Uncle Zapata

Uncle Zapata

UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF OAXACA
(Troy, NY) November 20, 2006

Who: Concerned People's of Troy and the Tio Zapata Brigada

Where: The Uncle Sam Monument, River and Front Street, Troy, NY

What: Uncle Sam, a false icon of freedom and democracy was an excellent monument to makeover in an attempt to raise awareness about the peoples rebellion in Oaxaca, Mexico. In solidarity with the peoples of Mexico and on the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, N20, Uncle Sam choose to honor a real hero of freedom, Emiliano Zapata, by dressing up in his iconic garb. HE WANTS YOU to take action in support of the people's popular movement in Oaxaca and mount pressure to end the State supported violence against the people.

(The following "Why" was taken from the press release of Friends of Brad Will and New School students, including members of
Direct Action Networking Collective.)
Why: On November 20th, allies of the EZLN will shut down Mexico in a
general strike in protest of repression and recent murders in Oaxaca. For
the past six months, the people of Oaxaca have staged an encampment and
led a social movement to oust their governor, Ulises Ruiz and have faced
arrests, attacks, and killings by paramilitary groups connected to the PRI
government of Oaxaca. After the murders on October 27th (including that of
New York journalist, Brad Will) federal police moved into Oaxaca and
attacked the people's encampment and the University. Oaxaca students,
teachers, and APPO are resisting the police attacks, and on Monday,
students and activists are demanding the removal of police forces, the
removal of the illegitimate governor Ulises Ruiz, and the recognition of
APPO's (People's Popular Assembly of Oaxaca) right to form their own
direct democracy.

FOR MORE INFO ON THE SITUATION:
 http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/la-otra-campana/545/

 http://www.oaxacarevolt.org

 http://www.asambleapopulardeoaxaca.com

 http://mexico.indymedia.org/oaxaca