RACIAL EQUALITY

‘Go back to the plantation’ – Curitiba moves to impeach 1st City Councilor

The first impeachment process against a city councilor in the 329-year history of Curitiba - the Brazilian city that most cherishes its "European heritage" - is underway, and it has nothing...

Brazil mourns the loss of Elza Soares

With a career that spanned nearly 70 years and 34 albums, Brazil's beloved singer and activist passed away peacefully at the age of 91 by Brian Mier In 1953, a young woman appeared...

Who Killed Leuvis Manuel Olivero?

Leuvis Manuel Olivero was a US citizen, dad, and author critical of the Bolsonaro administration.  Why was he murdered? by Brian Mier In 2011, Leuvis Manuel Olivero, a Dominican immigrant to the US...

To Carrefour, black man’s life worth less than dog

Pressure mounts on French corporation after it deposits an unsolicited R$1.1 million in account of widow of Beto Freitas, the Afro-Brazilian man who was brutally murdered by Carrefour security guards in...

Curitiba: beyond the myth of the perfect city

Curitiba is known around the world for innovative urban planning and European heritage. During a speech at the World Social Forum, however, Carol Dartora accused the city government of hiding its...

Benedita da Silva’s 50 year fight for racial justice

The veteran congresswoman and civil rights leader speaks about her role in the 2020 municipal elections and  the record number of newly elected Afro-Brazilian city councilors and mayors. By Brian Mier Brazil’s 2020...

Interview: Bruna Rodrigues and the fight against necropolitics

When we say that black lives matter we are saying that we can no longer accept the fact that 83 young black men die every day in Brazil Interview by Brian Mier On...

Justice for João Alberto! Protesters attack Carrefour store in São Paulo

The murder of João Alberto Silveira Freitas by security guards at a Carrefour supermarket in Porto Alegre triggered mass protests on Black Consciousness Day, as Vice President General Hamilton Mourão told journalists that...

Alcântara: Bolsonaro’s Illegal Plan to Expropriate Afro-Brazilian land for Trump deal

Amid a pandemic, quilombo communities around the Alcântara spaceport face an illegal and unnecessary land-grab for a space technology deal between the Trump and Bolsonaro administrations By Sean T. Mitchell These are perilous...

Pandemic, Racism and Indigenous / Black Genocide in Brazil: Coronavirus and Extermination Policy

By Felipe Milanez and Samuel Vida Tragedies are always socially unequal and expose in a striking way historically constructed inequalities, for example in the degree of exposure to risks and the way...

Interview with Preta Ferreira, Political Prisoner

"The fact that I am a black woman and influence other people to demand their constitutional rights is outrageous to them. Who is going to accept that? They certainly are not....

Marielle Franco would have turned 40 today

500 days after the socialist city councilwoman's assassination, the people who ordered her killing are still at large On Saturday, July 27th, Congressman Marcelo Freixo (PSOL-Rio de Janeiro) published a video of...

Interview: PSOL’s Andreia de Jesus

Born in Venda Nova district of Belo Horizonte, Andreia de Jesus, is a lawyer, educator, public employee and a State Representative for PSOL. Patrick Foley, Brazil Solidarity Initiative: Thank you for giving...

62,500 murders: most violent year in Brazilian history

New data shows homicides increased during coup year of 2016. Most victims were Afro-Brazilian males. By Brian Mier Wednesday, June 6 marked the release of the most comprehensive annual study of national and...

The Assassination Of Socialist Marielle Franco

On March 14th in the Estácio area of Rio de Janeiro, Councilwoman Marielle Franco of the Socialism & Freedom Party (PSOL) was executed with 5 shots to the head. Her driver, Anderson...

Djamila Ribeiro: The fight against racism & sexism in Post-Coup Brasil

Djamila Ribeiro, 37, is currently one of the most popular writers and public figures in the Afro-Brazilian woman's rights movement. She was born into a working class family in the gritty...

The Inglorious Fall of William Waack

In 2006, Globo TV's senior news editor Ali Kamel wrote a book called "We are not racists", in which he argued that, despite all the statistics that prove otherwise, there is...

Campaign urges US University to cancel Bolsonaro appearance

Update 7/10/17: The Campaign has issued a response to the person responsible for Bolsonaro's invitation Dr. Mark Langevin, a specialist on US-Brazil energy relations and security, who had defended the move....

Fascist Bolsonaro: “Where there is indigenous land, there is wealth beneath it.”

UPDATE 3/10/17: Jair Bolsonaro has been prosecuted and fined R$50,000 for his racial slur against Quilombola communities. A campaign has been launched to urge George Washington University to cancel Bolsonaro's scheduled appearance.  On...

I’m not your Negro, in Brazil

By Patricia Azevedo Boyd In Brazil, racial issues are complex and contentious but very important to talk about. The tendency has been to pretend that problems do not exist, and many Brazilians...
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