INFORMATION / COMMUNICATION





The central square in Oaxaca, along side the cathedral, has been an active area for the dissemination of information and the expansion of "issues" generated by "the awakening." Generally images and text are taped to the outside wall of the cathedral, and in this instance a video was presented using a battery operated vcr and television. The focus of this presentation was women's rights.
(the film was from Cuban)

As you can tell from the photograph, the public takes time to consider the issue, reading the text panels and staying to watch the film.





In San Cristobal the catherdal of "Tatic" (meaning "father" in Tzotzil) Samuel Ruiz has been a steady source of information for the puplic since the uprising on January 1st 1994. In early 1994 the press clippings from La Jornada and Tiempo were presented on the interior walls of the cathedral; by 1995 the outside walls were used to present the daily articles from various news sources along with communiques from the Human Rights office and the EZLN.



The cost of La Jornada is prohibitive for many individuals (just under $1.00 U.S. daily) so this public presentation enables all those who pass access to the current issues, and positions of the EZLN. The local paper of San Cristobal is Tiempo and it is less expensive but is not published daily. The editor of Tiempo, Amado Avendano, is the "governor of the people" for the state of Chiapas and is closely linked to the Zapatistas - the "elected" governor is of the PRI party.





Political baladeer, Andres Constreras, signing to a crowd gathered under the covered walkway in front of the government building on the square in San Cristobal - October 12th 1995. The march had not yet begun, and there was a steady rain outside as Constreras sang "El Juglar de los Caminos," "Dialogos de San Andreas," "El edil de Soyalo," along with other works which delt with the coruption of the Salinas brothers and the PRI.

[Audio: I plan on adding some of his music in this area soon.]



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