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Apologies for not posting sooner, but I am on a much needed open-ended extended Sabbatical. I do not intend to post on this page until the Sabbatical is over. When i return I will be working on a new look for this outdated website. For additional information, please contact Anne Petermann <anne (at) globaljusticeecology.org> or contact Anne at +1.716.364.1188. Thank you – Orin Langelle

Photojournalist Orin Langelle takes a break by graffiti celebrating Victor Jara in Santiago, Chile. Langelle has been photographing the frontlines of the peoples rebellion in Chile. The musician Jara, a Chilean hero, was murdered by the regime of dictator Augusto Pinochet. photo: Petermann/GJEP

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Note: Sadly my scanner refused to work today and scan more of the photos from this period in history. History can be a revolutionary teacher. Since this is a presidential election year, please see the end of this essay for a quote from Mumia Abu-Jamal on what elections mean.- Orin Langelle

Two protesters slammed to the asphalt by police as they tried to block President Bill Clinton and his motorcade from attending the National Governor’s Association conference in the Sheraton Hotel in Burlington, VT – Photo: Langelle (1995)

Burlington, VT- National Governors’ Conference July 28-Aug 1, 1995

Four days of militant protest in defense of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

 

Governor Ridge Welcoming Committee

All photos by Orin Langelle (1995)

Burlington, VT – A coalition of groups demonstrated against the impending execution of award-winning journalist and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal during the National Governor’s Association conference held in that city. The militant protests spanned five days from July 28th to August 1st, and were directed at Pennsylvania’s then Governor Tom Ridge, who signed the death warrant for Jamal.  Jamal was to be executed August 17, 1995.  Ultimately the death warrant was rescinded and Abu-Jamal is still alive.  Ridge later became the Director of Homeland Security after September 11, 2001.

The convener of the conference, VT Governor Howard Dean went on to run for president, but that’s another story…

Burlington was not the only city that erupted in defense of Abu-Jamal. Protests were international.

Many suffer from the induced historical amnesia caused by the corporate press, incessant advertising and so on.  In an effort to counter that collective amnesia, and in time for the Northeast Governor’s Conference and protests this weekend in Burlington, VT,  we are providing this photo of the month from the 1995 National Governor’s Association conference protests, plus below are a few excerpts from Refuse and Resist (in their own words) that describe in detail the events that occurred over those 5 days of militant protest.

[I could not find the link for this post but it is an authentic and was covered on the ground]

“We not only rained on the Governors’ Conference parade,” said Deb Ormsbee, “we pissed on it!” Ormsbee, of the Burlington Solidarity Coalition, was one of the 8 arrested on Monday’s street blockade in front of the Sheraton hotel where President Clinton addressed the governors. There were a total of 24 arrests by Mumia supporters during the four day conference. All 24 arrestees are out of custody from the state.

From Refuse and Resist:

Burlington, VT, Thursday, July 28, 1995 —

…Bishop Angell of the Catholic Diocese of Burlington issued a press release asking Pennsylvania Governor Ridge to rescind the warrant of execution of the four men scheduled for death in August. Bishop Angell joined Philadelphia Cardinal Bevilacqua who strongly encouraged Ridge to not allow the imposition of the death penalty.

 

Breakfast was spoiled when the governors arrived at the Ethan Allen Homestead, named after Ethan Allen, who stole Abenaki Indigenous Peoples’ land in the 1700’s

 

Friday, July 29, 1995

Today, Saturday, July 29, there was a low-key opening to the National Governors Convention in the small liberal city of Burlington, Vermont, but Mumia supporters have already taken to the streets to show their anger to governor Ridge.

Two women Mumia supporters breached Sheraton hotel security and set foot in the Emerald Ballroom where a plenary session of the Governors’ Conference was taking place on July 29. The women were escorted out shouting, “Free Mumia Now!”

Other clandestine activities occurred that the Mumia Solidarity Coalition were not privy to or involved with during the four days of militant action here. Saturday morning’s breakfast was spoiled when the governors arrived at the Ethan Allen Homestead; named after Vermont’s first famous racist, Ethan Allen, who blatantly stole Abenaki indigenous peoples’ land in the 1700’s. The museum garage was spray painted with numerous slogans including, “Fuck You Gov Tom Ridge, Ridge is a racist”, and “FREE MUMIA.” Vermont Governor Howard Dean called the graffiti, “an embarrassment to the state.” Other reports came in that the electric buses transporting the governors at various times were also egged.

Words and image of the rage against a system of death

 

 

 

 

In a park by a pretty lake, the Progressive Coalition (surely everyone out there knows Bernie Sanders? the so-called “socialist” (NOT!) congressman from Vermont) organized an alternative event called the People’s Conference for Economic Democracy. There were lots of speakers and a parade of 2,000 people through the city. This march was led by a theatre group with an awesome big “Free Mumia!” banner.

Peter Schumann with Bread and Puppet lead the march. Schumann is the founder and director of the Bread & Puppet Theater

At the back of the march, there was a bloc of 200 Mumia supporters. Despite being a wicked hot day (ouch! I feel the sunburn as I type!) the mood was good. The Mumia bloc led a diversion near the end of the march and went right to the front doors of the Radisson Hotel where the governors and their families and staff are mostly staying. Other folks joined in and there was an awesome crowd of like 300 people chanting really loud stuff and a very nervous line of Vermont police and hotel staff keeping people out. Lots of media, too, like C-SPAN and CNN and others. Eventually people ended the hotel siege feeling really good. (The police dogs showed up after we had already left.)

