Two years after Donald Trump's victory shook the world, Jair Bolsonaro rose in Brazil to solidify the Western Hemisphere's far-right wave. But at the same time, from DSA to the massive #EleNão mobilizations, new social forces are awakening to push it back: forces that are feminist, antiracist, socialist. This event will join the powerful socialist women congresswomen fighting Bolsonaro in Brazil -- and for justice for Marielle Franco -- with NYC-DSA's own Julia Salazar to talk about the insurgent candidacies and militant movements from below that will make socialism's victory over barbarism a reality.
(1) Talíria Petrone (RJ), is one of the few Black women ever elected to Brazil's Federal Congress. She is a history teacher who sees education as the basis for resistance and for the construction of a new world: her struggle has always begun in the classroom and on the streets. and she has been active in the student movement. A long-time ally of Marielle Franco, Petrone considers herself a Black socialist feminist and has steadily fought for women’s rights, universal public health and education, and against anti-Black genocide.
(2) Sâmia Bomfim (SP), was elected recently to Brazil's Federal Congress at the age of 27. In 2016, she became the youngest councilwoman in the capital of São Paulo, and rose to political prominence as she battled the proto-fascist youth movement MBL. Her activism has propelled her to lead one of the largest student movements in Brazil from the halls of the country's top university into the city streets as well as join the feminist battle to end rape culture.
(4) Fernanda Melchionna (RS), was recently elected to the Brazilian Federal Congress, garnering the largest amount of votes of any elected official in Rio Grande do Sul. She began her activism at the age of 14 in the student movement, in the nation-wide struggles against the privatization of public services. First elected to public office at the age of 24, she continues to be one of the few and youngest female politicians elected to office. Melchionna sees herself as an internationalist, socialist and feminist militant whose career has been dedicated to fighting for women's rights and against the privileges of the wealthy.
(5) Julia Salazar is a state senator representing North Brooklyn and an active member of DSA, fighting for a socialist-feminist program for New York.