Cascadian event: Solidarity with indigenous and anarchist activists in Chile

Via nwanarchy, an interesting event coming up at Seattle’s indomitable Left Bank Books in Cascadia, sweet Cascadia:

From Wallmapu to Santiago: Mapuche & Anarchist Resistance

Monday November 8th 7PM at Left Bank Books (92 Pike Street) Seattle

A report of the ongoing struggles of the Mapuche people in Wallmapu and the anarchists in Chile. Recent repression and resistance will be covered as well as a brief history for context.

From Wallmapu to Santiago: Mapuche & Anarchist Resistance, Monday November 8th 7PM at Left Bank Books (92 Pike Street) Seattle

For translations and recent articles check out:

http://chileboliviawalmapu.wordpress.com/

The event is free but we will be asking for donations for the situation detailed below:

Support Mapuche communities in resistance!

Have you ever complained about how all the anarchist requests for money are in reaction to state repression? Well here’s a chance to support a proactive liberatory project.

Several Mapuche communities in the Lleu Lleu lake region are coming together to build a radio station as a source of counterinformation that comes from a Mapuche cultural worldview. The Mapuche have been struggling for over 500 years against invasion and colonization. They were not conquered until 1880-1883, when the Chilean state invaded Walmapu in violation of hundreds of years of treaties. Since the 1990s, the Mapuche struggle has intensified with land reclamation actions recovering thousands of acres of land from the logging companies or wealthy landlords who have usurped them.

The Lleu Lleu is one of the cleanest lakes in South America, precisely because it is surrounded by Mapuche communities. An anonymous group of investors is currently looking to start mining in the Lleu Lleu region, endangering the health of all the land that has been won back.

Because land transportation is so slow in the region, a radio station would be an especially effective means for coordinating resistance, spreading information, and revitalizing the Mapuche culture. Mapuche resistance has already blocked the construction of a tourist hotel on the banks of the Lleu Lleu, and postponed the initiation of the mining project. Now an unknown consortium of capitalists is again trying to advance the mining project, and the Mapuche in struggle are asking for international solidarity.

http://www.counterpunch.org/severino10012010.html
http://anarchistnews.org/?q=node/12422

With just $1200-1500, they can buy the equipment they need to start the radio station. The group of Mapuche involved in this project have been in the struggle for years, they are members of these communities, many of them have gone to prison, and they have strong affinity with the anarchists.

They are good comrades. Please support them.

About cascadiasolidaria

Human rights and solidarity activist from Cascadia, North America, writing about issues of justice and security in Guatemala and Central America from a perspective of solidarity with human rights and social movements.
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