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The National Newsletter 
Issue No. 4 (August 13, 2019) For more information contact:

The U.S 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
In this issue you will find:
  1. Second National Meeting
  2. The Network on the Hill: Get involved with our work in Washington D.C.
  3. News from this summer
  4. Upcoming events
Second National Meeting of the US Network for Democracy in Brazil

We are very pleased to invite you to the Second National Meeting of the U.S Network for Democracy in Brazil on October 19th, 2019 at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. The meeting will run between 9am and 6pm and will count with the presence of USNDB representatives from all over the United States. As with our first meeting, this one will also be free and open to the public. 

You will receive the complete agenda and any possible registration instructions (for planning purposes only) closer to October.

If you have any questions, please email We hope to see you there! 
The Network on the Hill: Get involved with our work in Washington D.C.

The U.S Network has been steadily developing a presence in Washington D.C, advocating against human rights violations and to defending the progressive social, economic, political, and cultural advances in Brazil. We are currently working to strengthen a network of people interested in and willing to collaborate with us by contacting their representatives around issues such as Dear Colleague letters, congressional hearings and oversight proceedings.

If you think your representative might be open to issues regarding Brazil or if you have had contact with them in the past, please email — we would love to know about your experience interacting with your congressional representative!

The U.S Network is also planning an advocacy day on October 18th, the day before the Second National Meeting, so that those who are interested can meet with advocacy experts and reach out to their representatives’ offices for in person meetings. We will have more information on this soon and hope that you can join us!

News from this summer

Women Favela Leaders from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo Visit New York City Grassroots Organizers and Urban Planners, for Discussions and Strategizing to Sustain and Support Community Organizing Against Evictions

From June 18-24, Theresa Williamson of Catalytic Communities, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, visited New York City with three inspirational women favela leaders from Rio for the 2019 Planners' Network Conference: Resisting Displacement and Dispossession. At the invitation of Pratt Institute GCPE's MS in Sustainable Environmental Systems and its coordinator Leonel Lima Ponce, Maria da Penha Macena of Vila Autódromo, Cris dos Prazeres of Morro dos Prazeres, and Emília Maria de Souza of Horto the delegation has three goals: to share these inspiring women’s stories; to learn from New York-based organizations; and to build international solidarity during this difficult political time in Brazil. They were joined by São Paulo-based researcher Talita Gonsales of UFABC and the Observatory of Removals for a panel discussion, andmeetings in The South Bronx, the Lower East Side, Harlem, and Sunset Park in Brooklyn. Check out their exchange!

Mulheres na Escrita (Women in Writing) - June 15

CPBD-LA was represented at the Portuguese language Women’s Book Fair, focusing on female writers and promoting Brazilian literature in New York. The event was organized by Mulheres da Resistência at The People's Forum in NY. PhD student and CPBD-LA member Michelle Medrado (UCLA) spoke at one of the panels on her experience writing and translating subjectivities into a foreign language. She also presented the UCLA’s Párrafo Magazine 9th Issue, edited by her. Manuela D’Ávila, Marcia Tiburi and Conceição Tavares were other contributors to this powerful initiative. 
Marcia Tiburi and Manuela D'Avila talk during the Mulheres na Escrita event 
Collaborative Study of Race in the America’s

Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, the President of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) , was an invited speaker at the Collaborative Study of Race in the America’s  at Notre Dame University where she spoke about her research and the work of the US Network to Defend Democracy in Brazil (July 25-27, 2019).

US Network for Democracy in Brazil at Brazilian Historical Association Conference 
Historian James N. Green, National Coordinator for the U.S. Network for Democracy in Brazil, gave a keynote lecture at the 30th National Conference of Brazilian Historians (ANPUH) in Recife on July 16 entitled “The International Repercussions of the 1964 and 2016 coups d’état.” A major focus of the talk was a report about activism in the United States since 2016 among Brazilians and friends of Brazil, as well as recent efforts by the U.S. Network to encourage opposition to the current Brazilian government throughout the United States.
James Green speaks at ANPUH on July 16, 2019

Upcoming Events

Keep an eye out for the First West Coast Regional Meeting of the USNDB:

The Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies at San Diego State University will host the Southern California Brazilianist Conference February 7-8, 2020. In conjunction with this event, and in collaboration with UC San Diego, the Coletivo Marielle Franco (San Diego) and the Coletivo Por Um Brazil Democrático (Los Angeles), we will also have a meeting of the US-NDB. Please email any questions to Erika Larkins at
Want to share your events with the US Network? Please email with any upcoming events and we will add them to our calendar.
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