WOMEN: Don’t Grease Your Chains… Break Them! (MST Speaker from BRAZIL & Mapuche Feminist Doc)

WOMEN- Don't Grease Your Chains..

WOMEN: Don’t Grease Your Chains… Break Them!

Destroy the Patriarchical Prison System!

Free our Mapuche (Indigenous), Anarchist and Revolutionary Political Prisoners

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1424157824488960/

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SATURDAY, MARCH 8TH @ 7PM

***SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER OF THE LANDLESS WORKER MOVEMENT DIRECTLY FROM BRAZIL***

ORLANDO PIMENTEL

Youth organizer with the Landless Workers Movement (MST), speaking on the ongoing resistance against gentrification and securitization brought about by the upcoming World Cup to be held in Brazil in June 2014.

Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement, Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST) in Portuguese, is a mass social movement, formed by rural workers and by all those who want to fight for land reform and against injustice and social inequality in rural areas.

The MST was born through a process of occupying latifundios (large landed estates) and become a national movement in 1984.  Over more than two decades, the movement has led more than 2,500 land occupations, with about 370,000 families – families that today settled on 7.5 million hectares of land that they won as a result of the occupations. Through their organizing, these families continue to push for schools, credit for agricultural production and cooperatives, and access to health care.

SHOWCASING the Brazilian Mini Doc:

DISTOPIA 021: CITY SEGREGATION AND SPECTACLE (Portuguese/Spanish with English Subtitles)

See Trailer here: http://vimeo.com/32676930

Cities are spaces of cultural uniformity through a series of surveillance mechanisms, repression and segregation. Its architecture is designed fundamentally on the circulation of goods, its spaces mediated by consumption and the current economic model: Capitalism. The short documentary focuses on these processes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which have only been heightened by the upcoming FIFA World Cup in June 2014, and the Summer Olympics in 2015.

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EXCLUSIVELY SCREENING the MAPUCHE FEMINIST DOCUMENTARY FILM:

“EYES OF A WOMAN: GLANCE OF THE EARTH” (Spanish with English Subtitles)

A film by Mapuche Feminist and Warrior, Moira Millan

See Trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKLrM6-gfag

The film of a Mapuche activist from Puelmapu (so-called Argentina) depicting the life of Moira Millan, the film’s protagonist and writer. Moira is a Mapuche woman who had to migrate from Patagonia to the City of Buenos Aires with her two small children. After some time, she decides to go back to Reclaimed Mapuche Territory, where her mother’s remains lie. She knows the land must be preserved, but her daughters do not want to live in the country. The film raises many issues on the preservation of Mapuche indigenous identity in today’s Argentina, in which Moira travels to visit women of other communities an indigenous nations, with which she shares the experience of preserving ancestral culture through education, health, music and taking back the land.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

 *EVA PORTILLO (LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN SOLIDARITY NETWORK)

* SIGRID (Idle No More Toronto/The Indignants)

MUSIC, POETRY & MUCH MORE…

ORGANIZED BY:

THE WOMEN’S COORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR A FREE WALLMAPU [TORONTO]

https://wccctoronto.wordpress.com

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The history of women has been plagued with humiliations and scorn on the part of the various systems of slavery and submission that have existed. Domination, colonialism and violence have always been unleashed on the bodies of women as a possession to be conquered – and with it the earth – as part of the structural patriarchy that has continued the rape, plunder and genocide of the land and its indigenous peoples.

Patriarchal objectification and systems of control are in this way manifested through wage labour, heteronormativity/fixation of gender binaries, environmental exploitation, security and surveillance of society as an extension of the physical confines of prison, forcing people into submission to further the Capitalist project.

Those who rebel against this structural violence and refuse to see themselves or their environment as objects to be exploited are quickly punished as criminals or deviants deserving of the proper punishment to fulfill their roles in society – to be objectified. Thus, the prison system and it various extensions are the vivid expression of this structural violence – forcing all those who refuse to submit to the colonial norms to submit their bodies and their lives to the will of power and capital. It is in this way that prison becomes the ultimate expression of Patriarchal structural violence in our society as it serves to further objectify women and their bodies into the property of Capital and the State.

