Irvin Pachuca at Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSLweb.org):
On Jan. 22, students, teachers and other workers came together and raised their voices in a march as part of a month-long series of events known as “Enero Zapatista”—a commemoration of the Ejercito Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional uprising 17 years ago this January in Chiapas, Mexico.
The march was organized by Colectivo Zapatista, a coalition in San Diego made up of various progressive organizations. The Party for Socialism and Liberation joined to support the struggle of the working class in the border community of San Ysidro, Calif.
The march showed multinational solidarity with militant Filipino organizations, with AF3IRM and KmB Pro-People Youth participating as well. Coalition demands included free health care, free quality education, an end to the U.S. occupation of the Middle East, and an end to police brutality and racial profiling. Many college students from area schools came out in solidarity and expressed support of the working-class demands of the march.
More people cross the San Diego-Mexico border crossing than any other border crossing in the world. Many of the pedestrians and drivers showed their support for the march by honking their horns and cheering. When the march stopped at the top of a bridge, hundreds of drivers waiting to cross into Mexico honked their horns to show their support.
The March for the Liberation of the People was a wake-up call for the community, calling for organization among the working class. This is only the beginning of a year that will be filled with a political fight-back movement. The PSL stands ready to take part in this growing movement. It’s time to take a stand against the ruling class and say “Ya Basta!”