Friday: Communal Cypher and Court Hearing


From Shades of Silence

CommunalCypherPosterWithin a state of pure Silence, all that exist is Colors of unknown

rhythms. A Sacred absence in time where Silence came first and

Our Silence is the Sound of the alchemist of Chaos sabotaging the

Silence will be the last.

agents of authority.

Towards (A) Communal Cypher West Coast Benefit Show is being coordinated to raise funds for the Trayvon 2. Engaging Hip Hop as a tool of Decolonization and continuing to build Black and Brown people struggles, we intend to support a thriving local underground West Coast Hip Hop Community from Los Angeles to Oakland all the way to Seattle. On an occupied continent in creative commUNITY, we rise and decolonize, supporting those targeted for speaking for the liberation of our people(s) and building ties across arbitrary borders for our peoples’ survival.trayvon-2-court-support.june13

The Trayvon 2 (Hannibal Shakur and Tanzeen Doha) were arrested while protesting the George Zimmerman not­guilty verdict in the murder of Trayvon Martin. The Trayvon 2 are the only people being charged and were the only Muslims arrested, and are currently being railroaded through the judicial system on false charges. For more information, updates on developments in the case and ways to support the Trayvon 2’s freedom, visit

June 13, 2014

Os Qilombo, (2313 San Pablo, Oakland). 6PM to ­Midnight
Featured Hip Hop Heads/Creative Minds/ ARTists: Dani M. Cornejo, E the Ref, Monotheist, Shango, Poesi(A), MC K­Swift, Alas, Ruby Ibarra, Savage Fam (See here for samples of their music/videos)
Cyphers/Elements: Graffiti/Arsenal Culture, Bgirl Cypher, Comedians, raffles,
vendors, food , community bridging thru hip hop

All Prisoners are Political” Shades of Silence

La Sexta” Shades of Silence via Enlace Zapatista

On this path of decolonization, across the arbitrary borders, building Towards (A) Global, Regional, Local Hip Hop Communal Cypher: creative revolutions always lead to drastic changes.

Live from Oakland, It’s bigger than Hip Hop

Trayvon2 Audio Interview

Facts about the case

1) The Trayvon 2, Hannibal Shakur (Lamar Caldwell) and Tanzeen Doha, are two local activists being prosecuted for protests held last July against the George Zimmerman not­guilty verdict in the murder of Trayvon Martin. According to the San Jose Mercury News, they are the only two people being prosecuted in relation to the July protests.

2) They are being railroaded through the judicial system on false charges of felony vandalism (now dropped to misdemeanor vandalism) of a window. Why? Because they are Muslim and they speak out against racist injustice, and because of their past activism against racism and imperialism. Tanzeen worked actively on questions of race, religion, and colonialism at UC Davis and other universities like San Francisco State and San Jose State. Hannibal was active in the protests around Oscar Grant’s 2009 murder by BART police.

3) The case against them is already full of irregularities and they are still just in the pre­trial phase. Hannibal and Tanzeen were initially charged separately, Tanzeen only with a misdemeanor. Oddly, they were made co­-defendants well after the arrest. They were arrested on the spurious charge of felony vandalism.

4) The state has been dragging its feet since August on these totally false charges, maximizing the impact of this lengthy prosecution on the lives of Tanzeen (who is a husband and father) and Hannibal (who is battling cancer). One week, the prosecution even forgot the court date!

5) The state is acting like it has something to hide. After it was made clear by a witness that arresting officers were lying on the stand, the judge didn’t even address the perjury and then only dropped the felonies to misdemeanors.  At an earlier court date, they asked for another continuance because the arresting officer had not responded to repeated subpoena attempts. The judge had to issue a warrant for the arresting officer. These young men are entitled to a speedy trial and they should not be prosecuted on such flimsy evidence. Why is the state dragging this out? Why is the state avoiding presentation of the evidence? Why are officers allowed to so blatantly lie on the stand? The police and prosecutor are trying to stretch this out to maximize the level of inconvenience and the problems these two men face.

The Trayvon 2 are being charged with vandalism of a window, an outrageous charge designed to arrest activists found anywhere near a broken window. Clearly, the DA is using the threat of nonexistent evidence to force these young activists to admit to something they did not do.

