never belonged to any particular political party. However, the Chile of the 1970s requested its working classes to become involved in changing the pollical spectrum to construct a new political system based on socialist ideas and ideals, that could benefit the working classes. I responded to this legitimate call from my president Salvador Allende. But instead of joining a political party, I decided to join a Catholic worker organization
called Juventud Obrera Catolica. (JOC). This catholic organization helped
me to develop a political awareness about my condition as a guitar factory worker
in the context of very extraordinary times in the history of Chile.
Below: my six years contributions towards my pension. "Libreta de Seguro"
JOC provided me with basic political education that I need as a worker. Many of its members were politicized
people with socialist ideals and strong followers of the Liberation Theology.
All of this to say that my work
has been carried out thinking of these "jocista" people above, who tragically lost their lives
at the hand of the Pinochet's bloody Regime. They fought for freedom and democracy in our country. They were a bunch of beautiful
people. I work in their name. I learned that my guitar, my voice and a
bit of commitment was enough for me to keep their memories high.
Below the song I wrote about the Liberation Theology
contribucion (Edinb. 1986)
This song celebrates the changing role of the church in Latin America
under the influence of the 'Theology of Liberation', exemplified
by such figures as Dom Helder Camara in Brazil, Archbishop Romero
in El Salvador, and . Ernesto Cardenal in Nicaragua