Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo Today

File photo: Part of the Maestra Peace mural at The Women's Building.

Nora Cortiñas, a founder and leader of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, will be speaking today with Olga Talamante at 2 p.m. at the Women’s Building.

Nora Cortiñas’ son Gustavo was “disappeared” by the Argentine military dictatorship early in 1977. On April 30, Cortiñas and 13 other women, whose sons and daughters had “disappeared” took the extraordinary step of publicly protesting the dictatorship’s “dirty war” against civil society.

Banned, ignored, dismissed, trivialized, beaten, “disappeared” and killed, mothers like Cortiñas kept coming to the Plaza de Mayo in the heart of Buenos Aires every Thursday. Eventually they grew to become one of the most effective social movements in the world over the past half century. A former university professor, Cortiñas continues to work for justice and keeping alive the memory of her son and the other “disappeared” in the hopes that what happened in the “dirty war” will never happen again.

Olga Talamante is the Executive Director of the Chicana Latina Foundation. A former Mission resident (driven out during the dot-com wave), Talamante lived in Argentina in the mid-70s. Shortly after the coup, she was arrested and held for 16 months as a political prisoner until a massive grassroots campaign obtained her release. Two years ago Talamante was honored as a Community Grand Marshall for the San Francisco Pride Parade. Currently she serves on the Boards of El Concilio of San Mateo County, the Horizons Foundation and the Greenlining Institute.

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