Voice of Fire

Communiques and Interviews from the Zapatista National Liberation Army

Edited by Ben Clarke and Clifton Ross

"Voice of Fire presents the critical communiqués and perspectives of the first guerrilla movement to emerge in Latin America in the post-Cold War era. This book puts us inside the minds of Indigenous peoples and Mexicans who are raising fundamental questions about the current political and social order in North America. Subcomandante Marcos' commentaries are written with a passion and commitment reminiscent of Eduardo Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America."
Roger Burbach
Author of Fire in the Americas

"The Zapatistas bring much needed fresh ideas to the world's progressive and indigenous rights movements. Their civil society strategy, which rejects both vanguardism and narrow ethnic nationalism, appears to have been remarkably successful in a short period of time. This collection of their own writings is a must read for anyone concerned with Mexico in particular and progressive movements in general."
Peter Rossett, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Institute for Food and Development Policy

"The spectacular January first EZLN uprising was a cry 500 years in the making. It has unleashed a torrent of discontent that will mark the unraveling of the ruling party's stranglehold on Mexican politics for the past six decades. The future face of Mexico is as unknown as the faces behind the rebel's masks, but the chiseled features of Mexico's Indians will no longer be merely reminders of the past. Thanks to the EZLN, they will now shape Mexico's future. This collection of EZLN writings is key to understanding what that future holds."
Medea Benjamin
Co-Director, Global Exchange

"If the lie returns to the mouth of the powerful our voice of fire will speak again..."
Communiqué of the EZLN, February 16,1994

Introduction by Ben Clarke : An overview of the Zapatista philosophy and origins.

Don't Abandon Us! Interview with Commandante Ramona & Major Ana Maria from the first months of the uprising.

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About Zapatista National Liberation Army--EZLN

Some Information
Much of the information from the Zapatistas has come through Subcomandante Marcos, their highly visible, but masked spokesperson. He is author of most of the communiqués from the Revolutionary Clandestine Indigenous Committee (CCRI) and of "Two Winds, A Storm and a Prophecy" which introduces the reader to the social and economic history of Chiapas. His analytic, caustic, poetic and sometimes humorous style has been an important element in the widespread press attention the Zapatistas have received. Subcomandante Marcos is thought to be the military strategist of the EZLN but has insisted repeatedly that he is subject to the orders of the CCRI and is not the caudillo (authoritarian leader) of the Zapatistas. Throughout the Zapatista documents there is a heavy emphasis on collectivism and what they call anti-caudillismo: resisting cults of personality and authoritarian power, as well as demanding accountability to the base. According to Subcomandante Marcos: "Our leadership is collective...They call this ski mask `Marcos' here, today, and tomorrow they'll call it `Pedro' in Margaritas or `Joshua' in Ocosingo or `Alfred' in Altamirano." {Interview, January 1, 1994} Read the introduction to Voice of Fire