Lecture: "A Campaign for Life: The Anti-Genocide Struggle in Brazil"
Fri, February 14, 2014 • 12:00 PM • 2nd Floor Conference Room, Benson Latin American Collection, SRH Unit 1
Andreia Beatriz dos Santos
Hamilton Borges dos Santos
While the popular protests in Brazil in the summer of 2013 brought the world’s attention to the challenges in addressing the politics of economic inequality and citizenship in Brazil, one issue that was glaringly absent in the debate was the intensifying crisis of state violence in Brazil’s urban peripheries and its unique impact on Brazil’s Black community. The disappearance, torture and death of thousands of Black Brazilians yearly, and the impact this violence has on the Black community pushes us to recognize that the problem of anti-Black genocide in Brazil is at a critical stage.
This half day symposium will address this issue and its global importance with Black organizers and international leaders in the movement against anti-Black state violence in Brazil: Andreia Beatriz dos Santos and Hamilton Borges dos Santos of the React or Die!/React or Be Killed Campaign and the community action network Quilombo X. Recognizing that Brazil is at a critical historical juncture, the symposium will take a hard look at the politics of race, gender, class and sexuality that currently define state violence in Brazil. The goal of this dialogue is twofold: to respond to the campus community’s questions about the dynamics of the current situation in Brazil and exchange strategies of resistance to state violence. Either by omission or commission, the Brazilian state is responsible for the direct and indirect death of Black people en masse due to police repression.
For more information, contact Paloma Diaz.