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March 1, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a conversation with Douglas Belchior, founder and leader of the black movement UNEafro Brasil, as he speaks with leaders from black movements in the U.S., from Brazilian movements, and leftist political leaders. They will discuss the current scenario in Brazil, after Lula’s election, and the government’s commitment to transversality of racial justice in all ministries, as well as the reinstatement of the Ministry for Racial Equity, and the presence of social movements within the Brazilian government.

As the far right continuously promotes false information about Lula and the current government, Brazilians are faced with many challenges and the need to continuously defend democracy. They must also recover from a period of systematic destruction of policies and programs, which were previously achieved through struggle and social mobilization. Nevertheless, activists also see many opportunities for growth and building a collaborative and intergenerational movement, with inclusiveness and a progressive ideology.

Similar to Brazil, in the U.S. there is a growing extremist rhetoric on social media that disseminates hate and promotes violence, as well as similar attempts to destabilize democratic institutions. At the same time, social movements condemning civil and political violence have grown, and occupied the streets of New York, and other cities around the country.

What are movements in the USA and Brazil doing, and what can they build together in defense of democracy, for a more just and equitable society?

Co-organized by The People’s Forum, Defend Democracy in Brazil – NY, Coletivo Kilomba and UNEafro
Photo: @ricardostuckert
This event is in-person only.


  • Douglas Belchior (History Teacher and founder of the Black Movement UNEafro Brasil)
  • Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris (Leader within the Movement for Black Lives)
  • Eugene Puryear (Organizer, ANSWER Coalition)
  • Tassiana Moura de Oliveira (joining virtually) (Kilomba Collective)
  • Myriam Marques (Co-coordinator, Defend Democracy in Brazil Committee- New York)
  • Abner Francisco Sotenos ( University of California, San Diego / USNDB Afro Brazilian rights committee)
  • Fernando da SIlva (Member of the DDB-NY/ and International committee of DSA)


March 1, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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The People’s Forum
320 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018 United States
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