In the evening, actions continued as 100 Mumia supporters took to the streets and headed down to the lakefront where the governors were having a nice dinner. Police set up barricades, so people just took over the streets and caused traffic havoc. Some buses of important people got snarled, but eventually made it in by another entrance. This whole deal lasted in the streets for about two hours. The cops threatened to intervene, but didn’t. Then we went back to the downtown shopping street where there was a tent set up for a nice dinner for the staff people, complete with crappy Vermont country music. We responded with newspaper boxes used for a metal jam and other general noise making. All the people trying to enjoy their quaint evening looked less than happy. As did the cops.

Oh yeah, while we were messing up evening traffic, a group of four people got onto the New York-Vermont ferry boat which comes into port right next to the boathouse where the governors were dining and unfurled a huge “Free Mumia!” banner which was viewed by all the governors. Hopefully Ridge saw this! These people were not arrested and were simply escorted away after getting off the boat. They even kept the banner! Good job!

All in all, a really spirited day. Our goal today was to be loud, make our presence known, and come away feeling good. I think that was all accomplished. The action at the hotel was cool, the only bummer being the realization that if a few hundred more people could have mobilized for this, it would have been amazing. There aren’t that many cops, and they aren’t too sure how to handle an angry demo. Oh well! Big thanks to all the comrades that did come, from New Jersey, Maine, Pennsylvania, Canada…lots of places!

So, no arrests today, but tomorrow, Sunday, July 30 is the day we are aiming for. With hopefully more people coming into town, we will march from downtown up to the Sheraton Hotel where the governors will be meeting. People are very determined to make their presence known! Mumia’s name was definitely heard all around town all day long today, and tomorrow should be even better.

 

[excerpted from several separate reports]

July 30 

15 protestors were arrested today in a spirited demonstration against the planned execution of prize-winning journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose case has become an international cause celebre. This was the second day of demonstrations in Burlington for Jamal that occurred during the National Governor’s Association annual conference. Some 150 demonstrators assembled outside the Sheraton Hotel to confront Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge.

One of the marches for Mumia that week in Burlington

The protest began with a march up Main Street from Burlington’s City Hall Park to the Sheraton. Protestors, traveling from St. Louis, Philadelphia, New York, Montreal, Ontario and Boston, said that they had come to raise awareness of the ‘racist nature’ of Jamal’s case, who is scheduled to be executed on August 17th. “This is a political lynching,” said protestor Robert Newmark of New York City. “The evidence shows that Mumia is innocent and that he is being targeted for political activities.” Jamal was a leader of the Black Panther Party in Philadelphia.

As the boisterous crowd assembled outside the Sheraton, where the Governors were meeting, speeches were made and chants were shouted like “Stop the execution. Free Mumia Now!” Protestors ripped down police barricades and continually pressed closer to the Sheraton. A group of fifteen, including ten Canadians, suddenly surged over a row of hedges and through police lines in an attempt to gain access to the hotel. Police tackled and arrested the protestors, who were charged with unlawful trespass. ” We are committed to freeing Jamal by any means necessary,” said arrested protestor Jack Winston of Calias, Vermont. “This is just the beginning of a movement that is growing by leaps and bounds.”

Organizers said the demonstrations would continue through the end of the National Governors Association Tuesday, August 1.

 

July 31

Seven law officers, one protester

During Clinton’s downtown visit and tour of Burlington on July 31, several contigents of Mumia supporters vocally were on hand catching the president’s eye. One protester came within a few feet of the president, yelling Mumia slogans. The pristine image of Burlington’s business district mandated by Mayor Peter Clavelle was spoiled. Incidentally, Clavelle, who purports to be the mayor of “the People’s Republic of Burlington” refused Mumia Solidarity Coalition requests to allow pro Mumia supporters to camp in the city’s parks.

Support and legal aid for jailed protesters were overwhelming. At all times during the detentions legal and support teams were present; as were packing the courtrooms during the arraignments.

On July 31, when eight arrestees were being held in South Burlington’s Fire Station, word came that the governors were being transported via bus near the Fire House to Shelburne Farms for a “Vermont Tasting.” Jail support became a mobile protest waving signs and yelling at the cringing governors in the buses. Far from that legal protest, it was reported that as the buses neared Shelburne Farms, they were pelted by eggs.

 

August 1

Protest for Mumia Abu-Jamal, during the final day of the Governors’ Conference, was taken to a newer height. “Come on down or we’ll come up and take you down,” shouted a cop with bullhorn up to a climber perched 200 feet above on the University of Vermont water tower. On that command a 20 by 40 foot banner was unfurled proclaiming FREE MUMIA.

The banner was in full view of the Sheraton hotel where the governors, their aides and corporate sponsors were meeting. The FREE MUMIA banner was up from 8 am to 1:30 pm when the climber was taken into custody by the authorities at the official closing of the Governors’ Conference.

