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Introduction: Transnational Solidarity— Global Justice Is Gendered: Civil Society In Resistance

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The women in the cooperative are living within multiple economies simultaneously and intervening in the brutality of the global capitalist system. This chapter examines the issues in solidarity relationships including unequal power, ideological and cultural differences and conflicts, big international nongovernmental organizations (BINGO) financial and ideological hegemony, and academic theory vs. praxis. In 1994, a new wave of Zapatista opposition erupted and added to long standing civil society resistance movements. When the author first arrived in Chiapas, her focus had been on Jolom Mayaetik the large, politicallyindependent, Mayan womens weaving cooperative with whom she had begun to work. Civil society has stepped up to the organizing challenge and indigenous and mestiza women have been at the heart and in the leadership of this work. Members of the civil society in resistance share with the Zapatistas the basic goals of indigenous rights, social justice, and ending militarization.

Keywords: big international nongovernmental organizations (BINGO); Chiapas; civil society resistance movements; global justice; transnational solidarity



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