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Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez
was a Chilean teacher,theatre director, poet, singer-songwriter, political activist and member of the Communist Party of Chile. A distinguished theatre director, he devoted himself to the development of Chilean theatre, directing a broad array of works from locally produced Chilean plays, to the classics of the world stage, to the experimental work of Ann Jellicoe. Simultaneously he developed in the field of music and played a pivotal role among neo-folkloric artists who established the Nueva Canción Chilena (New Chilean Song) movement which led to a revolution in the popular music of his country under the Salvador Allende government. Shortly after the Chilean coup of 11 September 1973, he was arrested, tortured and ultimately shot to death with 44 bullet shots by machine gun fire. His body was later thrown out into the street of a shanty town in Santiago. The contrast between the themes of his songs, onlove, peace and social justice and the brutal way in which he was murdered transformed Jara into a symbol of struggle for human rights and justice across Latin America.
yes yes yes! you’ll often hear me rant about the responsibility of cultural workers to be that bridge linking personal experiences with political context through arts and culture. cultural work should always reflect and be linked to a community … to hold accountable the individual artist. i think julio salgado’s “i am undocu-queer” series beautifully melds the theory and practice behind cultural work. hella impactful.
is anyONE ELSE JUST SO EXCITED FOR PUMPKINS AND HOT CHOCOLATE AND HaLLOwEEEEN AND SPOOKY MOVIES AND FAIRS AND KNEE SOCKS AND PUMPKIN LATTES AND BIG BLANKETS AND COZY CUDDLY SWEATERS AND PRETTY LEAVES AND i just started crYING
Resilience at the Core of Resistance
Check out this article with an interview by Shruti Purkayastha speaking about the importance of art and healing in the face of state violence!
"Resistance rooted in culture, spirituality and healing is at the forefront of organizing in the United States to challenge the growing police state and U.S. state violence."
solidarity means you leave no one behind to be a prisoner of the coppers
jesus fuckin christ this is so powerful all of these people taking pictures and standing by and then like 2 people have the guts to do something