Comanandante Ramona is born in Mexico

January 1, 1994

Launch of the Zapatista rebellion Chiapas. The EZLN seized seven towns in Chiapas. The uprising was launched the same day that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect. Ramona led the rebels into the town of San Cristóbal de las Casas on this day.

January 1994

The Revolutionary Women’s Law, drafted by Zapatista women, including Comandante Ramona, is made public.

July 1994

The First Women’s Convention takes place in San Cristobal de Las Casas, with hundreds of indigenous and mestizaje women from throughout Chiapas in attendance.

August 1994

The Zapatistas hold the first National Democratic Convention in Aguascalientes with over 6,000 people in attendance. Ernesto Zedillo is elected president.

October 1996

National Indigenous Forum meeting in Mexico City to form a large congress of all indigenous organizations in the country. Comandante Ramona attended as representative of the EZLN. As a result of this meeting, the National Indigenous Congress was formed

February 1996

Peace talks between the Mexican government and the EZLN end with the signing of the San Andres Accords on Indigenous Rights and Culture.

December 1996

President Zedillo formally rejects the San Andres Accords.

August 1997

The First National Congress of Indigenous Women, titled “Constructing Our Own History,” was held in Oaxaca, Mexico. More than seven hundred indigenous women from diverse states and organizations attended, including Comandante Ramona as leader of a women’s delegation from the EZLN.

March 1999

The Zapatistas organize a Consulta on Indigenous Rights and Culture. On March 21, over 3 million Mexicans vote, agreeing that the San Andres Accords should be implemented.

July 2, 2000

Vicente Fox, of the PAN party, is elected president, ending 71 years of PRI rule.

February 24, 2001

The Zapatista Comandancia, including Subcomandante Marcos, march into Mexico City demanding that the government comply with the San Andres Accords.

April 25, 2001

The senate approves a revised, mutilated version of the San Andres Accords. The Zapatistas denounce the laws and go into silence.

January 1, 2003

The Zapatistas finally break their silence with a 20,000+ person march on San Cristobal de Las Casas.

January 6, 2006

Comandante Ramona died near San Cristobal, Mexico