The banner hanging was preceded by three days of militant street demonstrations in opposition to the planned execution of black revolutionary award-winning journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal. The total four days of protest embarrassed the Governors’ Conference and succeeded in gaining media attention for Mumia’s plight.

“We not only rained on the Governors’ Conference parade,” said Deb Ormsbee, “we pissed on it!” Ormsbee, of the Burlington Solidarity Coalition, was one of the 8 arrested on Monday’s street blockade in front of the Sheraton hotel where President Clinton addressed the governors. There were a total of 24 arrests by Mumia supporters during the four day conference. All 24 arrestees are out of custody from the state.

 

the Ethan Allen Homestead; named after Vermont’s first famous racist, Ethan Allen

 

All of the above happened 25 years ago.

 

Final thoughts of this post – Prior to the Barack Obama Presidency, Mumia Abu-Jamal shares his analysis:

“Politics is the art of making people believe that they are in power when, in fact, they have none. It is a measure of how dire the hour that they’ve passed the keys of the kingdom to a Black man…. With the nation’s manufacturing base also a thing of history, amid the socioeconomic wreckage of globalization, with foreign affairs in shambles, the rulers reach for a pretty brown face to front for the Empire. Real change that you could believe in would be an end to Empire and an end to wars for corporate greed, not just a change in the shade of the political managers. That change, I’m afraid, is still to come.”

 

 

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Tear gas explodes on the streets of Santiago, Chile. Photo: Langelle/GJEP

Orin Langelle is a documentary photographer and activist who studied communications in St. Louis, MO and photography at the International Center of Photography in Manhattan. He co-founded Global Justice Ecology Project  in 2003. He continues today as  Strategic Communications Director  and photographer. Langelle previously served as Media Director for Global Forest Coalition. In 2000 he co-founded the first campaign to stop GE trees and in 2014 co-founded the new Campaign to STOP GE Trees.

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Chile: Peoples’ Uprising Exhibit status as of 7 July 2020

The Gallery will be issuing a press release forthcoming about the above exhibit that postponed the 3 April opening reception and subsequent show due to COVID-19.

Photos and videos were shot in November and December of 2019 in the ongoing Peoples’ Uprising in Chile. From Santiago and Temuco’s streets to the Indigenous Mapuche land occupations in the communities of Liempi Colipi and Quilape Lopez, Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle had the honor of being part of the uprising as documentarians.

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Press Release: Global Justice Ecology Project

Photo: Wes Schnitker

For Immediate Release 06/30/2020      Contact +1.314.210.1322, Steve Taylor in St. Louis

Videographer Chris Phillips Counters McCloskey’s Claim of Being Pro Black Lives Matter

New York – St. Louis videographer Chris Phillips and Global Justice Ecology Project photographer Orin Langelle issued statements today regarding the reported display of an assault rifle and handgun by St. Louis based attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey during a Black Lives Matter protest.

On the evening of Sunday, June 28, protesters were marching to St. Louis mayor Lyda Krewson’s home to protest her release of names and addresses of individuals supporting the defunding of police.

Phillips was filming the protest. A Reuter’s photograph shows Patricia McCloskey pointing a handgun at Phillips, who is African-American. Phillips, who owns Maverick Media, has documented protests in Ferguson, MO following the police killing in 2014 of Mike Brown in Ferguson, as well as recent protests in Minneapolis over the police killing of George Floyd.

Phillips and Langelle previously released a joint statement regarding the misuse of “less lethal” weapons by police against popular uprisings in the U.S. and Chile respectively. https://globaljusticeecology.org/joint-statement/

Regarding the incident on Sunday, Phillips stated:

“The McCloskeys created a dangerous situation by brandishing weapons at a peaceful crowd headed toward St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home. That was the only reason the demonstrators stopped there. The protest destination was not the McCloskeys, but the home of the Mayor, several blocks away.”

“I reject the McCloskey’s press statement claiming support of Black Lives Matter because if that were the case, they would not have threatened the very lives they claimed to support.”

Orin Langelle stated: “This disgusting display was typical of the wealthy and those who live in mansions versus the ‘others’ in this world who are supposed to wait for some ‘trickle down’ magic that never quite materializes.”

“Thanks to Black Lives Matter, these contradictions are being brought to light and now hopefully the people will succeed in advancing systemic change – politicians only put bandaids on gushing wounds.”

Additionally, less than two weeks ago, Chris Phillips was the guest on Earth Watch, a GJEP partnered show that runs every Thursday on Margaret Prescod’s Sojourner Truth. It is a nationally broadcasted program on Pacific Radio in Los Angeles, CA. https://globaljusticeecology.org/chris-phillips/

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The People Demand – TAKE DOWN THIS RACIST SYMBOL OF GENOCIDE AND SLAVERY

All photos are by Orin Langelle/GJEP
Buffalo, NY – 14 June 2020 – Around 100 people came to the city’s Columbus Park to protest the Columbus statue and demand that it be taken down. All across the country, people are taking steps to remove racist monuments and change the name of parks and other public facilities that celebrate the brutal slave-holding legacy of the Confederacy and its most prominent figures. The Confederacy served to cover up the moral outrages of slavery and dismiss the voices outrages of slavery and the voices of African-Americans whose ancestors were held in bondage, systematically kidnapped, beaten, and sexually assaulted.

