The territorial organisation of the consultation


February 12, 1999.

To the Mexican People:

Brothers and Sisters:

After conducting a balance of what we have accomplished during the stage of Promotion and Difusion of the Consultation, we conclude that it is a complete success and that it is time to move to the following stage: the Territorial Organization of the Consultation. So that you be a little less confused than you already are, we will try to explain what is going on following Old Antonio's method: asking. Let's see:

1.What is the Territorial Organization of the Consultation stage?

Well, hmm, yes, that is to say... The Territorial Organization of the Consultation is when we have to organize in our neighborhoods, our communities, our municipalities, in our regions and our states in order to accomplish two important things: to receive the Zapatista delegates, to organize the public acts where they will participate and to conduct the consultation for the 21st of March, 1999.

This is very important because the point is that the consultation be both a movilization and a dialogue. A movilization and a dialogue work better if they include more poeple, and if they are well organized so that all people can have a place and all can hear and be heard. Therefore, the point now is to organize ourselves to accomplish these two things and to do them as well as possible.

2. How has the EZLN organized the country's states territorially?

First we have to tell you that we have divided the country in a very special way for the Zapatistas' trip and the accomplishing of the consultation. We have done this by taking into account several things: the population, the level of organization reached during the promotional and diffusion stage, the political and social forces within the area, special attention to municipalities with little participation, etc. Given this division of the country, we have decided the way in which the consultation will be organized, the traveling itenerary of the Zapatista delegates and the number of delegates that will go to each territorial division.

In order to organize the consultation and the Zapatistas' itinerary to the various territories, we will form State Coordinators for the Consultation. These coordinators will be formed, one per state in the federation, except in certaing municipalities and delegations in the Federal District who will have their own coordinator an, for organizational purposes, they will be taken into consideration as if they were a state.

3.Which are municipalities in the Republic and which are the delegations in the Federal District who will have their own coordinator as if they were a state of the federation?

The following municipalities in the Republic and the Federal District delegations will have their own Coordinator:

4. What criteria will be followed to determine who are the Zapatista delegates who will go to the municipalities in the Republic and the Federal District delegations listed above?

The criteria followes in these special municipalities and Federal District delegations will be done according to the population in them, as follows:

MUNICIPALITY.

Number of Zapatistas.

Iztapalapa (Federal District).

34.

Ecatepec (State of Mexico).

30.

Gustavo A. Madero (Federal District)

26.

Nezahualcoyotl (State of Mexico).

24.

Puebla (Puebla).

24.

\Monterrey (Nuevo Leon).

20.

Juarez (Chihuahua).

20.

Tijuana (Baja California).

18.

Naucalpan (State of Mexico).

16.

Tlanepantla (State of Mexico).

14.

Alvaro Obregon (Federal District).

14.

Coyoacan (Federal District)

14.

Tlalpan (Federal District).

12.

Cuauhtemoc (Federal District).

10.

Venustiano Carranza (Federal District).

10.

Azcapotzalco (Federal District).

10.

Iztacalco (Federal District).

8.

Benito Juarez (Federal District).

8.

Miguel Hidalgo (Federal District).

8.

Xochimilco (Federal District).

6.

Tlahuac (Federal District).

4.

Contreras (Federal District).

4.

Cuajimalpa (Federal District).

2.

Milpa Alta (Federal District).

2

NOTE: AS IT CAN BE SEEN, THE PLACES THAT WILL RECEIVE ORGANIZATIONAL TREATMENTAS STATES ARE ALL THE FEDERAL DISTRICT DELEGATIONS, 4 MUNICIPALITIES IN THE STATE OF MEXICO, THE CAPITALS OF PUEBLA (PUEBLA) NUEVO LEON (MONTERREY), AND THE CITIES OF TIJUANA AND CIUDAD JUAREZ.

5. Will the Coordinators in Puebla, Monterrey, Nezahualcoyotl, Naucalpan, Ecatepec, Tlanepantla, Tijuana y Ciudad Juarez be in charge of the coordination of the rest of the State to whom they belong?

No, These Coordinators will only be in charge of organizing their demarcated area. We hope that the rest of the state will form their own coordinators. In this way, we will have 2 Coordinators in the following states:

Puebla (one in the capital and one for the rest of the state). Nuevo Leon (one in the capital and one for the rest of the state). Baja California (one inTijuana and one for the rest of the state). Chihuahua (one in Cd. Juarez and one for the rest of the state). We will have 5 coordinators in the State of Mexico one in Tlanepantla, one in Ecatepec, another in Nezahualcoyotl, a fourth in Naucalpan. The fifth Coordinator will organize the work for the rest of the state).

