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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).


Miércoles 20 de Mayo

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).

If you have any questions, please reach out to Theresa Church [email protected]org

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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.

registro: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OeP6OZ7BT_mLTw9nwXPUFw

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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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Peter Beard stabs forearm above wrist to use blood to enhance artwork on photo of dying elephant. This was at the International Center of Photography, in NYC, at Beard’s first one person exhibit in 1977. Photo: Langelle/GJEP

Global Justice Ecology Project’s Executive Director, Anne Petermann, pays tribute to photographer and artist Peter Beard on KPFK, Pacifica Radio, Los Angeles.

Beard was 82 yrs old when his body was found near his home in Montauk, NY.

 

Orin Langelle, GJEP’s Strategic Communication’s Director shared his time with Beard in 1977 with photos and copy in Goodbye Peter Beard – “The End of the Game”

 

 

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Thirty Years Ago Today

Monsanto’s Earth Day Invaded by Mud People and Earth First!

The mud people were pissed off. Tipped off by Big River Earth First! that the evil Monsanto had taken over Earth Day festivities in St. Louis MO, mud people crawled out of the Earth to take back Earth Day.

To the delight and fright of children and their parents, the mud people made fun of the corporate sponsors of the event. It was a spectacle even the Yippies! from long ago would have approved of.

Earth First! and “Mud People” present a check to the 1990 Earth Day (Smurf Day) Committee in St. Louis, Missouri. Monsanto was the main sponsor of the event. Photo: Langelle/GJEP

The action was the feature evening news story on a major television network affiliate in St. Louis with a reporter attempting to interview a mud person. An Earth First! “translator” fielded the reporter’s questions in English and then translated to the mud person in mud language; the mud person responded in mud language and then the Earth First! translator gave the answer to the reporter.

And below:

Mud person protester explains to counter protest about the free enterprise system and what freedom really is. Photo: Langelle/GJEP

After their successful action, the mud people slithered back into the Earth. But not before one mud person threw a rotten egg at the Monsanto stage. There were no arrests.

 

 

 

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On 16 April 2000, over 20,000 anti-corporate globalization activists greeted the World Bank and International Monetary Fund on the early morning streets of Washington, DC during their annual spring meetings. Demonstrators locked down in intersections and blockaded many parts of the city.

The World Bank and IMF, two of the most powerful financial institutions in the world, created in 1944, are blamed by people in the Global South and elsewhere for destructive programs that have impoverished millions and caused massive environmental destruction.

This was a heady time for the anti-globalization movement with this protest occurring only three and a half months after the dramatic “Battle of Seattle” where activists shut down the World Trade Organization.

All photographs by Orin Langelle / Global Justice Ecology Project

On the morning of 16 April, early morning blockades, like the one above, prevented hundreds of delegates from attending the meetings

 

People, not profit was a rallying cry. Above a mattress in the middle of an intersection and in the background yarn was strung in spider webs to prevent access to the meetings.

 

Some of the demonstrators joined themselves together with kryptonite bicycle locks

 

Huge puppet with timely message

 

The black bloc with another interpretation for the IMF acronym

 

A delegate headed toward the meetings was flanked by protesters

 

Indigenous rights activists marched on the Colombian Embassy protesting illegal oil drilling in U’wa territory

 

Yasuni park lies within the moist forest ecosystem of Amazonian Ecuador and is primarily rainforest

 

El Salvador’s Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional, FMLN was represented in the protests

 

Another intersection locked down

 

 

Riot police and armored vehicles were sent in to quell the protests

 

 

These protesters have a different understanding of the police

glob·al·i·za·tion  noun  glō-bə-lə-ˈzā-shən

Definition of GLOBALIZATION: the act or process of globalizing : the state of being globalized; especially : the development of an increasingly integrated global economy marked especially by free trade, free flow of capital, and the tapping of cheaper foreign labor markets–from Merriam-Webster

Much more deserves to and has been said. For certain, globalization is enabling some people to become vastly richer while many more are made poorer. Under globalization, not only are people are being exploited; they are losing their lands and often their entire communities while the resources they depend on are stolen and exported–often irreversibly depleted from the Earth–contributing to climate change and in turn threatening all life support systems on this planet. – Orin Langelle

Protester cuts the barricade at the WTO protests in Cancún, Mexico in 2003

 

 

Please also see my Photo Essay on Globalization Issues

 

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¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art                                                Postpones April First Friday Event in Buffalo

Chile: Peoples’ Uprising Exhibit Opening to be Rescheduled   

Buffalo, NY: Due to the current public health emergency the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art postponed today’s First Friday event. The opening reception for our new exhibit, Chile: Peoples’ Uprising, will be rescheduled for a later date. We will be sure to inform you of the new date for the exhibit opening when we make that determination.

