The Challenge for Progressives in Latin America

Giorgio Jackson

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Thursday, October 11, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm | Room 250, Goldman School of Public Policy

Giorgio Jackson speaking at Berkeley, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.)
Giorgio Jackson speaking at Berkeley, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.)

Giorgio Jackson is a transformative political figure in Chile. As a student at the Catholic University in Santiago, Jackson was a key leader of the Chilean student protests in 2011. That mobilization of university and high school students fought for increased state support for public universities, more equitable access to education, and free public education for all students. The movement put as many as a million demonstrators on the streets of Santiago and coordinated demonstrations throughout Chile, reaching out to trade unionists, environmental groups, and other social movements. 

As a 25-year-old, Jackson founded the Democratic Revolution political party in 2012, and was elected to Congress representing Santiago in 2013. He was re-elected in 2017 with the highest plurality of any member of Congress. Polls show him to be the most popular political leader in the country.

Giorgio Jackson walks through Berkeley with CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.)
Giorgio Jackson walks through Berkeley with CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.)

Giorgio Jackson speaking at Berkeley, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.) Giorgio Jackson listens to an audience question during his talk at Berkeley, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.)
Giorgio Jackson listens to an audience question during his talk at Berkeley, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.)

Giorgio Jackson speaks with an audience member before his talk for CLAS, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.)
Giorgio Jackson speaks with an audience member before his talk for CLAS, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.)

Giorgio Jackson with audience members after his talk. (Photo by Jim Block.)
Giorgio Jackson with Professor Lovell "Tu" Jarvis of UC Davis (left) and his former teacher, Professor Ricardo San Martín of Universidad Catolica in Santiago, after his talk. (Photo by Jim Block.)

Giorgio Jackson with the poster advertising his talk, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.)
Giorgio Jackson with the poster advertising his talk, October 2018. (Photo by Jim Block.)

Giorgio Jackson in the legislative office building in Santiago. (Photo courtesy of Giorgio Jackson.)