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Session 1: Saturday, June 2nd: 10:00 - 11:50am
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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.


Aline Piva is the Assistant Deputy Director at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) for the tenure of 2017-2018. She was the founder of COHA’s Brazil Research Unit and directed it from 2016 to 2018. Piva earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the State University of Londrina...

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Alessandra Pio is a PhD candidate in Brazilian Education at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She currently is a PhD Visiting Scholar at New York University through the Abdias Nascimento Program. She is a teacher in the municipal public network of Caxias and has been a pedagogue...

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Alexander Main is Senior Associate Director at the International Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. In his work at CEPR, Alex monitors economic and political developments in Latin America and the Caribbean and regularly engages with policy makers and civil...

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Maria Luisa Mendonça is a visiting scholar in the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). She holds a PhD in Human Geography from the Department of Philosophy, Literature and Social Sciences at University of Sao Paulo (USP). She is...

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