KEN-A-RAH-DI-YO speaks to the protesters gathered in Columbus Park. He passed the statement (further down in this post) to the crowd. KEN-A-RAH-DI-YO is a representative for International Native Traditional Interchange (INTI) and is involved with the the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).

Many Indigenous Peoples and their supporters are calling for the City of Buffalo to change the name of Columbus Park and to remove the monument that now stands there in honor of Christopher Columbus.

Protesters in Columbus Park

One Indigenous person in attendance told the crowd, “I don’t believe the city will voluntarily take the statue down. We’ll have to do this ourselves.” Those words were met with applause from those in attendance.

Hangman’s noose around Columbus’ neck

 

The petition to the City of Buffalo says:

“Columbus did not ‘discover’ anything – the Americas were inhabited by a great diversity of people and cultures. Instead, Columbus established the beachhead for ruthless conquest and settler colonialism and inaugurated the genocidal devastation of whole continents. Many millions of people lived in the Western Hemisphere before the arrival of Columbus, untold numbers of them killed by disease. But disease was not the only, nor the cruelest, of the demons that arrived with Columbus.”

The Petition continues:

“Bartolome de las Casas, who began as an enslaver of the native Taino people of Hispaniola, whom Columbus had “discovered,” wrote of, “…the massacre of these wretches, whom they have so inhumanely and barbarously butcher’d and harrass’d with several kinds of torments, never before known, or heard… of three millions of persons, which lived in Hispaniola itself, there is at present but the inconsiderable remnant of scarce three hundred.” Columbus personally launched the enslavement and genocide of Native people and the colonization of the Hemisphere which would be his legacy.

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KEN-A-RAH-DI-YO’s statement passed to the crowd:

 

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John Kane is a Mohawk who is a radio host and producer, who broadcasts from the Cattaraugus Territory of the Seneca Nation

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Image: Santiago Chile – On International Human Rights Day, Dec 10, 2019 people in Chile protested the 400+ eyes lost to the Carabineros de Chile (National Police) during the days of uprising in Chile. Photo: Langelle/GJEP

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From Chile to Minneapolis: Use of ‘Less than Lethal’ Weapons by Police Draws Criticism as Means to Intimidate and Silence

New York – On Saturday, May 30, Brandon Saenz reportedly lost an eye and seven teeth when he was hit by so-called less than lethal munitions (in actuality less lethal) fired by police. Saenz was reportedly struck by a rubber bullet like munition when the Minneapolis police fired less lethal weapons at people peacefully protesting the killing of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police.

“Hearing about the loss of an eye by Saenz immediately brought to my mind what happened prior to the COVID-19 quarantine during the peoples’ uprising in Chile,” said Orin Langelle, a GJEP photographer who documented the protests in Chile from Nov 22 to Dec 17 last year for Los Angeles’ Pacifica Radio. “The Chilean National Police targeted the heads and eyes of civilians when they used shotguns to fire rubber-coated metal pellets into their faces.”

“Over 400 people suffered serious eye injuries and some have been rendered completely blind,” said Langelle. “The stories of protesters in the U.S. and Chile about these less lethal munitions show the similarities of militarized police forces attempting to put down popular resistance to injustices in both South and North America.”

Ferguson, MO native and filmmaker, Chris Phillips, was documenting protests in Minneapolis over the killing of George Floyd when he had rubber bullets fired in his direction several times.  He was also hit in the leg by a flash bang/stun grenade during his work to video protests.

Phillips was one of the first professional videographers to capture events and protests surrounding the 2014 killing of Michael Brown. “From my experience filming in the Ferguson and Minneapolis protests, projectiles and chemical munitions have been used liberally, and often it is not preceded by any dispersal order or direction for people to go,” said Phillips.

Phillips believes the way in which less lethal munitions are being used currently seems to be illegal. “Without those directives, it is safe to assume that firing projectiles into a crowd that has the Constitutional right to assemble and protest, and not taking into consideration occupants and residents that are uninvolved in these demonstrations, makes it reckless, alluding to the purpose of serving more of a retaliatory purpose than the intent of keeping the public safe.”

Image from Phillips Instagram page: Phillips holding rubber bullet that was shot in his direction during his work as a filmmaker in Minneapolis.

Chris Phillips is principal director of the Maverick Media Group.

http://www.maverickmediagroup.net/

This indigenous Mapuche man was shot in the head with metal-filled rubber pellets by the Carabineros de Chile (national police) earlier in the morning on November 28, 2019. He was part of a Mapuche land occupation. Carabineros fired metal-filled rubber pellets and tear gas injuring several people at the land occupation.

Orin Langelle is a photojournalist with over five decades of experience.

https://photolangelle.org/

 


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Desde Chile a Minneapolis: el uso policial de armas ‘sub-letales’ genera críticas por convertirse en medios para intimidar y silenciar

Nueva York – El sábado 30 de mayo Brandon Sáenz perdió un ojo y siete dientes, según informes, cuando fue alcanzado por un proyectil de las llamadas municiones sub-letales (en realidad, ‘menos letales’) disparadas por la policía. Sáenz fue golpeado por una bala de goma cuando la policía de Minneapolis disparó su armamento sub-letal a las personas que protestaban pacíficamente por el asesinato de George Floyd a manos del mismo cuerpo policial.

