Session 1: Saturday, June 2nd: 10:00 - 11:50am
Defend Democracy in Brazil Committee - DDB NY - a collective of Brazilian immigrants and supporters created in February 2016 to denounce the coup détat, organize international resistance and support human rights and social justice in Brazil The “DDB-NY’ shares its experience in organizing grassroots mobilizations in New York. Coordinating with sympathizers in other American cities and presents the context and current impacts of the coup détat in Brazil : increasing political repression against political leaders of the Left ,social movements, racism and violence; The left in Brazil faces an unparalleled challenge to rethink its strategies affter having the elected president, Dilma Rousseff, ousted in 2016 in a coup d’etat. After been able of build a socialist democratic party and win many elections from local and regional to the presidency of the country for 4 consecutive elections, the PT, born of the struggles of union’s movement in the end of 80’s saw its power destroyed, its leaders prosecuted and imprisoned leaving its activists in a daily challenge to resist and build solidarity. The Brazilian society is on a crossroad as there is little hope for free elections in 2018 after the imprisonment of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. In spite of increasing repression, Brazilian social movements continue to organize and resist. Huge street mobilizations, the creation of international support groups, land and urban occupations count among the many ways Brazilian activists are now organizing to face the rise of the right veering toward fascism. The independent media and social media play a key role in bringing visibility to the resistance.