SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

Brasil Needs The Biggest Anti-Fascist Mobilisation In Contemporary History

These are sombre times for Brasil. An election looms, its leading candidate is in jail on politically motivated charges, and has been withdrawn. His distant challenger now sits in first place. He is a fascist and...

CUT Union Federation turns 35 facing biggest fight ever

The CUT has always been on the streets. We fought against the dictatorship, against the famine and are fighting against the Coup, which the media erroneously calls an impeachment. - Vagner...

Carlos Marighella’s call to the Brazilian People

In 1964, after President Jango Goulart announced he was going to implement agrarian reform, the US Government helped install a Military Coup in Brazil. In 1967, Carlos Marighella, grandson of a...

What side are you on? MST explains march to Brasilia

At a moment in which history puts us to the test we ask: what side are you on? What would we do with our lives if we didn't march and fight for...

Hunger strikers denounce attacks on Brasil’s sovereignty

By Diego Sartorato. Original article at Brasil de Fato. Republished with permission. Targeted by the Michel Temer administration, Brazil’s sovereignty is the key topic of the debate about the political and economic...

AFL-CIO Demands Lula Released/Allowed to Run for President

For the past two years, Lula has been the target of mainstream media attacks and persecuted by politically motivated parts of the judiciary. He has been denied the presumption of innocence...

Supreme Court Guards Push and Kick Journalists/Hunger Strikers

Brasília. On July 31, as a group of 6 hunger strikers held a press conference in front of the Brazilian Supreme Court, a group of security guards came up and started...

São Paulo: Thousands Protest for Abortion Rights

The protest, which temporarily shut down Paulista Avenue, comes on the heels of a recent victory in Argentina and on the eve of a Federal Supreme Court hearing about decriminalization. São Paulo, July...

Rio Judge Gives 7 Year Sentence to June 2013 Protesters

On July 17th, a Rio de Janeiro judge sentenced 23 activists who participated in the June 2013 protests to prison sentences ranging from 5-7 years. Among the convicted is lawyer Eloisa...

Brasília: Homeless Workers Occupy Federal Cities Ministry

Thousands march against increase in violence, mass evictions and criminalization of social movement leaders On June 5, bus caravans arrived in Brasilia from across the country, carrying members of the nation's largest...

São Paulo: 34 days after fire, victims still living in tents

City, State and Federal Governments abandon victims of Paysandu fire and building collapse By Benedito Barbosa On May 1, a former federal police building that was occupied by squatters caught fire and collapsed...

Public Note: Petroleum Workers Unions Explain Abusive Prices

The increases in gasoline, cooking gas and diesel prices can not be treated merely as a tax issue. They are the result of a management problem in Petrobras, which has been...

Petroleum Workers Strike Against Neoliberal Price Policy

72-hour national warning strike started at 12:01 AM. Petroleum workers have been holding assemblies and protests for two months to halt Petrobras privatization and change its pricing policies.  By Rosely Rocha “Everyone on...

Petroleum Workers Gear Up for National Strike

“The Brazilian people are anxious for reductions in gasoline, cooking gas and diesel prices,” says Petroleum workers union leader José Maria Rangel By Andre Accarini The warm up for the petroleum workers'...

The Hijacked Truckers’ Strike

By Larissa Jacheta Riberti* I have been writing for a truck driver's trade newspaper for the past six years but would not risk making a thorough analysis of the current strike. However since many...

Brazil Popular Front Manifesto for Free and Democratic Elections

Manifesto to the Brazilian People The Frente Brasil Popular* (Brazil Popular Front/FBP) denounces the persecution and injustice against Lula and defends his right as a candidate in free and democratic elections 1. A...

The Paysandu Fire and the Right to the City

By Brian Mier. In the early morning of May 1, a 24 story building on Paysandu square in central São Paulo caught fire and collapsed. There are three confirmed deaths and 36...

A Tragedy Foretold: FLM leader Osmar Silva Borges on the Paysandu Fire

Although squatters are frequently treated as criminals in the national and international media, according to article 5 of the 1988 Brazilian Constitution, any citizen who does not own property has the...

When Living is a Privilege, Occupying is a Right

According to the Brazilian Constitution of 1988, land banking is a crime. Unlike in, for example, the United States, it is illegal for a landlord to hold a building empty for...

May Day 2018: All roads lead to Curitiba

April 30, 2018. Hundreds of buses have already arrived in Curitiba and hundreds more are traveling in caravans on route to this Southern Brazilian city of 3 million, where ex-President Luiz...

Fascism: 20 Shots fired at Lula Solidarity Camp, two injured

In the early hours of Saturday Morning, April 28th, as hundreds of protesters were sleeping in their tents at the Lula Livre Democratic Vigil outside the Parana Federal Police headquarters where...

MTST Occupies Notorious “Lava Jato” Penthouse Apartment

Guaruja, São Paulo. This morning a group of activists from the Homeless Workers Movement (Movimento de Trabalhadores Sem Teto/MTST) and People Without Fear (Povo Sem Medo) the popular front to which...

Immanuel Wallerstein On Lula’s Arrest & The Coup

By Immanuel Wallerstein. Lula Arrested: How Successful a Coup? On April 7, 2018 in Brazil Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva was arrested and taken to prison in Curitiba to begin a twelve-year sentence....

Protests Against Lula’s Political Imprisonment Spread Inside & Outside Brazil

Protests and vigils have been taking place across Brasil and in front of embassies worldwide demanding freedom for ex-President Lula.  On the morning of April 11th, groups of social movement and union...

7/4/2018: Letter from Lula to the Brazilian People

Facing politically-motivated imprisonment, former President and leading 2018 candidate, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, shared this message to Brazil. My Friends, I've thought a lot about the paths that our lives take. The future, after...

The Break from Democracy opened the door for Fascism

The Central Única dos Trabalhadores (Unified Workers Central/CUT) is the largest labor union federation in the Western Hemisphere. It is renowned worldwide as a historic example of social movement unionism, which...

Fascist Militia Fire On Lula’s Presidential Election Convoy

On the night of March 27, in the conservative state of Parana, a small group of militia men opened fire on a bus full of journalists that was traveling in ex-president...

Violence Against Brazilian Left: Militias Attack Lula Rallies

In Rio Grande do Sul, right wing militia beats up four women during speech by Lula, blocks road to prevent people from arriving at event. For the past four years, the US-government...

Not only Marielle: 10 human rights activists assassinated in last 5 months

The cowardly murder of socialist councilwoman Marielle Franco, on March 14, has all the hallmarks of political assassination. The protests that swept across Brazil on the night of March 15 were mobilised...

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...
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