Contact: Orin Langelle +1.716.536.5669
148 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201

 

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I’m a co-founder of Global Justice Ecology Project and I work with them on strategic communications. Executive Director of GJEP, Anne Petermann, wrote the following message with the staffs input. We intend to be as active as possible in this uncertain time – Orin Langelle
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Global Justice Ecology Project: About COVID-19 – Resources and Information

Dear friends and supporters Global Justice Ecology Project,

We, like you, are doing all we can to keep our families and loved ones safe and healthy.

At the same time, we continue to pursue our mission, which includes understanding the root causes of this crisis and its connection to social and ecological injustice. For the best way to prevent the next pandemic is to understand the roots of this one and ensure we do not make the same mistakes in the future.

Below is a new article that links emerging pandemics like COVID-19 to the destruction of the world’s wildest places. It turns out protecting forests isn’t just about protecting biodiversity, it is also about avoiding another pandemic.

In a March 18th article in The Guardian, John Vidal wrote:

“Increasingly [these] diseases are linked to … disruption of pristine forests driven by logging, mining, road building through remote places, rapid urbanisation and population growth [which] is …resulting [in] transmission of disease from wildlife to humans.

“…change must come from both rich and poor societies. Demand for wood, minerals and resources from the global north leads to the degraded landscapes and ecological disruption that drives disease … Otherwise we can expect more of the same.” from ‘Tip of the iceberg’: is our destruction of nature responsible for COVID-19?

Meanwhile, social injustice and ecological destruction are not stopping for COVID-19. If anything, corporations are looking to the virus to distract people from their ongoing plunder–as well as the government’s support for same, such as the Trump administration’s recent bailout of the oil and gas industry.

We at GJEP are joining others in tracking how corporations and governments are using the COVID-19 virus to crack down on basic personal freedoms–just as they did after 9/11. Never before have so many borders been shut down, travel restricted, millions locked down or quarantined, and businesses shuttered as fear of the unknown mounts.

The data they are collecting on the crisis and its response could forseeably be used as a guidepost on the treatment of civil unrest caused by a future pandemic, climate catastrophe or other emergency that threatens government or corporate power.

Resources for COVID-19 community support and mutual aid, as well as a call to remember ongoing struggles:

As the coronavirus spreads across North America, communities are coming together to support those most vulnerable. Low-income workers, communities of color, people with disabilities, the house-less, and those who are incarcerated, are among those who will be disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and efforts to contain it.

Toolkit: “Preparing for coronavirus crisis: As organizers, it’s time to do what we do best”

List of COVID-19 Mutual Aid groups from It’s Going Down

Here are a few things you can do this week:

1. Act in Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en:

The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs are continuing their fight to stop the Coastal GasLink Pipeline through their ancestral lands. Our solidarity cannot stop. This is when the companies will try to take everything.

What you can do: A company called KKR is in the process of buying 65% of Coastal GasLink. If we can stop the sale, we can help stop the pipeline from being built. Take 5 minutes to tweet, email or call KKR and tell them to divest from the Coastal GasLink Pipeline. Don’t forget to sign the #ShutDownKKR petition. It has 125,000 signatures and growing!

2. Take action for a just response to the coronavirus:

·       When Every Community is Ground Zero: Pulling Each Other Through a Pandemic (Mutual Aid Disaster Relief)

·       Demands from Grassroots Organizers Concerning COVID-19 (Transformative Spaces)

·       Calls for a Just Recovery Response to COVID-19 that Centers The Most Vulnerable (The Climate Justice Alliance)

I hope that you find this information helpful in navigating the uncharted waters in which we find ourselves.  Global Justice Ecology Project is taking pains to safely continue to advance our campaigns for protection of forests and defense of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Thank you and best wishes to you and your family,

Anne

 

Anne Petermann

Executive Director

Global Justice Ecology Project

266 Elmwood Ave, Suite 307
Buffalo, NY 14222-2202

 

 

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Press Statement                               March 17, 2020
 
¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art Postpones April First Friday Event in Buffalo
Chile: Peoples’ Uprising Exhibit Opening to be Rescheduled   
 

Buffalo, NY: Due to the current public health emergency and recommendations for events not to exceed fifty people, the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art is postponing our April 3 First Friday event. The opening reception for our new exhibit, Chile: Peoples’ Uprising, will be rescheduled for a later date. We will be sure to inform you of the new date for the exhibit opening when we make that determination.