We’ve seen the state targeting activists in this way before. The only reason the state and its white supremacist allies have failed is because the resolve of oppressed people has been stronger than the resolve of the oppressive state.

On June 13, let’s tell the state to drop ALL charges

Cypher Rally for the Trayvon 2
Friday June 13 at 8:30am
Wiley Manuel Courthouse, 661 Washington Street (corner of 7th and Washington St, downtown Oakland)

Outside Spectator Sports And the Hip Hop Capitalist Industry. Excerpt From “Hip Hop without Borders: ‘Revolutionary Tourism’ and The Zapatista Little School Segunda Ronda” by Poesi(A)

Its been months since sharing palabras/comida/stories/ and understanding Autonomy with the Zs. I sit back, reflect: What is the art of poetry?

I ask: there is something to be said about spectator sports and empire. What is it about “games” on tv stations created to “entertain us” and the subtle messages where corporations make billions thru indoctrination…So the Seahawks won the Super Bowl while corporations made billions and funded the white rapper who sold out faster than corporate narco­politrikkks in a city filled with settlers, transplants,walking zombies, gentrified neighborhoods. Native, Black and brown children dying. A School District and City shut down Africatown. Across town a stadium, robots watching the objectification of bodies for commodity, life goes by in a game…business as usual in the Metropolis…

Everyone talking about Sherman in the age of no hope for Obamanation. Pigs shot a brother, here comes the settler white guilt, another mother mourns the loss of her child…a pig shot a pig, Dorner in LA, Seattle Police chief and their guinea pig FBI investigations… Oakland the momentum…turn off your TV, and bump locally thinking globally…creative revolutions always lead to drastic changes…what is it about indoctrination and decolonization?

so I go back in the time to a conversation with a six year old in a Z autonomous community (synchronicity) chill beat laid back blasts the music hip hop rhymes flowing from the headphones of a…

our footsteps, our words, our songs.

Live from Oakland, It’s bigger than Hip Hop

(Access Full Piece here on Shades of Silence and news from Enlace Zapatista here.)



Escuelita Students Report Back in Oakland

Mural in an Oventic school

Mural in an Oventic school

Several folks living in the Bay Area, California, attended the Zapatista Escuelita, or Little School. Below is a report back given at Oakland’s Qilombo community center by the students. The students talked about some of their experiences from spending time in the caracoles, what they shared while they were in Chiapas and how the journey has shaped their ideas and efforts in building autonomy in the Bay Area.

Though the Little School was in December, the students deliberately waited several months to report back–in order to take time to reflect on their journey.

A brief history of Zapatismo is given at the beginning of the presentation and the QnA session at the end is included in this recording.

For more information, read the latest Zapatista communique here (in English here) and news regarding Galeano’s murder here.

Bay Area Zapatista Solidarity Rally & Noise Demo // Acción en solidaridad con lxs Zapatistas




Bay Area Solidarity Rally & Noise Demo (FB LINK)
THURSDAY MAY 22, 2014 
Mexican Consulate in San Francisco (532 Folsom St) 

Bring banners, drums and pots+pans! 

On May 2, 2014, in the Zapatista territory of La Realidad, Chiapas, Mexico, the group CIOAC-Histórica [with the participation of the Green Ecological Party and the National Action Party (PAN)], planned and executed a paramilitary attack on unarmed Zapatista civilians. An autonomous Zapatista school and clinic was destroyed, 15 people were ambushed and injured and Jose Luis Solis Lopez (Galeano), teacher at the Zapatista Little School, was murdered. The mainstream media is falsely reporting this attack on the Zapatistas as an intra-community confrontation, but in fact this attack is the result of a long-term counterinsurgency strategy promoted by the Mexican government.

more information:





Acción en Solidaridad en el Area de la Bahía  (FB ENLACE)
Consulado de México en San Francisco (532 Folsom St)

¡lleven pancartas, tambores y cacerolas!

Zapatista classroom Oventic. Galeano, a schoolteacher was killed after participating in the Zapatista Little School. Photo by Bay Area Intifada..

Zapatista classroom Oventic. Galeano, a schoolteacher was killed after participating in the Zapatista Little School. Photo by Bay Area Intifada..

