Lula backs black people presence´s increase in Brazil´s legislature

Lula backs black people presence´s increase in Brazil´s legislature
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6 June 2022
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Brasilia, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will participate in the presentation of an initiative that seeks to promote pre-candidatutures to state assemblies and the National Congress of people committed to the black cause.

With the unprecedented project, entitled Quilombo and organized by the Coalición Negra por los Derechos (Black Coalition for Rights), the aim is to increase the number of pre-aspirations of this race from several regions of the country to such instances in the October election.

Thus, the Coalition, a network of more than 250 organizations, makes its debut in São Paulo in institutional politics.

Quilombo in the parliaments gathers, to date, 67 pre-candidates for state deputy, 31 for federal, two district and one for the Senate.

The above in a supra-partisan alliance involving the Workers’ Party (PT), Socialism and Liberty, Communist Party of Brazil, Brazilian Socialist Party, Democratic Labor Party (PT) and Sustainability Network (Rede de Sustentabilidade).

“Brazil’s scenario is one of world shame. And we need to reverse that,” sociologist Vilma Reis, leader of the black and feminist movement and pre-candidate for federal deputy for the PT, said to the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.

According to Douglas Belchior, activist of the Uneafro Brasil movement and member of the coalition, “racism is the main facet of bolsonarismo (supporters of the ultra-right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro)”.

Therefore, he reiterated, the black movement is the “most evident expression of antithesis to Bolsonaro”. Official statistics reveal that blacks in Brazil (54% of a population close to 213 million inhabitants) are minorities in professions, higher education, salaries, among other aspects of life.

However, they are the majority in prisons, unemployment, poverty and in the percentage of homicide victims.

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