The Zapatista Wi-Fi Rebellion

Organized by gloria galvez

The military and commercial roots of the web stretch back to the 1980s, when the U.S. Department of Defense implemented the first workable prototype of the Internet to connect regional military networks. The resistance and revolutionary roots of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) stretch back to the early 1990s and have included a dazzling array of workable strategies for subverting corporate and military control of Mexico, returning power to her indigenous people.

Illuminating the digital presence of Zapatistas on the internet as a phenomenon with massive possibilities for broad-based resistance beyond Mexico, The Zapatista Wi-Fi Rebellion is a two-day program to educate and activate audiences around rebellious internet usage in corporate imperial cyberspace. Consisting of an exhibition, screening, lectures and workshops, The Zapatista Wi-Fi Rebellion is the third installment in NAVEL’s ongoing series The New Internet Commons.


  • Friday, Sep 20 at 7:30PM, doors at 7PM
    Screening of The Sixth Sun: Mayan Uprising in Chiapas by Saul Landau
    with Zapatista café de olla and popcorn

  • Sunday, Sep 22 from 1-6PM
    Exhibition, lectures, and workshops

gloria galvez is Los Angeles based and maintains a life practice that disrupts, subverts, and dismantles bland and oppressive status-quo norms. She is committed to creating access to physical and abstract spaces of possibility, imagination and self-determination for communities and individuals for whom it’s constantly denied.

Visual designed by Jay Are
Image by Zapatista Block