Grassroots News


  • ‘Boca en Boca’ means ‘by word of mouth’ in English and it is an independent news round-up about what is happening in the organised communities of Chiapas. It is a direct counterpunch to the Bad Government’s strategy of misinformation (the pen is mightier than the sword!), and creates solidarity amongst the communities. We archive ‘Boca en Boca’ in English but it is also published in Spanish, French, Portugese and Italian. And the aspiration is to one day publish it in the many Mayan languages spoken in Chiapas. It is archived as a PDF at the bottom of this page. ‘Boca en Boca’ works along lines of international grassroots solidarity. They invite collaboration: Send an email explaining how and why you can help. Similarly then invite you to contact them if you can translate it into another language, encourage you disseminate both electronic and printed copies of the news-sheet, as well as the good old stand-by of a donation to help cover costs of its distribution in Chiapas. Email for more information.
  • ‘Zapatista News Summary’ monthly news-sheet complied by the Chiapas Support Committee. Includes news directly from the Zapatista, adherents of the Other Campaign and other atuonomouse and organised communities in Mexico.
  • SIPAZ News periodic news round up from Servicio International Para la Paz
  • Reports from Grassroots Bridages of Solidarity and Human Rights Observation



Enlace Zapatista Keep updated on the information coming directly from the Zapatista communities, and the communiqués from the EZLN

Zapatista Women – an arena of discussion, collaboration, challenge, education and participation of the women who have offered their lives to the Zapatista movement


Witness for Peace – NGO organising people-to-people exchange and networking opportunities in Mexico (a handful of other Latin American countries) and the US; the aim is to transform people and US policy towards the region

Upside Down World – covering activism and politics in Latin America; Eduardo Galeano asks ‘If the world is upside down the way it is now, wouldn’t we have to turn it over to get it to stand up straight?’

UK Zapatista Solidarity Network

The Land – is written by and for people who believe that the roots of justice, freedom, social security and democracy lie not so much in access to money, or to the ballot box, as in access to land and its resources

Sipaz – NGO providing accompaniment, an international presence, information in promotion of action, peace promotion and networking since 1995

Schools for Chiapas – provides resources and training for autonomous education centers and schools in the misty mountains and steamy jungles of the Mexican southeast

Revolutionary Women: from Soldera to Comandantas – the role of women in the Mexican Revolution and the Zapatista Up-rising

Radio Zapatista  – is an alternative radio collective reporting on zapatismo and struggles inspired by zapatismo in Mexico, the US, and the world

Narco News – Reporting on the drug war and democracy from all of America, multilingual news analysis

Left Turn – notes from the global intifada

Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Group

Dissident Thinker – Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Kiptik (Bristol)

El Kilombo Intergalactico

Raúl Zibechi´s Articles

The Commoner

Immanuel Wallerstein Commentaries


“The Annexation of Mexico: From the Aztecs to the IMF”, by John Ross

Ross’s witty style makes what could be dry history into easy-to-read, fun trip through the ages of Mexican history.



“Down the Rabbit Hole”, by Juan Pablo Villalobos, Adam Thirlwell (Introduction), Rosalind Harvey (Translator)


A masterful and darkly comic first novel chronicles a delirious journey to grant a child’s wish. Tochtli is a child whose father is a drug baron on the verge of taking over a powerful cartel. Tochtli is growing up in a luxury hideout that he shares with hit men, prostitutes, dealers, servants and the odd corrupt politician or two.


“The Meaning of Macho: being a man in Mexico City”, by Matthew C. Gutmann

This book explores women’s conceptions about men as well as men’s ideas about themselves. Readers learn about intriguing, complicated sexual politics among friends and informants and against the stereotype, men’s nuanced, complicated sense of sexual identity encompassing considerable child-care responsibilities and recognition of a newfound female autonomy.

“Never Again a World Without Us: Voices of Mayan Women in Chiapas”, Mexico by Teresa Ortiz

Conveys the little heard voices and personal stories of Zapatista and non-Zapatista Mayan women.


“Teaching Rebellion: Stories from the Grassroots Mobilization in Oaxaca”, edited by Diana Denham and the C.A.S.A.  Collective                                               

In 2006 hundreds of thousands of teachers, students, homemakers, religious leaders, trade union members, indigenous community activists, and artists raised their voices against the abuse of the state government. This book is a rare opportunity to hear directly from those living resistance and building the alternative every day. 

“Zapatista Stories”, translated by Dinah Livingstone

Zapatista Stories is in three parts. First, stories of the beetle knight errant, Don Durito de la Lacandona, the Zapatista Don Quixote and a Mexican cousin of the bossy caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland. Second comes old Antonio, Marcos’s other mentor, with stories about the jolly, ‘quarrelsome but wise’ old Mayan gods. Lastly, there are the real lives of Zapatista children in the ‘war against oblivion’, ending with the long piece, The Devils of the New Century, that appeared in February 2001, just before the Zapatistas set out on their great march to Mexico City.

A reviewer in the Ethical Record wrote “A book that everyone who is not asleep will want to read and re-read. It might even wake a few of us up.”

Workshop D-I-Y guidance notes

The Daily Practice of Building Autonomy — a participatory workshop

Why we have hope on earth — a creative tool for public education and engagement

Recursos en Español


Koman Ilel

Radio Pozol

Chacatorex – Hormiga Colorada

GRASSROOTS NEWS ARCHIVE. Go to the Adobe website if you need help opening these documents.