March 14 is the one-year anniversary of the political execution of Marielle Franco, a Black, lesbian city councilwoman and Party for Socialism and Liberty member in Rio de Janeiro who represented the poor community of Favela da Maré.
The United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in on March 21, and a coalition of groups is coordinating an international day of World Against Racism demonstrations from March 16 to 23. From March 17 to 22, Brazil’s neofascist President Jair Bolsonaro will be in the U.S, and from March 17 to 20, he will be in Washington, D.C. to meet with Donald Trump and the rest of his administration.
According to a statement released by Trump’s Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on March 8, Trump and Bolsonaro, “the leaders of the Hemisphere’s two largest economies,” will also discuss “the major role that the United States and Brazil are playing in…Venezuela.” We know that Bolsonaro and Trump’s meeting is part of an attempt to cohere the global far-right behind reactionary politics in countries around the world, as well as transnational coordinated imperialist projects. Bolsonaro is deeply racist, sexist, transphobic, homophobic, anti-environmental, and is helping anchor the rise of the right internationally.
Join us and dozens of other groups across the country in protesting Bolsonaro, Trump, and the U.S. and Brazil’s imperialist role in Venezuela, as well as in honoring the legacy of Franco.
– Washington, D.C.: Sunday, March 17 at 12:30 pm | Lafayette Square (1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW)
– Chicago: Monday, March 18 at 4:30 pm | Brazilian Consulate (401 N Michigan Ave)
– San Francisco: Thursday, March 14 at 9 am | Brazilian Consulate (300 Montgomery Street, Suite 300) |
– Oakland: Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 pm | Oscar Grant Plaza (14th St & Broadway)
– NYC: Friday, March 22 at 6:30 pm | Trump Tower, Columbus Circle (1 Central Park West)
To learn more about why Bolsonaro should be opposed wherever he is, check out socialistworker.org/2019/02/15/why-you-should-protest-bolsonaro. To learn more about the call for protests, go to bit.ly/nobolsonaro.