“Al conocer el caso de la mutilación del ojo de Sáenz, pensé inmediatamente en lo que pasó justo antes de la cuarentena por el COVID-19 en las manifestaciones populares en Chile”, comentó Orin Langelle, un fotógrafo del Proyecto de Justicia Ecológica Global (GJEP) que documentó las protestas en Chile entre el 22 de noviembre y el 17 de diciembre del año pasado para Pacifica Radio de Los Ángeles. “La Policía Nacional de Chile disparó a la cabeza y a los ojos de los manifestantes utilizando escopetas con munición metálica recubierta de goma”.

“Más de 400 personas sufrieron heridas oculares graves y algunas quedaron completamente ciegas”, dijo Langelle. “Las historias de los manifestantes en Estados Unidos y Chile sobre el uso de estas municiones sub-letales dejan en evidencia las similitudes entre las formas en que los cuerpos de policía militarizada intentan aplastar la resistencia popular ante la injusticia tanto en América del Norte como en América del Sur”.

Imagen: Santiago de Chile- Día internacional de los Derechos Humanos, 10 de diciembre de 2019. Los manifestantes denunciaban los más de 400 ojos mutilados durante las intervenciones de los Carabineros (Policía Nacional) durante los días del levantamiento Fotografía: Langelle/GJEP

Chris Phillips, director audiovisual originario de Ferguson, en Missouri, estaba documentando las protestas en Minneapolis por el asesinato de George Floyd cuando le dispararon varias veces con balas de goma. También fue alcanzado en una pierna por una granada aturdidora mientras grababa las manifestaciones.

Phillips fue uno de los primeros cámaras profesionales que grabaron los eventos y protestas que tuvieron lugar en 2014 a raíz del asesinato de Michael Brown. “Mi experiencia después de grabar las protestas de Ferguson y Minneapolis es que los proyectiles y municiones químicas se han usado libremente y, con frecuencia, sin cualquier orden o indicación previa para que la gente se dispersase”, comenta Phillips.

Phillips cree que la forma en la que se están usando actualmente las municiones sub-letales parece ilegal. “Sin esas indicaciones, es fácil concluir que resulta temerario disparar proyectiles hacia gente que está ejerciendo su derecho constitucional de reunirse y protestar, sin contar con los residentes y viandantes ajenos a las manifestaciones, siendo más bien una acción de retaliación y no para preservar la seguridad de las personas”.

Imagen de la página de Instagram de Phillips: Phillips sujeta una bala de goma disparada hacia él mientras trabajaba grabando en Minneapolis.

Chris Phillips es Director Principal de Maverick Media Group.

http://www.maverickmediagroup.net/

A este indígena Mapuche los Carabineros de Chile (Policía Nacional) le dispararon en la cabeza con munición metálica recubierta de goma durante la mañana del 28 de noviembre de 2019. Formaba parte de una ocupación de tierras por Mapuches. Los Carabineros dispararon goma con interior metálico y gases lacrimógenos causando heridas a varias personas en la ocupación de tierras.

Orin Langelle es un fotoperiodista con más de cinco décadas de experiencia.

https://photolangelle.org/

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Global Justice Ecology Project joined with Biofuelwatch and allied organizations based in Chile to host this important conversation about how Chilean social movements and Indigenous Peoples are continuing their historic uprising to organize and mobilize for rights and territory in the face of new COVID-19 realities.


Webinar | Organized Chile: the popular uprising during the pandemic. Updates from activists on the frontlines

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Webinar solidario: Chile Organizado — el levantamiento popular durante la pandemia – Actualizaciones de activistas en las líneas de frente

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About the Speakers:

Alejandra Parra Muñoz

Co-founder and member of the Environmental Rights Action Network (RADA), Natural Resource Management Biologist, Masters in Planning from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Social and environmental rights activist, Alejandra was born in and resides in Temuco, Wallmapu, Chile.

For more than two decades she has been involved in the promotion and defense of environmental rights, she has fought against environmental racism, waste incineration, and hydroelectric projects. Alejandra promotes citizen’s environmental education, zero waste, feminism, the rights of original people, and “el Buen Vivir” as an alternative vision of development.

Susana Huenul Colicoy

Susana is ‘wenteche’ from the Mapuche community of Coihue, Freire, in the Araucanía Region of Southern Chile. She is a social communicator from the University of the Frontier – Temuco, with a Masters in Social Anthropology from the Iberoamericana University in Mexico City, México. She is responsible for the Women’s Office in the Community Development area for the Tirúa local government, where she has worked for 7 years accompanying women and women’s organizations that she works with for food sovereignty and ecological restoration. Tirúa is a rural territory in which the great majority of the population is Mapuche, and has been subject to 40 years of plantation industry investment, which has converted Tirúa into one of the zones with higher levels of community conflict with industry.

Susana participates in The Community of Mapuche History, a Mapuche research organization that makes contributions to rural development. She is a member of the Agroecology Science Society, SOCLA-Chile.

