CompArte 2: The Emiliano Zapata Community Festival


On Aug. 12, 2017 the Chiapas Support Committee Oakland hosted the CompArt 2: The Emiliano Zapata Community Festival. I was honored to be able to live stream this event for the Chiapas Support Committee and to show my support for the Zapatistas.

CompArte is a play on the Spanish words compartir (to share) and arte (art), so it’s a festival of sharing art in all it’s forms: music, dance, poetry, painting, drawing, sculpture, etcetera, to dream a different world where we all fit.

CompArte is also an international festival, first convened by Zapatista communties in 2016 to celebrate art and culture as a catalyst for social change, in rebellion against capitalism and all its walls of exploitation and oppression: racism, sexism, classism, xenophobia, transphobia, homophobia, english-only mentalities.

Zapatista supporters created CompArte Festivals all over Mexico and in other countries in 2016. The Chiapas Support Committee held a CompArte Festival in Oakland, too.

The day was full of workshops, food, music, poetry, and dancing. This stream is only the evening program which was a Concert for Humanity, Against capitalism, war & racism, featuring:

  • DíaPaSon, son jarocho music & dance
  • Black Fighting Formations: Mogauwane Mahloele & Marshall Trammell, South African and African American percussinists perform warrior ethos ritual.
  • uPhakamile uMaDhlamini, poet
  • Muteado Silencio, spoken word
  • Naima Shalhoub+Band
  • Arnoldo García, poet
  • PoesíaMaríaArte, spoken word
  • Los Nadies, dance from below

To learn more about the Chiapas Support Committee, please visit their website:

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Jason Bayless

Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends, working with Center for Farmworker Families and spending his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and playing VR games.

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