6 How many Zapatista delegates will visit the rest of the municipalities in the whole country?

The idea is that two delegates visit (a man and a woman) each of the of the municipalities not included in the aformentioned criteria. Thus, each State Coordinator would have to multiply by two the number of municipalities that their state has and be ready to receive this amount of Zapatista delegates.

7. Are there exceptions to the criteria of 2 delegates by municipality, other than the Federal District's delegations and the special municipalities?

Yes, the municipalities of Guadalajara (Jalisco), Culiacan (Sinaloa), Chihuahua (Chihuahua), San Luis Potosi (S.L.P.) and Morelia (Michoacan) will receive a greater number of delegates, but it must be clear that these municipalities do not constitute their own Coordinator by themselves, but that they work with the State Coordinator who will cover the whole state.

Municipality

Number of Zapatista Delegates.

Guadalajara (Jalisco).

32.

Culiacan (Sinaloa).

14.

Chihuahua (Chihuahua).

12.

San Luis Potosi (S.L.P.).

12.

Morelia (Michoacan).

10.

The rest of the municipalities in the country will receive two Zapatista delegates (a man and a woman).

8. How will we organize the State Coordinators?

Everyone that receives organizational treatment as state and is interested in participating in the organization of the delegates' visit to each municipality and is also interested in organizing the events of the 21st of March, 1999, will get together, come to an agreement and will form a Coordinator. Brigades, social, political and non-government organizations as well as individuals can be part of the Coordinator for the Consultation in a given state, in one of the 16 delegations in the Federal District, or in one of the special municipalities (Ecatepec, Nezahualcoyotl, Naucalpan, Tlanepantla, Puebla, Monterrey, Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana,).

9. Who can be part of a State Coordinator of the Consultation in a state of the federation (or in one of the delegations of the Federal District, or a municipality functioning as a state ?

a) Every Promotion and Diffusion brigade who are accreditted by the Contact Office for the EZLN's Consultation.

b) Every person outside of an organization who are interested in participating in the organization and accomplishment of this task.

c) Every social, political and

10. What kinds of concrete tasks do the State Coordinators of the Consultation do

There are seven tasks:

First: Organize and be in charge of the transfer of Zapatista delegates, from the Aguascalientes in Chiapas to the municipalities that correspond to them and, at the end of the consultation, the return to their communities.This includes, finding financial support, modes of transportation.

Second: To organize and take responsibility for the room and board of the Zapatista delegates during the trip and their stay in the municipalities assigned to them.

Third: To organiza and take responsibility of the security of the Zapatista delegates during their transfer, stay and public activities in which they participate.

Fouth: To organiza and take responsibility of the agenda of public activities of the delegates during their stay in the municipalities assigned to them.

Fifth: To promote and organize the installation of Consutation Tables and Community meetings in the municipalities in their state (or delegations, or special municipalities, as the case may be) on the 21st of March, 1999, according to the directions that will be given at the appropriate time.

Sixth: To organize and do a computation fo the tables and assemblies in the municipalities assigned to them according to the indications that will be given to them at the opportune time.

Seventh: To communicate teh results of the computation according to the indications that will be given at the opportune time.

Each Coordinator should submit a proposal about how it plans to accomplish these seven tasks and send them to the EZLN through the Contact Office for the Consultation in order for it to be approved and modified. The most important part of the Coordinators' job will be to take into account the organization of the Zapatistas' visit to all the municipalities in their state.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: IF ANY STATE COORDINATOR (OR DELEGATION OF THE FEDERAL DISTRICT OR SPECIAL MUNICIPALITY) IS NOT CAPABLE OF RECEIVING THE NUMBER OF DELEGATES THAT CORRESPOND TO THEM, PLEASE INFORM THE CONTACT OFFICE ALONG WITH THEIR COUNTER- PROPOSAL. SIMILARLY, IF ANY MUNICIPALITY OR STATE COORDINATOR READY TO RECEIVE A GREATER NUMBER OF ZAPATISTA DELEGATES, MUST ALSO INFORM US AHEAD OF TIME TO THE CONTACT OFFICE. WE ARE EXPECTING YOUR REPORTS NO LATER THAN THE 1ST OF NEXT MARCH (PREFERABLY BEFORE THAT DATE.

11. Is there any type of special territorial organization for the indigenous areas?

Yes. The indigenous areas will have Regional Coordinators. This format allows sever municipalities with indigenous population to agree to form a Regional Coordinator to deal with the seven tasks at hand. Or, if they prefer, and it is more convenient to them, they can organize within their State Coordinator.