Lucio Cuenca Berger

Lucio is a Geometry Engineer from the University of Santiago de Chile, he is director of OLCA, the Observatory of Environmental Conflicts in Latin America, and is a member of the Directors Council of OMCAL, the Observatory of Mining Conflicts of Latin America.

He has experience accompanying communities in social environmental conflicts with extractivist industry sectors in Chile, especially in mining, energy, plantations and urban pollution. He has been part of the design of distinct instruments for engagement and Community Management in Social Environmental Conflicts.

He has been the motivating force in diverse expressions of communities in conflict and social environmental movements, in Chile and throughout Latin America. Lucio is the teacher of a course in “Social Environmental Conflicts, Territory and Communities” in the Metropolitan University of Education Scienes (UMCE).


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Webinar solidario: Chile Organizado — el levantamiento popular durante la pandemia – Actualizaciones de activistas en las líneas de frente

Traducción simultánea en inglés y español se proporcionara.

Quién:

Alejandra Parra Muñoz

Miembro co-fundadora de la Red de Acción por los Derechos Ambientales RADA, Bióloga en Gestión de Recursos Naturales, Master en Planificación de la Universidad de Otago, Nueva Zelanda. Activista por los derechos sociales y ambientales, nació y reside en Temuco, Wallmapu, Chile.

Involucrada en la promoción y defensa de los derechos ambientales desde hace dos décadas, ha luchado contra el racismo ambiental, la incineración de residuos, proyectos hidroeléctricos, es una promotora de la educación ambiental ciudadana, basura cero, el buen vivir como alternativa al desarrollo, el feminismo y los derechos de los pueblos originarios.

Susana Huenul Colicoy

Mapuche wenteche del Coihue, Freire. Región de la Araucanía. Es Comunicadora Social de la universidad de la frontera, Temuco. Maestra enAntropología Social de la universidad iberoamericana de México.

Encargada de la Oficina de la Mujeres del área de desarrollocomunitario de la municipalidad de Tirúa, donde se desempeña hace 7 añosacompañando a mujeres y organizaciones de mujeres con las que trabaja por la soberaníaalimentaria y la restauración ecológica. Tirúa es un territorio rural donde lamayor porcentaje de la población es mapuche, y lleva 40 años de inversiónforestal lo que ha convertido en una e las zonas de mayor conflictividad.

Participa de La Comunidad de Historia Mapuche,organización de investigadorxs mapuche donde hace aportes desde el área deldesarrollo rural. Es integrante de la Sociedad Científica de Agroecología, SOCLA-Chile.

Lucio Cuenca Berger

Es Ingeniero en Geomensura de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Director de Observatorio Latinoamericano de Conflictos Ambientales OLCA, y miembro del Consejo Directivo del Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de Latinoamérica OCMAL.

Tiene experiencia en el acompañamiento de Comunidades en Conflictos Socioambientales en sectores del extractivismo en Chile, especialmente en Minería,Energía, Forestal y contaminación urbana. Ha sido parte del diseño de distintos instrumentos para el seguimiento y Gestión Comunitaria de Conflictos Socioambientales.

También impulsor de diversas articulaciones de Comunidades en Conflicto y Movimiento Socioambiental, tanto en Chile como también el Latinoamérica

Es Profesor del Curso “Conflictos Socioambientales, territorio y Comunidades” en la Universidad Metropolitana de Ciancias de la Educación UMCE.

Acompáñanos en esta importante conversación acerca de cómo los movimientos sociales chilenos y los pueblos originarios siguen organizandos y movilizándose por derechos y territorio en el contexto de las nuevas realidades del COVID-19.

Auspiciado por Global Justice Ecology Project y Biofuelwatch

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Webinar | Organized Chile: the popular uprising during the pandemic. Updates from activists on the frontlines

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

7pm EDT/4pm PDT/23:00 GMT/19:00 Horas Chile (zoom webinar)

Global Justice Ecology Project is joining with Biofuelwatch and allied organizations in Chile to host this important conversation about how Chilean social movements and Indigenous Peoples continue to organize and mobilize for rights and territory in the face of new COVID-19 realities. Please join us by registering with the button above.

About the Speakers:

Alejandra Parra Muñoz

Co-founder and member of the Environmental Rights Action Network (RADA), Natural Resource Management Biologist, Masters in Planning from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Social and environmental rights activist, Alejandra was born in and resides in Temuco, Wallmapu, Chile.

For more than two decades she has been involved in the promotion and defense of environmental rights, she has fought against environmental racism, waste incineration, and hydroelectric projects. Alejandra promotes citizen´s environmental education, zero waste, feminism, the rights of original people, and “el buen vivir” as an alternative vision of development.

Susana Huenul Colicoy

Susana is ‘wenteche’ from the Mapuche community of Coihue, Freire, in the Araucanía Region of Southern Chile. She is a social communicator from the University of the Frontier – Temuco, with a Masters in Social Anthropology from the Iberoamericana University in Mexico City, México. She is responsible for the Women’s Office in the Community Development area for the Tirúa local government, where she has worked for 7 years accompanying women and women’s organizations that she works with for food sovereignty and ecological restoration. Tirúa is a rural territory in which the great majority of the population is Mapuche, and has been subject to 40 years of plantation industry investment, which has converted Tirúa into one of the zones with higher levels of community conflict with industry.

