SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

5 Decades with Lula

On May 1, 1978, the first issue of the Brazilian underground newspaper O Trabalho hit the streets. The paper was the result of the fusion of 4 clandestine Trotskyist organizations with...

Social Movements March on Brazilian Finance Ministry

A coalition of 6 urban social movements demands the resignation of Paulo Guedes who was recently exposed in the Pandora Papers as profiting personally from his policy of devaluing the Brazilian...

Nationwide Anti-Bolsonaro Protests Marked For July 24

Leftist unions and social movements promise to put hundreds of thousands on the streets of 400 towns and cities. by Brasil de Fato This past Tuesday (22nd), the group that unifies organizations seeking...

The Beginning Of The End: #29M Anti-Bolsonaro Protests

On Saturday May 29, 2021, Brazil saw its biggest public mobilisations since the Coronavirus pandemic began. Hundreds of thousands of protesters, organised in 213 cities nationwide, took to the streets against the...

May 29 Protests: Horror At Bolsonaro Beat Fear Of The Virus

By Tereza Cruvinel This is what they were saying on Saturday as hundreds of thousands of people came to the the streets across the country: Bolsonaro is worse than the virus. It...

Lula’s brother Frei Chico: “Class struggle is the greatest of struggles”

Frei Chico, the brother of Brazil's former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, shares a personal account of Lula's early political formation, his history in the trade union movement, achievements in...

The Pau D’arco Massacre: A History of Impunity, Persecution and Death

By Nathalia Urban On May 24, 2017, nine men and one woman were shot dead by civilian and military police in a camp of landless rural workers located on the Santa Lúcia...

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...

No Comparison: Walesa and Lula are different as night and day

Unlike Walesa, Lula never lost his class consciousness or political commitment August 31st marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Gdansk shipyard wildcat strike, led by Lech Walesa, who went...

Frei Betto: A Genocide Is Taking Place In Brazil

Frei Betto is a Brazilian writer, philosopher, liberation theologian, and Dominican friar. Involved in Brazil's emancipatory struggles for decades, Betto was imprisoned for four years under the Military dicatatorship for helping its...

2019: a year of resistance and hope

2019 was a year of vicious attacks and great resistance but we finished it on our feet. It is up to us to gather our strength, intensify our base level organizing...

After Chile “Brazil will soon be next” – Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Portuguese Sociologist sees Brazil as the next Latin American country to confront Neoliberalism. In Brazil to participate in the opening of the annual meeting of the National Association of Graduate Studies and...

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....

Anti-austerity protests: Students and Unions paralyze 200 cities

3rd “Education Tsunami” shut down schools and traffic in the downtown areas of cities in all 26 Brazilian states, but was whitewashed in the international media. Brazilian students and union members blocked...

National Strike: Brasilian students fight against privatization

The National Student Union and 187 allied student associations calls  a national strike against Bolsonaro’s privatization plan to open public university system to private sector investment and control.  by Marcos Hermanson Brazil’s National...

Millions Strike against Bolsonaro’s pension reforms

Strikers made stoppages in public transportation, blocked roads and organized street demonstrations in 380 cities By Juca Guimarães e Rodrigo Chagas – Brasil do Fato The streets answered with a resounding “no” to...

Students and unions unite: One million march against Bolsonaro

Far right President Jair Bolsonaro's Education Minister Abraham Weintraub calls on population to snitch on teachers who took part in protests. After the massive demonstrations on May 15, when one million people...

May 30 Brazilian Education Strike: Meet the Organizers

Hardly spontaneous, the May 30 National Education strike was planned through democratic people's assemblies which have been taking place in towns and cities across Brazil. Meet some of the groups involved...

Clampdown: Justice Minister orders troops to Brasilia

In move reminiscent of Brazil's 1964-1985 military dictatorship, former Lava Jato judge/prosecutor Sergio Moro calls National Security Forces to Capital in advance of Indigenous and anti-pension privatization protests. Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio...

AFL-CIO gives Lula it’s 2019 Human Rights Award

The privileged elites have undermined Brazil’s fragile democratic institutions, especially its judiciary, and took extraordinary and illegal measures to prevent Lula from running for president in October 2018 when all polls...

Bolsonaro and the death of social housing

The Bolsonaro government freezes funding for self-managed social housing construction, destroys the Ministry of Cities and tries to declare the housing movements as terrorists by Brian Mier* Approximately 7 million Brazilian families live...

The fight begins against Brazil’s draconian pension reforms

The Unions and Social movements successfully blocked Michel Temer's neoliberal pension reforms but new proposals by the Bolsonaro administration are even worse by Brian Mier In a period marked by destruction of most...

Not one more drop of blood spilled

Indigenous people and their supporters protest in 51 cities around the World against the neo-fascist Bolsonaro administration's dismantling of reservations, cultural and land rights and his supporters' genocidal threats. by Brian Mier January...

How The US Left Failed Brasil

Why did the US left media bash a successful democratic socialist party during a right wing coup? by Brian Mier, Sean T. Mitchell, and Bryan Pitts On November 29, 2018, the socialist magazine and news site Jacobin...

“I will not trade my dignity for freedom,” says Lula

In a letter written to an international crowd of union and social movement activists and political leaders gathered in a São Bernardo do Campo union hall, Lula evokes the memory of...

2 MST Leaders Gunned Down in Paraiba

Violence against social movements expected to increase across Brazil before Bolsonaro takes office On the night of Saturday (12/8), two activists from the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) were assassinated inside the...

Saad-Filho: Fascism In Brasil, A Tragedy In Four Acts

Brazil elected its new President on 28 October 2018 – the improbable, unspeakable fascist former army captain Jair Bolsonaro won against the affable unimpeachable democratic candidate of a left alliance led...

“We will be together, marching forward.”

by Gaía Passarelli. I never thought I'd get here. And sometimes I want to believe that it will not get worse. But then I pinch myself: I did not think Dilma would fall,...

MST: Brazilian election is a class struggle

“Our weapon is our vote….We need to elect people who are committed to the working class, instead of their own individual interests or mediocre vanity,” says MST leader João Pedro Stedile by...
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