This section will explore the Zapatista Social Movement. The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) took over towns and cities in the Mexican state of Chiapas on January 1st, 1994, the day the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect. The vast majority of Zapatistas are indigenous, and the EZLN is fighting for indigenous rights. They identify neoliberalism as the primary force oppressing them, and all other minorities around the world. They have been autonomous from the Mexican government since the day of their uprising, refusing money from the government and instead taking care of themselves.
When the Zapatistas first declared themselves autonomous, they had an active military and engaged in a brief war with the Mexican military. Since then, the EZLN has become peaceful and they now focus on networking around the world with other oppressed groups in their fight for freedom. The Zapatistas have used many forms of media in working for liberation, and played an important role in broader anti-capitalism and anti-globalization social movement discourses.
Our webpage explores several important components of the Zapatista Social Movement:
In our Context section, we analyze the large socio-economic systems and histories the Zapatistas operate within.
In our Timeline section, we visually show important dates in the EZLN’s history.
In our Media section, we explore how the Zapatistas have used media in their movement.
In our Consequences section, we analyze what has happened since the Zapatistas first rebelled in 1994, and why they are an important social movement to consider.
In our Social Netwar section, we consider one of the most important consequences of the EZLN in depth.
In our Experiences of Activists section, we consider the experiences of individual Zapatistas.
In our Works Cited section, we list the sources we used in constructing this website.
In our About Us section, we talk about the authors of this webpage and why we chose to research the Zapatistas.