Susana participates in The Community of Mapuche History, a Mapuche research organization that makes contributions to rural development. She is a member of the Agroecology Science Society, SOCLA-Chile.

Lucio Cuenca Berger

Lucio is a Geometry Engineer from the University of Santiago de Chile, he is director of OLCA, the Observatory of Environmental Conflicts in Latin America, and is a member of the Directors Council of OMCAL, the Observatory of Mining Conflicts of Latin America.

He has experience accompanying communities in social environmental conflicts with extractivist industry sectors in Chile, especially in mining, energy, plantations and urban pollution. He has been part of the design of distinct instruments for engagement and Community Management in Social Environmental Conflicts.

He has been the motivating force in diverse expressions of communities in conflict and social environmental movements, in Chile and throughout Latin America. Lucio is the teacher of a course in “Social Environmental Conflicts, Territory and Communities” in the Metropolitan University of Education Scienes (UMCE).

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Miércoles 20 de Mayo

a las 19:00 horas Chile/7 PM New York/4 PM California/2300 GMT

Webinar solidario: Chile Organizado — el levantamiento popular durante la pandemia – Actualizaciones de activistas en las líneas de frente

Traducción simultánea en inglés y español se proporcionara.

 

Quién:

Alejandra Parra Muñoz

Miembro co-fundadora de la Red de Acción por los Derechos Ambientales RADA, Bióloga en Gestión de Recursos Naturales, Master en Planificación de la Universidad de Otago, Nueva Zelanda. Activista por los derechos sociales y ambientales, nació y reside en Temuco, Wallmapu, Chile.

Involucrada en la promoción y defensa de los derechos ambientales desde hace dos décadas, ha luchado contra el racismo ambiental, la incineración de residuos, proyectos hidroeléctricos, es una promotora de la educación ambiental ciudadana, basura cero, el buen vivir como alternativa al desarrollo, el feminismo y los derechos de los pueblos originarios.

Susana Huenul Colicoy

Mapuche wenteche del Coihue, Freire. Región de la Araucanía. Es Comunicadora Social de la universidad de la frontera, Temuco. Maestra enAntropología Social de la universidad iberoamericana de México.

Encargada de la Oficina de la Mujeres del área de desarrollocomunitario de la municipalidad de Tirúa, donde se desempeña hace 7 añosacompañando a mujeres y organizaciones de mujeres con las que trabaja por la soberaníaalimentaria y la restauración ecológica. Tirúa es un territorio rural donde lamayor porcentaje de la población es mapuche, y lleva 40 años de inversiónforestal lo que ha convertido en una e las zonas de mayor conflictividad.

Participa de La Comunidad de Historia Mapuche,organización de investigadorxs mapuche donde hace aportes desde el área deldesarrollo rural. Es integrante de la Sociedad Científica de Agroecología, SOCLA-Chile.

Lucio Cuenca Berger

Es Ingeniero en Geomensura de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Director de Observatorio Latinoamericano de Conflictos Ambientales OLCA, y miembro del Consejo Directivo del Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de Latinoamérica OCMAL.

Tiene experiencia en el acompañamiento de Comunidades en Conflictos Socioambientales en sectores del extractivismo en Chile, especialmente en Minería,Energía, Forestal y contaminación urbana. Ha sido parte del diseño de distintos instrumentos para el seguimiento y Gestión Comunitaria de Conflictos Socioambientales.

También impulsor de diversas articulaciones de Comunidades en Conflicto y Movimiento Socioambiental, tanto en Chile como también el Latinoamérica

Es Profesor del Curso “Conflictos Socioambientales, territorio y Comunidades” en la Universidad Metropolitana de Ciancias de la Educación UMCE.

Acompáñanos en esta importante conversación acerca de cómo los movimientos sociales chilenos y los pueblos originarios siguen organizandos y movilizándose por derechos y territorio en el contexto de las nuevas realidades del COVID-19.

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On 30 April 2020 I received a message from Red de Acción por los Derechos Ambientales RADA‘s Alejandra Parra that people were evicted from the Mapuche land re-occupation in Liempi Colipi near Curacautin, Chile. The re-occupation started in early November of 2019. Later that month, Alejandra, Anne Petermann and myself from Global Justice Ecology Project, and Biofuelwatch‘s Gary Hughes went to Liempi Colipi. We were traveling as a documentary team in Chile covering the peoples’ uprising.

Mapuches going through the main entrance of their re-occupation in the Fundo Santa Filomena on US Thanksgiving Day, where the shootings by the carabineros occurred earlier. (2019). Photo: Langelle/GJEP

When I heard that people had been evicted from this community, it struck home. The people in the community had been so generous with us.  They made fry bread, and allowed us to take photos and video of one of their ceremonies–a rare privelege. They showed us around the beautiful land they live in, surrounded by volcanoes, and the next day we joined them on the blockade on US Thanksgiving Day.

That morning, 28 November, the Mapuche communities of Liempi Colipi defended their land occupation when Carabineros de Chile (national police) fired rubber coated metal pellets, injuring several people at the blockade. We shot a one minute video of a Mapuche who came back to the re-occupation the same day as he was shot.  You can watch it here: “Thanksgiving Day” Mapuche Indigenous Land Occupation, Chile.

