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The other September 11th: Tomorrow marks the 40 year anniversary of Augusto Pinochet’s U.S.-backed coup against Salvador Allende’s elected government in Chile. Watch and/ or listen to the song Amanda, sung by Victor Jara the folk singer brutally murdered under Pinochet. His wife is now suing his killer. [transcript and translation of the song after the jump.]

11-year-old Denise McNair and 14-year-olds Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley: those are the names and ages of the “four little girls” killed 50 years ago when members of the KKK firebombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Alabama. Today, they were awarded a Congressional Gold Medal.

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Te recuerdo Amanda
Te recuerdo Amanda, la calle
mojada, corriendo a
la fábrica donde trabajaba Manuel. La
sonrisa ancha, la lluvia en
el pelo, no importaba
nada, ibas a encontrarte con él, con
él, con él, con él, con
él.

Son cinco minutos. La vida es eterna en cinco
minutos. Suena la sirena de
vuelta al trabajo, y
tú caminando, lo iluminas todo. Los cinco minutos te hacen florecer.

La sonrisa ancha, la lluvia en el pelo, no
importaba nada, ibas a encontrarte con él,
con él, con él, con él, con
él.

Que partió a la sierra. Que nunca hizo
daño. Que partió a la sierra, y en
cinco minutos quedó destrozado. Suena la
sirena, de vuelta al trabajo.
Muchos no volvieron,
tampoco Manuel.

I remember you Amanda,
the wet street
leading to the factory
where Manuel worked.
The wide smile,
the rain on your hair
didn’t matter to you at all,
you were going to meet
him, him, him.
You have five minutes,
life is eternal
in five minutes,
the siren sounds
to go back to work
and you walking
light up everything,
the five minutes
make you flower.
I remember you Amanda,
the wet street
leading to the factory
where Manuel worked.
The wide smile,
the rain on your hair
didn’t matter to you at all,
you were going to meet
him, him, him,
who left for the mountains,
who never did any harm,
who left for the mountains
and was destroyed
in five minutes,
the siren sounds
to go back to work,
many didn’t go back,
neither did Manuel.
I remember you Amanda,
the wet street
leading to the factory
where Manuel worked.

 

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Born and raised on the mean streets of New York City’s Upper West Side, Katie Halper is a comic, writer, blogger, satirist and filmmaker based in New York. Katie graduated from The Dalton School (where she teaches history) and Wesleyan University (where she learned that labels are for jars.) A director of Living Liberally and co-founder/performer in Laughing Liberally, Katie has performed at Town Hall, Symphony Space, The Culture Project, D.C. Comedy Festival, all five Netroots Nations, and The Nation Magazine Cruise, where she made Howard Dean laugh! and has appeared with Lizz Winstead, Markos Moulitsas, The Yes Men, Cynthia Nixon and Jim Hightower. Her writing and videos have appeared in The New York Times, Comedy Central, The Nation Magazine, Gawker, Nerve, Jezebel, the Huffington Post, Alternet and Katie has been featured in/on NY Magazine, LA Times, In These Times, Gawker,Jezebel, MSNBC, Air America, GritTV, the Alan Colmes Show, Sirius radio (which hung up on her once) and the National Review, which called Katie “cute and some what brainy.” Katie co-produced Tim Robbins’s film Embedded, (Venice Film Festival, Sundance Channel); Estela Bravo’s Free to Fly (Havana Film Festival, LA Latino Film Festival); was outreach director for The Take, Naomi Klein/Avi Lewis documentary about Argentine workers (Toronto & Venice Film Festivals, Film Forum); co-directed New Yorkers Remember the Spanish Civil War, a video for Museum of the City of NY exhibit, and wrote/directed viral satiric videos including Jews/ Women/ Gays for McCain.

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