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(en) anarkismo.net: [Colombia] Public release before a situation of gender-based violence within our organization by Grupo Libertario Vía Libre (ca) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 15 Apr 2017 10:07:08 +0300


This communiqué is written with the intention of making public the position that as Grupo Libertario Vía Libre, a specific anarchist organization of the city of Bogotá, Colombia, we are dealing with a case of gender violence that occurred among militants of our organization. We think that our task, as anarchists and feminists, is to carry out deep exercises of self-criticism and criticism that aim to consolidate a position of rejection of patriarchal, macho and violent actions and attitudes both in the public sphere and in the realm of private. ---- This communiqué is written with the intention of making public the position that as Grupo Libertario Vía Libre, a specific anarchist organization of the city of Bogotá, Colombia, we are dealing with a case of gender violence that occurred among militants of our organization. We think that our task, as anarchists and feminists, is to carry out deep exercises of self-criticism and criticism that aim to consolidate a position of rejection of patriarchal, macho and violent actions and attitudes both in the public sphere and in the realm of private.

We note that when a body is assigned as "man", it begins to have certain privileges that shape its identity, and that it bases its foundation on the idea of the superiority of the masculine over the feminine. Such superiority or imbalance of power should not be overlooked in understanding how we relate to human beings. In short, the unequal valuation of the masculine and feminine are the roots of the patriarchal system, which acts in conjunction with capitalism or racism, among other systems of oppression.

For this reason, we must maintain a permanent alert and make collective exercises of criticism and self-criticism that question the privileges of the companions assigned as "men". The questioning exercise also goes on to recognize that no person is exempt from macho attitudes, and that it is essential to be alert to any affirmation, nuanced or explicit, of patriarchy and positions of obligatory heterosexuality. Although criticism and self-criticism should be made from a pedagogical exercise that prevents situations of gender violence and helps us to recognize what it means to be "man" and to be "woman" in the world, there are attitudes and situations that Must be named concretely and publicly, condemning them in a forceful manner and taking the necessary measures to avoid a repetition of situations of violence.

This is the case of physical and psychological violence perpetuated on the part of those assigned as "men" to "women". When a militant partner physically and psychologically assaults a comrade, we as anarchists, as revolutionaries, as people we are thinking of a new way of relating to ourselves, of living, of loving, of acting collectively and of curbing the situation of violence.

If these attitudes of masculine (macho and patriarchal) violence are repeated and there is no indication of a change, or questioning the privileges and therefore of the place in society, then we do not believe there is room in the organization for someone who does not want Question and change. On the other hand, if there is a transformation disposition, recognition of the privileges and the profound change that must be developed, sometimes emotionally drastic, to understand our place in the world, then we must think pedagogical strategies of criticism and self-criticism that allow such a process.

For the reason above and as we became aware of the facts, in an extraordinary meeting and by collective agreement, we decided to expel Daniel Perafan, Who was active in our organization and in territorial spaces and political formation since 2015, due to the physical and psychological violence against him that was his sentimental partner, also militant of our organization, and a series of macho attitudes towards some Companions of the social spaces where we work. The situations presented by the partners lead us to argue that Daniel's action is repetitive and that, so far, no consistent desire for change has been expressed.

On the other hand, we recognize the value of the comrades who made the situation public, knowing that it is not easy to report such situations. As an organization we will support our colleagues in both political and emotional terms and in the activation of collective security protocols that we have agreed upon in our organization and the spaces in which we participate. In the same way we want to encourage other partners within and outside the social movements to report these cases and demand the accompaniment of their organizations, groups and families in these difficult situations and in turn are systematically invisibilized and minimized by society .

Moving away from the idea, often rooted in organizations and popular movements, that these issues must be dealt with only within the organization, we publish this communique that seeks to show that the arrays of oppression, in this case patriarchy, Operate from specific actions of specific people, and none is exempt from reproducing them. Therefore, it is vitally important to counter these violence with sincerity, in all areas where we have influence, walking towards a collective care that we recognize important in the logic of free, egalitarian and anarchic organizations that we defend for our political organization and the whole of the society.

We believe that at any moment in life, a human being can develop important transformations of his / her doing and we expect Daniel to perform an exercise in authentic self-criticism and personal rectification, de-building the machismo we have identified in his daily practices.

As anarchists and feminists, We are in constant struggle against the injustices of the world and this implies recognizing how these violence reproduce within our own organization and spaces of influence, by confronting and undertaking collective actions that allow us to construct from here and now a way to a more just society And more free.

Libertario Group Vía Libre
April 11, 2017
Bogotá DC, Colombia

Related Link: http://grupovialibre.org/2017/04/11/comunicado-publico-ante-situacion-de-violencia-machista-al-interior-de-nuestra-organizacion/

http://www.anarkismo.net/article/30161
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