Tuesday, October 19, 2010

LISTEN: Indigenous Politics Radio: Mapuche Hunger Strike


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On Tuesday, October 19, 2010, join your host, J. Kehaulani Kauanui, for an episode that will focus on the politics of the 82-day hunger strike by Mapuche Indian political prisoners in the face of police and military repression levied against them. The protest was directed against the government's use of strict anti-terror legislation to criminalize attempts by the Mapuche to recover their ancestral lands. The protest began on July 12 of this year, when 20 Mapuche prisoners in different prisons in the Bío Bío and Araucanía regions started the hunger strike. By the end of July additional Mapuche in three other prisons had also begun the hunger strike. As reported by Global Voices Online, the group represents about a third of the total number of Mapuche who are currently on trial under the country's infamous Anti-terrorist Law. We will hear from Luis E. Cárcamo-Huechante, a scholar of Mapuche origin who grew up in Tralcao, a rural village in the River Region of Valdivia in southern Chile, and now teaches Latin American and indigenous literatures and cultures at The University of Texas at Austin; and José Aylwin is a human rights lawyer from Chile, who specializes in indigenous peoples and citizens' rights in Latin America, and is Co-director of the Observatorio Ciudadano (Citizens' Watch), an NGO for the promotion and protection of human rights in Chile. He teaches Indigenous Peoples' Rights at the School of Law of the Universidad Austral de Chile, in Valdivia, Chile.
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This show is syndicated on select Pacifica-affiliate stations in the USA: WPKN in Bridgeport, CT and Montauk, NY; WNJR, in Washington, PA, WETX-LP, "The independent Voice of Appalachia," which broadcasts throughout the Tri-Cities region of East Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and northwest North Carolina; WBCR-lp in Great Barrington, MA and WORT in Madison, WI.
All past programs of "Indigenous Politics" are archived online: http://www.indigenouspolitics.com
The show's producer and host, J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Ph.D. is an associate professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University. She is the author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press, 2008). http://jkauanui.faculty.wesleyan.edu

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