New Chilean Constitution Vote Sunday September 4

For Chileans, the most important vote this year will be Sunday; to ratify or reject the new democratic Constitution. The 170+ page document carefully crafted over 12 months by the Constitutional Congress, guaranties rights to Chileans young and old, with and without resources, and to all ethnicities and genders. The Constitution specifically ensures the rights of the Native tribes of Chile to autonomy. For more on what prompted the revision, see this article.

As I read the detailed provisions of rights, I was moved to tears by their points; Education, Health, Work, Family Support, and Housing for all. I can see this vision would reconstruct the social fabric torn by the seventeen year Pinochet dictatorship, with vestiges like the Constitution written during his regime that continues to this day. However, a steady campaign of misinformation on social media has worked to undermine Chileans confidence to approve the change.

Chileans vote Sunday on whether to continue with the Constitution written by the former dictator or start fresh with this socially responsible nation-building document.

My husband and I lived in Santiago, Chile for a year and wish a resounding: Apruebo (Constitution Approval) Sunday for the people and country we love.

¡Olé! –Rebecca

2011: Out With the Old Photo: simenon simenon

Voto acerca de la Constitución nueva chilena, el domingo 4 septiembre

Para l@s chilen@s, el voto más importante del año será el domingo para aprobar o no aprobar la nueva constitución democrática. Creada con cuidado durante los últimos 12 meses por el Congreso Constituyente, el documento de 170+ páginas da una garatía a derechos a chilenos jóvenes y de la tercera edad, con y sin recursos económicos, y de todos orígenes étnicos y todos los géneros. La Constitución asegura la autonomía de las personas indígenas de Chile. Lee más de los que inspiró la redacción aquí. (en inglés)

Mientras leía las provisiones de los derechos, casí lloré por sus enfoques importantes: educación, salud, trabajo, apoyo de familias, y vivienda para todos. Veo que está visión reconstruiría la tela social rota por 17 años de la dictadura de Pinochet, con vestigios como la Constitución escrita durante su tiempo en poder que se usa hasta hoy en día. Desafortunadamente, una campaña de mala información pervade la media social y socava la confianza de chilenos para aprobar el cambio.

Todos los adultos de Chile pueden votar el domingo para continuar con la Constitución escrita durante la dictadura o empezar todo nuevo con este documento que es responsable socialmente y puede reconstruir la nación.

Mi marido y yo vivimos en Santiago de Chile por un año y esperamos que salga un apruebo rotundo el domingo para la gente y el país que amamos tanto.

¡Olé! –Rebecca

Chilean Flag. Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

You may have had a sneak peak of this article on Tuesday! Above is the complete version. -R

Es posible que hayas visto un poquito del artículo el martes pasado. ¡Esta es la versión completa! -R

Rebecca Cuningham

28 thoughts on “New Chilean Constitution Vote Sunday September 4

  1. A very momentous time! I hope the new agenda passes for the Constitution. Especially since Chile has a dear place in your heart (i.e. having lived there as an expat), I wish you well with the results!

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca. I find I’m holding my breath a little until the results come in. The apruebo victory would be a real step toward full democracy. People around the world are noticing how rights are so plainly stated in the Chilean Constitution.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I couldn’t disagree more. The new constitution is very much people over profit. The Chileans are hopeful for a positive change and so am I. I think it could be a positive new beginning as long as the US doesn’t intervene as they did in 1973, supporting the coup.

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