Chile, Social Movements & the Future of the Left, Saturday, March 26, 2022
Entering the 2000s, Chile’s rulers presented their country as the success story of neoliberalism with even so-called “socialist” leaders assuming management of the capitalist state. By the 2010s, however, waves of student and other popular movements gave the lie to this image. Mobilizing from below, students, pensioners, youth, diverse women’s and indigenous movements reawakened the dream of a Chile beyond neoliberalism, and even occasionally recalled the repressed socialist project of the 1960s and 1970s. In the process left political parties and even the constitutional architecture of the country are being transformed. How do these movements emerge, sustain themselves, relate to each other, engage parties, and imagine the future? We address these questions with 4 activist intellectuals deeply embedded in Chile’s movements and their country’s diasporas.
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- Gina Vargas – Peruvian feminist thinker, active in Chile during Allende, attended Boric inauguration, election observer 2021 – Wikipedia entry, Movements of Movements (Lima, Peru)
- Pablo Navarrette – Chilean documentarian, Alborada website (London, UK)
- Romina Akemi – Historian, agrarian specialist, Faculty profile, NACLA article (Los Angeles, US)
- Sergio Reyes: Organizer and musician – Writings and performances (Punta Arenas, Chile)