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/
SATURDAY, MARCH 8TH @ 7PM
***SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER OF THE LANDLESS WORKER MOVEMENT DIRECTLY FROM BRAZIL***
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.
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.
*EVA PORTILLO (LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN SOLIDARITY NETWORK)
* SIGRID (Idle No More Toronto/The Indignants)
MUSIC, POETRY & MUCH MORE…
THE WOMEN’S COORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR A FREE WALLMAPU [TORONTO]
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]