This International Women’s Day, we have nothing to celebrate and everything to fight back.

WE DENOUNCE THE STRUCTURAL VIOLENCE OF THE JUDICIAL/PRISON SYSTEM ON OUR COMMUNITIES IN RESISTANCE AGAINST COLONIALISM, CAPITALISM & PATRIARCHY ON THIS STOLEN LAND!!

FREE MACHI CELESTINO CORDOBA & ALL MAPUCHE POLITCAL PRISONERS!!

FREE OUR MI’KMAQ POLITICAL PRISONERS IN SO-CALLED NEW BRUNSWICK!!

INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY & REBELLION WITH FALLON, AMELIE & CARLOS IMPRISONED IN MEXICO!!

INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY & REBELLION WITH MONICA & FRANCISCO IMPRISONED IN SPAIN!!

They may imprison our bodies, but they can never imprison our desire to struggle; to be free.

Organized by The Women’s Coordinating Committee for A Free Wallmapu [Toronto]

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Medicine Healer [Machi] Celestino Cordova Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for the Luchsinger –Mackay Case

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Source: Radio Bio-Bio

February 28th, 2014

This Friday, the Criminal Court of Temuco sentenced Mapuche Medicine Healer [Machi], Celestino Cordova, to 18 years in maximum security prison, for his alleged involvement in the arson that killed the Luchsinger-Mackay couple in Vilcun last year.

“Celestino Cordova is convicted by a majority of votes to an 18 year sentence at a maximum security facility, and the absolute prohibition in assuming public office, for having been considered the author of arson resulting in death,” declared the 120 page sentence.

The conviction was carried out under strict police surveillance in and around the courthouse, rejecting the petitions made by the Prosecution, who was asking life in prison (40 years), without any right to benefits for the severity of the charges.

Previously, Defense attorney Karina Riquelme announced they would resort to annul the trial, since Medicine Healer [Machi] Celestino Cordova was convicted for being a participant in the incident and not the author.

This past January 20th, Chilean Justice had accredited the participation of Celestine in the events that occurred on the mourning of January 4th, 2013, at the Granja Lumahue Estate, where [estate owners] Werner Luchsinger and his wife Vivianne Mackay were killed in an arson.

CONVICTED IN AGGRAVATION

At the end of the hearing, the Regional Prosecution of the Attorney General, Cristian Paredes, commented that they will completely re-examine the sentence and decide on further actions. Nonetheless, he estimated that at least Cordova had received a minimum conviction for the seriousness of the crime.

“The conviction has been set to an 18 years sentence, without the possibility of opting for alternative benefits; therefore we believe that this is minimally representative of the severity of the crimes caused to the victims. We need to review the reasons for the sentencing. There have only been some small references made in regards to aggravated nature of the charges… And therefore will have to review the content in order to decide if we will recur to annulling the trial as a whole [to ask for life imprisonment].”

Meanwhile, Attorney Carlos Tenorio, who represented the Luchsinger-Mackay family in the trial, assured that the “trial was highly complex in arguing for arson resulting in death is not easy; particularly in this region.”

“By virtue of the fact that we argue there is Terrorism in the Araucanía (which is important to note), we must read the sentence with careful attention, since we only had a small minority vote in our favour. What satisfies us is that there is someone responsible and will fulfill his sentence,“ he added.

Finally, Attorney Pablo Ortega, who defended the ancestral Mapuche authority of Lof Lleupeko, stated that Celestino “is calm. He has actually pointed out to his family, his People, and his Communities that he is prepared and in good spirits. He and his Defense are hopeful in the petitions that will be recurred to when the time comes, and we will obtain the absolute annulment of the trial as stated by the Defense.

Radio Bio-Bio

Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]

https://wccctoronto.wordpress.com

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