National Meeting for Democracy in Brazil



As you may have read from our previous emails, on December 1st we will hold a national meeting at the Columbia Law School in New York City in order to discuss the creation of a National Network for Democracy in Brazil and other paths for political resistance and international solidarity. 

This meeting is open to all and is free of cost. So we can be properly prepared, however, we do ask that you register through the link below. We will not share your information or registration with anyone. 

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We have also included below the meeting's proposed agenda, including detailed times, locations and speakers. Please, do not hesitate to contact us at in case you have any questions. 

Defend Democracy in Brazil at Brown University
Agenda for the National Meeting for Democracy in Brazil
December 1, 2018
Jerome Green Hall Room 101
Columbia University Law School
Given the new political situation in Brazil with the election of Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency, a group of academics and activists--Brazilian and non-Brazilian, living, working, and studying in the United States--are organizing a national meeting in New York City on Saturday, December 1, 2018. We are proposing the formation of decentralized, democratic, non-partisan national network with three objectives:
  1. Educate the U.S. public about the current situation in Brazil
  2. Defend progressive social, economic, political, and cultural advances in Brazil
  3. Support social movements, community organizations, NGOs, universities, and activists, etc., who will be vulnerable in this new political climate
9:00-9:30        Registration
9:30-10:00      Opening
  • James N. Green, Brown University
  • Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, President, Brazilian Studies Association
  • Débora Diniz, University of Brasília
  • Sidney Chalhoub, Harvard University
  • Announcements 
10:00-11:00    Small Group Discussions
  • Introductions
  • Why you are here?
  • What do you want a national network to do?
11:00-11:15    Coffee Break
11:15-12:00    General Meeting
  • Reports from small group discussions on main themes and issues 
12:00               Group Picture
12:00-1:30      Lunch
1:30-3:00        Task-forces on the following or other issues participants might want to include
  • Academic Freedom
  • Land and rural workers
  • Afro-descendants/Blacks
  • LGBTI+
  • Socio-environmental issues
  • Lula Livre
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Urban social movements
  • Labor and workers
  • Women
  • Fundraising
  • How to organize a group
  • Working with Congress
  • Media and outreach
3:00-3:15        Coffee Break
3:15-4:00        Report back from task forces
4:00-5:00        Forming a national network
  • Main national campaigns
  • Name of the organization
  • Coordination
  • Other issues

Initial Sponsors*

Amy Chazkel, Columbia University/CUNY
Andreia Vizeu, Independent activist, New York
Barbara Weinstein, New York University
Benjamin A. Cowan, Uni. of California, San Diego
Brazilian Resistance Against Democracy Overthrow (BRADO)
Brazilians for Democracy and Social Justice, Washington, D.C.
Bruno Martins Carvalho, Harvard University
Bryan McCann, Georgetown University
Carolyn Kazdin, United Steelworkers (USW)
Defend Democracy in Brazil/New York
Eduardo Vianna, LaGuardia, Brazilian Resistance Against Democracy Overthrow (BRADO)
Elias Salomão Helou Neto, Brazilian Resistance Against Democracy Overthrow (BRADO)
Erika Robb Larkins, San Diego State University
Gianpaolo Baiocchi, New York University
Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, Univ. of Wisc.-Milwaukee
Fábio de Sá e Silva, University of Oklahoma
Heloisa Galvão, journalist, Boston area
James N. Green, Brown University
Jeremy Lehnen, Brown University
Keka Marzagão, Defend Democracy in Brazil/NY
Juliana de Moraes, American University
Leila Lehnen, Brown University
Luiz Gustavo Barreto, Coletivo Boston Contra o Golpe
Luiza Nassif Pires, The New School for Social Research
Marcelo Paixão, The University of Texas in Austin
Marcus Valéria, Defend Democracy in Brazil/NY
Maria Luisa Mendonça, Network for Social Justice and Human Rights BR-USA
Misha Klein, University of Oklahoma
Monika Liborio-Walker, Coletivo Boston Contra o Golpe
Mulheres da Resistência no Exterior
Myriam Marquez, Defend Democracy in Brazil/NY
Natalia de Campos, Defend Democracy in Brazil/NY
Pedro Meira Monteiro, Princeton University
Rafael R. Ioris, University of Denver
Sean T. Mitchell, Rutgers University, Newar
Sidney Chalhoub, Harvard University
Sonia Alvarez, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Stanley Gacek, United Food & Commercial Workers Union
Stuart Appelbaum, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)
*Organization or affiliation for identification purposes only


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