On September 4, Chileans will vote on whether to adopt a new constitution that would usher in sweeping democratic, social, and economic reforms.
The current constitution dates from the reign of General Augusto Pinochet, who imposed human rights horrors and brutal free market economic policies on the South American nation for 17 years after taking power through a 1973 coup.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who’s been working to uphold the U.S. Constitution as the leader of the 2021 Trump impeachment trial and as a member of the House committee investigating the January 6 U.S. Capitol attack, sees the Chilean initiative as part of what he calls the “global project” of democracy. On August 30, he released a video commending the democratically elected assembly that drafted the 387 articles in the Chilean proposal.
“This Constitution represents not just a legal victory,” Raskin said, “but decades of political organizing and commitment by the Chilean people to make your country a global leader for freedom, equality and democracy for all.”