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The Day of the Combatant Youth

April 1, 2013

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In Chile, people in the streets celebrate the Day of the Combatant Youth every March 29, the anniversary of when police, in 1985, killed two brothers, Rafael and Eduardo Vergara Toledo, participants in the resistance against the Pinochet dictatorship. Their mother bravely began protesting and organizing events to keep their memory alive, and to celebrate […]

The Mapuche

January 6, 2013

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The Mapuche, an indigenous nation from South America, were never defeated by Spanish colonizers. The Mapuche are a decentralized or “circular” society and fought back against colonization much more effectively than the hierarchical Inca. In fact, after beating the Spaniards, their territories were recognized in perpetuity. This treaty was only broken in the 1880s when Chile […]

The Oka Crisis

January 3, 2013

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In 1990, Mohawk warriors masked their faces, took up arms, and defended their lands against the Canadian military. From Warrior Publications, “The Oka Crisis of 1990 involved the Mohawk territories of Kanehsatake/Oka & Kahnawake, both located near Montreal, Quebec. The standoff began with an armed police assault on a blockade at Kanehsatake on July 11, […]

The Zapatistas

January 3, 2013

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The Zapatistas, an indigenous army in southern Mexico, rose up on January 1, 1994 to protect their territories and communities from the damaging effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement and capitalism in general. They have fought with guns, with protests, with their words, with solidarity projects, with radio stations, and more. And through nearly […]

Boston Tea Party

January 3, 2013

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Although disguising themselves as Mohawk–perhaps a symbol of resistance and insubmission–was a serious act of indecency, given the colonialists’ role in the genocide against the Mohawk and other indigenous nations of North America, their defiance of the British East India Company and the British government was well founded, and their decision to mask their identities […]

Zorro

January 3, 2013

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This folk hero, originally from the comic books, takes the side of the poor peasants and fights against wealthy landlords and the soldiers and mercenaries working for them. He has to wear a mask to protect his family from retribution. “When freedom is a memory and justice is outlawed, the just must become outlaws.”

Wildcat 1968

January 3, 2013

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In May, 1968, hundreds of thousands of French workers and students rose up in the biggest wildcat strike to ever halt the economy of a Western country. Fewer people wore masks in those days, as the police were less likely to use cameras to track down rioters, although the massive crowds themselves granted everyone anonymity. […]