The following feature uses photography and video from the two days we were in the community, and includes an interview with Roberto Cheuquepan, the “Werken” (spokesperson) of the Liempi Colipi community on the recent eviction there along with news from Chile’s INTERFERENCIA.

Carabineros Special Forces move in to Liempi Colipi

– by Orin Langelle, Startegic Communications Director, Global Justice Ecology Project

in a statement sent to us, Werken Roberto Cheuquepan said, “Yesterday [29 April 2020] we, the Liempi Colipi community, were evicted by Carabineros (national police) Special Forces of the municipality of Pailahueque, following an eviction order on behalf of Ms. María Luisa Lyon, current “legal” landowner of the Fundo Santa Filomena that the community is in the process of regaining.”

The current tenant, José Miguel Chaín, has a lease contract for the Fundo and was implicated in the eviction.

View from the Mapuche re-occupation camp Quilape Lopez next to Liempi Colipi. “Our land is far as you can see…” (2019) Photo: Langelle/GJEP

The Werken continued, “Yesterday, when we arrived at the place of the eviction, where a family from Punto Fijo also lives, in a building used in the past by the caretakers of the Fundo, a Special Forces unit was evicting that family.” He added, “In the context of this pandemic that is affecting the whole world, we did not wish to confront the special forces, as that would mean exposing elder people and those with chronic health issues in our now already reduced Community. So there were no clashes or injuries.”

There is “a growing repression toward communities,” said the Werken. “This eviction continues as the Lyon family wants to destroy the houses that currently stand in the Fundo, but demolition could not be done yesterday as the special forces had to retreat and the heavy machinery could not enter the Fundo. But the community is currently threatened with the destruction of the house in which one of our families now lives.”

When asked what could be done in the U.S. regarding the current situation in Mapuche territory, Werken Cheuquepan said, “the most important thing now is to disseminate what is happening in the Mapuche communities in the context of this pandemic, in which the Chilean State is spending money and resources, sending Special Forces and exposing our communities to disease, without knowing if such forces have undergone any medical tests. It would be very important that what is happening in Chile, particularly in the La Araucanía region, where Mapuche communities, more than ever, are struggling to recover their lands and their Mapuche way of life, and to do so we also need to start recovering our territory, the lands that have been usurped by the landowning oligarchy, by colonists, by forestry corporations.”

From the site of Chile’s INTERFERENCIA regarding Mary Luisa Lyon’s riches in the forestry sector:

Maria Luisa Lyon has a pine plantation on the farm, shares in CMPC and is married to Manuel Montt Balmaceda, a descendant of the emblematic Montt family, founding rector and member of the Superior Board of Directors of the Fundación Universidad Diego Portales. The marriage has five daughters and eleven grandchildren.

Lyon is listed as a shareholder with less than 1% of the ownership of Empresas CMPC SA This is equivalent to 85 million dollars, since FORBES magazine (Global 2000) in its 2019 publication, reported that the market value of the company corresponds to $ 8.5 billion.

According to a BBC World article, these plantations are fast growing, just like eucalyptus, and although they pose a threat to native species, they exist for an economic reason…satisfying demand for products derived from forests, such as wood and cellulose, although they cause dryness in the soil and groundwater layers.

Mapuche Lonko Juan Huenuhueque of Liempi Colipi raises raises his fist as the imminent threat of the Carabineros Special Forces to try and evict the Mapuche communities from the ancestral land they are re-occupying (2019). Photo: Langelle/GJEP

INTERFERENCIA reported that members of the Mapuche community witnessed a conversation between the Lonko (community leader) of Liempi Colipi, Juan Huenuhueque, and the owner of the estate Maria Luisa Lyon. The Lonko asked Lyon not to send in the Carabineros Special Forces into Mapuche territory anymore.

INTERFERENCIA said that according to witnesses Lyon replied that the Mapuche of Liempi Colipi have “a hatred against working people” and that she considers “what they have done to be evil”. In addition, according to these witnesses, Lyon told the community leader that “we are in a world of civilized people,” and that they must stop doing “wild” things. And Lyon said they would be forgiven…”if they know how to use computers– to update and be people.”

Special thanks to Alejandra Parra, Joám Evans Pim, Anne Petermann, Gary Hughes and Cassandra for their assistance in this post.

Please see the four minute video: Mapuche People Speak Out About Their Occupation of Ancestral Territories in Chile

and

the photo essay: “THANKSGIVING DAY” IN MAPUCHE TERRITORY, CHILE – ANOTHER RACIST ATTACK BY THE STATE

plus

a video made for participants at COP 25 – UN Convention on Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain VIDEO: STATEMENT TO COP25 FROM MAPUCHE & OTHERS IN CHILE – NO MARKET-BASED “SOLUTIONS”

 

Photojournalist Orin Langelle takes a break by graffiti celebrating Victor Jara in Santiago, Chile. Langelle has been photographing the frontlines of the peoples rebellion in Chile. The musician Jara, a Chilean hero, was murdered by the regime of dictator Augusto Pinochet. photo: Petermann/GJEP

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