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Abolition May

Abolition May is a Turtle Island (aka North America)-wide coalition organized around action during May 2021 to demand the abolition of pigs (aka police) from campuses and from Earth. Days of action include May 3 - a day of refusal, and regional and local days of action, culminating on May 25 in a commemoration of the anniversary of George Floyd's death. A specific day of action in Kumeyaay Territory (aka the Tijuana/San Diego region) will be announced soon.

Monday, May 3  is Transnational Day of Refusal. "A coalition of campaigns across Turtle Island, from the east coast to the west and in between, ask you to honor a picket line by absenting yourself from class and otherwise withholding your labor in support of the demand to abolish all campus police. Honoring the picket line could mean: Joining the picket line on your campus // Canceling or refusing to attend a synchronous class // Refusing to watch asynchronous lectures // Refusing to pre-record a class or prepare other materials for later asynchronous use // Refusing to engage in other forms of university-based labor, including email response // Protecting any students, colleagues, and workers from retaliation // Attending a regional walkout action."

May 3 UCSD Day of Refusal:
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(images at right link to twitter)

May 3 Virtual Sit-In at the UCSD Police web site - until midnight on May 3. participate here.

Cops off Campus Coalition May 3 Video Compilation

Abolition May Calendar (from the Abolition May web site)

For more information, stay tuned to this web site, to the UCSD FTP Coalition's twitter feed (twitter link) and to the Abolition May web site.

An Expansive Rebellion: Feminism and Social Revolt in Chile

Pierina Ferretti, Sociologist and Doctoral Candidate in Latin American Studies at the University of Chile, Researcher with Fundación Nodo XXI 

Mia Dragnic García, Sociologist and Doctoral Candidate in Latin American Studies at the University of Chile, Professor at the Metropolitan University of Education Science

Monday, February 1, 4pm

Link: https://ucsb.zoom.us/j/89256077958?pwd=Mlp2MWFNVENGRTNmZXFIb2k0WE5rZz09

Password: chile

In October 2019, Chile experienced its largest social revolt since the return to democracy in 1990. The mobilization, which began as a spontaneous reaction to protest against a 0.30 USD rise in the Santiago transport fare, soon after became a widespread outburst against the precarious and unjust conditions that affect the majority of the population after almost fifty years of life under a neoliberal regime. Throughout Chile, high school and university students, young precarious professionals, residents of peripheral neighborhoods, sectors of a fragile and unstable “middle class”, soccer hooligans (a symbol of popular and stigmatized youth), qualified salaried workers and unqualified, retirees and older adults, office workers, and app workers, among others, joined together in mass demonstrations.

As an immediate antecedent to this revolt in Chile, there had been a recent emergence of a new wave of the feminist movement that has since caused a general awareness of sexist violence, sexual abuse, and the need for an abortion law, issues that today they occupy the center of social debate. One can see the underground work that Chilean feminism has carried out for many years and that has gained symbolic capital - this is key to understanding how it has moved from private malaise to collective revolt today. Feminism has acted in Chile as an expansive rebellion, starting with women and sexual dissidents and has advanced towards the politicization of broad social sectors, preparing the conditions for mass revolt.

Ferretti and Dragnic co-published the article “Revolt in Chile: Life Against Capital” In Viewpoint last February 2020. 


Feminisms from Below, and Towards the South

The speaker series Feminisms from Below, and Towards the South welcomes feminist militants from Latin America to share their perspectives and experiences on building popular power towards a mass feminist movement. Over the past decade, Latin American feminists have identified manifestations of gender-based oppression under capitalism in everyday women’s conditions in order to successfully mobilize them as part of a political movement. Feminists produce analyses and subsequent strategies around reproductive rights, resource extractivism, housing, debt, and more. This mass feminism has grown to be arguably the most insurgent political force across the continent. 

Sponsored by Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (UCSB), History Department (UCSB), Feminist Studies Department (UCSB), Latin American Studies (UCSD), Institute of Arts and Humanities, (UCSD), Latin American and Iberian Studies (UCSB), Critical Gender Studies (UCSD)