Tuesday, June 23, 1998

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  • New Report Contradicts Mexican Government Treatment of Zapatistas

    In the six months since the massacre at Acteal on December 22 1997, the Mexican Government has launched an aggressive military offensive against the support bases of the EZLN (Zapatista Army of National Liberation). In January, the federal army began trying to systematically break down the resistance of indigenous communities — including detaining Zapatista leaders and destroying property. The Mexican government has justified the invasion as an attempt to disarm paramilitary groups and bring humanitarian aid. A new investigative report by the human rights group Global Exchange paints a very different picture.

  • First Black Radical Congress Draws Thousands

    More than 2,000 people gathered this weekend in Chicago for the first meeting of the Black Radical Congress. Billed as a workshop on setting a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century, the event organizers put out a call — in the words of the brochure — to come together to learn, struggle, study, and strategize. More than 140 presenters, including trade unionists, youth activists, prominent academics, and community organizers, led workshops on issues such as police brutality, the eradication of welfare, environmental racism, and economic justice.