Alicia Cañas Zañartu (1901-2002)

Art by Siamesa (tumblr, deviantart)

In 1935, Alicia Cañas Zañartu was elected mayor of Providencia, a suburb of Santiago, Chile.  This was the first time in Chilean history a woman was elected to public office and the first time a woman was elected mayor of any Latin American city.  At the time, Chilean women were able to vote in municipal elections only, full suffrage did not come until 1949.

Alicia’s major achievement during her two terms as mayor was the remodeling Providencia.  Under Alicia’s leadership, parks were build, avenues were expanded, and the sewer system was updated.  Inspired by her Parisian childhood, Alicia commissioned the construction of Mercado Municipal de Providencia, a European-style public market.  

Shortly before her death at the age of 100, Alicia was given a medal by the city and a plaza was renamed in her honor.

look over there!

The federal government is telling you to be afraid of ISIS, a group of ‘terrorists’ who have declared themselves Iraq’s new government, 7 thousand miles away.

This is the same federal government who arms it’s nations police with military equipment (you’re at least 8 times more likely to be killed by a cop than a terrorist and even today the militarized police will violently raid another 124 houses), the same federal government whose Attorney General has a history of siding with police over the people they murder, the same federal government on whose roads the yearly death tolls is more than ten 9/11’s, every year, the same federal government whose Food and Drug Administration has caused the preventable deaths of at least hundreds of thousands by refusing to approve various life saving drugs, the same federal government whose department of homeland security purchased almost 2 billion rounds of ammo last year, and whose department of justice claims the right to indefinitely detain you without trialassassinate american citizens without due process and whose president holds a secret ‘kill list’

wants you to be afraid of some guys 7,000 miles away who have taken control of parts of Iraq.

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Protesters from across St Louis turned up and turned out for the first St Louis County Council Meeting since Mike Brown’s Death. (Part II)

The St Louis County Council meeting was a fiery affair, as residents from across the county demanded Darren Wilson’s arrest, answers for Mike Brown’s death, and expressed frustration at their own police force being turned on them like they were enemies of the state. #staywoke #farfromover

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