El 2 de mayo de 2014, en el territorio zapatista de La Realidad, Chiapas, México, el grupo CIOAC-Histórica [con la participación del Partido Verde Ecologista y el PAN] planeó y ejecutó un ataque paramilitar contra zapatistas civiles desarmados. Una escuela y clínica zapatista fue destruida, 15 personas fueron emboscadas y heridas y José Luis Solís López (Galeano), maestro de la Escuelita Zapatista, fue asesinado. Los medios dominantes están presentando el ataque contra los Zapatistas falsamente como un enfrentamiento intracomunitario, pero este ataque es el resultado de una estrategia contrainsurgente de largo plazo promovida por el gobierno mexicano.

más información:

Desde “El Norte” Pronunciamiento de Solidaridad Con L@s Zapatistas

Photo by Bay Area Intifada

Photo by Bay Area Intifada

(English translation below)

A las Cinco Juntas de Buen Gobierno.
A las bases de apoyo del EZLN.
A cada una de las familias zapatistas.
Al Comité Clandestino Revolucionario Indígena-Comandancia General del EZLN.
A la Red contra la Represión y Por la Solidaridad.
A los y las compas de La Sexta Nacional e Internacional.
A L@s Alumnos de la Escuelita Zapatista.
A todas las personas de buen corazón.
A los Medios alternativos de comunicación.

Con nuestros corazones llenos de dolor y rabia alzamos nuestra voz gritando YA BASTA! con los ataques contra nuestras y nuestros compañeros y compañeras, maestr@s, votánes, herman@s zapatistas.

Desde acá en los rincónes de abajo y la izquierda de Turtle Island, nos hemos enterado de la emboscada contra las bases de apoyo del EZLN, La Realidad, organizada por los tres niveles del mal gobierno, el supremo paramilitary Enrique Peña Nieto, Manuel Velasco Coello, y los jefes paramilitares de la CIOA-H. Por la presencia y la documentación del Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, y la denuncia de la Junta de Buen Gobierno Hacia la Esperanza sabemos que hay quince zapatistas gravamente heridos de balas, machetes, piedras y garrotes y muerto a nuestro Maestro de la Escuelita Zapatista, José Luis Solís López “Galeano”.

Denunciamos a los medios pagados de arriba que manejan y manipulan la información al “modelo Acteal”, publicando puras mentiras diciendo que lo que ocurrió el 2 de Mayo de este año fue un “enfrentamiento” armado entre los zapatistas y la CIOAC-H. Coviertiendo a los agresores “víctimas” de los zapatistas. Ésto es pura mentira y táctica que muestra la complicidad y colaboración de los medios de comunicación comerciales con los asesinos materiales . “Fue una agresión planeada con anticipación, organizada militarmente y inscrita en un clima creado y alentado desde arriba.”  Continue reading

Denuncia of Repression From San Sebastián Ejido Bachajón, Chiapas

Mujeres de Bachajon. Photo from Radio Zapatista

Mujeres de Bachajon. Photo from Radio Zapatista

Bay Area Intifada stands in solidarity with the Zapatistas in the face of this tragic assault. We are sickened by the attack on this comrade and his community. We send condolences to our brothers and sisters who are grieving over this loss. We join you in sadness, in rage and in determination to continue the struggle. You are in our prayers.


See original Spanish below.


To the comrades adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle
To the mass and alternative media
To the Good Government Councils
To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
To the National Indigenous Congress
To the Network against Repression and for Solidarity
To the Movement for Justice for the Barrio of New York
To the national and international defenders of human rights
To the people of Mexico and the world

Compañer@s in struggle, on Friday March 21, 2014 at approximately 9am our compañero Juan Carlos Gomez Silvano was ambushed and cruelly killed while driving his truck up to San Jose Chapapuyil towards the Autonomous Community Virgen de Dolores, founded by our organization in 2010. He was shot over twenty by a high caliber firearm caliber.

At the time of his murder, Juan Carlos was 22 years old, he held the post of Regional Coordinator of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón. He was the father of a six month old baby.

At the scene the municipal police and state preventive police of Chilón began taking photos and video of the body of our comrade without respect for the deceased and his family. The public ministry of Chilón said he would take the body of our comrade to necropsy, but we did not allow it because this is our custom so we took him to rest at our Community of Virgen de Dolores to do our ceremonial prayers for him. Continue reading