For example, in the Indigenous zones of Chiapas with a strong Zapatista presence (which is all of them), the various municipalities can organize into a Regional Coordinator. Another example, in the indigenous areas of Oaxaca which are already organized with their state Coordinator.

12. Can you give an example of the coordinators and their job?

With pleasure. Let's think of the state of Jalisco. In this state, but especially in Guadalajara, there are brigades, social, political and non-governmental organizations, as well of people-people interested in the consultation. These groups or individuals get together and decide if they will form the Coordinator for the Consultation in Jalisco. They make their plan for the seven tasks:

One: Since they are eligible for a female and a male delegate for each municipality (except Guadalajara, which is eligible for 32 delegates) and Jalisco has 124 municipalities, there would have a total of 278 delegates, they organize to obtain transportation from Chiapas to Jalisco. They select a traveling group to go with the transport medium to Chiapas to pick up the Zapatista delegates. They organize in a similar manner for the return of the Zapatista delegates.

Two: They organize to provide room and board (in separate rooms for obvious reasons) during their trip and while they are in Jalisco from the 14th to the 21st of March, 1999.

Three. They organize to be in charge of security of the Zapatista delegates while they are taken back and forth and while they are in Jalisco. This is to prevent them from being bothered or attacked by the govenment's forces. The purpose is not to isolate them from the people-people, but to protect them from the evil ones, that is the government.

Four: They come to an agreement and organize the public activities in which they want the Zapatista delegates to participate. For example, a demonstration in the central plaza, a meeting with union workers, a visit and public act at a neighborhood, a meeting with students and teachers, a basket-ball game, a dance (with masks, of course), a radio or t.v. interview, a press conference, etc.

Five, Six, and Seven: These have to do with the arrangement of tables, voting, and computation. We will make the instructions public at the appropriate moment.

Well, once the Coordinator for the Consultation in Jalisco have their plan for these taskes, they send it to the EZLN throught the Contact Office. The EZLN checks it, approves it or modifies it, and sends it back for the Coordinator to see the final product, when and where the Zapatista delegates who will go to the municipalities in their state will be picked up.

13, Where do the State Coordinators for the Consultation register?

At the Contact Office for the Consultation. Avenida Ignacio Allende #22-A, Barrio San Antonio (entre Av. Alvaro Obregon y Hermanos Dominguez). C.P. 29250. San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Telephone and fax numbers: (967) 8-10-13and (967) 8-21-59.

14.What if we are already organized in State Coordinators?

No problem. The only thing is that you must receive accreditation from the Contact Office for the Consultation. We will respect the form in which you organized and we will only see to it that you are in contact with the brigades or people interested in participating so that you incorporate them to the work of the Coordinator.

15. When will we be able to begin forming the Consultation Coordinators?

Right away, just as you read this thing.

16. By what date must a State Coordinator receive accreditation and send its plan to fulfill the seven tasks?

The final date is March 1, 1999.

DO NOT WAIT TO THE LAST DAY! FORM YOUR STATE COORDINATOR AND MEET TO MAKE A PLAN FOR THE SEVEN TASKS. OBTAIN ACCREDITATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND SEND US YOUR PLAN. THAT WAY YOU WILL RECEIVE OUR RESPONSE SOONER AND WILL HAVE MORE TIME TO PREPARE EVERYTHING.

17. Will the stage for forming promotional and diffusion brigades for the consultation end with the beginning of the Territorial Organization stage and the travel by the Zapatistas?

!NO! On the contrary, the promotion and diffusion stage only gets stronger. We hope that more brigades will register and that they get incorporated into the Consultation Coordinators.

18. When will the Zapatista delegates come to my municipality ?
How long will they stay with us?

The 5,000 Zapatista delegates will leave the Chiapan Aguascalientes on Friday, the 12th of March, 1999. Therefore, they will be arriving into you municipality March 13 o 14, 1999. They will remain in your municipality from that day to the day of the Consultation, on March 21, 1999. They will return the 22nd. of March.

Well, this is all we wanted to say for now. We hope that everything is a bit clearer now and that all of you hurry and form your Consultation Coordinators, accredit them in the Contact Office for the Consultation as soon as possible and send us your plans to fulfill the seven tasks.

So long.

>From the Southeastern Mountains of Mexico.
Insurgent Subcommandant Marcos.
Mexico, February, 1999.

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MOVE! ORGANIZE AND REGISTER YOUR BRIGADE!!

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