Event Series -


25 Years of Rebellion and Autonomy

en español // auf Deutsch

"¡Ya Basta!" / "It's enough!" the Zapatistas cried out on January 1st, 1994 and declared war on the Mexican government. They rose up for justice, freedom and democracy and are fighting for them until today - first with weapons, later with political negotiations and the establishment of their own autonomy.

Over the past 25 years, they have thus created their own grassroots democratic self-administration and a solidarity-based education and health system. This enabled the Zapatistas to improve their living conditions decisively. On the other hand, they created a strong social counter-project against more than 500 years of racist oppression and capitalist exploitation. The struggle of Zapatista women in particular is of central importance - not least to overcome their own patriarchal structures.

In their struggle for another world the Zapatistas are searching for allies all over the world. We too have heard their dignified rage. We have been inspired by them and connected our struggles with theirs.

We would like to celebrate these 25 years of Zapatista resistance together with you and look back on these eventful years: the uprising, their impressive autonomy, the many political initiatives and offensives, the national, international or even intergalactic networks. Let us come together to inform and exchange, to learn and laugh, to network and celebrate! Because the Zapatista struggle is also a struggle of joy. May 2019 also be a rebellious year! "¡La lucha sigue!" / "The fight goes on!"



16.12.2018: Rebellion & Biscuits. Kick-off event with film, baking and handicrafts - M1, Mokrystr. 1, Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg

8.1.2019: ¡Otro Mundo es posible!/Another world is possible. An Introduction to Zapatista Self-administration - Centro Sociale, Sternstraße 2, Hamburg-St. Pauli

Unfortunately chancelled! 17.3.2019: "Los Otros Cuentos/The Other Stories" - Performance with Stories from the Zapatista Movement - Honigfabrik, Industriestraße 125-131, Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg

17.3.-23.3.2019: Zapatistas. Images of the struggle for dignity and freedom - photo exhibition - M1, Mokrystr. 1, Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg

17.3.2019: Opening of the photo exhibition - M1, Mokrystr. 1, Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg

21.3.2019: Open evening of the photo exhibiton - M1, Mokrystr. 1, Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg

23.3.2019: Otro café es posible / Another coffee is possible. Zapatista coffee cooperatives, solidarity trade and working colectives in Germany - M1, Mokrystr. 1, Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg

1.4.2019: Human Rights Observation in indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico - LiZ, Karolinenstraße 21a (Hinterhof), Hamburg

15.4.2019: The organization of the Zapatista Women - Infoladen Wilhelmsburg, Fährstraße 43, Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg

7.5.2019: Der Aufstand der Würde (The Uprising of Diginity) - Documentary on the Zapatista Uprising - Café Knallhart, Uni Hamburg, Von-Melle-Park 9, Hamburg


Further events in preparation!


This event series is organized by the coffee collective Aroma Zapatista & friends, the collective coffee roaster la gota negra and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Hamburg supported by Umverteilen! Stiftung für eine, solidarische Welt.

16.12.2018 – Rebellion & Biscuits

Kick-off event with film, baking and handicrafts

With a nice afternoon and a first introduction we start our series of events "Zapatistas - 25 Years of RebellionUprising and Autonomy". Just before the capitalist consumer festival, we want to bake rebellious biscuits and make DIY presents together with you this afternoon. Both young and old are welcome.

Afterwards we will eat delicious Mexican food and watch the Mexican documentary "Zapatistas - Cronica de una rebelión / Chronicle of a Rebellion" (Spanish with German subtitles) from 2003. In impressive original pictures the film shows the uprising of the indigenous guerilla EZLN in the dawn of January 1st, 1994, the attacks of the Mexican military and the various political actions with which the Zapatistas tried to initiate social changes throughout Mexico after the twelve-day armed struggle.

A version of the documentary with English subtitles will also be available for viewing. There will be childcare during the film.

Location: M1, Mokrystr. 1, Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg

Time: from 2 pm: baking and handicrafts - approx. 5 pm: Mexican food - approx. 6 pm: documentary

8.1.2019 – ¡Otro Mundo es posible!/Another world is possible

An Introduction to Zapatista Self-administration

For 25 years the Zapatistas have been organizing their communal life independently of the Mexican state and on the basis of equality, grassroots democracy and solidarity. Since its uprising on 1 January 1st, 1994, the indigenous peasant mass movement has built up a wide-ranging social alternative in its communities in the Mexican state of Chiapas - including an own school, health and administrative system. Through this organizing process, tens of thousands of people have succeeded in significantly improving their own living conditions, resisting capitalist, colonial and racist power structures, and disrupting internal patriarchal structures. The lecture gives an introduction to Zapatista self-administration. Afterwards, open questions will be clarified and the extent to which the Zapatista self-administration provides inspirations for organizing processes in Hamburg will be discussed.

The event will be held in German, with translations into English and Spanish.

Location: Centro Sociale, Sternstraße 2, Hamburg-St. Pauli

Time: 6.30 pm


17.3.-23.3.2019 - Zapatistas (photo exhibition)

Images of the struggle for dignity and freedom

The Zapatistas surprised the public with their armed uprising on 1 January 1994. The impressive images that reached the world from Chiapas/Mexico caught many people's attention. The exhibition shows some of these pictures: Historic pictures from the 1990s taken by the four Mexican press photographers Jerónimo Arteaga-Silva, Raul Ortega, Pedro Valtierra and Jesús Quintanar, as well as fotos from recent events such as the meeting of women who fight or the CompArte arts festival in 2018.

On the one hand, they show the situation of indigenous peasants facing exploitation, ignorance and racism. On the other hand, they convey the courage and commitment of these people, show their struggle for dignity and freedom, and make it clear that something fascinating is taking place here.

The pictures are accompanied by excerpts from the declarations and tales of the Zapatistas.

In cooperation with ¡Alerta! – Lateinamerika Gruppe Düsseldorf

Location: M1, Mokrystr. 1, Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg


17.3.2019, 4 pm - 10 pm - Opening

21.3.2019, 5 pm - 9 pm - open evening

23.3.2019, 2 pm - 7 pm - Zapatista Coffee Cooperatives, Solidarity Trade and colective working in Germany (exhibition closing)

The exhibition can also be visited during other events in the M1 - you can find the program here.



15.4.2019 - The organization of the Zapatista Women

The organization of the women is one of the central issues of the Zapatista resistance. From the beginning on their resistance was directed against capitalism AND patriarchy.

In this event we will report about the resistance and organization of Zapatista women and how their lives have changed since the uprising of 1994. Through the policies of the new government under president Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) women are facing fierce attacks: How do they deal with them? We want to discuss together how their resistance can be combined with the struggles of women here.

informational part open for all - discussion for women, lesbians, trans and inter* only

Location: Infoladen Wilhelmsburg, Fährstraße 43, Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg

Time: 7 pm