This national tour brings three Anarchists involved in struggles in Chile to talk about lessons learned and to create solidarity across hemispheres.
Chile has a long history of working class struggle in shanty towns, factories, mines, community organizations, and schools. In the 20 years after the US supported coup which overthrew Salvador Allende’s government, much of the organizing was done underground. However after the fall of the dictatorship in 1990, there was a new rise of mass popular organization in the country. Anarchists have been a major force in the social movements, strategically organizing to build power. This has manifested in solidarity for the Mapuches, anarchists winning the student union elections at the University of Chile, militant pro-abortion actions, and libertarian labor organizations.
This national tour brings three individuals involved in these struggles to talk about the lessons learned and to create solidarity across hemispheres. From January to the end of February, the speakers will be traveling throughout the country and we hope that you can spread the word and hear about the important work that is happening in Chile.
"As I write, the Italian women’s movement is replying to the attacks by some men of the left which began with a physical confrontation in Rome this month, when a section of the feminist movement, Lotta Femminista, held an international seminar at the university on women’s employment and naturally excluded men. The men said we were “racist” and “fascist” and broke up the seminar. We exchanged blow for blow and were not defeated. In fact our violent response to their violence drew us closer together."
Selma James, (1972) - Introduction to The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community (via womanontheedgeoftyne)
Piñera: We will abort your [government] bonus. Women are not your breeding machines.
It appears that Pres. Piñera of Chile thinks that the 19th century nation-building discourse that emphasize high birth rates as necessary for national progress and modernity is still an acceptable project to present at a state of the union address and impose on women….um, yeah. So instead of legalizing abortion (which is the number one cause of maternity related death in Chile and Latin America), he is going to economically encourage women to have more children. Btw, Chilean ladies, three children are not enough !!!! Nope, he wants you to have at least FIVE kids! Yup.
However, I do think that care givers (in this case mothers) should receive support. Government bonuses do not bother me, but other policies that the government has in place and will pursue to pressure women to have children I am sure will be really oppressive. But, as some Chilean feminists have already pointed out, these bonuses are not meant to help mothers or improve the quality of life of impoverished children. It is purely about women being breeding machines for the nation.
Feminists in Chile are reacting to this coercive power by the government to influence and reaffirm that a women’s role within the nation is to have children. I have a lot of family members in Chile who have at least three kids and I’m sure they will welcome a bonus—but the bonus is not about economically aiding caregivers as they raise children—nope, a one time bonus after giving birth. A meme is not an article, but I relate to the fury in this one.
Plus, abortion should be legalized because having children should be a choice!!!