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Companeras: Zapatista Women's Stories

Companeras: Zapatista Women's Stories

by Hilary Klein


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Compañeras is the untold story of women's involvement in the Zapatista movement, the indigenous rebellion that has inspired grassroots activists around the world for over two decades. Gathered here are the stories of grandmothers, mothers, and daughters who became guerilla insurgents and political leaders, educators and healers—who worked collectively to construct a new society of dignity and justice. Compañeras shows us how, after centuries of oppression, a few voices of dissent became a force of thousands, how a woman once confined to her kitchen rose to conduct peace negotiations with the Mexican government, and how hundreds of women overcame ingrained hardships to strengthen their communities from within.

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ISBN-13: 9781609805876
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 336,086
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

HILARY KLEIN lived in Chiapas, Mexico, for several years, where she worked on projects in Zapatista communities. After she edited a book of Zapatista women’s testimonies to be circulated within their own villages, women within the movement suggested that Klein compile a similar book for an outside audience. Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories was the result. Klein, a D.C. native, has been engaged in social justice work and community organizing for twenty years. She currently works at Make the Road New York, a membership-based organization that allies with immigrant and working-class communities to help them achieve dignity and justice.

Table of Contents

Foreword Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz xi

Introduction: The EZLN Through the Eyes of Women xv

Chapter 1 Mothers and Grandmothers 1

Chapter 2 The Courage to Organize 23

Chapter 3 Seeds of Rebellion 51

Chapter 4 Land and Freedom 75

Chapter 5 Dialogue and Resistance 99

Chapter 6 "Women Who Give Birth to New Worlds" 135

Chapter 7 Zapatista Autonomy 171

Chapter 8 Transformation and Evolution 217

Chapter 9 Beyond Chiapas 257

Epilogue 287

Acknowledgments 291

Maps 293

Timeline of Key Dates 207

Glossary 301

Suggested Reading 305

Notes 309

About the Author 333

About Seven Stories Press 335

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