News from the National Network for Democracy in Brazil

Issue No. 1 (January 20, 2019) For more information contact:
Facebook Page: National Network for Democracy in Brazil
The National Network for Democracy in Brazil is a decentralized, democratic, non-partisan national network founded at Columbia Law School on December 1, 2018 with three objectives:
  • Educate the U.S. public about the current situation in Brazil
  • Defend progressive social, economic, political, and cultural advances in Brazil
  • Support social movements, community organizations, NGOs, universities, and activists, etc., who will be vulnerable in this new political climate
National Steering Committee Meeting
We will hold the first National Steering Committee meeting through a teleconference call on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 EST. Based on the criteria established at the National Meeting for Democracy in Brazil, held at Columbia Law School on December 1, 2018, any organized group may indicate a representative to be a part of the steering committee. So far, the following twenty groups have requested to join the National Steering Committee:
  • Assembly for Brazilian Democracy at UC Berkeley
  • Brazilian Democratic Front at Brown University
  • Brazilians for Democracy and Social Justice (Washington, D.C.)
  • Center for Economic and Policy Research (Washington, D.C.)
  • Coletivo Boston Contra o Golpe
  • Coletivo HuManas
  • Coletivo Marielle Franco (San Diego)
  • Coletivo por um Brasil Democratico (Los Angeles)
  • Columbia Working Group for Democracy in Brazil (New York)
  • Defend Democracy in Brazil/New York
  • Indiana University Committee for Solidarity with Brazil
  • International Press Committee (IPC)
  • Mulheres da Resistência em New York
  • National Network for Democracy in Brazil at Harvard
  • Oklahoman Committee for Democracy in Brazil
  • Penn State Committee for Democracy in Brazil
  • Re-Existir (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • The Lantern at UT Austin
  • University of California, Irvine-Orange County Brazilianists
  • Western Massachusetts Group
If your group or organization would like to participate on the National Steering Committee and attend the January 26 meeting, please send us information by January 23:
  1. The name of your group
  2. The number of members
  3. A contact name, email and telephone number
  4. A short, one-paragraph summary of past or future planned activities.
This serves for informational purposes only and it is not a selection process.
NNDB Working Groups

We are trying to encourage the on-going activities of the Working Groups set up at the December 1 meeting. So far, we have received reports from the following Working Groups:
  • Academic Freedom
  • Afro-descendants/Black
  • Law
  • Indigenous Peoples, Socio-environmental Issues, and Land and Rural Workers
  • Lula Livre
  • Political Economy
  • Public Health
  • Religion
  • Security Task Force
  • Women
  • Working with Congress
If you have not sent us a report of the discussions of your Working Group, please do so as soon as possible. We would like one representative of the each Working Group to attend the first National Steering Committee meeting that will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2018 from 2:00-4:00p.m. EST. Please send the name email, and telephone number of that person to: by Wed., January 23.
Campaign for Marielle Franco in mid-March
As unanimously approved at the December 1 meeting, we are calling on people to organize events on or around the anniversary of the assassination of Marielle Franco on March 14. This could be a lecture, panel discussion, candlelight vigil, information table, or any other activity that your group or organization would like to organize. We still do not have a definitive answer about who killed or ordered the murder of Marielle Franco, a City Councilwoman from Rio de Janeiro. Marielle Franco Presente!
International Observatory for Democracy in Brazil
Brown University in collaboration with Harvard is in the process of designing the website that will be the platform for the International Observatory. We hope to have a website ready for internal development in conjunction with the NNDB’s Working Groups and other collaborators by March 2019. We plan to launch the site in April.
Brazil Information Office in Washington, D.C.
We are in the process of exploring funding-raising possibilities to establish a Brazil Office in Washington, D.C. with a full-time staff person, a modest budget, and an administrative assistant to expand advocacy efforts in Congress, coordinate activities with the 46 NGOs and other organizations that support a recent statement about the Bolsonaro government, and work with the international labor movement, think-tanks, regional universities, and Brazilian activities and their allies. We hope to have positive news in the near future about this project.
Facebook Page: National Network for Democracy in Brazil
As an interim measure until we have set up the International Observatory for Democracy in Brazil website, we have a Facebook page, National Network for Democracy in Brazil, which is publishing English-language news about Brazil. We realize that this is a modest effort, which will expand once the International Observatory Website is up and running. Please visit the page and follow it.
Finally, we realize that we may have left some group’s name out of this first newsletter or published something that is inaccurate. We are doing our best to move forward: Desculpe qualquer coisa!
Prepared by James N. Green, Acting National Coordinator of the National Network for Democracy in Brazil
Support from Marina Dias Lucena Adams, Acting National Organizer, NNDB                 

January 20, 2019
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