Members of CNUC at registration for La Escuelita (Aug 2013)The Escuelita Zapatista is a bold and inspiring project: under the guidance of thousands of indigenous women and men who have become spokespeople for Zapatismo, it invites allies from all over the world (around 7,500 so far) to come to Chiapas to live with and learn from these spokepeople and indigenous families, and create the largest, most impactful school the world has ever seen for teaching autonomy.

This school of "Freedom according to the Zapatistas" uses a set of textbooks on autonomy. They're compiled from interviews with Zapatistas who have participated in autonomous education, health, production, and self-government, and they're an amazing primary source on one of the world's most inspiring projects in autonomy. You can download the .pdfs with the following links:

Study Abroad

Spring 2015 (Jan 25 - May 16)
Chiapas/Tlaxcala/Mexico City/Chicago
app deadline Nov 1st

Summer 2015 (June 21 - July 18)
in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas
app dealine April 1st


Participants accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now!

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Fall 2014 Speaking Tours









Sep 29 - Oct 10 (OH, MI, IN, Chicago): "We Question While We Walk: Building Community through Popular Education in Albany Park, Chicago" with Isabel Valenzuela and Tony Nelson of the Centro Autonomo. Isabel and Tony will share lessons from their work in popular education and the experience of its day to day trials and victories. Both organize with the Centro Autonomo - a community center in the immigrant neighborhood of Albany Park, Chicago. The Centro is home to a bilingual adult high school and the foundation of the Mexico Solidarity Network's transnational organizing. Their talk will have important lessons for anyone interested in immigrant rights, radical pedagogy, community building, and the fight to change the world. 

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