Members of the Tendencia Piquetera Revolucionaria read articles at their annual camping retreat. (Photo by: Jason Sheil)

Instead of partying or traveling for Carnaval, the Tendencia Piquetera Revolucionaria (TPR), a far-left political party in Buenos Aires was hard at work at their annual retreat in the Los Robles ecological reserve: reading Marxist literature in the grass, watching footage from their events in 2017, talking about the future of their organization, and sporadically breaking into chants of “Fuera Macri!”

Members set up their meeting hall where the weekend’s events will take place.
Members set up their meeting hall where the weekend’s events will take place. (Photo by: Jason Sheil)

 

Juan Marino, the party’s 30-year-old leader helps the group prepare their meeting room.
The party’s leader, Juan Marino, helps the group prepare their meeting room. (Photo by: Jason Sheil)

 

TPR is one of the anti-imperialist groups in Argentina opposing the Macri administration. They help support a variety of social causes including furthering the rights of indigenous peoples, workers, and women. A large part of their work revolves around holding rallies and marches throughout the country to bring attention to a wide range of issues. For example, the Women’s March on January 20th was organized by members of TPR, as was a demonstration in Rio Turbio to protest layoffs at the Rio Turbio mine.

Cristian Armenteros, editor in chief of the El Piquetero paper gives the first speech.
Cristian Armenteros, editor in chief of the “El Piquetero” newspaper gives the first speech. (Photo by: Jason Sheil)

 

Party members take turns speaking to the group. Dialogue is important at these events, with all members given a turn to speak about their ideas for the party's future.
Party members take turns speaking to the group. Dialogue is important at these events, with all members given a turn to speak about their ideas for the party’s future. (Photo by: Jason Sheil)

 

The group’s members are comprised by residents of Buenos Aires (both in the city and province), Neuquen, and Tucumán, coming from a mix of students, banking employees, doctors, and judicial/state workers, both male and female. Among other causes, the group focuses heavily on furthering women’s rights, choosing for example last weekend to spend several hours working together in feminism workshops.

Official party clothing supporting women’s rights reading, “Revolution of Women”. (Photo: Jason Sheil)
Official party clothing supporting women’s rights reading, “Revolution of Women”. (Photo by: Jason Sheil)

 

As the speeches continue, Juan Marino writes the weekend agenda out on a whiteboard. (Photo: Jason Sheil)
As the speeches continue, Juan Marino writes the weekend agenda out on a whiteboard. (Photo by: Jason Sheil)

 

Lu, the organizer of this particular retreat, staples the weekend’s reading material together. (Photo: Jason Sheil)
Lu, the organizer of this particular retreat, staples the weekend’s reading material together. (Photo by: Jason Sheil)

 

With the new year already well under way, the group has plenty to prepare for, including next month’s massive Women’s March planned for the 8th of March. It’s long weekends like this that give the TPR a moment to step back from their demonstrations and reorganize for the work ahead of them.

Three party members break in into their reading assignments. In this case, a Clarín article entitled, "La Izquierda, en Problemas". (Photo: Jason Sheil)
Three party members break in into their reading assignments. (Photo by: Jason Sheil)

 

Three party members work through their reading together. After reading, the group returns to the meeting hall to discuss what they've just read. (Photo: Jason Sheil)
Three party members work through their reading together. After reading, the group returns to the meeting hall to discuss what they’ve just read. (Photo by: Jason Sheil)



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