Contact: Orin Langelle +1.716.536.5669
148 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201

 

Chile: Peoples’ Uprising

Images from the Front Lines

Exhibit Opens April 3

BUFFALO, NY – The ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art will present documentary photography and videography from the ongoing peoples’ uprising in Chile that started in October of last year. The images were shot by the gallery co-directors, Orin Langelle and Anne Petermann in the months of November and December, 2019 from the front lines of the uprising.

The Opening Reception of Chile: Peoples’ Uprising will be held during Allentown’s First Friday event on April 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art, 148 Elmwood Avenue at Global Justice Ecology Project space.

A massive popular uprising in Chile began on October 18, 2019, and continues to this day. Millions are demanding a new economic and political system in Chile and a new Constitution.Chile’s existing Constitution was written during the Pinochet Dictatorship, ushered in during a military coup supported by the U.S. in 1973.

Today Peoples’ Assemblies are taking part in all regions of Chile to create a process that will rewrite the new constitution. Chile’s President Piñera is trying to take control of this process and to crush the protests with extreme violence and repression.

Petermann and Langelle documented street protests including clashes between activists and Carabineros (national police) in the cities of Santiago and Temuco.

As of the first week of March of this year reports state that since the uprising began in October, 36 activists have died, more than 28,000 Chileans have been detained and 4,080 minors arrested. Additionally over 11,000 have been injured by the Carabineros. Shotguns loaded with rubber-coated metal pellets deliberately aimed at protesters’ faces have caused 445 serious eye wounds. Many people have partial or complete loss of vision in one or both eyes. In addition, several protesters have been run over by armored vehicles.

Langelle and Petermann also traveled to two indigenous Mapuche land re-occupations, where communities had taken back 1,500 hectares of their ancestral lands, stolen from them during the dictatorship. On U.S. Thanksgiving, they took photos and video interviews after Carabineros shot and teargassed people in the re-occupation.

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On Tuesday, April 7, Jim Shultz, Executive Director of the Democracy Center, will launch his newest book My Other Country, Nineteen Years in Bolivia? in the BV Gallery from 7 – 9 p.m. The full moon event commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Cochabamba Water Revolt in Bolivia that Shultz was involved in and helped publicize.

The gallery is free and open to the public.

 

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Santiago de Chile: Water cannons chase crowd. A caustic liquid was mixed with the water to irritate the skin and lungs. Water cannons were strategically used to target street medics and the Red Cross.

Santiago de Chile: Depicting blood and eyeballs in the hands of the government. This guerrilla theater on International Human Rights Day, December 10th, commemorated the (then) 350+ eyes injured, some permanently by the Carabineros de Chile (national police) who intentionally shot people in the face with shotguns filled with rubber-coated metal pellets during the protests.

This young Mapuche is from the community of Quilape Lopez, Chile, which is re-occupying stolen ancestral lands. Elders say the young are the future of the Mapuche, as is the land.

all photos by Orin Langelle / photolangelle.org

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This was shot last November during the Women’s March Against Violence Toward Women in Temuco, Chile:

Posted In CLIMATE JUSTICE NEWS December 4, 2019 by

Women involved in the protests taking place across Chile have been targeted for sexual abuse and rape by the Chilean National Police (carabineros), leading to marches around the country demanding an end to violence against women. Photo: Langelle/photolangelle.org

Excerpt From Human Rights Watch, Chile: Police Reforms Needed in the Wake of Protests – Excessive Force Against Demonstrators, Bystanders; Serious Abuse in Detention

The police detained more than 15,000 people and ill-treated some of them.

Of 442 criminal complaints filed by the National Human Rights Institute on behalf of victims of abuse, 341 refer to allegations of torture and inhumane treatment and 74 of sexual abuse. Many detainees allege they were brutally beaten by police. Another of the most common allegations was that police forced detainees, including children, to undress and squat fully naked in police stations, a practice banned by police protocols in March 2019 but that still occurs, including before the protests.

The police appear to be more likely to force women and girls to strip than men, based on data that the National Human Rights Institute collected and interviews Human Rights Watch conducted. A Chilean human rights lawyer told Human Rights Watch of a case in which men and women were detained in the same circumstances, but only women were forced to undress, and cases of police touching women’s genitalia after they were forced to strip.

For the full piece, go to: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/11/26/chile-police-reforms-needed-wake-protests

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