Understanding the Mass Protest Movement in Brazil
Brazil is currently witnessing the largest mass protests to hit the country in over 20 years. Originally organized by the Free Fare Movement (MPL) in Sao Paulo against a planned 10 cent public transit fare hike, the protests quickly spread to Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, and other major cities across the country. At its peak, over 1 million people in over 100 Brazilian cities took to the streets to protest a long list of grievances ranging from political corruption to human rights abuses to World Cup spending.
Who exactly are the protesters taking to the streets? What are the root grievances they want addressed? Why has Brazil erupted now? For critical insights into all of these questions and more, join us for a public forum with four Brazilian activists who will share their perspectives about this exciting moment in Brazilian history.
* Mariana Faraz Duarte is a community development and health practitioner concerned with social justice and participatory decision-making mechanisms. Her experience combines popular education, community organizing and facilitation of participatory urban planning using a Freirean approach. She is doing her PhD in Public Health at University of Toronto.
* Rubem Silva is a youth activist involved in housing and students’ social movements in Brazil. He is concerned with social justice, popular participation, collective organization, and LGBT rights. In Brazil, he is a member of Juntos! which is one of the leading groups of the protests in Brazil. Moreover, He is an undergraduate student of Health Studies at University of Sao Paulo. Currently, he is doing an exchange program in Public Health and Sexual Diversity Studies at University of Toronto.
* We will also hear (via Skype) from two activists in Rio de Janeiro who are involved in the protests movement on the ground.
Endorsed by: Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly, Centre for Social Justice, Toronto New Socialists, Socialist Project