the Indigenous people and the work and struggle of the Zapatistas over the past 20 years.
While the forces that carried out this heinous U.S. murder have been identified as right-wing paramilitary forces in concert with the local, state and federal governments of Mexico, the attack must be understood in the context of U.S. colonialism and counterinsurgency against the just resistance of the Mexican people.
US imperialist exploitation of Mexican people
In the 1990s the U.S., pursuing an agenda of colonial exploitation through NAFTA, forced the Mexican government to abolish land reforms won by the Mexican Revolution in 1917. These land reforms protected, to some extent, the Indigenous peoples’ ties to the land, which was their livelihood. Abolishment of land reforms forced the Indigenous people off the land and into the industrial workforce as cheap labor. On the day NAFTA took effect, the Zapatistas took over 500 farms in the state of Chiapas.
Any attempts by the Indigenous population to organize their own communities on their own terms run counter to the U.S. government’s plans for exploiting the Indigenous and poor people of Mexico. They have been under constant attack and threat of attack by U.S.-backed Mexican government forces, including the infamous Acteal massacre in 1997.
The murder of Comrade Galeano is the latest one of these attacks. This attack is a symptom of the crisis of imperialism. The U.S.is desperately intensifying the exploitation of colonized people in an attempt to save the plummeting economy of the U.S.
The U.S. counterinsurgency against the Mexican people is no different from the U.S. counterinsurgency against the African community inside this country. Africans inside the U.S. face hideous conditions of police violence and containment, mass incarceration, extreme poverty. Statistics released by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement revealed that every 26 hours, an African is murdered in the U.S. by police or white vigilantes.
Mexico is occupied Indigenous land
Mexico is indigenous land; all of Mexico and the so-called American southwest is occupied territory that belongs to the Indigenous people. The southwestern part of the illegitimate “United States” is land that was stolen by white people in the late 1800s. All of the violence, colonial terror involving “drug cartels” and other forces are an historical continuation of the havoc imposed on Mexico by US imperialist domination, following Spain’s brutal occupation which extracted massive resources for Europe from the 16th to the 19th century.
Today, 45.5 percent of the Mexican people live in poverty, according to the Mexican National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL). White people benefit directly from the colonization of Mexico, inhabiting stolen territory and exploiting the labor of Mexican farmworkers. Paying almost nothing to the Mexican workers makes farm owners rich while providing white people with cheap fruits and vegetables that we refuse to pick ourselves and can consume year-round.
Indigenous people of Mexico are victims of colonial terror on both sides of the false, colonially imposed “border.” Daily, border patrol and white nationalist vigilante militias carry out vicious murders and more Mexicans are being deported by Obama than by any U.S. administration since the colonial annexation of half of Mexico in the late 1800s. Obama has averaged 395,689 deportations per year, compared with George W. Bush’s 251,567 per year.
So far Obama has deported 1,582,756 people and at the current rate, by the end of his second term, the number will exceed total deportations carried out by the George W. Bush administration (http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/mar/17/janet-murguia/activist-janet-murguia-calls-obama-deporter-chief-/).
The theft of Mexico was part of the “primitive accumulation” that built parasitic capitalism and brought tremendous wealth and resources to Europe, America and white people everywhere.
Victory to the Mexican people, Solidarity African and Mexican Liberation!
USM, an organization dedicated to winning reparations to African people and working under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party, is guided by the theory of African Internationalism.
African Internationalism recognizes the unity of interests of all colonized people and stands in unconditional solidarity with the rights of Indigenous people to reclaim their land, resources and destinies.
The APSP has for over 30 years maintained a deep fraternal relationship of mutual solidarity with Unión del Barrio the Mexican Indigenous liberation organization who are struggling to liberate the entire homeland of the Indigenous people of occupied Mexico from U.S. colonial occupation.
The struggles in occupied Mexico are a continuation of the resistance of the Indigenous peoples of this land that has included leaders such as Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, whose legacy initially inspired the Zapatistas.
We say, “Victory to the Indigenous people of occupied Mexico, victory to African people inside the U.S. and victory all oppressed and colonized peoples of the world!”
White people must stand in solidarity with Africans, Mexicans and other colonized peoples and take a stand for reparations.
We call on white people to participate in the ARMA Collective’s Call to Action, which can be found at www.anattackonusall.org.
We also call for white people to join the international campaign to build Days in Solidarity with African People, a campaign that puts us in sync with all of the oppressed and colonized people of the world fighting for their liberation. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get organized!