Title: Different but same-same? Movement building in times of right-wing populism
Author: Tetet Nera-Lauron, IBON International
Voices from the South E-Newsletter: March 2017
In this month’s “Voices from the South”, Tetet Nera-Lauron of IBON International in the Philippines reflects on the question of how social movements and peoples’ organizations can build power in times of a wave of far-right populism, a populism that is marked with protectionist governments and rhetoric, blatant xenophobia, sexism and discrimination, and power remaining in the hands of the wealthy elite and corporations. Tetet explores the question of whether this wave of populism is new at all, or if it is the same tendencies of power and distribution the world has seen for decades with a different packaging. She also explores the question of how we confront these challenges whilst holding onto our vision of long term systemic economic and political change.
Tetet will speak on this theme at the upcoming conference of the EDGE Funders Alliance, “Reorganizing Power for System Change”, which will be held in Barcelona in April 2017.