January 5th: Everything for Everyone, and Nothing for Ourselves!
A tradition has started to form in Denver of street demonstrations on the 5th of each month. On January 5th, folks will take to the streets under a united banner declaring “Shit's Fucked Up and Bullshit”, a phrase meant to draw together the wide array of concerns that fuel the anger burning within many across this nation. Austerity, warfare, surveillance, evictions, foreclosures, layoffs, police terror, and many other symptoms of late stage capitalism are wreaking havoc on our lives.
January also marks the 20th anniversary of a massive uprising centered in the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico. On January 1st, 1994, armed Mayans and peasants launched an insurrection unlike any in modern history. The Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN or Zapatistas) seized cities, villages, and land that had been stripped away from the indigenous peoples of Chiapas by centuries of colonization and imperialism.
The Zapatista Rebellion, taking inspiration from Mexican anarchist and peasant revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata, still thrives today, two decades after they first drove the Mexican military out of their territories. Through two decades of struggle, ranging from armed battles to street demonstrations, land expropriation to prison breaks, the Zapatistas and their revolutionary struggle continue to serve as an inspiration to those struggling against predatory economic, political, and social systems across the world.
We call on all anarchists, anti-imperialists, anti-capitalists, anti-authoritarians, and others who wish to show solidarity with the struggles in Chiapas and with our Zapatista comrades to form a contingent in the January 5th street demonstrations here in Denver. We will meet at the Denver Skate Park at 19th Street and Little Raven at 3pm under the banner and unifying message of “Everything for Everyone, and Nothing for Ourselves.” This radical motto of the EZLN comes directly from indigenous traditions and Zapatista experiences and speaks to the very foundations of a liberatory social struggle that seeks to build a new world of equity, cooperation, and liberation.
We highly encourage red, black and red and black flags, banners and signs commemorating the Zapatistas. Wear your balaclavas or bandanas in solidarity with the Zapatistas. Bring your spirit, rage, and joy. Join us as we show a visible solidarity to mark the 20th anniversary of the Zapatista revolt, as we also march in solidarity with our comrades here in Denver as they denounce the growing despair and hopelessness caused by the capitalist exploitation plaguing our communities.
In solidarity, hope, and rage!