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From where and whom do you exclude yourself?
To “exclude oneself” we have to understand that here are two levels: the personal level and the structural level which are interwoven. We have to acknowledge that if someone is privileged you have the choice of excluding yourself - if you are the discriminated part you can not choose, you rather have to deal with situations where you are excluded from. If we talk about exclusion we also need to be clear about who or what we have to exclude from our process: People who are violent or discriminative against others, structures that give power to people who are not affected by their own decisions, hierarchical and male dominant structures, environments based on competition and aggression, places where people feel left alone, places that reproduce capitalistic and colonial structures, places, people and structures that don't respect the vulnerability of the individual. When we look at the disparities, violence and power structures in this city we must, as a consequence, open spaces and situations for empowerment, self-organization and power sharing. We need to create a space in which we can protect the values of our community.
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