In Mexico, the Zapatistas have nominated indigenous activist María de Jesús Patricio Martínez to run for president in the upcoming election in July 2018. Patricio Martínez is spokesperson for the National Indigenous Congress. She said the government’s poor response to a massive earthquake one month ago helped convince her to run for the presidency.
María de Jesús Patricio Martínez: “It became clear that for those in power, those of us from below don’t matter. So what do we have to do? We have to organize ourselves. That is our proposal. We have to organize ourselves and extend our hands to all and put an end to this capitalist system, this patriarchal system, this racist and classist system. We are experiencing this firsthand.”